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  1. I have made the same exact mistake as Ruth amongst others. I din’t play very much with my first cat, nor did I buy toys or anything. I didn’t even know about cat trees. But she went outdoors and was a very happy cat and I loved her very much. I used to ride into the yard on my bike and before I had stopped she would chase me and jump up onto my shoulder and bury her head into my neck to say hello, where have you been, you were gone too long! She would keep me company – I was working alot at home restoring bicycles and making art when I was still at university and she loved the activities and would hang out and play with things I wasnt using, nearby. She was the best. She is still alive and living with her sister and mum (my ex gf – we got the 2 kittens together so she is home with family) – but I never knoew anything about cats back then. So as much as I did many things for her like build her a tunnel and make her shelves and walkways and so on, I never played with a wand toy with her, nor did I buy her a cat tree. I think she was fine. She was just unhappy if I was gone too long but I was home so much that when I did go away overnight or something she was clearly annoyed but it wasn’t serious, she had me around most of the time. She was just spoiled that way perhaps. I didn’t know about nutrition and good cat food either. I gave her wet and dry. We would share cans of Albacore white tuna together. When I finally had to leave Canada I was completely heartbroken to say goodbye to her. For months before I left I was in denial – I didn’t even want to start packing up my things because I didn’t want her to see I was leaving in such a permanent basis and leaving nothing. I was an emotional wreck. It was probably the second most tragic and hard thing I ever had to deal with in my life, the first being the loss of Red. I had to leave Canada for visa reasons. I didn’t know where I was going to live etc so I couldn’t take her and I felt it would have been selfish of me to take her and put her through that when she could just go live with her littermate sister and human mum in a nice house with a garden etc. Leaving her is what made me realise that I wanted cats in my life in the future and what made me a cat person, officially.

    I loved her very much indeed but I guess back then I wasn’t sensitive or knowledgeable towards a cats needs and perhaps there were times when she was meowing at me sounding unsatisfied and I just wasn’t able to understand why or what she needed in that moment. But she lived for the outdoors, she would sit in the snow until she was covered in it, not caring, just loving to be outside. She’d come in all white and covered with snow and get the place wet shaking it off her super long fluffy fur. She was pure blue/grey with loooong thick fur and yellow eyes. She was tiny even with her enormous fluffiness. And in winter she got more fluffy, so much so that she was almost round looking from behind, when she was sitting. She was a terrible bird catcher. By that I mean she caught so many birds. I remember days when she came home with 2 pigeons. Once she caught a pidgeon and 2 other small birds in the same day. I made it clear I didn’t like it and didn’t want it in my house. She’d drag them up her tunnel into the bathroom. I’d wake up in the morning to a bathroom full of feathers like a war zone. She was very boyish. Apparently now, whenever a boy comes to the house she immediatly goes and investigates and get friendly. Probably because she lived 8 years with me. She chose me and her sister chose my ex when we split up.

    There was alot I didn’t know about cats. I have told her human mum to take her for full checkups regularly now that she is 13 or 14. I told her to take her for a full blood panel and it turns out she had the beginnings of a kidney thing but its just the start so she is on special food now. I am still looking after her from a distance – now that I know so much more. My ex was suprised how I was right about the kidneys and she was thankful I told her to have them checked for good measure, before a problem could arise. I also send money every now and then so she gets the best food and care she can get. I miss her alot when I think of her. Her name is Ziggy, she was the one grey out 6 kittens who were all black apart from her. I eneded up calling her Gigi though. Hence my cat now called Gigi. I say it a bit differently to differentiate the two though 🙂

      • I really do go on a bit long with my comments sometimes and drift away from the point. Thanks for reading – even if you don’t make it all the way! I’d totally understand 🙂

  2. Another brilliant article Michael.
    I’d only add one more basic mistake, which is thinking cats can take care of themselves, that they sleep a lot so they don’t need company, they can amuse themselves and you can go away for days and leave them alone and they will be OK.
    People need to make time for their cats, even someone going out to work full time can surely spare some of their leisure time giving their pet some love and attention and fun and games.
    Indoor cats especially need some stimulation so that life isn’t just one long boring eat and sleep routine for them.

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