If you’ve been here much, you’ll also know I love cats! I have always loved them my whole life and in 2014, I unexpectedly adopted my first kitty of my own. She was a senior with hyperthyroidism and her special needs just made her all the more love-able. As a new cat owner, it was surprisingly easy to look after her medical needs.

Sidney was my first cat, and the feline version of the love of my life. We developed a very close bond in a short amount of time. She was my beautiful little girl, she let me carry her around in my arms and had the loudest purr I ever heard. She was a sensitive soul much like myself and it devastated me when we had to say goodbye because she had terminal cancer. You can read more about my one-year journey with Sidney. Senior cats are the best and I have a special love for senior ladies now.

This is good because less than a week after saying goodbye to Sidney, before I was ready to adopt again (even though I knew I would someday), Amber arrived in my life. Amber is a senior calico with a gentle and adventurous spirit. While Sidney liked to stay by my side all day, never went outside on her own and was very cuddly, Amber is quite the opposite. She has been an outdoor cat her entire life, all the neighbors know her and she is very friendly but only likes cuddling sometimes. Looking after Amber has been quite different for me and it took me time to heal and come to love her as I do now!

Zipper was a kitten I fostered for two months. She had a rare congenital kidney abnormality which caused her some discomfort and made her a bit trickier to adopt out. Most of her first four months of life were spent in a hospital once she was lucky enough to be rescued from the streets. When I brought her home, it was the first time she got to run around around freely and sleep with a human in a bed at night. She just loved it! I am so happy I brought her home. She’s a very loving girl, and she touched me deeply during those two months before she got adopted.

Mutts Comics by Patrick McDonnell, Nov 5, 2011

If you are able, foster a cat or kitten for a rescue group or shelter! You, too, can save a life. Fostering opens up a space for another cat to be rescued that might not have a chance otherwise. Adopt a senior or special needs cat if you are able to, they have the most love to give and are often much easier to care for than you might expect.