Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Honoring our Cats On National Pet Day (A Guest Post by 2 Chaos Cats)


FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: Today is National Pet Day, which was founded by Colleen Paige – an Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert – in 2006 to celebrate pets and the joy they bring into our homes. She also created the day to shine a spotlight on the plight of the many types of animals which are in shelters all over the planet. Today we are celebrating it by sharing with you a wonderful guest post written by our friend Annie, from 2 chaos cats.

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In light of National Pet Day, I’d like to raise awareness of all the wonderful, abandoned animals that desperately need a loving home.

I wanted a cat since I could think, but it was never the right time. Shortly after I moved in with my boyfriend, we heard of an abandoned 3-week old kitten. We didn’t have any prior experience with cats and I used to dream of a British Shorthair, but it seemed to be fate, so we adopted him.



Mr. Mau was way too young when he became part of our family. There’s a critical period in kitten development — between four and 14 weeks of age— when a kitten’s personality is shaped by his or her experiences. During the time with their mother and litter mates, kittens learn important lessons such as bite and scratch inhibition — how to use their teeth and claws cautiously — as well as other perceptual, motor, and social skills.

Mr. Mau did not get this opportunity. He learned most of what he knew from us. So, slowly, he started to act like a little human. He slept on his back, went to cafés with us and had breakfast with us at the table. He literally sat on a chair with his paws on the table! Spending time with him was such a blessing!



1,5 years later, he got hit by a car. Coming home to an empty apartment was too much to bear, so we went to the shelter for the first time.


Momo was found emaciated, roaming the streets with a gift ribbon around her neck. She was battling the flu but seemed very interested and curious. We instantly fell in love with her, took her home and nursed her back to health. She’s a little diva, strongly voicing her opinion. Once she trusts you, she’s the cutest little snuggle bug though. She eats things like plastic, ribbons and human hair so we couldn’t let her go outside by herself. We couldn’t leave her alone all day while we were gone either - so we went back to the shelter to get her a sister.


Cleo was found on a parking lot. She was only 10 weeks old and had crushed hind legs, so she had to wear an external fixture for about two months until her bones grew back together. The vets really did one hell of a job! Her hip is a little underdeveloped and she can’t sit properly - other than that, she’s healthy and good-spirited. She constantly asks for cuddles, meowing until you drop everything to give her the attention she wants. Sometimes I even feel her curling up on top of my head at night to sleep on the upper part of my pillow, right next to me.

Seeing how good both cats seem to do with us warms our heart every single day. Who knows where they might have ended up if we hadn’t adopted them? On the other hand, it saddens me to think about all these animals still sitting behind bars, waiting to be loved. Shelters are overcrowded. But they are full of healthy, sweet and smart animals who were surrendered not because of their behavior but generally due to the issues of their guardians. Visit your local shelter before buying a cat. You might find the perfect cats – like we did!


You can follow Momo’s and Cleo’s adventures on Instagram or read their full story on their website www.2chaoscats.de!


49 comments:

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Lone Star Cats :) Have a wonderful national cat day!

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  2. Aww... great post and lovely kitties!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. Thank you so much Marie and Athena! <3

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  3. Happy National pet day! I love that you you both called attention to those animals needing forever homes. So glad Cleo and Momo found living forever homes.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. We actually lost our third kitty (the one that we adopted after Momo) too. She was so small and weak and suddenly had a stroke.. All of these experiences made me realize that life is too short. We should try to cherish the things we have and try to make life as beautiful as possible for all of these little creatures so they can cherish them too :)

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  4. What a wonderful account. Blessings come in all forms, shapes, sizes and at any time. the thing is, for those that care, they come.
    Purrs ERin

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    1. Thank you so much for these true words. Momo and Cleo give you a virtual head-bump :)

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  5. It's wonderful that these sweet purr babies found a loving home. Have lots of fun with Momo and Cleo, Annie! Our Cosmo slept on my pillow for a while as well. It wasn't always comfortable for me but very cute.

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    1. That's so sweet isn't it? I would also rather stay uncomfortable for a while and let these sweet animals show their love. Nothing better than that :)

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  6. So happy these kitties get a loving home. We are both from the shelter too.

    Emma and Buster

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    1. So glad to hear it! There are way too many animals in shelters, waiting to be loved :(

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  7. Every kitty needs a forever home. I've found kitties that I've taken home. I've always gone to the shelter when I wanted a new four legged family member. They need us the most.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your mom. ♥

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    1. Really glad you see it that way. Keep up the good adoption work and have a lovely national pet day!

