Please find below the guest story of Avalon! 🙂
“Avalon is the spawn of Satan. Either you throw your cat out, or I’ll throw you out!” my landlord said.
Yet this feline ‘spawn of Satan’ taught me several important lessons about life and love. The most important of those lessons is that love is a decision – you decide to love and take care of someone, no matter what.
During the first years of Avalon’s life, it was a challenge to remind myself of that decision. Describing my cat as jealous and possessive would be too mild. He wanted to be with me at all times. When another pet tried to approach me, it became a matter of life or death. If I came back from having left the house for a few hours, he looked gaunt as if my short absence meant that I was never to return. On top of that, he vomited on our guinea pig, vocalized every complaint with a set of decibel heavy meows, stole from the fridge, scared visitors half to death, and threw my dates out by means of special techniques.
But no matter how intolerable he was, I kept to my decision to love him. After all, if he behaved like a criminal, it was probably because he had been deprived of love early on in his life.
After several years, my patience paid off. Avalon turned into the gentle cat he was meant to be. It all started when I noticed that Avalon was able to pick up on my feelings somehow. Whenever I thought one of the neighbors’ cats was handsome, Avalon’s behavior was clearly more erratic. But he was much more relaxed when I thought a cat was average-looking. Out of respect for Avalon, I never paid attention to other cats anymore. Sure, I noticed them, but no feelings were ever involved. From then on, I made it my mission to express my love for him as intensely as possible. It was the best thing that could have happened to Avalon. The dark gloom that continually covered his eyes in the past had given way to a tender, loving gaze. His muscles, once tense, had relaxed. Now that he was loved exclusively, Avalon finally was where he wanted to be in life.
I often wonder how Avalon’s life would have turned out if I hadn’t made the decision to be there for him. It would have been easy to abandon such a difficult cat. But by keeping my promise, I was able to turn him into one of the happiest cats the world has ever known. And, in turn, he turned me into one of the happiest humans.
Love can be just that easy. It all boils down to one thing: the decision to love.
You can read more about Avalon in the book AVALON: A HEARTWARMING TRUE CAT STORY, which is now available through Amazon in both paperback and ebook.
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