Some of you may know this already but I foster a 14 year old domestic longhaired cat called Misty and she’s incredibly needy. This isn’t just her being a demanding manipulative cat. Her long term owner died and she’s deaf so she needs constant reassurance. She wants to be able to see and touch me at all times, needless to say she’s hard work. This is of course a humorous post that I think a lot of cat owners will be able to relate to, I wouldn’t change her for the world.
This is Misty with her paw on my shoulder checking that I survived the night.
The biggest struggle is that you can’t do anything on your own. Whether that’s going to the toilet or having a bath, eating dinner or of course, writing blog posts.
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This is Misty sending a Tweet. Please excuse the messy desk, this photo was just taken in the moment and I thought it would be nice to share. 🙂
Since getting Misty I don’t think I’ve managed to have a single full night’s sleep. She must be very concerned for my welfare as she pokes me in the face to make sure I’m still alive every few hours during the night. She can also never decide whether she wants under the bed covers or not so I lie there like an idiot, getting cold, while she pops her head in and out trying to decide. We’re currently trialing Misty not getting in my room through the night and it’s going ok but when she howls in the night sometimes I’m weak and go and get her.
Because Misty is deaf she’s even more vocal than a normal cat and she miaows in my face a lot of the time. It’s cute when we are just chilling and having a cuddle, less so in the middle of the night. Her favourite toys are also the ones that make the most noise. She has hard plastic balls with bells in them that she batters off the skirting boards at all hours. My neighbours must love me.
Being a natural worrier, having a cat has turned me into paranoid new mum type. Every time Misty sneezes, coughs, has a hiccup, hasn’t pooed for a day, I’m convinced that she’s deathly ill. She is old and has some health issues but on the whole she’s fine and I’m worrying irrationally. As I type this she’s shaking and having a little involuntary kick of her back legs. The shaking I’m used to, the back leg thing I’ve never noticed before but she seems calm about it so it’s probably fine. Needless to say I’m worried.
The fact my cat loves me too much is a massive problem in my life. I’m only fostering Misty so she’s not officially mine. The reason I haven’t adopted her is because of her health problems. I’m worried that if she got sick I wouldn’t be able to pay for her medicine etc but obviously I want to keep her. It scares me just how much she loves me though in case I have to move or something and can’t take her with me. My friends always laugh as each day after the cat has kept me awake a lot of the night I ask them “how do you make your cat love you less”. Misty is the epitome of the “needy cat”.
Do any of you have needy pets? Leave your experiences in the comments below. Also if you have any tips for separation at night time I’d be very grateful. We are going to be trying a calming plug in when it arrives.