It’s true what they say – “never say never”!
I didn’t grow up in a household with pets. It wasn’t until college where my friends and family members had furry friends, and coincidentally, all dogs! My love for dogs and interacting with them stemmed from there. With very little experience with cats, I would have never imagined myself with one! Over the last 2 years, my partner and I had been discussing the idea of becoming a larger family. I’m much more of a dog person while my partner is a cat-person (opposites attract, right?). The real question was, which would come first!
*Boop* – here we are, with 11-week-old Phoenix – our little Bengal kitten! It was certainly unfamiliar territory for me and so far, I’ve had to rely on my partner to teach me the ways of a cat-person. Slowly but surely, I’m getting the hang of it. A lot of reading, Youtube videos and patience. I have lots to learn, as does Phoenix as he rips around the house, but the most important thing is that I’m settling in Phoenix is settling in. Although we got a kitten during a pandemic, we wouldn’t use the pandemic as the reason we caved in – just the right timing for us. My partner has always grown up with a cat in her home and since moving in together, we both knew that getting a pet was a sure next step!
At LEAST twice a day, I like to play the game, “Where’s Phoenix” – boy can he ever surprise us. Lead by curiosity and travelling on his silent paws (the occasional pitter patter sound), every day is an adventure for him! At LEAST three times a day, I’m inspecting the house for any sort of trouble he’s made around the house – most inspections turn out good, but we’ve had to watch out for the couch in particular. One thing we need to get in the habit of is going out for drives – we want to teach him that drives are not always to the vet. Drives can mean adventures as well! Speaking of teaching - we started training him with the clicker (so far so good) and he’s getting comfortable wearing the harness and leash. Our goal is to get our energetic little guy outdoors on our walks, hikes and eventual camping trips.
We’ve only been in each other lives for two weeks but there’s a wonderful journey ahead of us! Until then, he will go wild for empty toilet paper rolls, crunched up paper, cardboard boxes … and on the occasion the toys we got him.
PS: If you receive an email from me with unexplained gibberish … this is why (apologies in advance):
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