Oh how I love my kitty cat, Mietta! She found me back in September 2010. She was three months old, had an injured eye and was sick. I had gone outside at the apartment I used to live in and had sat down on the stairs. Since I lived on the second floor, I didn’t expect anything to bump me from behind. The bump scared me to death! I turned around to see this little gray kitten who proceeded to rub against me excessively and was purring. I picked it up (I’m calling her “it” because at the time I didn’t know if she was a boy or girl) and took it around to every apartment nearby to find out who it belonged to. Everyone said that no it wasn’t their cat. The last apartment I tried said they had seen someone drop off three kittens…a white, a black and a gray. The white one and the black one, a family took in and adopted. The gray one was sick and injured so they didn’t take it. At this point, I looked down at its little face and listened to it purring in my arms…what was I to do? I’d walked around for an hour taking it from apartment to apartment and had become a little attached. I couldn’t just sit it back down to let who knows what happen to it. I didn’t need a cat, I had just left my job for a move across country and the move fell through because of where I was supposed to live when I got there. I could barely afford to keep myself afloat much less the expense of a pet. Times were really hard while I was trying to regroup. I decided the next day, I’d take it to the shelter so they could give it medical attention and find it a home. In the meantime, I’d try asking my Facebook friends if anyone was interesting in adopting it. I took a photo of it and posted it there.
In the meantime, I had to run to the store and get a small litter box, litter, a scoop, two bowls, a small carrier for the next day, and some food. I locked it in the bathroom and took off. When I got back, it was just as purring and happy as could be. It ate like crazy and then slept at my feet while I worked on the computer.
Little by little, that little kitty cat was stealing my heart…I just didn’t know it yet.
Morning came and brought several of my Facebook friends who were wanting to adopt it. But I wasn’t going to do that. She and I had already been playing for a while with some yarn and a bottle cap. I laughed and laughed and my heart was full of love for her! I’d already decided to keep the kitty. Or maybe it decided for me, I’m not really sure. I went ahead and drove 30 minutes away to the nearest animal shelter to get it checked out for its sickness and see what was wrong with its eye. The doctor was awesome there and told me that it was a she, three months old, had an eye infection and a cold. I was given some ointment to put in her eye for a few weeks as well as some liquid medicine for her cold.
I felt as though I was saving her back in September 2010. But what happened in addition to that is that she saved me, too. I went through some really dark and depressing times, especially from the end of 2010 to about June of 2012. If she hadn’t been there, I’m quite sure I would have never had the laughs, enjoyment and most of all love that was wrapped up in the form of one silvery gray kitty cat.
I took better care of her than I ever took care of myself back then. If she needed something, I got it. Even if I couldn’t get it for myself.
That story comes about because of the latest burlap flag I created. This one is for dog lovers…I’ve had some dogs I’ve truly loved in my life, too. It says proudly “We ❤ Our Dog!”. Here’s how it turned out:
I have them in my shop here. I have to make a cat one soon, too. I’m thinking a silhouette of a cat, a mouse, a fish and/or a ball of yarn. Or maybe there’s a better idea. That’s why I couldn’t do the cat one first. There are just too many choices and I want to pick just the right one. My special little Mietta deserves it! 🙂