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How I Gave My Life A Purpose By Adopting 2 Cats

January 23, 2018 (Last Updated: March 22, 2018)
Should you adopt two cats instead of one? Absolutely. Find out why adopting an older, bonded pair gave my life purpose and changed it for the better. | lazygirl.us

The day that I adopted my two cats, Luna and Vivi, I had no idea how much I would absolutely fall in love with them.

My story is not too unfamiliar. I grew up as an only child and was not allowed to keep pets. Needless to say, my desire to have a companion, like a brother or sister, manifested in me pretty deeply.

I always knew that one day, when I had the power to choose, I would have a companion of my own.

Fast forward many years later, I signed for a 1 bedroom apartment lease during a summer internship. This was the first time that I was going to be living alone and could truly have a place to myself to do whatever I wanted with.

In college, I lived in a dorm with a roommate for 1 year, a sorority house for 2, an apartment with 2 roommates for a year, and a house with 3 roommates for a year. Needless to say, this was a very exciting new chapter in my life.

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The only downside is that sometimes being alone can make you feel completely alone. I wanted to avoid coming home to an apartment void of life so I began my pet search right away.

The thought of taking care of a living, breathing animal for the first time in my life scared me at first. I could barely take care of myself, let alone a pet.

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Especially my Neopets that have been dying of hunger for 13 years, RIP.

 

With that in mind, coupled with the fact that I love cats, I decided to adopt a cat because I knew they were more low maintenance than anything else.

But, after doing more research, I soon realized that I would benefit the most by adopting 2, older cats.

“Whoa there, crazy cat lady,” you might be thinking. Why 2?

Munchkin cat and her best friend. For more of this cute duo visit www.lazygirl.us

Well, think about it. While I’m at work or when I’m sleeping, they’ll have each other to play with to be entertained if they’re not sleeping themselves. I know that they play with each other because I witness it every time I’m home.

Cats can get lonely and stressed out if they’re by themselves for most of the day. Finding a companion is the entire point of adopting an animal, so your companion should have a companion when you’re not around.

I also knew that I should adopt older cats because they’re SUPER chill. That picture up there is what they do 90% of the time when they’re next to me on the couch.

People get caught up in adopting kittens without realizing that they are literal BABIES. They have a lot of energy still and you’ll need to play and keep them entertained while they grow older. You might even need to train them to use the litter box, not scratch up your furniture, and discourage other bad behavior.

My cats were both 5 years old when I adopted them.

Even though they’re “older,” they still love to play, are mobile, loyal, and love me unconditionally. Plus, cats regularly live to be 16+ so we’ll be a happy little family for a loooong time.

So, ready to adopt a cat? Great! Let me get this out of the way first…

Adopt, don’t shop

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Please.

I don’t mean to make anyone feel bad if they purchased their pet, but please consider adopting in the future. There are millions of homeless cats that are looking for their forever home. A lot of them were abandoned, ran away, or born without a mother to take care of them.

They’re all loving angels that just want a safe, warm place to call home.

Ask your local adoption facilities about the personalities of the different cats that they have. They each have their own unique quirks.

The ones that are last to get adopted are usually older, require medicine, or are bonded with a companion and need to be adopted together. They’ll be more than happy to show you the ones that need love the most.

You can even still adopt “unique” breeds of cats from shelters. When I went in and told them that I wanted 2 older, bonded cats, they immediately introduced me to my future family.

Vivi is a munchkin cat, whose breed is, as you guessed it, pretty rare and RIDICULOUSLY cute. She’s best friends with Luna who is a standard short haired tortie.

See more of Vivi the Munchkin Cat at lazygirl.us,

I was shocked and horrified when I was told that people would come in and say they wanted to separate the two just so they could have the munchkin. They’d say Luna wasn’t “pretty enough” or that they only wanted the munchkin to give to their kid.

After a while, the shelter actually kept them in the back and waited for someone like me to arrive who wanted them both. I was so excited and felt so honored that I came back the next day and adopted them.

And they’ve changed my life ever since.

I now have at least one purpose in life figured out

The most important part of this story is not how I saved them, but how they saved me.

Before my cats I never really felt attached to anything. Sure, I love my friends and family, but my cats have been there for me at the lowest points in my life.

I have cried, talked through major decisions in my life, and practiced conversations and interviews in front of them on so many different occasions.

It’s just different when you have a nonspeaking, nonjudgmental, lifeform there to listen to you.

The best part is that they truly feel more like companions instead of something I need to take care of. They love to snuggle up with me on the couch while I watch TV or write. They wait for me by my front door when I come and greet me with a chorus of meows. It’s almost like they’re dogs, honestly.

Because they’re my best friends at this point, I need to protect them at all costs.

Even on my worst days, when I’m barely able to take care of myself, I look into their eyes and know I have to keep pushing for them.

They rely on me for food, shelter, and love. Cats can show love. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.

They remind me to get out of bed, go to the store, feed them and myself. Not only does it allow me to not make excuses, but I get unconditional love in return.

This is the power of pets.

So, ready to adopt yet?

I believe everyone should experience the loving and healing power of cats, but some things need to be considered first.

