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Good things come in furry packages. Saturday March 26, 2016

Next week will mark four years since my cat moved in.

We met at the animal shelter and I can't bring myself to say that I rescued her as I am quite sure it has been the other way round.

I was utterly floored by an acute health issue this week, over and above my usual chronic issues, and found myself having to go back to bed. A situation I found deeply frustrating.

On more than one occasion I opened my eyes to see my furry friend stretched out next to me and noticed she was purring gently. I read somewhere that cats don't just purr when being fussed by their human, but they also self soothe when they are ill or in pain by purring to themselves. Despite feeling awful it made me smile to have her keeping me company and the purring made me think that she was doing her best to take care of me.

Not long after she moved in we discovered that she has long term health issues of her own, which necessitate frequent trips to the vets. As a re-homed cat no matter how often we go I still have to explain the concepts of 'home' and 'forever human' to her whenever we get back. But when we are there I am her safe person, protecting her. As I am whenever there are scary noises at home.

When I wake up in the morning she races in to see me, demanding a fuss, saying good morning. She tells me when it is time I went to bed and she rushes up to tell me she misses me when I've been out. She knows when I should take a break and demands I stop what I am doing and fuss her. Sometimes she comes and sits next to me, just because she wants my company.

She came into my life not long after things seemed at their darkest and she makes me smile, even when I don't think I want to and is always pleased to see me, no matter how I feel or how I look.

The purring might have been a giveaway this week but she looks after me every bit as much as I look after her. You see what I meant about who rescued whom?!

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Alex Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 2:13am

Thanks for cats take care of me likewise.ask o little, yet give so much. And I remember reading somewhere that purrs have healing vibrations - hence, the self care, purring for themselves. I don't know if that's true, but I do know that few things comfort me like a purring cat snuggled up.


Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 8:27am

Oh that's so true! Nothing beats cat fuss. thanks :)

Mary S Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 5:10am

What a lovely story. I agree that a purring cat is one of the most comforting things to hear (and cuddle!)
My cat is always there for me. When humans say 'oh youre in a mood, Ill leave you alone', my cat is right there offering comfort and asking nothing in return. He doesnt care if Im a 'downer' or 'no fun' or 'crying AGAIN' (in fact he often comes up to me if Im crying).

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 8:20am

Cats just *know* when they are needed, don't they? They often get portrayed as aloof and independent, but they are they for us when we need them. I am not surprised in the least to find there are a few of us Moodscopers being cared for by furry friends!

Jude Mon, Mar 28th 2016 @ 1:20pm

I have currently 3 cats - all girls, & like Lou I have multiple health issues. But my "girls" know well before me that I'm going down with something, or that I need extra sleep, I get sat on - literally, I never knew a cat could fix it's weight to the planet making it impossible to move! Bar letting me "out of bed" for the loo, they herd me back to rest, or watch to see if what I am doing is met with approval. All my girls are rescues, but you would never know it. It's time for bed - I get that message EVERY night at 9pm! I want EXTRA cuddles - that's let me under the duvet & there are so many other messages they give, kisses when I cry, purrs when I need them - Cats are not selfish like people - They care in their way - I have had so many gifts - a twig, a leaf, a frog, an adder, & best of all we are expecting! After 36 years of promising, I hope to be able to give myself a ginger tom cat - he will hopefully have a sister so they can play & learn from the older cats how to look after a human. Everyone needs a cat, they just don't know it!

Lou Wed, Mar 30th 2016 @ 10:19am

"Everyone needs a cat, they just don't know it!" oh, Jude this is SO TRUE! Very excited for you that you are about to have the patter of tiny paws - if only you could share photos on here when they arrive! Best of luck with them! Lou

Annette Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 7:18am

Dear Lou what a lovely post.I felt so calm reading it.As I read it my cat called cat sat beside me quietly purring after yowling at me as she was locked out overnight.Poor cat adopted us 10 years ago a timid wee thing and was scared of coming indoors but after a lot of tender loving care she now is a family member.Sometimes I prefer Cat to humans.Thanks again for a great post.

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 8:23am

Thank you so much Annette. Sounds very much like your cat gradually trained you - funny how you think you adopted her, but as I say, I'm quite sure they pick their humans! They are great company, aren't they? Looking forward to spending the day with mine :)

Sally Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 7:43am

Utterly wonderful. I feel the love between you. I have always loved and respected animals, and cats do have mysterious ways of showing they care whilst being seriously independent. I like the Rudyard Kipling piece I am The Cat Who Walks by Himself.

