4 October 2017

Taking Time Out With My Cat

This post is probably going to be a little different from any other post I have published before but seeing as I class myself as a "lifestyle blogger" and the post topic is something within my life, then why on earth not mix it up a bit.

I post fairly often about my family, fashion, male grooming, tech, and a whole host of other subject areas but I have never actually mentioned the fifth member of our family before. 

I wish I could still say the fifth and sixth members, but sadly we lost one of our beautiful little cats, Peaches around a year ago now to a rare form of that ever horrible "C" word.

It was a very sad time in our household and it took us a long time to get over it - she is still sadly missed by us all and especially by her brother, Mario - our lovely fifth family member.

The cats were inseparable - we adopted them together and together they stayed until the end.
Mario was, and still is, so laid back and loves being picked up and cuddled, whereas Peaches was the hyperactive cat who loved her cuddles for so long, and then she had enough and hated being near anybody. 

They certainly were the cutest two-some around.

We always had other cats come to visit them too, it was so funny, they would just sat at the back door, waiting, kind of looking like they were knocking for our two to pop out and play.
But Mario and Peaches, the ever funny duo, just didn't want to know, they were happy being in each other's company so I suppose you can imagine just how much of a culture shock the loss was for Mario.

Like I said this was all-around a year ago and since then the changes we have seen in Mario are amazing.  I don't know if it is down to all of the extra love he receives from us - especially from his biggest fan - Willow - who is mesmerized by him.
She follows him around the house...even though most of the time he is just running away from her and all of her loudness, but you can tell that he does love all of the attention really.

He now entertains (to an extent) the little cat crew he has acquired who will come to chill out in the garden with him and they still all come and sit on the doorstep waiting for him to come out to play.

Actually, I really wish I could show him more attention but because I work long hours and then come home and spend time with the kids until bedtime, time with the fluffball is limited but I know the small things I do for him he likes.
He knows when the kitchen door opens between five and six o'clock in the morning he's there, waiting for me all happy and excited because he knows it's breakfast time.

And yes, that is usually my morning job, and whilst cleaning out cat bowls and making sure all the old cat food is thrown out might not be the best of early morning duties seeing the little furry little thing running rings around my legs because he's so excited for his grub food makes it all worthwhile.

We definitely do have a very demanding cat and to be honest, he gets away with it - he will only eat a certain make and type of cat food and will only start to tuck into anything when we have placed down a handful of cat treats too.

He's always been the same and so was Peaches, -fussy - even when we first got them as babies they would only ever eat one certain type of Kitten Food.

But we don't mind the fussiness (the fussy, expensive price tag we mind a little more) and we love spending time with him, pampering him as much as possible.

He certainly doesn't miss out on any of the love or attention cats deserve just because I work, my wife is now a stay-at-home-mum who not only gets to spend all day with our beautiful daughter but also gets to spend a lot of time with Mario too.

It's so important to have a bit of time with your cats and whilst I know they love doing their own thing and we won't see him for hours at a time, they know where they are loved and I suppose half of the time they pop back because they've missed you (the other half because they want their food) and I really noticed this last week when we spent a lot of time with Willow being admitted to hospital.

Simone stayed with Willow in the hospital and I was at home a bit more doing my Dad's Duties with Charlie, making sure he had everything ready for school and that he got to his bus on time before rushing backward and forwards to the hospital.
When I was at home I spent quite a lot of time making sure it was nice and tidy for Simone and Willow's return and it was during this time at home when I noticed how much Mario wanted attention and to play during the day.
I don't know if it was simply because he wasn't used to me being at home throughout the day but he wouldn't leave me alone and do you know what, I really enjoyed it. 

And I know this sounds quite selfish of me but it was nice to have a little Dad and Cat time during the day - obviously, I wish it had been under nicer circumstances - but this has all changed again now Simone and Willow are back home - he's all over them two again.

But it was definitely fun whilst it lasted.

What's your relationship like with your cats?

How do you spend time together?


“This post is a collaboration with WHISKAS®, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website for more information on their cat food and their YouTube channel for fantastic Kitten Kollege videos.”

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