Annabelle came out of the closet about five years ago. Yes, she literally walked out of the closet. The previous owner’s new wife did not care for her, so Annabelle became a prisoner of the dark. Makes me believe more and more in karma with a pinch of hell thrown in for good measure.
When I heard that she was on her way to be put down, I put down my foot and said she was going to come live with us.
And I have never regretted a single day. To the people who say cats are temperamental (you would be correct) and independent (I wish some ex-boyfriends could have been more like that) I can only say, “If you are lucky then maybe you can come back as a cat.”
So strap on one of your nine lives and read on about what I learned about life from a feline’s point of view.
1) If someone appears to be coming over with some attitude, walk away and find their bed and pee in it.
2) If someone wants to bully you and make you feel this small, scuttle away with your head held high and find their hidden treats and eat them all.
3) If a man tells you that you need to lose a few, look that vet straight in the eyes and say, “I embrace my womanhood. So back off and trim my nails…for free.”
4) If it seems to get crowded with two legged and four legged creatures are all vying for your attention and no one is giving anything back to you , then find a dark, quiet spot and let them wonder where you have gone. The extra sleep will be great for those under the cat eye bags.
5) If that grey and white cat keeps coming over and purrs in a language that only you can understand then let him kiss you. Maybe he will go away or maybe you will like it and ask him to come over for some flaked liver and eggs. Just ignore the human gagging over the smell from the can.
6) If all else fails, make friends with your enemies. Without too much coaching, they will let you sleep in the window with the best view.
Sadly, Annabelle lost her battle with cancer on Thursday, July 12th. She was only nine years old and had so much more to offer me, a mere human. Rest in peace, my sweet cat. It won’t be the same without you. Who else could walk into my kitchen and open all the bottom cabinets before lunch and a nap?
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elizabeth cassidy is a humorist, artist, creativity coach for artists and writers and a faculty member of the Art League of Long Island. She is an award-wining blogger for skirt, a featured columnist for Here Women Talk and has seen her writings published in GalTime, ShareWIK, The Smartly, More and Huffington Post. She is the founder of My Views from the Edge and Coaching for the Creative Soul and is a former stand up comedienne and comedy writer for WNBC Radio. She was once compared to a young Woody Allen. Her family and friends were relieved to hear that she did not actually morph into a short Jewish man. She has also been published in The Renaissance Writers Anthology and is a published poet.
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