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A little over 2 years ago, I adopted 2 kittens, from 2 different litters. My friend found a litter in her backyard, and my boyfriend found a litter at his work. A few weeks later, I was the proud caretaker of 2 little sweethearts. I grew up with dogs. Really big dogs. Rottweilers to be exact. I loved dogs, their cuddliness, their protective nature, and their companionship. So why did I end up with 2 kittens? I had been wanting some sort of pet for a while, and a dog seemed like too much for that point in my life. I wanted a pet that was more independent than a dog, but one that I could still cuddle with. A cat made sense.
I really don’t think I prepared myself for the 2 rambunctious, tiny fur balls. They had their own idea of training (which was not the same as with my dogs), and they stayed up all night like 2 drunken college kids. My ottoman became their personal scratching post and every toilet paper roll in the apartment was fair game to become a toy. Oh, but how I loved them. There are three things that my cats have taught me about love, life and happiness that I want to share with you.
(1) You Can’t Change Someone No matter how much I wanted the tiny, sweet kittens to act more like a dog, it wasn’t going to happen. They were energetic, tiny shredders filled with love and cuteness. This is the same with humans. Every person comes with good and bad, and you have to decide if the good outweighs the bad or vice versa. So I learned to keep the bathrooms doors closed at all times, and I bought multiple scratching posts, strategically placed throughout the apartment. I loved them, and learned how to work around their shenanigans.
(2) Love is Unconditional Seeing as I didn’t grow up with cats, I was severely misinformed about their personality. I assumed that they were very independent, moody animals. I was far from the truth. These 2 creatures give me more love than I could possibly need. I know, deep down in my heart, that they were meant to be a part of my life. I have no idea what I would do without them.
(3) Forgiveness is Always the Best Choice Holding a grudge only breeds hatred. I could have thrown in the towel at the first sign of ruined toilet paper, but I didn’t. We learned to understand each other, more so me than them. I’ve forgiven them for spilling the glass of water onto my laptop, and they’ve forgiven me for not giving them fresh water every hour, on the hour. That’s what love’s all about. I’d love to know what you’ve learned from your pets! Let me know in the comments below.