Looking after the furriest family members, our pets*

Almost everyone I know has a pet of some variety, be it cats, dogs, fish, rabbits, rodents, reptiles… the list is So so long. Pets are a really important family for the majority of people, unless maybe you just have goldfish, and rightly so, there’s something really special about a loving, or really loved, pet.

Before we go any further, I just want to make sure you know that this is a Sponsored post – Everything I’m writing about is, of course, totally genuine, we do love our pets and these are our pets, but it’s sponsored none the less. But anyway…

We’ve had a Lot of pets over the years, growing up I was really unlucky as we had so many cats I began to lose count – We lost a lot to roads, we lost one to poison, one just disappeared. There’s something utterly devastating about losing a pet, we’re a society where our pets matter a great deal to us and it really can be like losing part of the family.

The older I’ve got the more I’ve seen it, too. I have friends with dogs, especially, where they have their own paddling pools and these pups are treated like babies rather than just pets – It’s a really lovely thing when a pet, or a number of pets, can enhance our lives in the way that they do. I may hate cleaning up the sick and the poop but our cats definitely enhance our lives, without a doubt.

It’s funny because when you think about pets being part of the family there’s something that you don’t always realise but that’s really worth considering – What happens to our human family members if they get ill? Well the NHS covers the cost. But what happens if our pets become ill? This is why I think it’s really worth thinking about pet insurance for animals such as cats and dogs, their vets fees can cost a fortune and I hate to imagine what it’d feel like if our funds just couldn’t cover the cost.

We’ve got a tank with some goldfish in which are Ethan’s pets but the main two pets we have, the real part of the family pets that we have, are our two cats. The beauty above is Misty – This was taken about 10 years ago when she was a lot younger but I’ve always loved this picture and I just had to use it when I got the chance to write a pet related post. She’s a very old kitty now, she’s thinned out a lot and much more rough and scraggy fur but she’s also much more loving. She was always my Mum’s cat but she’ll seek me out for a stroke and some fuss, now, too, she’s a total attention seeker and loves anyone who’ll give her their time.

 

Penny, on the other hand, was always my cat, and I mean Mine! From the very day I brought her home, as a tiny kitten, she was obsessed with me, she wanted to be with me 100% of the time. She used to get jealous of people who attention away from her, and back when I was in uni I had to shut her out of the room or I couldn’t concentrate on assignments… only to find her in the laundry basket right outide by bedroom door, snuggled into some of my used bedding. Even crazier still, back when I used to stay over at other people’s places, if the phone rang she’d go running to the phone in the hope that it was me so that my Mum could let her listen to me talking… yup, until Ethan was born she really was my baby, she didn’t want anyone else.But of course, when you have a baby in the house, and two cats who aren’t very child friendly. Well Penny still loves me and comes for cuddles when she can but it’s nowhere near as often any more, and she now enjoys spending time with my mum who she used to turn her nose up at previously – They really are funny little things.

I am a strong believer that we are better off insuring our pets, both cats and dogs are such integral parts of our families that we are distraught when something happens. So, at least, if you have insurance you have a plan in place, you can ensure that they get the care they need, even if you’re struggling for money. If you’ve not considered pet insurance then I’d really recommend having a look – I just hate to think of people losing a much loved pet due to the massive fees that can occur sometimes. In fact I quite want to have a cuddle off our cats after having written this haha!

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2 Comments

  1. beautyqueenuk September 3, 2014 / 10:58 am

    I have three cats and I couldn't be without them. They wake me up every morning with a headbutt or a swish of the tail in the face and it always makes me smile x

    • admin September 3, 2014 / 11:28 am

      I miss how close I was with Penny but she's still a lovely happy kitty 🙂 xx

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