This little boy-cat and I have a special connection.
We pet parents know that our babies love us, how they shower us with affection with gentle nuzzling, leg rubbings, purring or patting us on the cheek. it is this love that can’t fully be described, you have to experience it. It is because of our love for them that they feel safe showing their love to us. If I had human kids, I wouldn’t love them more. So when I read the ASPCA email with the title “Mothers are pet parents too”, My thought was It’s about time!
I know many, many families that are made up of human and non-humans. I can see the love they shower on all their kids, whatever form they are in. Is that to say we don’t recognize our cats, dogs or rabbits as the beings they are? No, but we give them the same love, respect and affection we would for our other human family members. I am so glad that the consciousness is growing, Pet-Moms are being recognized. I am asking my boy-cat, Oski to respect my boundaries more and respond quicker for a Mother’s day gift. I can feel he is pondering over that one. I believe he will agree. He does his best to please us. he is a loving cat.
We have 5 wonderful 4-legged kids, but Oski (shown at the left) and I have a special bond. He just turned 10 and as he has matured, he listens and responds to my requests. He will now sit and look at me when he wants a snack. He uses sign language to let me know when he wants to be on my lap. He also gives hi-fives and shakes hands. He will use his feline cadence to carry on a conversation and tell me about his day. Because I know that animals do listen and a cat learns a vocabulary of 50 words, I know he is getting the jest of my conversation. He still likes to be carried and cradled like a baby and he still loves the baby talk. When he wants to show affection he will pat me on the cheek with his paw.I remember one day I was crying at a sad movie. He was in my lap. He turned to me, looked at me intently and then put his paw on my cheek. This is a demonstration of love. It isn’t an instinctual response to some stimulus.
For all you pet parents out there, why don’t you share some of the ways your 4-legged kids show you love and this year, for your friends who have four-legged, furry, feathered or gilled, send them a Mother’s day card. We will appreciate it!