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Cats care mostly solitary animals and generally need very little affection. You can ignore them for days on end (other than feeding them and such) and they could give a shit. Cats are not undyingly loyal like dogs and are certainly not man’s best friend. I have noticed that for some cats, not all, they get very concerned when you are sick.

My cat Pilot is the sweetest boy and very laid back. He doesn’t care about much of what is going on and I can bug the hell out of him and he just takes it in stride. He loves to cuddle and bring us gifts of the dead animal kind.

It’s Aurora however who shows concern when one of us, even Pilot, is sick or something. It’s always so unexpected when it happens that we wonder if there is something wrong with her.

Several times when I’ve been home sick along with a bad cold she’ll curl up on my chest and sleep with me to keep me company. Mind you, she never ever EVER does this at any other time. She is not a cat who likes to be held or even have anyone in her face at all. She likes her space, which I can totally understand.

Once when we first moved to our house Pilot snuck out and we had no idea. I woke up early to Aurora crying and trust me, you know the difference between a meow and crying. I tried to figure out what she wanted and realized Pilot wasn’t anywhere. We found him outside under the porch, she was worried about him.

Last night Manly Man was dealing with his acute bronchitis and coughing his head off. In the shower he was coughing so bad he threw up, he sounded just awful. Aurora came up to me in bed, which she pretty much never does. I realized she was worried about him.

It’s stuff like this that reminds me why I love my little girl so much.

  • http://darnedtoheck.blogspot.com/ Grant

    Plus which they make great stir-fry.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Grant: so do people named Grant.

  • http://www.thecorporatechick.com Alissa

    My kitty does that too! If I cry or am feeling down or hurt myself, she comes running and lays up next to me and purrs. It’s so sweet. People hate cats, but I’ve found they make great caring companions in a very different way.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Alissa: completely agree!

  • http://www.miss-britt.com Miss Britt

    I have a calico who is very much interested in her own space and her own THING 99% of the time – but she won’t leave my side if I’m sick.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Miss Britt: awww…i love calicos. the first cat that was really my cat was a calico, she was beautiful.

  • http://www.avitable.com Avitable

    A loyal pet that cares about you is pretty awesome.

    • http://lifeisnotamovie.net Robin

      @Avitable: I think what is so completely awesome about it is that a cat or dog or bird that grow to love you like you are their parent or whatever is just a natural response for them. They don’t do it because they feel they have to or whatever, it’s just what they feel, pure and natural.

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