*Republished from the January 2017 issue of The Kayseean
Everybody likes to have that one friend that they can tell anything to and who will not say anything to anyone about it–right? Unfortunately, those friends can be hard to come by. However, we can always go to our pets if we are upset or need to tell something and be assured the secret will be kept.
I’ve had my cat for about eight months and he is a big ball of fuzz that likes to chase his own tail and destroy the blinds on the front window of my apartment. His name is Mick. Yes, exactly like Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, which have been around since the early 1960s.
Mick likes to wander around the apartment randomly during the night and eventually end up at the foot of my bed when I wake up at 5:30 every morning. He does not like to wake up that early and is usually fast asleep when I return from my run. HIs two favorite things to do are to eat and to sleep, in that order.
Mick does not like to destroy my stuff around the apartment like he did when he was first introduced into his new home from the Washington County Animal Shelter in Johnson City, Tennessee. He is more calm and enjoys sitting in the warm sun or the warmest part of the house when no sun is shining.
Mick is not only my cat, but also he is the friend that I can tell anything to.
I believe that pets, in general, can understand how we humans feel. I believe they try to comfort us when we are having a bad day or when we are depressed.
Mick calms me after a long day when he curls up beside me. I suggest that if you feel alone or need something to help you get out of bed every morning, get a pet. Whether it be a cat, dog, goldfish, hamster, or whatever, caring for a pet can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. You may think you don’t like the responsibility at first, but a bond will develop and you will love your pet once you get attached. I promise you that pets will love you back, too.
I hate not returning home some nights, not just because I want to get to sleep, but I don’t like the thought of leaving my cat wondering if I’m alive or not. That is when you know you have developed a bond between yourself and your pet.
Pets are not only there to have fun with, but they are also life-long companions.