Both my cats came within my first year of working in a veterinary practice…my first cat within the first three weeks. Diesel was six months old when I started working at a practice in Dartmouth and he had a very charming personality. He was for adoption having been found wandering around some train tracks covered in, you guessed it, diesel. Up until this point, I had never been much of a cat person but found myself quite in love with this little guy so after only three weeks of working in a clinic I adopted my first cat. He has established himself as the cuddly one in the house and he never lets anyone feel lonely for long. When my husband and I leave for work he’s sitting in the front window and he’s there when we get home, there is comfort in consistency. My big tabby is approaching seven years old now and throughout these last seven years we’ve moved 4 times, we adopted another cat and dog, I got married, had a baby and have fostered a couple animals as well and he is the same cat he was when I first adopted him.
Druscilla was brought into the clinic at about three weeks of age to be euthanized. She was a barn cat and had a large abscess on her back leg and they didn’t know if she would survive. I was immediately sucked in by her little face and said I’d try to keep her. They drained the abscess, put her on antibiotics and I got up every three hours to feed her. After a couple weeks she got stronger and healthier and was able to take kitten food. When she was 8 weeks old we thankfully got a negative result on her FIV/Feline Leukemia test and she was good to be introduced to Diesel. He took to her right away and they have been inseparable ever since. Dru has a much different personality, she’ll cuddle when she wants to but it’s not very often and never for very long. She prefers to sleep snuggled with her brother and have him wash her face. She has a love/hate relationship with the dog and always has, she loves to sleep next to her but is still holding a grudge because Sula used to pick her up and bath her until she was dripping with drool. Dru has also handled all the changes in our life well for which we are thankful for but it does take her a little longer to come out of her shell. She only recently started coming out to greet strangers in the house and she tolerates my two year old daughter whereas Diesel will let her practically sit on him. Despite my reservations about getting a cat, they are a kind of companion that doesn’t need to say or really do anything to be comforting and I am glad they are in my life.
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