Isn’t life with pets awesome? Pets love us in a way that no one else can! The human-animal bond is the inspiration behind the pet lifestyle website, PawCulture™. Their motto is “You love your pets. We love your pets, too.” They’ve created a great place for all of us pet owners to gather and celebrate the love we have for our pets!
Inspiring Pet Tips
Every cat is a new experience. They have a way of teaching you that no matter how many cats you’ve shared your life with, there is still something left to be learned. Cats are definitely not cookie cutter creatures!
Here on Playful Kitty, I do a lot of research to learn everything I can about cats and share it with you. Being able to find accurate, helpful pet tips is really important! I was able to find some tips on PawCulture™ that were both helpful and inspiring. The issues that they cover in their Tips & Advice section were things I could easily identify with as a cat owner.
One article from PawCulture that really inspired me was Do Cats Get Lonely? written by Kathy Blumenstock. The article explains that even though cats don’t socialize the way dogs and humans do, they are still in need of our attention. Cats can get lonely as a result of either a lack of social interaction or an environment that doesn’t meet their needs. Loneliness can result in unwanted behaviors. The article has some excellent advice from veterinarians about combating loneliness in your cat’s life.
Loss and Loneliness In Cats
Reading PawCulture’s article on cats and loneliness immediate brought to mind a situation that I had with my cat, Manna, not so long ago. She went through a very lonely period. It was quite the struggle to find just the right way to help her out of it.
What happened? The “C” word. My very healthy, 10-year-old cat, Cinco, was suddenly diagnosed with cancer. He had no symptoms of illness at all until the day before his diagnosis. While there are great advances being made in helping pets with cancer, there weren’t any good options for Cinco. Despite my willingness to move Heaven and earth for him, the only realistic option I had was to let him go.
As if bringing an empty carrier home from the veterinarian’s office wasn’t difficult enough, I had to face Manna. She had never been an only cat before. My dad found her abandoned in a trailer park when she was only 3.5 weeks old. She has been living with me (and Cinco) ever since.
It was obvious that Manna knew something was wrong when she investigated the empty carrier. In the following days, my composure melted like gelatin in the hot summer sun every time I saw her checking Cinco’s favorite hiding spots. She looked for him desperately all around the apartment. It broke my heart that I couldn’t explain to her what was happening.
Right away, I knew that a little extra Mommy and Manna time would be needed to make up for her missing best buddy. I played with her every chance I got. There was a lot of extra effort put into spending quality time with her. To a point, this was very helpful, but it was clear I was never totally going to fill the gap left by Cinco.
Finding New Love
Trust me, this sad story has a very happy ending. My husband and I decided that Manna needed a new kitty to bond with. We had the ability to rescue another cat from homelessness and it was the right thing to do.
A friend had taken in a cat that had a litter of kittens. Our friend was not going to be able to care for the cats much longer (he had a terminal medical condition), so he really wanted us to adopt one as soon as possible. We came to his home with our carrier and one little kitten crawled in and didn’t want to come back out. This kitten chose us!
There is no way to know how things will go when you bring two cats together. Most of the time, they will at least tolerate each other. I hoped and prayed that this would be just the right buddy for my dear little Manna. I was nervous when I first introduced them to each other!
At first, there was some friction. This is expected when cats meet each other for the first time. Cats have to size each other up. I took some deep breaths and let time work its magic.
A few days later, it happened! I was sitting in my computer chair and I looked behind me to see Manna and Dexter (the new kitten) asleep together in my recliner. My heart fluttered when Manna began to groom Dexter. It wasn’t just a few licks, but full “I’m your momma now” type grooming. She had adopted him as her own! Manna fell in love again.
Ever since that night, Manna and Dexter have been the best of friends. Sure, they annoy each other sometimes, but they truly enjoy each other’s company. They cuddle, play, chase each other, and share food. I could not wish for a better ending than this!
Want to experience the inspiration for yourself? Celebrate the unbreakable bond between pets and their people by visiting PawCulture for information, inspiration, entertainment, helpful tips and advice about loving your pet. Their website has pet tips and all kinds of great articles for pet lovers including:
- Pet DIY Projects
- Pets of Celebrities
- Pet Rescue Stories
- Pet Recipies
- Pet Travel and Adventure
- Pet Lifestyle
Have you ever helped a lonely pet?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PawCulture. The opinions and text are all mine.