Two Kinds of People
I’ve decided there are 2 kinds of people. There are people who have pets and there are people whose pets are a part of their family. It’s ok if people think I’m crazy, it’s just who we are. I’ve adored cats since I was a little kid, I’ve had them all my life.
I went to the doctor yesterday (not my regular doctor, this was just a nurse practitioner) because my allergies have been unmanagable lately. I’ve had pretty bad allergies for probably 20 years and am allergic to everything. I’m allergic to dust, pollen, ragweed, mold, smoke and yes, animals. I’m allergic to both cats and dogs.
I deal with my allergies, I take medications and I’m ok. Lately though it’s so bad I can’t sleep and can barely function. I come home and my chest tightens and I have trouble breathing. My whole head gets stuffed up and I become completely miserable. This increases all night until I go to bed when it’s so bad I am wheesing.
So before bed the past few weeks I’ve taken an allergy pill, a sudafed (for conjestion), nasal spray and an inhaler. Still, about 1 hour before I had to wake up in the morning my allergies would kick back in.
The allergies is besides the point. The NP brought up several times my cats and implied I should just get rid of them. Should I just put them in with the recycling every week? Just hand them over to someone else like a teddy bear?
My cats are my family, just handing them over to someone else is not an option. When we adopted both Aurora and Pilot I took took that very seriously, we were bringing them into our family. I can’t even imagine Manly Man and me without them, we’ve had them since the beginning of our relationship. Their big personalities are such an important part of our family dynamic.
I understand that to some people a pet is just a pet, just an added little bonus to your house. That’s ok with me, as long as you treat him/her well. For me my furkids are so much more than that, they are a part of me and a part of my life, what could ever make me give that up?