The Cat and I

@Morleyhunt (20481)
Canada
April 16, 2016 7:05pm CST
It's been ten years since we have had a cat. As a child growing up on a farm we had a lot of barn cats to keep the rodent population under control. There was always at least one house cat around as well. My mother told me many times, when I was a child that cats always seemed to gravitate towards me. Even as a baby the cat would join me in the bassinet. Later on, any house cat invariably chose my bed to take a nap. There were many other beds in the house, but for some reason mine was the preferred bed. I loved the cats, and they loved me in return. The first cat that I remember was a very pretty calico named Mimmi. The name was chosen because of a book I had just finished reading. The cat in that book was named Mimmi. I adored the cat. This was truly my first love. It was devastating to me as a nine year old when one day Mimmi was missing. I searched and searched for a couple of days. Then I found her body. My first experience with the death of a beloved pet. She was replaced with another cat, but somehow Mimmi always remained my first love. How can remember the first pet that stole their young hearts?
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@Macarrosel (7541)
• Philippines
17 Apr 16
My first pet was a dachshund dog named clyte. Sadly she was hit by an unknown car.
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@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
It seems many of our pets met with the same fate, under the wheels of an automobile.
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@JudyEv (130706)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Apr 16
We always had lots of pets but probably my pet goat was most precious. She was a real companion; always tagging along with whatever was going on but much livelier than a pet lamb.
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@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
We had neighbours who had a menagerie of animals.they had a silver fox, named Rocky, who was so tame, he followed me into the house. Often he would be on the roof of our house, Simone the TV tower to climb up.
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@JudyEv (130706)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Apr 16
@Morleyhunt A silver fox would be a bit special. Mum had a pet possum which wasn't too common and different little marsupials. She was good at raising baby creatures.
@Platespinner (17046)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
17 Apr 16
Marshmallow...one of many cats, but the first one that was actually mine.
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@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
Marshmallow was a beautiful cat. Deaf as a post, but a very pretty cat.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
I've had several wonderful pets in my life, including my cat Mildred that I have now. I lost my dog (also my best friend) in high school and have never totally gotten over it. I could cry just thinking about her sometimes.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
20 Apr 16
Mildred is a special cat and it sounds like you dog was very special to you.
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• United States
20 Apr 16
@Morleyhunt Mildred definitely is special and yes, my dog was very special. I've had several very wonderful dogs since then and still think about them.
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• United States
17 Apr 16
bless yer heart. i'd a straggly lil yellow tabby that followed me all o'er. she disappeared one year 'n christmas eve. my grandpap told me that santa'd taken her to give to 'nother young'un less fortunate'n in dire need'f a good friend. course, years later (uhmm... like when i was 'bout 20??) he confessed that a neighbored run o'er her 'n he'd buried her out'n the fields.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
He was trying to spare you some heartache.
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• United States
19 Apr 16
@Morleyhunt yes ma'am, he was a dear, sweet man with a heart'f gold.
@gudheart (12742)
18 Apr 16
That is so sad :( I don't have any pets so I can't really relate but can imagine it being like losing a family member :(
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
Our pets become family members.
@scheng1 (24748)
• Singapore
17 Apr 16
Did Mimmi die of old age or accident? I think 9 years is quite a good age for a cat.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
She was only two, I was nine. No she had some cat illness and curled up in a corner of the basement.
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@UncleJoe (10645)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 Apr 16
Do fireflies count? They had names.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
If they had names, by all means, they count as pets. What were there names? Whe had two common house flies that we named. One was Fred, the other one Gertrude.
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• Canada
17 Apr 16
I am more of a cat person as well, and the first one I remember was named Cooler. The feline who is currently part of my family is named diesel.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
I've met Diesel a time or two. He tends to hide when he isn't trying to trip me.
@Tampa_girl7 (25871)
• United States
17 Apr 16
I am also a cat person. They are such exquisite creatures.
@Morleyhunt (20481)
• Canada
17 Apr 16
At the moment our only pet is a dog. Fifi is an 11.5 year old American Eskimo. She weighs in at about 13 lbs. she is not that much bigger than some cats, just much noisier.
@nanette64 (17867)
• Fairfield, Texas
17 Apr 16
My Dad hated cats @Morleyhunt and when I was 11, a cat showed up at our place and tried to get in the house. My Dad took it and beat it against a tree. She survived but kept a clear path away from my Dad. I named her FiFi. I secretly took care of her. She lived to be 18 years old and passed away in her sleep.
@Telynor (1325)
• United States
17 Apr 16
I grew up on a farm. There were barn cats, and then there were my grandmother's cats, which were elegant siamese. Later on, I had a Siamese of my very own, Bushiko, the Magnificent and the Cat From Hell as my friends termed her. She loved me, but hated the rest of the world. There was also The Mouser, Mewsashi (who we lost last year), and now we have Miss Sophie, Phantom and Pip.
@richnonai (501)
• Pattaya, Thailand
17 Apr 16
Cats are cool to have. I don't have a personal one but there are so many cats and dogs around here that we all toss them food. Now I know it is early in the morning for me and the coffee has not hit the old brain yet, but your picture confused me unless it is a bag of catnip!
@jaboUK (54877)
• United Kingdom
17 Apr 16
My dad was in the army and one day this dog appeared and 'adopted' him, so he brought her home. We named her Khaki and had her for about 14 years. I loved that dog.