I wear the name The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady with pride. My cats are my world. They're legit my kids. I feed them, take care of them, take them to the doctors when they get sick, give them a comfy spot to sleep (usually my lap, or my chest, or my belly, or my legs, or my face.. you get the idea), talk to them, and give them all the love and hugs and kisses they could ever want. Today, for my first ever cat blog post, I'm going to write about my baby boy, Leopold Vaughn.
You know how parents always say they don't have a favorite kid, but deep down we all know that they really do? For me, that's Leo. Don't tell my other babies, because of course I love them to pieces, but Leo has a very special place in my heart. Here's why...
Back on October 20th, 2012, my world shattered and crumbled to the ground when I had to put my 15 year old baby girl Reese to sleep. She's going to get her own post, but all you need to know at this point is that she was my world. Reese was my rock, and she was with me by my side through some of the hardest times of my life. Losing her felt like a part of me died. And, I was utterly devastated.
My apartment felt completely empty without her. I've had animals consistently my entire life. A house without a cat is no home at all. My fiancé and I were on totally opposite schedules the first three years of our relationship. Coming home every day to an empty and dark house was unbearable. No one will ever replace Reese in my heart, ever. But, I got this big giant heart full of love, and I needed another cat to share that love with.
I whole heartedly support adopting, and not shopping, for pets. There are so many animals available for adoption, so so many. And all of them deserve a loving home. Unfortunately, our landlord doesn't technically "allow" cats. We had to hide Reese the entire time we lived here. I would rather live in a box with my cat than get rid of my cat just to move into an apartment. As luck would have it, an acquaintance messaged me on Facebook telling me her co-worker's cat had kittens, and they weren't selling them, just trying to find good homes for the kittens.
A few days later after work, I went to meet the kittens, and here was this adorable little boy, the only kitten left, and instantly I fell in love with him. I mean, LOOK AT THAT FACE.
I felt an immediate bond with him. All pet owners know that bond. Just like with people, you either have it or you don't. And we had it. My fiancé and I went and picked him up on October 28th, 2012 and that's the day he became ours.
Leo was a handful as a kitten, as most kittens are. He's really the first kitten I ever raised. So, it was a great learning experience for me. They're like kids! He would jump into the fridge when we opened the door, claw apart and destroy the paper towels and toilet paper, try to get into ever single bag he could find, jump in the hamper and play in it, and so much more. But, he was so cute that even when he was bad I was always like aw! We trained him at night to go to sleep with us. It wasn't super easy at first, but he eventually learned that when the lights and the TV were off that meant bed. And he would jump on the bed in between me and my fiancé and get comfy and go right to sleep.
For how crazy of a kitten he was, he sure is one giant baby now. He's scared of everything! Especially kids. And pretty much everyone who isn't me, my fiancé, or my mom. That's part of his charm though. The fact that he's the epitome of a big scaredy cat is just too funny!
He's the biggest cuddlebug in the world. Even though he's fully grown, and he's a pretty big boy, he still thinks he's that teeny tiny kitten that would snuggle up and nap on my lap. And you know what? That's fine by me. He will always have my lap to call home, no matter how big he gets. <3
So, that's my Leo story. The story of a cat that put my broken heart back together again. The crazy kitten who turned out to be my best behaved cat, out of our six. Below, I'm gonna share some of my favorite memories and photos of Leo. Hope you enjoy!
Remember how I said my cats are my kids? Well, here's me and Leo visiting Santa at my work on his very first Christmas lol. Santa was a trooper, and also thankfully not allergic to cats. Leo was quite fidgety, as you can imagine. But, we eventually got a decent one!
I just love this photo of him. I have about 600 pictures just like this, him sitting somewhere being all cute and I snap a photo. My phone is always with me because I don't want to miss a picture opportunity!
Leo's first birthday party! I ordered him a cat cake from a local pet place. They even wrote on the cake "Happy Birthday Leopold!" in tuna flavored icing lol. We sang happy birthday, and I'm sure he thought we were all crazy. He wasn't a huge fan of the cake. But, the idea was cute anyway. And, I was happy I was about to get one picture of him in his tie. It lasted all of about two seconds. He's such a dapper fellow!
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my Leopold Vaughn! I still have plenty more cats to post about! I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend and get to enjoy some veggie burgers and dogs hot off the grill! =)