Questions to consider before you adopt animals:

  • Can you afford it?
    • You can expect to pay $75 amount monthly on quality food, litter, and $100-200 yearly for shots and medical needs. Toys may cost you $30 a year, depending on how picky your cat is (mine prefer twist ties and bottle caps soooo not a lot of spending for me).
      • Tip: Adoption is usually free and they’ll sometimes include updated flea treatment, shots, spay/neuter treatment, and a microchip on the house as well.
  • Does your living space allow it?
    • Does your apartment allow cats or dogs? If so, you might have to register them and pay a monthly fee.
      • Tip: Save money by only registering one of your cats because unless your apartment does thorough searches, they’ll never know shhhh.
    • If you have roommates, do they allow it? It’s almost impossible to keep cats out of certain areas without a full wall and door so don’t count on “keeping them to yourself.”
    • Please don’t pretend that an animal is a service animal when they’re not. You make ALL service animals look bad.
  • Can you dedicate the time?
    • Yeah, cats are low maintenance, but they still require some effort to take care of.
    • Do you not come home to your apartment for multiple days in a row on a regular basis?
      • If so, do you have someone to watch them? My cats do just fine with some dry food left out if I’m gone for a while. If you’re leaving longer than a week and have no one to watch them you should board them. Boarding usually goes for $1/day per cat.
    • Can you remember to scoop their litter once a day?
    • Can you remember to feed them once or twice a day?
    • Are you able to play and snuggle with them when you’re home?
      • Even when I’m highly engaged with something, when my cats ask for love I make sure to give it to them.

And that’s basically it! If you can honestly answer these questions and understand that cats can be a decade long partnership, visit some adoption shelters and ask for a bonded pair. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

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And because I’m inevitably going to post about them sometime in the future…

Meet the cats

Luna

See more of Luna the cat at www.lazygirl.us

Birthday: April 1 🤡

Favorite food: Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Fancy Feast

Favorite activities: Late night zoomies, licking Vivi’s face, attempting to groom me, sleeping on people’s laps, sneaking into everything she can fit into, rolling over and singing me the song of her people when I come home, being my weekend alarm

 

Vivi

See more of Vivi the Munchkin Cat at www.lazygirl.us

Birthday: November 11

Favorite food: Chicken & Liver Fancy Feast

Favorite activities: Being a grump, waddling, purring in my ear, sprinting to her food bowl every time I get up, sleeping, being held, head bunting anything and everything, licking my forearms, attempting to fight Luna with her T-rex arms, being cute af

 

If you want to see entirely too much of them, follow me on Instagram.

With Love & Positivity

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    krati
    February 10, 2018 at 6:45 AM

    People who adopt are kinda like heroes! I wish I could adopt a dog, but right now there are more limitations than I can handle. Someday, I will though! you are awesome for encouraging people to adopt. This is so very important.

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      February 16, 2018 at 7:35 PM

      Thank you! I hope that you get to adopt one day! It’s life changing!

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    Honey
    February 1, 2018 at 12:41 PM

    As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to show this to my mum (but I’ll have to translate it first haha). I’ve wanted a dog for about 15 years now and she’s just doesn’t wanna hear it.
    I have a brother so I wasn’t alone, but I always wanted a dog too. And now my brother moved (is moving) out and I feel like a piece of me is going to miss and I just need someone who will be there for me no matter what (I know this sounds a bit extreme cause my brother is just moving out, but it’s actually a big deal for me).
    Although I’m really not a cat person, I totally understand you. Animals are way better than some people and we need to surround our selves with positive living beings 😀
    great post!

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

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      Leslie Johnson
      February 1, 2018 at 2:42 PM

      Yes! I’m glad that this is going to help you to convince your mom! Life truly feels a lot better having an animal. Good or bad days, I can rely on my animals being there for me unconditionally and it’s such a great feeling!

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    creativerootsblogcom
    January 29, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    I LOVE this post! Unfortunately I’m allergic to cats, but I can’t wait until I have a house and a yard to adopt all the dogs. I’m particularly drawn to “senior” dogs, aka over 5 like your cats, because they’re still young and playful but often overlooked at the shelters. Your cats are so so so cute!

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 30, 2018 at 7:49 AM

      Thank you! Semi-senior dogs are also the best and deserve so much more love than they get.

  • Reply
    Amber
    January 29, 2018 at 5:48 PM

    I can’t even explain how much I loved this post! I LOVE cats so much and it’s so important to adopt! When my husband and I have settled into our own place I will be making sure to add a few cats to our little family! Luna and Vivi are too adorable!! x

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 29, 2018 at 6:36 PM

      Thank you! I hope that you settle in soon so that you can add some new additions to the family!

  • Reply
    Kamira G.
    January 26, 2018 at 8:21 AM

    Oh I love your post! I’m a cat fan too. My youngest and last cat died in 2015 so I haven’t yet adopted again but know I will. I totally get it about them giving your life purpose. You are wise and clearly have thought out in advance the considerations of owning a pet. Your cats Luna and Vivi are too cute.

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 26, 2018 at 11:31 AM

      Thank you so much! It really does feel like I always have my friends near me when they’re around. I did so much research before I got them that now I think I’m spoiling them way too much! It’s okay though. Everyone’s happy in the end. Good luck with your search for a new companion!

  • Reply
    Joyce
    January 25, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    cats are nice but I have a bad memory when it comes to cats, I’ve thought of getting a dog from the animal shelter.

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 25, 2018 at 6:06 PM

      I’m sorry that you had a bad experience. I promise that not every cat is bad, like how not every dog is bad! Either way, there are definitely dogs that need to find a forever home so you’re doing the right thing regardless.

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    Beth Alice Peggie
    January 23, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    I love this! So cute, adopt dont shop til we die xxx

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 23, 2018 at 3:29 PM

      Thank you! You just can’t get the same kind of love from a store bought animal.

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    Tracie B Threadford
    January 23, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    I had a cat growing up she was my best friend, as I too was an only child until I was 10. Reading this makes me want to go and adopt a cat. Cats are so sweet and cuddly.

    • Reply
      Leslie Johnson
      January 23, 2018 at 1:33 PM

      Yes! My cats are my absolute best friends and I always enjoy their company. Go and adopt a feline friend! There are so many waiting on someone like you to help them out.

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