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We didn't want a cat...then there was Jack.

by S. Holland
(Australia)

Jack and Olivia (our daughter)

Jack and Olivia (our daughter)

My husband and I are both animal lovers. We always had dogs, birds and horses. Our daughter, who was four at the time, desperately wanted a kitten. Both of us adamantly said No way. We didnt really like cats and they made me sneeze and itch. Our daughter desperately tried to convince us that she wanted a kitten and she would care for it. No amount of pining or batting her eyelids would work. No cats.

Shortly after I went off work after a witnessing a fatal car accident, I spiraled into a deep depression and I could not function properly. I had my horses which I loved and spent as much time with them as I could. One day my friend came and said to me, "Do you want a kitten. The owners can't keep it and they are going to drown it?" I knew I didn't really want a cat but I would never allow that to happen so along came Jack. A small white fluff ball with one blue eye and one green eye. Instant LOVE. My husband was really mad about getting a kitten only to fall completely in love the moment he saw this tiny little face looking up at him. Jack became a pivotal part of my personal recovery. He was my saviour. His unconditional love bought me many hours of laughter and joy. He loved my daughter and he would lay on her bed untill she went to sleep and then retire to my room for the night whilst I was reading a book. Many times my husband would return from work at 3am to find Jack asleep on his back on hubbie's side of the bed. He wasnt going to move, he was with his mummy.

Apart from the many health problems Jack endured and endless stays at the vets, he was a beautiful cat. Fluffy, huge, and quite the hunter. Cicadas were his forte. He would wait for them to start chanting early in the morning and beg to be let outside. He soon learnt that mum and dad didn't appreciate him bringing home swarms of barking cicadas and learnt to catch only the females - they didn't make any noise, thus allowing him undetected access inside to show off his prey.

Shortly after Christmas some friends came to see us for a visit. As we were saying goodbye to them, Jack ran out the front door and onto the road to greet the little girl on the other side. He was blind in one eye and didn't see the car. The driver sped up, ran him over and sped off, right in front of my daughter, my husband and I. I dropped to the ground in sheer horror and was screaming. My husband, also screaming, ran to the road and picked up our beautiful cat and I will never forget those words, "He's gone". I took my beautiful friend's lifeless body in my arms and rocked back and foward with grief. He was gone. I wanted to die with him. I was not prepared for the intense grieving and pain that I felt and still do to this very day. We had our little friend cremated and he now takes pride of place in our cabinet above the television where he liked to sit so much.

Since this day, we are now the proud parents of 8 beautiful cats. Henry the burmese, Tinkerbell the fluffy white princess, Tigger our adopted silver tabby, Winnie the british short hair, Bruce all mighty the tomcat who moved in with us, Casper the siamese x, Sir Lancelot the birman, and Priscilla the burmese.

Who says you can't find love in the smallest things. I can't imagine my life without my babies or how I managed life before Jack. He taught me that love need not have conditions or demands, and that friendship knows no anger, judgement or hostility. It just loves.

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