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 8:25am

Thanks Sally. I shall go and investigate that Kipling piece. It really makes my heart swell when something has bothered her and she seeks me out and just sits quietly next to me for reassurance. Must be doing something right for a cat to trust me ;)

The Gardener Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 11:48am

My posts are short and sharp - problems with Windows, it wants me to change from 7 to 10 - scared, Cats! Charming, loveable devils, so good at absorbing sadness. We got two from refuges - two just 'walked in' and stayed till their deaths. All wicked, thieves, climbed all over furniture. I've bought 6 elegant rattan Tuscan chairs, current cat consider they are 6 separate scratching posts. Climbed on top of one today, and it overbalanced and tipped her in the sink, serve her right.

Jude Mon, Mar 28th 2016 @ 1:23pm

Upgrade to 10 if you have enough Hard drive space & if you can add extra RAM to your computer - it's worth it!! If you have any problems - ask away - I am happy to help!

The Gardener Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 11:52am

Never, in my life, have I been so surrounded by kindness. g's remark in yesterday's posts 'now I can go to bed'. Nearly in tears again. Posts, e-mails from everywhere. I thought I was invisible in church, but no, a nun noticed me, she was round talking to Mr G this a.m. Neighbours noted I looked all-in, and mended my cleaner tube I'd run over. Had to pick them off the floor, they were laughing so much.

The Gardener Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 11:58am

I repay kindness with entertainment - tried to open up tube with heavy hammer and heavy round piece of iron - kept thumbs, but the rest got stuck, hence mirth. Morning nurses noted my state yesterday, reported to liaison nurse between hospital and home care, she was down straightaway. Like Lou's cat - the whole morning has been like a 'furry' comfort - mini quarrel - Mr G and cat wanted same chair - peace restored. Current cat Persian, vet mascot - she behaves like Cleopatra.

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 1:10pm

Sorry to hear of your ongoing trials TG. Did Mr G win the argument or the cat?! My money's on the latter...As I am sure you are aware by now you are never alone here. I hope that is at least some comfort. You are doing an amazing job in trying circumstances.Lou

g Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 2:57pm

sometimes there is a rainbow after rain - I do see a multi-coloured smile in your posts TG . Lou , I have a dog, again ,after a very long break - husband would not agree as he did grow up without any animals and did not understand how much he would get from her - he is besotted now .

Lex Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 12:07pm

Dear Lou, one of my favourite biological triumphs is "symbiosis" - where, as I'm sure you know, two very different organisms live together in harmony for their mutual benefit. Sounds like you and your lovely cat. A charming and heart-warming blog - thank you. I send you my sincere wishes for a turn for the better in your health and life. Lx

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 1:08pm

Thank you Lex. I joked to a friend that it was funny how a creature had evolved that just wanted fuss and friend replied that it was funny how a creature had evolved just to *provide* fuss! Good wishes much appreciated.

the room above the garage Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 5:41pm

Oh Lou, I love this! It makes me think of a beautiful cat I grew up with...chokes me to remember her. If ever there was a cat who used to be human...she was so in tune with everything. I love your relationship and Thank you for reminding me of just how rescue comes in different ways. Thank you lovely xxx.

Lou Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 7:51pm

Aw! Thanks for your kind comments RatG. Isn't it funny how much our furry friends bring to our lives?

Skyblue Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 8:15pm

Hi Lou, I loved a cat so much years ago that. when she was gone, I just couldn't have another. She was not really a cat. When she was about to deliver 7 kittens, she came out of her birthing cupboard and insisted I join her. My intention had been to give her privacy but she kept coming out and mewing until I got the message. I massaged her belly as the babies were born. That was a long time ago and I can still well up thinking of her. Your relationship with your cat is blessed. Thank you for this sweet blog. xx

Lou Sun, Mar 27th 2016 @ 8:38am

Thank you for sharing your story and your kind comments.

Eva Sat, Mar 26th 2016 @ 11:55pm

My cat is sitting on me purring away, it's our bedtime ritual, do Moodscope test, read blog, turn over and snuggle and shortly after she heads back to her own bed. I thought I was going to lose her a few weeks ago, but she has pulled through and although weaker, is fairly stable. I love her little fuzzy bones. Thanks for a great blog.

Lou Sun, Mar 27th 2016 @ 8:40am

We have a similar nightly ritual of a big fuss before bed :) Glad your little friend is stronger. They can be a worry but, I have found, so worth it. I'm glad my blog resonated with you.

Mary Sun, Mar 27th 2016 @ 12:05am

So true. Every word.

Lou Sun, Mar 27th 2016 @ 8:40am

Thank you :)

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