Merlin (my beautiful, fluffy ragdoll cat) is almost 7 years old! It still feels like only yesterday that we picked him up from the breeder and he was so tiny. I knew from our first moment that we would be best of friends, which sounds awfully cheesy, but it’s so true. And I’m not alone; according to the Petplan Pet Census 2018, 41% of owners refer to their pet as their best friend, and 44% call their pet their “baby”.. which I’m also guilty of!
Merlin has grown into quite the handsome big boy – he was such a tiny little thing when we first got him. If you’ve been following me for a while then you may remember when I first got him back in 2012, or if you’re new then you can read about him as a kitten here. I can’t imagine my life without Merlin now, as he’s been such a big part of my life over the last 7 years.
He’s been there for me through my ups and downs and I genuinely feel like my little Merl can tell when I’m low and does his kitty-best to comfort me. After lots of fluffy snuggles with my furry chum I always feel a little bit better, and it makes me realise how much pets really do mean to us. It’s been well researched that pets really can help to ease stress, anxiety, and depression in humans because they have so much love, comfort and companionship to offer which releases feel good chemicals in the brain.
I’ve always been a cat lover, and my last kitty Magnus was with me for almost 15 years. I cried non stop for days after he passed away from old age (I wrote all about it here back in 2012!). Thinking about losing Merl does make me tear up a little bit even though (touch wood) it’s a long way off yet. Due to his breed he is an indoor cat so should be quite safe at home, but he does occasionally try to escape out of the front door!
He does enjoy exploring the back garden and lounging in the sunshine, but I do worry that he could pick up a disease from being outside, or run off and not find his way home or is stolen, and I worry about the danger of cars as he has no awareness of roads. Having Petplan Pet Insurance gives a little bit of peace of mind that in case something did happen to my fluffy pal, that he would be covered.
He really is a part of my family, and we all fuss over him non stop. He is spoiled rotten, but he brings us so much happiness so we think he deserves it! You can share your own Pethood Stories for your pets chance to appear on the Petplan website.