One Special Cat

I’ve never been a cat person.  I’ve always preferred dogs, having grown-up with them all through out my childhood.  As a child, I didn’t have any experience with cats.  They meant nothing to me.

But Boots?  Boots is a special cat.

At the beginning, I wasn’t fond of her at all.  We got her for T when she was about two years old.  The plan was to get a cat first, then a dog.  I wasn’t really keen on the idea of having a cat.  But gave in.  We got Boots from a local cat rescue centre down here in Cornwall.  She moved in with us and that was it.

She didn’t pull at my heartstrings, not like some pets did.  But I was very impressed on how patient she always was with little T who liked to pull her tail and whose idea of fun was strangling the poor cat.  She never hissed or scratched her.  Even though she herself was only young at that time (around six months), she never hurt T and for that I was very grateful.  But she was still just a cat to me.

When we first got her, she didn’t like to be petted by other people except T.  If I did it or my husband, she’d allow it only for a while and then leave as if to say “That’s enough”.  She was never an affectionate cat.

Then we lost her.

And I found myself missing our Boots and even pining for her.  After a year, my husband “found her”, we kept her inside till we moved house and now, she’s a changed cat.  As I keep saying, she prefers the indoors to the outdoors.  And since our house move was delayed time and again, Boots was forced to stay indoors and because of that, we all grew closer to her.  And now, I can say and really mean it, I am very fond of our Boots.  And I have a suspicion the feeling is mutual.

When I’m sitting on the sofa, she’ll sit on my lap and allow me to pet her.  She’d fall asleep and just lay there, only waking up to hiss at the dog if Doc dares go near us.

And when I’m lying on the bed reading, she’d come to me and sit on my chest, purring and fall asleep.  I don’t dare move even though I really want to, or even need to.

In the mornings, when she’s on our bed, I’d wait for her to wake-up before I even bother to make the bed.

T of course loves her too.  They’ve always had a special bond.

But Boots and I?  Ours has just begun.

Do you have a special bond with your pet or even as a child?

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    We always had cats as children but because of this I always wanted a dog. I now have a massive white GSD and he’s a bit of a monster puppy but I couldn’t live without him now.
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  2. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    I’ve always been a cat person, my last two were brothers and I had them for 17 and 19 years. It broke my heart when I lost them. Brewster has been with us 4 years, I love him, but not in the same way as Monty and Roxy. He likes being outside more than they did for one thing. We’d certainly wouldn’t be without him though #AnimalTales
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    • It was awful when we thought that we had lost Boots, can’t imagine life without her 🙁

  3. I never had a pet as a child but had a budgie a few years ago whom was a cute and chirpy little thing. I’m not really a cat or a dog person but would love another budgie and maybe a guinea pig one day.
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  4. oh what a lovely story, I’m so glad you are now bonding with Boots, she’s a lovely looking cat. I too was brought up with dogs but I’ve owned cats most of my ‘grown-up’ life. We had four of them last year, but we lost two that had been with us for 16 years. We still have the other two though and they drive me nuts sometimes but I know I’ll never be without a cat x
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    • How awful to have lost two, but yes, you still have the others, even though they do drive you mad sometimes 😉

  5. Lisa Jane

    Aw what a lovely post. My boys are so keen to have a pet but I keep putting it off because I know they are so time consuming and we would struggle when we go away.

    • That is so true about pets. When we went abroad for a month last summer, we spent a fortune at the kennel! 🙁

  6. Cathy Glynn

    Most definitely, my cat is a funny old thing, fuss him too much and he will bite you, don’t fuss him and he swaggers off in a mood. x

  7. Rosie @greenrosielife

    Moo and I have a VERY special bond – she likes B and my other half, loves T but simply adores me. She sits on my lap, runs to me when I come in the room and forces me to perch on the edge of my seat when I am working as she is there behind me! (I don’t mind really LOL). I was mortified when we lost her for 2 days. Yup – she has snook completely into my heart! #AnimalTales
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  8. Danielle

    Boots sounds such a lovely cat, I was the exact same with my cat tinkerbell, I didn’t want her but so glad we picked her she too was from a rescue centre my little boy who’s 1 loves her and she sounds just like boots so patient with him, agree with the bed making I wait till she’s awake before I make the bed


    Wow what a great story and amazing you found her after being lost for that long too.

    • I honestly never thought we’d get her back. I’m glad we did 🙂

  10. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    W have cats (two siamese ladies called Mushu and Nala) and a chihuahua called Barbie (hold the snickers, I was a teenager when we got her) and a Shar Pei pup called Yoda – who is becoming a bit of an instagram heartthrob haha! H x
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    • You’re forgiven, as you say, you were a teenager then 😉 Have to visit your IG, want to see Yoda! x

  11. You don’t have to choose to be a cat of dog person! Just be an animal person, like me! I understand the struggle once you’ve bonded with an animal…glad you got her back though!

    Oliver x

    • Oh it isn’t really a struggle 😉 I’m still pretty much a dog person actually, but Boots is special. I like all animals too, but there are some that I wouldn’t like as pets … like snakes!

  12. Sarah @theparentingtrials

    Awww I love cats, as a child we somehow managed to home a group of 5 kittens whose mother didn’t seem to want them, she was my friends cat and was outdoors like all the time kind of abandoned them. Anyway we took her kittens in and there was one that seemed to stand out from the rest that I loved it would always come upstairs and cuddles up on the bed with me before and after school 🙂

  13. Fashion and Style Police

    Good you got her back. She is gorgeous. Lovely eyes.

  14. Ana De- Jesus

    I have always been a cat person, they are such wonderful pets. I think that Boots took a while to form a bond because it was a rescue cat and obviously during the time Boots went missing she realized she missed her human pal.
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    • I’m glad she’s a changed cat. I don’t worry about her anymore.

  15. Mudpie Fridays

    Awww very sweet, still can’t get over how you lost her. We have a cat who has adopted Monkey as his favourite member of the family and actually waits for cuddles now in the morning! Xx
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  16. Boots seems like a very special cat indeed – and very cute! 🙂

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