By Angela

My Cats

The cats are living alarm clocks, going off around 7:30 am and 4:30 pm, reminding me to feed them and think of someone else other than myself. They won’t allow me much time to pull the covers over my head and withdraw from the world, before they literally start needling me with their sharp claws and throwing their bodies all over me, pushing me to get up! Sadie and Indy-Anna also act as my bedtime buddies, offering a cuddly, purring body-warmers at night. Indy begins beckoning to me around 11 pm. Though their sandpaper kisses and piercing nail massages are not particularly relaxing, I do appreciate their displays of affection.

Indy has a particularly endearing way of thanking me. Many outdoor cats display their thanks with offerings of dead animals they catch. Since she is entirely an indoor cat, she does not have the opportunity to hunt for these kinds of loving presents. Instead, she does her hunting in a closet which is the home of a box of Beanie Babies. She lovingly places numerous and varied Beanie Baby prey around my chair. One night I counted 23!

© Angela Cramer, 2008

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5 Responses to “My Cats”

  1. October 9, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Cats are the most intelligent animals on earth, in my personal opinion. They can easily adapt to nearly any circumstance they encounter. I could tell you many stories about Gray Tail, Booger, Socks, Pepper, Ghost and many others.

    You have such a wonderful site! I can only imagine what you have gone through to get to this point, and it is amazing that you have been able to do what you are doing given your unique circumstance.

    Personally, I am (so far at least!) a cancer survivor. Mine was “adeno esophageal carcinoma”, and when I was diagnosed there was a 1-in-5 chance of getting through the operation.

    …Anyway, here we are, 5 years later, and meet on this crazy internet by pure happenstance. You have lifted me tonight, dear friend!

    God loves you, Girl!


  2. October 9, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I would love to hear your cat stories. The purpose of this section of my website are to help others understand how therapeutic pets can be.
    One of my OTs was strongly encouraging me to get rid of my pets. I told her that she didn’t understand that 1) many of them have been with me so long, that they are family members and 2) they contribute in a HUGE way to my functioning and desire to keep hanging in here.
    I recently had a medical re-evaluation and the doctor asked me what time I get up. I told him I HAVE to get up between 6 and 8 a.m. That’s because the cats WILL NOT let me sleep longer than that! Indy throws her body at me, and then they both get the dogs riled up. The dogs get the birds started with their squawking and singing. (Sometimes McGyver says, “Oh, Vod, shut up!” but Vodka doesn’t listen) The birds’ singing hurts the dogs’ ears, so they both start howling. With all of that commotion, I cannot be lazy or too depressed to get up. They are so much more effective than an alarm clock!
    Remember, I want to hear back from you on some of your cat stories. I will keep you in my prayers for continued good health.

  3. 3 gen
    October 14, 2008 at 2:26 am

    yup, the cats def make their own needs well known here as well. they are the ones who will wake me when i am finally resting, because they want a drink from the faucet, since the water bowls are shared by the icky dogs, lol.

  4. 4 Stacey
    October 16, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Felix is my alarm clock too except when he wants to eat early. If I do it once, he doesn’t forget.
    When I have to leave very early in the morning, I have too, but I ignor him if he try’s to wake me early.


  5. October 16, 2008 at 10:15 am

    My cat, Indy, has this annoying habit of throwing her body on top of my face. She positions herself so that she stands by my head and then throws her whole body on my head and her body slides off my face. Very peculiar, but extremely creative.

    Have you seen this cartoon of a cat trying to wake up its owner? It is soooo funny! I think people who are cat owners can really appreciate the humor.

    Copy the following information, place the address in your browser and hit “enter.” Make sure your volume is turned on.


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