In honor of National Pet’s Day today, I thought I’d share the story of how Snickers and I became a family.
I never had a cat for a pet growing up — growing up in a superstitious household, cats were always viewed as sneaky creatures that could bring bad luck. We always had dogs. I never had a chance to really get to know a cat growing up, so never really thought too much about them.
In 2005, my grandmother died. She was more than a grandma, she was my mom — my primary parent for pretty much all of my childhood. When she passed, I felt incredibly lonely. I hadn’t realized until after she passed away that I relied on her so much as a confidant, a beacon, a counselor… It was scary not being able to find comfort in anything. That’s when one of my coworkers (Ranika – if you’re out there, I can’t say thank you enough) told me about a nonprofit for homeless pets that she was supporting by fostering cats.
At first, I was like, “Cats? Ugh! No way”. But she convinced me to go with her to visit the animals and reserve judgment until I spent some time with the kitties. So I went and that’s where I met Snickers. At the time, he was a wee kitten and still needed a bottle to eat. He was in a bag with three others and as soon as he saw me, he jumped right on to my shoulders. It was love at first sight.
Through the years, Snicky Snack has brought love and comfort to both me and my close family members that were equally suffering from the loss of my grandmother. All of the superstitious, anti-cat mantras completely vanished the moment everyone met him (even my uncle who is a sworn dog person loved to wrestle with Snicks and let him bite his callous hands). I don’t know if Snickers saved us from our grief, perhaps we saved ourselves. But what I do know is he reminded us about the importance of life moving on and when it feels like life can’t go on, it’s okay to snuggle with a cute cat until those feelings pass.
Thanks Snickers, Snicks, Snicky Snack, The Pie for being the most adorable, moody, hungry, impatient, talkative, nonchalant, did I mention adorable (??) cat a girl could ask for. I love you.