Not everyone is a cat person. They take some getting used to. But if you’re a fan of the felines, you know how they can worm their way into your hearts and make you feel all fuzzy inside just by watching them lick their paws and look at you disdainfully. I think cats are so loveable simply because they don’t care. They don’t care if you love them, and so they don’t pretend to be something else simply for the attention. A cat is a cat. They don’t care about your agenda or to-do list.
Case in point: I have two cats that both needed to be neutered. Rather than try to juggle two cat carriers at once, I took them in one at a time. I later learned that this was a mistake, but we’ll get there.
My first cat, Max, went to the vet’s without a fuss. He calmly slept in his carrier on the way there like I was his personal chauffer (which, I guess, I am). When we got to the vet’s however, he could tell something was up. I took him inside, and when it was time for his appointment, I took him out of his carrier to hand him to the vet. Max however, had a different idea.
He shot from my hands and toward the front door, which was propped open because the AC wasn’t working that day in the vet’s office. When he made it to the open door of freedom, he climbed the nearest tree, jumped to the roof of the vet’s office, and stayed there for a full hour. All of the coaxing on my part couldn’t get him to come down. My husband had to come to the rescue with some of Max’s favorite toys, which finally convinced him that the ground was better than the hot roof. We finally got him neutered and I went home to grab Spaz.
Spaz and Max seemed to have a conversation. Spaz wouldn’t even get in the carrier after he saw Max. He was tearing through our house like a tornado. I knew without a doubt, that at this rate, Spaz would probably end up on the roof just like Max. We didn’t get to take him to the vet that day. In fact, we had to wait a full month before he would even get into his carrier. See? Cats just don’t care about our human schedule and to-do lists.
But cats can be especially caring and sweet, which is why we love them. One night, after they had both recovered from their surgeries, I walked past them already sleeping peacefully on their cat beds. Both cats woke up, followed me into my room, and snuggled with me as I fell asleep. How can you not love that?