The Wonder of Cats

AndyReeve’s story about having his life saved by his cat, Tilly, brought to mind my own cat story. It’s not so dramatic as Andy’s, but it has always made me wonder about cats and their cosmic connection.

For many years we had a little gray cat we called Tuffy because he was such a survivor. Like all of our pets he was a reject that we picked up for a few dollars at a pet store. He’d been left there by someone who was leaving El Paso, Texas and didn’t want to take him with them. He was a soft dove gray with silver tabby markings. Like most cats, he was overloaded with personality. Tuffy lived to be 17, and was the smartest cat that I’ve ever known. Cat lovers know that’s saying something!

It was July in West Texas. The heat was horrible! Summer in El Paso meant weeks of temperatures over 100 degrees. I was 9 months pregnant with our daughter. Not fun! All I could do was lie around and pray to go into labor. El Paso was so hot that our cats would stop sitting on our laps about the first of June and not want a cuddle again until October. All of the sudden, Tuffy started sitting on my lap again. My husband even remarked how odd it was that he had started sitting close to me on the hottest week of the summer. Three days later I started having contractions. Walking up and down in our bedroom made the contractions feel better, and as I was pacing Tuffy walked behind me. At every contraction, he meowed. I still think of him as my Lamaze coach.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t so crazy about babies. When we brought our daughter home, he took one look at her and hid under the bed for days. Trix a sweet old orange tabby that we had at the same time loved babies. It was like they took watching over us in shifts. Trix’s love for babies is a story for another journal entry.

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