Life Lessons You Learn From Raising A Cat

Life Lessons You Learn From Raising A Cat

As we navigate this journey, we discover facets of ourselves we never knew existed

Somi DasUpdated: Thursday, February 22, 2024, 06:50 PM IST
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Embarking on the journey of raising a fur baby is akin to stepping into a whirlwind of surprises, challenges, and heart-melting moments. Oh, the parallels to human babies are uncanny. Suddenly, we clueless millennials find ourselves transformed into responsible pet parents, seamlessly scheduling vet appointments and administering vaccinations like seasoned caregivers.

And then there’s the bonding time—binge-watching fish videos on YouTube together, when you could have been watching the latest release on Netflix. But hey, who's complaining when you’ve got your fluffy companion by your side?

Sure, there are moments of doubt when you question your decision to embark on this journey. But deep down, you know there’s no turning back now. Your heart has been thoroughly hijacked by those big, soulful eyes and the gentle purrs that melt away your worries. And let’s talk about teamwork. Your disagreements with your partner suddenly seem trivial in comparison to the task at hand: keeping your little furball happy and healthy. You find yourselves united in purpose, allies in the adventure of parenthood.

Every corner of your home becomes a potential hazard zone as you learn to anticipate every mischievous move. Cabinets must be sealed shut, breakables relocated to higher ground, and chaos tamed into some semblance of order. Who knew that a tiny ball of fur could inspire such organisation?

But amidst the chaos and the mess, there’s a profound sense of joy and fulfilment that comes with nurturing another living being. They may not let you type in peace or have a moment of solitude in the bathroom, but the love they bring into your life makes it all worthwhile. So here’s to the lessons learned, the messes cleaned, and the hearts forever changed by the paws that tread upon them. Parenthood, whether of the human or feline variety, is a wild and wonderful journey—one that fills our lives with endless love and laughter.

And as we navigate this journey, we discover facets of ourselves we never knew existed—patience we didn't realise we had, compassion that knows no bounds, and a capacity for love that grows with each passing day.

But perhaps the most profound lesson of all is the art of letting go. As our furry companions grow and mature, we come to realise that they are not ours to keep—they are simply on loan to us for a brief moment in time. And so, we cherish every cuddle, every purr, every whisker twitch, knowing that one day, they will spread their wings and venture out into the world on their own.

But until that day comes, we hold them close, savouring every precious moment, and thanking the universe for blessing us with the gift of their presence in our lives. For in the end, it’s not the messes they make or the sleepless nights they cause that we remember—it’s the unconditional love they give so freely, reminding us of what truly matters in this crazy, beautiful thing called life.

(The writer is a mental health and behavioural sciences columnist, conducts art therapy workshops and provides personality development sessions for young adults. She can be found @the_millennial_pilgrim on Instagram and Twitter)

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