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Old 11-15-2013, 05:31 AM
 
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Just musing on this thought, "How does a cat add to your life?". Jasper has moved to our new place now, living with my daughter for a few weeks, and the house is so incredibly empty now. Just a nine pound fur ball left, and the house is like a tomb. He always has commentary on everything, and is constantly checking on me or SO, supervising us, or making sure we have pet him enough that day.

I really don't know how people manage without a pet. They add so much life to a house, it is amazing.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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Bobbles is a never-ending source of entertainment. She's constantly hilarious. We are very entertained by her antics. She's quite the helper too. She is very involved in everything we do. I couldn't imagine taking a bath or sitting on the toilet without her help.

We don't get much love from her, like we do our dog. Except in the middle of the night while we're sleeping. So she's probably shortening our lifespan in that regard. She is supposed to move out of state with our son soon. If she does, I'll miss having her around.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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Lowers my blood pressure.

Except this morning, in the dark, I stepped on cold vomit. My blood pressure went up.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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We can't imagine life without our four kitties. We remember how empty the house seemed after the last old dog went to the Rainbow Bridge. We find them entertaining, funny, lovable, ... and sometimes exasperating and frustrating. We wouldn't change a thing about them though.

Each has his or her own endearing little personality and we consider them in everything we do. I don't know how we thought we could ever live without pets.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: FL
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Orion saved my life and sanity, no melodrama there. I had a concussion from a car accident and was without human support, long story won't bore you, so I adopted him. That's the Reader's Digest version. He gave my life purpose and structure. That was 11 years ago, he's grown from an 11 ounce puff of fur to a beautiful friend and is also a friend to my beloved dog who I was amazed he accepted when I got as a puppy.

Orion is placid and kind but aloof with most except the dog and me he showers us both with affection and play. He rarely is upset and when he is he doesn't become violent, he will leave rather than fight and has only once lashed out in fear, never in anger at another human or animal. That was after a blood draw from his jugular.

He reminds me that nothing in life is so huge that it will not pass, and that life itself is a short miracle.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Lowers my blood pressure.

Except this morning, in the dark, I stepped on cold vomit. My blood pressure went up.
Oh Boy- can I relate. Or go to grab the blanket at the foot of the bed to stick your hand in cold vomit. Gross
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I'm kind of an Earth Mother type- lots of children, gardening and saving abandoned plants, lots of pets. i can't adopt any more children (human) but I figure I can always have pets. My cats especially are very affectionate and whenever I sit down there is one in my lap. I couldn't live without pets.
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Old 11-15-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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My cats give me a reason to look forward to coming home after work. They give me a living remembrance of my husband and how together we fed and worried over and cared for those two little stray kittens, eventually adopted them into our home, and spoiled them to death. They're great companions and housemates, and they're soft and warm and affectionate.

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Lowers my blood pressure.

Except this morning, in the dark, I stepped on cold vomit. My blood pressure went up.
I dunno what's worse -- stepping on cold vomit, or stepping on warm vomit.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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I dunno what's worse -- stepping on cold vomit, or stepping on warm vomit.
I find them equally disgusting!
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:19 PM
 
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Last night was sitting by the fireplace [cold snap up north] winding down from work, a girl on each side of me purring because they love the heat thinking it doesn't get any better than this and knowing many people would think I had a pathetic life, they don't know what they're missing, waking up to sandpaper licking my face, as another poster put it, "velcro" girls, always there, always wanting to know what you're doing, are amusingly aloof until they hear the food come out, love them more than people, gives me a reason to look forward to going home after work because I know they'll be waiting.
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