We were so fortunate to find our little missy through a local pet rescue. When I was growing up, my grama used to help stray cats. In fact many of her own house cats were ones she rescued off the back deck. My sister and I enjoyed helping her with them, especially socializing them! At times, yes loving the little fur balls did result in scratches! Sometimes many!
Rescue kitty’s require a lot of patience and love. Our sweet girl is the same. The day we met her, she peed ALL over me. Not just a little bit. More than I think I, as an adult woman have ever peed. She was so nervous. That was the one and only time thankfully!
The kids allowed her space, but also showered her with so much love. They were cuddling her for a short time the first night home! We’ve lost her a couple times, but not for long. Well ok, the 2nd time was 2 days, even I was starting to panic, but not admitting to the kids. One evening when it was just me here, I searched the entire house… side note – when is the last time you cleaned under ALL your furniture?! I found her, in the last room I looked in, obviously, but it literally was the last room I had left to check.
Our little Missy is doing well, but she still has her moments of fear. My daughter and I have been purposely socializing her when we are home. The transition at times is tough for her. When we get home and bring her upstairs, this can at first cause her some fear, hence the scratches (we aren’t declawing this kitty), we persist through and comfort her.
We all shower her with love. Snuggle and cuddle, kiss and pet her. Show her it’s ok to trust and that we are going to love her for her lifetime! This is her safe place.
Tonight before my daughter carried on with her plans, she brought Missy to me. We snuggled on the couch. I ran some Reiki with her to calm her. Animals LOVE Reiki, well mine have and do! I decided what I previously had on my to-do list, could wait. I had the opportunity to enjoy a couple hours in a silent house, it was time for me and to love on our new kitty!
Last night, I did the same. Still being somewhat productive with dinner, dishes and tonight my laundry.
Animals are incredible for this, one reason why I do strongly believe every home should have an animal. Someone who depends on us for their food, water etc. But who also gives us, unconditional love.
However what I found today, after purposely and consciously putting MY needs as top priority last night… today flowed incredibly well in all areas of my life. Seamlessly. I have an abundance of time and money. I am grateful for my life. Grateful for the experiences.
Tonight, after we were left alone, I got up to start my laundry, fully expecting Missy to jump down and run back to my daughters room, her safe place.
But she didn’t.
She stretched out even longer on the couch.
When I left, a couple hours later, to pick up my daughter, I told the pets, as I do every single time we leave our house, that I would be back soon. Before Mads and I went into the house, I gave her a heads up that Missy was on the couch when I left so we should go in slowly. Our sweet girl was still there! She happily snuggled with all of us before bedtime and then we allowed her, her own space to go down to bed when she was ready.
I am so proud of our little fur girl and for us for being patient, loving, compassionate and kind to her and our dog. Animals are so smart, Becker certainly mourned his sister Paisley, and when he saw Missy he was visibly very excited to meet her with his tail wagging! Baby steps and we will get there one day at a time!