Dusty here, I want you all to start celebrating a senior pet, because we seniors have a lot to offer you and your family. Here are a few reasons why you should love us.
I saw Mum looking at me the other day, she looked as if she had tears in her eyes, sort of sad. “My Dusty boy,” she said, and I sensed a touch of worry. I know she loves me, so I wanted to write something for her, and for anyone who takes in a senior cat, or dog. Anyone who thinks they got to us oldsters too late to make a difference.
Please, think again…..
Dusty’s Thoughts on Celebrating A Senior in the Family
I’m fine Mum, I am safe, warm and content. I don’t feel the need to whoop it up like the youngsters anymore.
I am an older cat, but, that doesn’t mean I can’t express my gratitude. I just do it in quieter ways. It may be a croaky meow, a raspy lick, or a trusting look. I lack the courage to cuddle; there are things in my past that stop me in my tracks, things I can’t tell you, but I am learning to trust again – a bit more each day. I can purr too, so I do just for the pleasure of it!
You worry you are a bit of a ‘helicopter mum’, hovering anxiously to see if I like today’s meal, or if I have enough water. I do, I just like keeping you on your toes by pretending the food’s not to my taste *grin*.
Celebrating A Senior Cat – Gratitude
How many other seniors get up to six tasty meals a day – on demand and, how many get a daily brush from Dad (he’s my favourite). Often he will put down his briefcase and ask if I want a brush, before he even unpacks!
So, don’t look sad; or say ‘We Love you Dusty’ and worry. I know you love me, because:-
- My expensive emergency vet visit on Boxing Day tells me.
- My daily Dusty special senior supplement tells me.
- The sound of love and encouragement from the ‘Morning Dusty!”, to my own special night light left on for me, and the “Sleep tight Dusty” as you put out my night time snack and fresh water.
So, don’t cry for what happened before, what you can’t change, that’s in the past. I am happy, I am here.
I am HOME.
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Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.
She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.