Parenting a spectrum of girls

Thankfulness- Day 2

For day 2 of my 30 days of Thanksgiving I chose my furbabies:

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Vienna cat and…

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Honey cat.

I grew up with cats…my parents had show cats that they also bred.  (Siamese cats, at that).  I loved my cats and though we later had dogs, I was never much of a dog person.  I like how cats are independent & are content to curl up on your lap & don’t lick or jump on you.  My husband, on the other hand, claims to be allergic (ie he doesn’t like cats 😉 ) 
As you may know, I have struggled myself with depression and anxiety since childhood.  Eventually we both decided that it would be good for me and good for the girls to get a cat, so last year on K’s birthday, off we went to Companion Cats to find an adult female cat that could tolerate our sometimes loud & chaotic home.  There we found Vienna, a sweet 2 year old lady who liked to play and be cuddled.  Vienna (the girls decided to keep her name from the shelter) is THE perfect cat.  She lets the girls carry her around & treat her like a doll.  She always sleeps with whoever needs her the most, and she is the most laid back, sweet kitty there is.  In her picture, she is sleeping on M’s lap after she curled up on our old glider in the basement following a huge meltdown this summer.

Since that turned out so well…about 6 months later I was able to convince hubby to let me take in a1 year old female feral kitty that a friend was trying to find a home for.  She was pretty aloof for a while, but she is finally running freely throughout the house and cuddling on my lap when I sit on the couch.  The girls decided to name her Honey because of her orangey-and-white coloring.  A isn’t brave enough to pick her up yet (she is learning how to be gentle with her claws…we don’t declaw our cats), and K doesn’t play with the cats as much, so she is pictured with M.

These sweet kitties have truly become part of our family, and I am grateful for how great they have been for me and the girls.  M & A used to be afraid of animals, but they aren’t anymore.  In fact, A is the first one to ask to pet someone’s dog.  And my husband has grown pretty fond of them, too…with no allergy trouble.  🙂

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Comments on: "Thankfulness- Day 2" (6)

  1. So long as this is it… I mean no other surprise topics such as Huh… god and jesus. I love it

    • My blog is primarily about parenting children with special needs, however I am also a Christ follower and because God, Jesus and my faith are an integral part of my life I do mention them on occasion in my posts. I am sure some of my days of thankfulness will involve my faith and talk more in depth about it. I do not push my fait on anyone, but I also do not appologize for my faith.

  2. Great post! Cats can be great stress relievers. Although I have to say, one of my cats likes to lick just as much as any dog!

  3. bargainhuntermum said:

    My oldest son (now 18) had whooping cough at 3 mths (despite being immunized) so suffered with learning difficulties thru out school. Having gone thru the tender years with a child with special needs (he’s a typical teenager / young adult now). I can very much relate to u and ur trials and triumphs. My faith gives me strength and a beautiful balance of life. Faith in ur religion I think, is part of ur foundation of a human being and i hold my faith close to my heart like u do. U def have my support. Xox

    • Thank you! I am so glad you son is well now. I couldn’t make it through without my faith…you’re right, it helps you see the beautiful balance of life. 🙂

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