Can Learn a Thing or Two from Cats

I’m not a typical pet owner. I tend to think of them as animals my kids really wanted and um, kind of annoying at times. Especially in the morning when they want food and trip me… or I’m stumbling in a dark house barefoot and one has been sick. YUCK.

But, I do love the way they tend to come around when they know you feel bad or maybe they do and they need a hug. Truth is, I say I’m not a typical pet owner…yet, I love my cats. I do.

It never becomes more apparent to me than when they’re ill.

Saber has been ill to the point it has been scaring us. My son is 13 years old, 6’2″and the first thing he did when he got home today was search out Saber–who was still at the vet’s . This one is a solid member of this family and my son was five when we found him.

So, we had a blood panel done and didn’t find the problem, but he has been running a high fever, had a few other issues. So, the vet did an antibiotic injection, a steroid injection and we’re on the watch for 24hrs. Upon returning home, Saber ate a little and drank a little. That’s more than he’s done for a couple of days.

So, what is this post about other than boring all the non-cat lovers who read this? Watching my pets the last few days has been something of a revelation for me. In the beginning, we had this.

Saber had been with us seven years at this point and the introduction of this energetic and overly-loving ball of fluff wasn’t a good thing in his opinion. Poe has adored Saber from the second he laid eyes on him. He attacks him constantly, tries to cuddle and after some time, Saber gave in. He kind of lays back and lets the little one groom him sometimes, but the best thing is Poe makes him play. They run and jump and chase and then when Saber has had enough, he bitch-slaps Poe until he goes away. Seriously. It’s pretty funny.

So the last few days, Poe has hovered around Saber like crazy. Today, Saber was at the vet’s all day. We brought him home and this is what I see.

Saber feels so bad, he isn’t grooming himself. Poe takes care of that.

Then… he just lays back and offers a paw for comfort.

I’m such a baby. This made me tear up big time. That little cat annoys us to death. He gets into everything, runs into walls sometimes, climbs everything… and he gets stuck in things. He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer–and yeah, a writer using a cliché–but my husband even calls him BB because he says that’s the size of this cat’s brain.

But this little, crazy cat sure does have a lot of love and he offers it unconditionally. 🙂


About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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8 Responses to Can Learn a Thing or Two from Cats

  1. Such sweet pics. And I really hope Saber’s recovery is swift. Hate when they get sick.

  2. relliott4 says:

    Thanks. I’m really worried about him. He’s acting like he’s giving up and he’s only 8 or so. 😦

  3. Tez Miller says:

    Aw, Poe’s looking after Saber, or at least keeping him company. Hugs to both boys; they’re very special. And hugs to you, too, lass!

  4. relliott4 says:

    Thanks Tez. It’s hard when they’re sick because they can’t tell us where it hurts.

  5. Christy says:

    So sorry to hear Saber is under the weather. It’s so hard when they get sick like that. I always hate it when my pets are sick. I want to wave a magic wand and make them all better but I can’t. Good thoughts coming Saber’s (and your) way for a speedy recovery.

  6. amyshojai says:

    Awwwwww…thanks for pointing me this direction, Rinda. Poor Saber–and Poe is such a little love. For anorectic cats, warming up the food can help enormously, and offering tiny amounts several times a day instead of all at once. Have your son offer a little of the food on his finger for Saber to lick off, and stroke the back of the kitty’s neck while he eats. Seriously…it helps.

  7. Poor Saber. Lucky to have sweet little annoying Poe around for comfort. I don’t know what we’ll do if cats or dog get sick.

    Another note, I’m joining Kaz for SIS50, try and finish the first draft for Dead Fairies. Maybe it will help me focu and not keep getting distracted into other projects.

  8. Precious babies!! Really hoping Saber pulls through this rough time quickly. Keep us updated.

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