The cat came back

‘Oh. My. Goodness. What does she want? With the incessant meowing??’

My cat and I are working on our relationship. We were recently reunited after a 5+ year separation. I moved in with my love, who is allergic to cats. Alors…

My brother took her for ‘just a few weeks.’ Just until I could figure out something better.

Fast forward 5 years– it’s late September, and my brother is going out of town for 2 weeks. I said I would look after her… and the cat came back.

I adopted Dolce when she was 6 months old. We were close back then. We moved from Charlottesville, VA to Boston together. We drove cross-country in a U-Haul truck together. She was my li’l buddy when I was living in Hollywood (when I was home…). But after she moved in with my brother, I became the lady who showed up to trim her claws and take her to the vet. She became ‘less fond’ of me, let’s say. And then we became strangers- that was, until the cat came back.

Suddenly, we were roomies again, and she’s all up in my space… meowing. Well, ‘roomies’ isn’t exactly accurate. Josh is still allergic to her, so she has to be kept separate from the gen pop, so to speak. Outside or in the garage.

When I spend time with her or take care of her, I must venture into “her territory.” And when we’re going about our routine… I can hear her meowing. Not all the time, but when she does it’s loud.

I’ve always been a person who enjoys solitude. A 10-day silent meditation sounds like heaven to me. A lot changes when one becomes a parent. One of the biggest adjustments for me?? I’m rarely ever alone. And ‘those ones’ who are with me? ‘They’ are usually asking me for something or other. Yay.

I’m as much of an animal lover as anyone. I’ve always, always wanted a puppy of my own. But I’ve also learned the importance of boundaries (i.e., I’ve had to draw the line about taking in any more li’l critters who depend on me for everything). We have a betta named Blackbeard, and sometimes I find him… taxing. Working on that, but still…

Here’s this cat. And all the time she’s meowing. Max has been an effective communicator pretty much from birth. There’s rarely a doubt about what he wants. Hasn’t been for years. Having Dolce somewhat reminds me of having a newborn.

What does she want? What does she want? Is she hungry? Thirsty? Need to go out for some fresh air? Need her litter box changed?

Still… meowing.

Since early October, I have regularly drawn Oracle cards for goddesses associated with feline energy. All of them suggest connecting and spending time with felines. So, as often as I can, I sit down and hang out with my girl. We’ve really bonded again.

Still… the meowing gets louder and more frequent.

We were sitting together the other day. She was purring loudly as I scratched her ears.

‘She wants love. She just wants L O V E.’

Ohhhhh, yeah… just like everyone else. That‘s all she wants. Love.

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