My little kitten Merlin has fully grown now, into quite the handsome big cat! He was such a tiny little thing, and I can’t believe he’s almost 2 years old already. I’m a bit sad looking back on his old photos, as he grew up so quickly, and now he’s a big fat lump, but I love him more everyday (soppy cow). He’s been especially affectionate now as an adult cat, he’s not quite so hyper and crazy, although he definitely is still very playful. He doesn’t play fight/bite as much anymore either which is nice! He used to love to chomp on my hands and feet as I slept. But he does still like to leap out of the dark on his hind legs and throw himself at me to make me jump, which he seems to find amusing.
Time has gone by so quickly, but he’s still my baby kitty 🙂 He’s a proper part of the family, and we never stop fussing over him! He’s not very vocal and doesn’t meow too often. If he wants feeding he’ll scratch at his food box, and he’s discovered his treats box which he manages to pull out and open up… cheeky fatty. Although he’s a ragdoll breed of cat so is essentially an indoor cat, we let him roam around the back garden without much supervision. He doesn’t try to jump over the fence or escape at all, and he just loves chasing butterflies! If it’s a sunny day he will wait patiently by the back door for someone to let him out, but if it’s windy or rains he freaks out! He spends most of his time asleep in the same cat bed he had as a kitten. I think it’s about time I buy him a new one, I think he’s outgrown it!
I can’t imagine my life without Merlin now, as he’s such a big part of me, and I spend all my mornings fussing over him and cuddling him (often delaying me for work!) and then when I’m away I miss his cute little face lots. As soon as I come home he runs down to say hello and he sits with me for the majority of the evening. Then when I turn off my light and get into bed, he immediately comes and headbutts me (I like to pretend he’s giving me a goodnight kiss) and he settles in for a cuddle until I fall asleep, and then he moves back to his own bed. Then in the morning he somehow knows when it hits 7am and he comes and headbutts me again to wake me. He’s the perfect fluffy alarm clock! He also doesn’t let anyone use the bathroom in peace, as he will scratch at the door until he’s let in.. he just loves to watch toilet action, the freak.
My cat is a massive part of me and my life, so I can only imagine how important assistance dogs must be to those that need them. I’m not at all a dog person, but I found this article about assistance dogs from Bolt Burdon Kemp really interesting and inspiring.. I never knew there was more than just ‘guide dogs’. It just goes to show how important pets can be to people, whether it’s just as a loved companion or a vital lifeline to those with disabilities. Clever doggies! I especially agree with how pets can provide emotional support, because since I got my kitty I’ve had a few horrible times, but having him there to spend time with me and love me made me feel so much better. I love my Merl ♥ (and I think he quite likes me too).
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