Luna grooms Son #1 the most. I think it’s the mop of curly hair. He clearly needs more work.
I’m pretty sure my cat thinks I’m a bad mom, or at least a negligent one. Every night before I go to bed I check on my four kiddos to make sure they’re actually asleep and not, say, hiding all the parts of the alarm clock they took apart because it was “too noisy and woke them up in the mornings” and also because taking things apart is fun. (True story.) And every night when I go into my two oldest boys’ room, I see our cat, Luna, licking vigorously at their hair and faces or prowling like a guard kitty by the door.
“She thinks that she has to put us to bed ’cause you’re too busy with the other kids!” Son #1 laughed.
“Or maybe she just thinks you guys are dirty because you don’t bathe enough!” I retorted as I tucked the blanket around both him and the cat grooming him. Luna laid a paw possessively over his face. “I know, I know, he’s your baby,” I said to her.
Awww… holding hands/paws!
Ever since we got our little black-and-white tuxedo cat, she’s decided that my kiddies are her kitties and does her best to take care of them. Although, apparently that includes tackling because her favorite game is to hide until someone passes by and then jump out at them, rearing up on her back feet and flashing her paws at them. I’m sure she means this whole Jungle Cat routine to be menacing but it ends up looking like kitty jazz hands at the end of a Broadway routine. (Can I make a Cats joke here?) Either way, my kids love the stuffings out of her. Sometimes it’s a little too much. We’ve had to have more than one talk about how we just pet her and not hug her. Even when my kids are manhandling her, she takes it quite well only letting out the occasional pitiful mew.
This whole having a pet thing is new for us. Before Luna, we only ever had a fish (creatively named Bubbles). We originally got her to help with our mouse problem – which she speedily fixed! – but she’s turned out to be a gift to us in so many ways. Since she can’t talk, our kids have had to learn how to anticipate her needs and have gotten quite good at knowing when she needs food or isn’t feeling well or just wants to be left alone. They’ve also had to learn how to put her needs first sometimes, how to be gentle and how to make sure she doesn’t accidentally get locked in the basement. Watching them come up with little gifts and homemade presents for her has melted my heart on more than one occasion.
I’m hoping that they take all of these skills with them into their interactions with people too. Having grown up with pets, I figured ours would like one but I hadn’t realized how much we would love her and even grow to need her. For example, Son #2 has a deeply sensitive nature and is easily overwhelmed. In the past this manifested as tantrums, crying and hiding but now his first reaction is to find Luna, stick his face in her fur and listen to her purr. Nothing makes him feel better faster than Luna.
Each animal comes with their own unique personality and after seeing my mama cat in action, I think it’s kismet we found each other. The other day I found my son whispering into her fur. When I asked him what he was doing he replied, “I tell her everything I’m worried about and she tells me everything is going to be okay.”
Since Luna is officially a part of our family now, I want to take care of her just like I do the rest of them and part of that means making sure she eats healthy yummy food like we do. And her health is really important to me – I honestly don’t know what we’d do without her! I was recently asked to try out SHEBA® Entrées for Cats and have been impressed with how much both Luna and I approve of them. She can be pretty picky but all SHEBA® Pates are made with meat first recipes – using real beef, poultry, or seafood as the first ingredient. I know it seems cheesy to worry about a cat like I do a kid but since she’s kind of a stand-in mama (and bather), I just do.
Do you have a pet? What is his/her personality like? Do you worry about what they eat?
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