You think your cat is awesome? Not compared to Meow. This is fact.
Let me also mention, we only had Meow for a week, but he made the impact of a lifetime on me. I love all animals, but when it comes to dogs vs. cats, let's just say I am NOT a cat person. Plus, I'm allergic. Not fun. But thanks to this cat, someday, I will get another cat, I will name it Meow von Redux, and I will take claritin every day of my life because I need another cat like this.
First things first, I knew this little kitty was special because when Mike and I got home from going out to dinner, he walked out of a bush, right up to us, followed us up 3 flights of stares, and walked right into our apartment like he owned the place. What kind of cat does that? Exactly. Meow= Ballsy McAwesome.
So, we took the little fur ball into our home and gave him a cat bath. Yes, a cat bath. Poor Meow was desperately flee-ridden, and although I knew that scratches were to come, this kitty needed a bath, so we gave him one. I then proceeded to pick every single dead flee out of his fur with a pair of tweezers. There were at least 100, and he was just a wee little bitty kitty.
Wet and pissed off.
After getting through the initial trauma of getting a bath, he got all dried off and proceeded to snuggle with Sophie. Yes, snuggle with a dog he had just met. Keep in mind, Sophie is not known for her "getting to know you" etiquette. She was all up in his face, licking and sniffing him, and not once did he raise a paw to her.
Sophie investigating; Meow, totally calm.
Seriously, Meow was, and is, the most laidback cat you'll ever meet. He would actually snuggle in your lap and let you pet and hold him. Not your average cat by any stretch. Oddly enough, he also went completely limp when you would pick him up. I later found out that the laidback attitude and going limp upon being held were main characteristics of his breed. Needless to say, whenever we do end up with Meow von Redux, he will indeed be of the same breed.
See? Limp as a noodle.
Unfortunately after about a week, my allergies just couldn't take it anymore and we decided to take him to the Humane Society in Orlando. When we dropped him off, I cried like a baby, and the next day I returned to the Humane Society to take him back. I was told that they had already sent him to PetSmart to try to get him adopted quickly, and when I called PetSmart they told me that he had already been adopted.
I was heartbroken. I'm still heartbroken. Even though I know we did the right thing by rescuing him in the first place, and I know that he's with a family that loves him (and doesn't have allergies), I can't help but to feel a huge sense of regret. After almost 3 years, I still miss him. I wish I could have gotten him back. I would happily take Claritin for the rest of my life if I could just have my Meow back.
His little pink paws were so adorable.
I miss you, Meow. <3
Have you ever had to give a pet away? Have you ever taken in a stray only to fall in love with him/her?
Up next: A fraidy-dog named Spade.