Sunday, July 04, 2010

Maybe...

Sometimes, the things we do just don't make any sense.  We may be fully aware that our logistical security blanket is full of holes,  but it doesn't always matter.  We do what we do and we believe what we believe even if it flies in the face of all available data.

A question has been asked of me with random frequency lately.  It is this crazy mind set that has partially influenced my answer.  

In my addled brain, cats are girls and dogs are boys.  This is a long-standing belief and one that I've held since time immemorial.  This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever given that the Absurdly Gi-normous Kitty who shares my space is most decidedly male.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that he is a dude who is very much in touch with his feminine side...that could confuse things for me.  Whatever the reason, I still tend to think of cats as being girls unless I am clearly told otherwise.  

The other influence is probably a bit more sobering.  The loss of my Big, Fluffy Kitty last May was devastating.  It was painful.  Gut-wrenchingly so.  It was the kind of pain that I couldn't even really talk about.  Heck, even if I was capable of discourse on the subject, I wouldn't have done so because it was the kind of pain that hurts more when you try to share it.  The BFK was special.  A gift.  The kind of cat that comes along once in a lifetime.  She was my baby.

So when people began gently asking if I might ever consider getting another cat, I thought about it for a while.  I really did.  But, in the end, the answer was no.  You don't just replace your baby.  You can't.  It is wrong to even think you can.  Worse, that very thought made me almost physically sick.  Another baby girl?  Not even an option.  There is no other baby girl...not for me.  I'm done.

Of course, The Cat Whisperer didn't know about this firm decision.  She was just making an observation during the AGK's yearly exam, nothing more.  "You know," she said, "if you ever decide to get a companion for him, I would strongly urge you to get another male.  They tend to bond better.  You might also want to consider one in the same color range."  Then she went about her business, poking and fiddling about with her patient.  I don't even think she noticed me and the reaction her words had wrought.

I was frozen in place.  A boy kitty?  But...cats are girls.  Right?  They are.  And I can't...

But, you know what?  Thinking of boy kitties didn't hurt nearly as much.  I guess, somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of my brain, I must have considered that at some point.  But the old belief system just overrode everything and the defenses against the pain didn't let me follow that train of thought any further.  Yet, when I let go of the baggage for a minute, I had an epiphany  A boy?  That might work.

So now I'm thinking that maybe...just maybe...I could have another cat someday.  A boy kitty.  A buddy for the AGK who is lonely.  I know he is.  He has been sleeping an awful lot lately and not playing as much as he used to.  He might like a brother someday.  It could be good for all of us.  I might even name him Androcles because that seems like a kind of cool name for a boy kitty.







Yeah...Androcles.  I kind of like the sound of that.


Of course, circumstances would need to be pretty much perfect for me to get beyond the Thinking Stage.  There would have to be a reason, perhaps a few indications that the time was right and I don't think the whole thing would work at all if there wasn't a really, really good story to go along with an adoption.  But if all that ever fell into place, I could see myself taking the plunge again someday.



You know...maybe.



Happy Independence Day, Fellow Citizens!

SA









17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the new member of your family. I understand from Daddy Sheep that there is much more to this story.

Auntie Sheep

Kath said...

Oh wow. Hello Androcles! Aren't you the handsome fellow! I'll look forward to hearing more about you.

Leslie said...

He's so handsome! Can't wait to see pictures of him with his big brother.

Mouse said...

Does he have blue eyes? what a handsome devil!! What will his blog name be?
The kitties (all THREE!) of Chez Mousie welcome the new Not so Fluffy Boy Kittie to the blogosphere!

Agatha's Gran said...

What a gorgeous boy! He looks like a red or
flame point Siamese, just like our Ernie, and he is a true love. I hope he and AGK became fast friends.

Mia said...

:)

Annie said...

Oh, he's beautiful! I hope he and the AGK will be lifelong friends.

trek said...

Aw, Sheepie. You brought the tears to mine eyes. He's a beautiful kitty. Can't wait to see what blog moniker he gets.

Hope the AGK likes having a little bro. In both senses of that adjective.

Bridget said...

Hooray! No you never ever replace any of your babies, but that doesn't mean your family doesn't need new members!

Androcles is beautiful. Congratulations to you and the AGK on your new family member. Give the boys a pat from me.

Cathy said...

Yea!! And if there is more to the story I wanna hear it!!

You and those hot hot men. :-)

Beth said...

Awww...what a cute kitty boy! I would love to pick him up and hug the stuffins out of him. :) I hope he and AGK become great buddies.

PICAdrienne said...

What kind of mayhem can the two of them cause, together? Bed races at 2 AM? And have there been territorial spats over the kitty caves?

Are you the lion or is Prometheus the lion?

My verification word is mates, are they fast becoming mates in the buddy sense of the word?

Elaine said...

Tears of joy! Welcome home, Androcles!! And he is beautiful! So was that the adventure the other day?

Julie said...

Awww, look at him; he's just beautiful! What does AGK think of Androcles so far? I cannot wait to hear the story of how he came to live with you.

Georgi said...

When I lost my baby, Di, I was sure I would never get another dog, but. . . My heart still has the crack, but one day my daughter needed to downsize and I now have another dog, he isn't Di who I will always miss, but he is cute and lovable in his own way. I know that Androcles will appreciate his home and he and AGK will have a great time.

Julia G said...

What a cutie! I have no doubt Androcles will tame the AGK and win his friendship. He looks quite at home already!

kmkat said...

Awesome! Or should I say, Awww...

Congrats, Androcles, on finding the best cat home on the planet!