I don’t know exactly what my cat’s life was like before I took him out of the rescue centre, I do know that his body was covered in marks, he has multiple teeth missing, had fur on only half of his body (if that), he chewed on his own skin and left gashes all over himself and he was terrified, of everything. He was the cat in there that needed a home more than any of the others, it was his 2nd RSPCA cattery and he’d been living in a tiny little box of a room on his own for over a year. And for the years before that, who knows. They tried to stop me from taking him, took one look at me and presumed I didn’t actually care, and that I just wanted a pet for a week, I had full blown arguments with them while they told me he was too much of a problem cat for someone like me to take on, that I wouldn’t be able to cope with his medication (I coped with it fine, but managed to ween him off it because it affected his mood so much) and they said that I would probably get tired of him because he hates people.
It saddens me that his life used to be so terrible, I wish I had had him from a kitten, I wish I’d been able to give him the love and companionship he deserves from the start. I’ve treated him like a dog since I first got him and he really is just like the labradors I grew up with, follows me everywhere, tricks me so he can steal my food, starts meowing when someone is at the door, spends every moment nudging me and begging for attention, and when I sleep he spends the night watching over me or nuzzled up next to me. (Thank god I’m single and have been for so long, because the cat would still be in the bed and that might be awkward haha)
Like I said, it pains me that he was so abused before I managed to pluck him out of the rescue center but I look at him now, curled up on a blanket next to me, cleaning his paws and then ‘cleaning’ my hands, and I’m just so happy that he’s settled now. He’s covered from nose to tail in the softest, most beautiful fur, he is bold as brass when someone comes into our home, he never hurts himself anymore and he is the perfect amount of chubby. And he’s not been on any medication for over a year! And he purrs 24/7
So if and when you consider getting a pet make sure you check out your local rescue centers, find an animal that NEEDs a home, an animal that truly needs to be loved, animals from shops and breeders are always going to find a home but pets in rescue centers need you. Think about the difference you can make, I have one pet and I can honestly say adopting Henry has been one of the most worthwhile things I have done, I’ve completely turned his life around and even though he annoys me every day with his cheekyness and constant meowing I love him with all my heart and only wish I could rescue more.