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A little Jynx and Serenity in my life

A little Jynx and Serenity in my life

by Mandy Valenta
(Winchester, Virginia)

Serenity and Jynx in all their glory

I was a first time cat owner. She was a beautiful calico cat. I had her since she was 4 months old. She was my joy in life. She ended up getting pregnant. I was a little nervous and upset about this at first, but as the months progressed I noticed I was becoming so excited about this new experience I would take part in.

It was October 13th..which would have been on a Friday that year of 2006. I went to the movies with some friends to see this new horror movie I was dying to see. My room mate called me and told me that Samara was acting really weird and kept circling my door and wanted to go into my room.

Mandy and Serenity

So I told him to let her in there as it was probably going to happen soon, but to text me or call me no matter what once it started happening and I would rush home.

I settled into the movie, and it was about half way through he texted me and told me she had just given birth to her first kitten. I jumped up and hurdled through a whole row of people in the theater, ran out the door and sped down the highway to my house.

I look back on it now and realize that, that was not the best thing to do, but it was as if I was a father and found out my spouse was having a baby! I thought of nothing else but to be there with her. I ran inside leaping over 3 steps at a time to get into my room, and I saw Samara laying there with her first miracle laying beside her.

I did everything I could to make sure she was as comfortable as she could be. I laid there next to her, petting her, soothing her. I felt her start to have contractions and she started to cry. I reached my arm out to her, she laid her head in my arm as she continued to deliver. And I saw that even though she was in so much pain, she was at peace knowing I was there for her.

Jynx sleeping- photo by Mandy

I had to help deliver her one. Had to help with the cord and all. It was a very disgusting and messy process. But when it was all done I laid there with her with the biggest smile on my face.

I kept a nice place for her in my room. I had never owned cats before, but for some reason when this miracle happened, I knew exactly what to do. I woke up the next morning freaking out. I could not find the kittens. I tore apart my room, hoping she did not take them into the closet where there was a lot of junk that they could get hurt. I tried to kitty proof it before she had the kittens but as we all know, cats are very sly with the things they can do.

But the last place I looked was up against the side of my bed, under my comforter by my pillow. My bed laid on the ground so I was pretty close to the floor. But I pulled back the covers and there they were, all laying together right next to where I slept.

Jynx praying -- photo Mandy

It warmed my heart knowing that Samara felt so comfortable with me that she had to have her kittens with me at all times. I could tell you a million things about the next couple years with them. There is just so much.

But the most important thing is, I was there with them from the time they were born, till now. They are some of the friendliest cats you will ever see. They do not have the typical temperament that cats have. The ill deal with me when I WANT to deal with them. If I call them, they come. If they are doing something bad and I look at them and point a finger, they stop what they are doing, look at me..meow and run away from what they were getting into.

I had to give Samara away 2 years ago. It broke my heart but she was going into a better home. She was more of an independent cat. But my two, Jynx and Serenity..I have fought tooth and nail to have by my side. They are my kids. My friends tell me at how sick it is about the relationship we have together. They are spoiled, but not to the point that is bad for them. They know their roles and what they can and can not do. Jynx which everyone knows I have taken a special bond to, she is a beige colored cat..a color I had never seen before.

But she is the ruler of the house, and she lets everyone know that she is mommies little princess. Serenity is my little vocal bundle of joy. When I come home from work, they meet me at the door, meowing and so happy to see me. As soon as I sit down they have to jump on my lap and cover me in kisses the same way a dog would to his owner. That was one of the coolest tricks I taught them when they were kittens. And to this day it still gives me butterflies when they smoother me in love. They are my life and everyone knows that if it were not for the two of them..i would not be here today.

They are my reason for waking up every single day, to continue on when everything around is getting so hard. I had lost my home, and instead of giving up and sending them to a shelter I did what I had to do to give them a good home.

They are my heart, my soul. Without them..i really am nothing. Some don't understand it. Others get it. But it really does not matter. Only what matters to us. Its been 3 years and they never cease to amaze me. My little Serenity will sleep with her face directly into the floor, or couch..pillow etc. It is the cutest thing i have ever seen. They rip and terrorize through the house and keep me on my toes. They are the biggest joy in my life. And I am so blessed I have to opportunity to experience this.

Thank you for reading


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Jun 17, 2010


May 08, 2010
Thank god, then I'm not really nutts.
by: Fred Bag-dady

Hi Mandy,

It's a great story of a great relationship, I thank god that I found this website and know now that I am not the only one that feels that my cat is my family.

I live in different socity than most of you guys, in Iraq cats are just known to be "strays" and usually considered vermins, not to me though, My relationship with Oliver "my pitch black companion" is unfathumble to every one I know, but he is as close to me as a childe would be, after all, we did share a war and a diet of tuna tins in harsh time 🙂

Wish you a very long lasting relation with Jynx and Serenity.

Fred Mirovian
Baghdad, Iraq

Feb 27, 2010
thank you
by: mandy

I want to thank everyone who took the time to read about my little lifes blessings. It is nice to see that people do understand that the love you can feel with another human just does not stop there. Animals feel love just as well as we do. and to have a bond like that, really is what makes life so special. I am blessed that i took the opportunity to be a cat owner. I always loved cats. i love all animals, but cats are by far my favorite. and you always hear so many bad things that people say about cats. yes they get into trouble. i mean the saying "curiosity killed the cat" they are very curious critters. which is why i know alot of people can not deal with them. you really do need to have a lot of patience. but in the end it really is worth it all. Michael - i will definitely send you some pictures. i have hundreds 🙂 i think my kids consume the majority of any pics i have taken.

thank you again to everyone

Feb 27, 2010
A beautiful story
by: Finn Frode, Denmark

Hi Mandy. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Considering Samara was your first cat, you showed a lot of courage and good skills helping her give birth. Holding a newborn kitten in the palm of your hand is a wonderful experience, and I think from then on you forever became a cat person.
Serenity and Jynx have grown to become beautiful cats - and forever closely bonded with you. 🙂

Feb 26, 2010
It does jump off the page
by: Michael

You are right Dorothy, the love and closeness of this relationship does jump of the screen. It is almost painful but beautiful.

Feb 26, 2010
A little Jynx and serenity in my life
by: Rudolph.A.Furtado

One of the most poignant true-life story's that i have come across in human-animal relationships.I too have a deep bonding with my 2 pet cats and parakeet which seems bizarre to non- pet owners.

Feb 25, 2010
Jynx and Serenity
by: Dorothy

The love in this story just jumps off the page (er, screen). I think anyone who comes to this website understands completely the bond you have with your lovely cats. There is nothing at all odd about it.

I wish you all well, and a long life together.


Feb 25, 2010
Warm Love
by: Michael

Mandy, thank you so much for taking the time to write about Jynx and Serenity.

I have never read about a cat/human relationship that shows so much warmth and love. Although one or two come close.

This is why you truly are Momma cat. They really do see you as their mother and you see them as your children and I for one can completely understand that.

My first cat was the daughter I never had. I still miss her and she died 16 years ago. Thanks again for sharing. If you want to upload more pictures email me with them and I will put them on the page for you:


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Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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