Pets Are People Too
OReilly 2005 - 2019

Pets Are People Too

When I was raising my four sons, someone always wanted a pet.  I did not.  I always liked animals but after having children, I didn’t want anything else to take care of.

No Pets for Me Until…

That all changed when I was down to my youngest and a friend asked me if I wanted a cat they found in the woods.  I said, “Absolutely not!”  She talked me into taking him for the weekend and I assured her he would be returned to her on Sunday.

We picked him up on a Saturday morning.  It was snowing.   He was bottle fed by her teenage daughter as he was very young when he was found all alone, no mother.  He was a little, beige short-haired tabby cat.

How did I Become a Cat Lady

When we took him into our house, the first thing he did was lay in my arms on his back like an infant.  It was all over for me at that point.  Who doesn’t miss holding a baby???!!!!

Fast forward almost 14 years now and I now have FOUR cats.  We had FIVE.  O’Reilly  was that first sweet cat and he passed away October 3, 2019 of pancreatitis exacerbated by kidney failure.  My heart was broken.  He was more person than cat and there will never be another like him.

Cat Person vs. Dog Person?

So what makes a person a cat vs a dog person?  I have my own theories since  I love dogs and cats.  I gravitated towards cats for the same reason some people don’t like cats…they are independent creatures and not very needy.  Cats will never adore you the way a dog will but they are also not likely to chew up your favorite shoes or bark in the middle of the night and scare you half to death.   They also would never expect me to take them to potty outside in the middle of winter or out for a walk in less than optimal weather.

Do I envy people with dogs?  Truthfully, sometimes I do.  That unconditional love that only matches that of an infant is definitely something that makes dogs very, very special.  My cats never look at me like I’m the second coming of anything.  They do frequently look at me with disdain, especially if I’m in their spot or they are wanting to be fed.

I am a Cat

I think it’s my personality that makes me like the challenge of pleasing my cats.  I’m not a person that wants anyone or anything rushing towards me for attention the second I get in the door.  I get them.  I don’t like anyone in my spot either and I want to eat when I want to eat!  I need my personal space too!

 I still love dogs too.  I love them even more because I don’t have one.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Cheryl

    Hi Rita, I’m a dog person. I don’t have one right now, but I hope to have one when I’m old and ‘settled’. I don’t like cats for the reasons you mentioned, they’re so rude and so full of self-importance! Of course, you know what that means – whenever we’re visiting somewhere with a cat, it comes and sits on me. Although I’m more or less happy to stroke it, it doesn’t make me want to live with one. Maybe that would change if I have the same experience you had with O’Reilly, but I’m not sure I’d ever accept to look after one even for a weekend! 🙂

    1. Cheryl,

      Your response totally cracked me up! I love it! I think because I had FOUR kids, it made me a cat person. I didn’t want anything or anyone else that acted “needy”. I love dogs but they really do NEED their people. If I didn’t have a sweet husband, I might have ended up a dog person!

      Thanks! That made my day!

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