Today’s post is written by I HAVE CAT fan, Damir Vidan who resides in Slovenia! This is the story of the first cat who stole his heart.
As a child I grew up in a block of flats in Ljubljana Slovenia without any pets, as my parents were working all the time and I was spending my time with different sports. When my little sister and I grew up a bit however, we began constantly begging our parents for a pet (as any child does), but they insisted we were not responsible enough (and they were right probably). So my childhood passed without animals.
But in 2010 destiny had other plans.
I was spending my weekend at my girlfriend’s apartment, we were watching movies all weekend as the weather outside was very bad, raining heavily. We decided to order a food delivery and about hour later, when it arrived, small fluffy ball just ran to our apartment. She was all wet and looked more like a small hedgehog than cat.
As the weather outside was very wild, we didn’t have any other option than to keep a frightened kitty with us and feed her. Luckily we had some milk in refrigerator, but there wasn’t any food for her (we’d ordered pizza fora reason J), so I had to go to the store and ended up come back like her big wet hedgehog brother!
She was very scared the entire evening and we were surprised she didn’t even know how to eat or drink. Apparently my first real contact with a pet was matched with her first contact with the real world. But we survived the night and by morning love had blossomed. She woke me up with her loud purring and by rubbing her face against mine.
That day was pretty stressful, as I already decided to keep her, but I didn’t know where she’d come from. So I went around to a few houses to ask if someone has lost a kitten. One of the neighbors told me that she was probably from abandoned litter of kittens they found that day about half a mile away.
I couldn’t believe she’d found her way to our home from that far away (keep in mind there are few roads and there was a storm outside!). But there were no other logical explanation where did she come from, she was obviously a real little soldier.
Her brothers and sisters didn’t separate and had stayed in the same place, so we took care of them too until a shelter was able to take them. But of course I could not separate from Mancholeena (Mancho for short) as we’d already named her, so she stayed with me. She had fought her way to my heart, so letting her go was not an option.
As you’ve probably already concluded, she doesn’t have to be a soldier anymore, she’s more like a little spoiled princess – or maybe even a queen! In her first few days with us, I’d already bought her a cat tree, a litter box, a water fountain, many of toys and all the other things cat lovers probably do… She even has her own room in our new apartment, we call it “Manchoroom”.
She’s a beautiful and very friendly cat who just adores my presence and demands my full attention all the time. She goes on summer vacation with me every year (she can stay in a car for 4-5 hours without any problem) and is the true superstar of every house party.
For someone, who spent his childhood without pets, I am suprisingly attached to her and can’t imagine my life without her. She was also the main reason that I launched the website www.CatsAdvices.com, as I know how hard is for someone without any knowledge about cats to take care of them and I am convinced that I can help them this way, as I become a real cat expert in last few years.
Best regards to all readers from Slovenia!
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