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  8. Oh my goodness, such beautiful sweeties!

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  9. Ooh, I found them on Instagram! I will always adopt rescued cats (or maybe a dog someday).

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  10. What a special catlady and wonderful stories about the kitties. So sad about Mr. Mau :'( Pawkisses for a Happy National Cat-Pet Day :) <3

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    1. Thank you so so much for the kind words! We really miss him, every single day. Hima nd the second cat we lost (it was too much sadness for one post, so we removed that part..). But their memories will keep our hearts warm, won't they :)? Happy National Pet Day <3

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  11. Happy National Pet Day. We are celebrating here at the office. Giving special love to all the great fur buddies that come in. Hopefully many of those animals will find homes very soon. Thanks for the share.
    World of Animals

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    1. Thank You. We hope your Pet Day was just as great as ours. Thanks for the reply and have a great upcoming weekend.

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  12. That is a very heartwarming story! There are so many great cats in shelters who would love to come home with you. Wish i could handle more.

    felinecafe.net

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Greg. There are indeed too many great cats in shelters! But we will all do our best to save them - one at a time :)

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  13. Beautiful story ! Nice to meet you, Momo and Cleo ! Purrs

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    1. Glad you like it :) Purrs right back at you <3

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  14. So sad about Mr. Mau. I am glad they rescued these other sweeties.

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    1. I miss him every single day. But he had a good life and we were able tog ive Momo and Cleo a loving home, so I guess it turned out to be a happy end :)

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  15. Happy National Pet day! We loved this post and the story of 2chaoscats! We couldn't agree more. Visit a local shelter and find the love(s) of your lives!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! It's always good to at least take a look, yes <3

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    1. You're so right! We actually had a fourth cat that died of a stroke as a kitten, we got her right after we got Momo (we deleted this part to shorten the article and make it more light-hearted). Momo and Cleo truly brought us back to life after every fall. Gotta love those amazing creatures :)

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  17. Thanks so much for taking in those two cats and giving them all the love that they needed. So many don't get that love. You all have such a good day.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much for these words. I'm with you - there are so many poor souls that would do anything for someone that loves them the way they deserve!

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  18. Happy National Pet Day Cody. I loved reading about the little guys your friend adopted but wondered how Mr. Mau was allowed to get hit by a car at such a young age.

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    1. Hey Cathy,

      he was 1,5 years old already. We thought about not letting him out at all, but he would have had a miserable time. He was such an outdoor cat. He slept in the rain, brought back squirrels and ravens and all.. I think he must have had something of a wildcat mixed in his genes. Anyway, he was old enough to go outside and we live in a calm area but the car was faster :(

      He had a GPS-collar (so I always knew where he was). One day I wanted to check on him and found him on the side of the road. It was by far the most difficult thing I've ever had to do, scratching him off the street :(

      May all of your cats stay healthy <3

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  19. Happy National Pet Day! We really enjoyed meeting Momo and Cleo, though we are sad about Mr. Mau.

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    1. So are we.. but he had a good life filed with everything he loved the most. That's my only consolation. Happy National Pet Day and may your kitties have a long, healthy and happy life <3

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  20. Nice story.
    Happy National Pet Day or ... Cat day !
    Ronrons
    Hisia

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  21. Miss Caren, I hope you and Cody had a very nice National Pet Day together. Annie is a dear having rescued Mau, Momo and Cleo. It sounds like she is an idea mommy to her kitties. Purrs for letting her share her story.

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  22. Great post! Thanks for having Annie do a guest post! It was great hearing about her and her cats!
    Purrs
    Marv

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  23. Ummm, isn't every day National Pet Day? No? Shouldn't it be??

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  24. So sorry about Mr. Mau. I'm glad you're promoting rescue and adoption -- and your two cats are so adorable!

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  25. Momo & Cleo are the sweetest kitties! They have the best lives fur sure!
    Mr Mau was quite the character. So sad he had to become an angel kitty.

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  26. What a great story.
    And super photos.
    Have a wonderful weekend...

    Noodle and crew

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  27. Oh we are so sorry about Mr. Mau him seemed like a cool cat!! Buts we are so happy dat ya'll were able to adopt your sweet Momo & Cleo. They are both super cute!

    xoxo,
    Matilda (& Matt)

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