Today’s guest post comes from Maryanne and her beautiful cat Derick!
Back in 1996 a friend’s cat had kittens. I was thrilled to get one because I always loved the sweet Mama cat. The one I wanted originally was a white and orange one. My friend said, “You can’t have that one, my niece wants that one.” So I said, “Then I’ll take the gray one.” She said, “That’s a good choice, he does funny things.” Well, at age 18 he’s still doing funny things.
While cats are known to be stand-offish, Derick loves people. When we have company, he works the room, going around from person to person so everyone gets to pet him — whether they are cat lovers or not, Derick gives them no choice, especially with the ladies. When Derick goes to the vet, he always comes home smelling like a perfume factory because all the ladies who work there cuddle with him. And when people come over to visit, he runs to the door to greet them, like a dog. He also loves to be held in your arms like a baby.
Cats are known to have a vocabulary of 100 different sounds and I’m certain Derick has found all of them. He’s a “talker” and has different “mews” for each situation whether he wants food or to be cuddled. But the cutest is when we listen to music and he “mews” — on key — along with the singers.
Derick is so smart, you’d wonder if there was a little man trapped inside him. One day my father-in-law, Pop, was watching a baseball game and when the batter hit the ball, Derick’s paw reached toward the TV screen to “catch” the ball.
These are just a few stories that illustrate how Derick lights up our lives! When I first moved in with my husband, Dennis, I’ll never forget when he said to Derick, “I’m glad you’re here too.” Dennis was always a dog person until I came along with Derick and Billy Cat, who lived to be 19 (and has some precious stories too). Cats are more than just “pets” — they are family; little souls who steal your heart!
Cheers from New Jersey!
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