PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Lisa Lee
 
Comments: 30
Article views: 2368
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Lisa Lee's badges.
 

“But it’s only a pet!"

29 April 2014, 19:20

The number of times I’ve heard these words (and amount of restrained smacks around the head) is ridiculous.

In fact, one of the perks I find in no longer working in an office environment is not hearing those words from at least one person when I’d come into work sobbing, after the loss of one of my beloved animals.

My animals are not ‘just pets’. They are my family, my kids and precious souls that have shared their lives with me. Often I get teased for feeling like this.

Don’t get me wrong-I have a lovely network of animal lovers that support me through these times-but there’s always that one tactless (insert rude name) who calls me the “crazy cat lady” for going out of my way to rescue animals, sitting up all night to bottle feed day old kittens them, hold unknown strays while they are being put to sleep, and for being torn to shreds when I lose one of my own. On the contrary-I am not a lonely, crazy old woman who relies selfishly on the love of animals to keep me going.

I don’t own a thousand cats and sit on the sofa watching my soapies in a filthy home full of weird cat ornaments. I am in my twenties, I am happily married and I have a beautiful two year old son. I live in a normal house, I have a job and I have 4 cats and 2 dogs. But hey-if that makes me a crazy cat lady-I’ll wear the badge with pride.

This morning I took my cat to the vet for his check up. He has a chronic fungal infection which has eaten away at his nasal tissue, but is being treated and monitored on a bi-monthly basis. Today, after 6 months of treatment, my vet said the words I’ve been dreading for months. “He isn’t responding to treatment, and I wouldn’t fight you if you chose to euthanize.”

I sobbed like a baby in the vet’s room. I would be embarrassed but poor Dr Smith has seen me cry too many times to mention.

I found Noodle in a pet shop (side note-I do NOT support pet shops), in 2007 when I was 21.I had just been diagnosed with depression. My mom and I walked in to buy something, and I saw three tiny white kittens huddled together in a cage. The cage was cruelly small, and their water bowl was swirling with faeces.

One of the kittens smushed his little face at me through the bars, and he had the most beautiful eyes-one blue, one green. Next thing I knew I was plodding out of the shop with this awkwardly beautiful kitten in my arms.

His name went from Pooh Bear, to Noodle, to Baba over the years. He was my first pet as an adult. Noodle has been through 7 years of turmoil with me - bad relationships, illness, a violent robbery which had me begging the intruders not to hurt him while they ransacked my room (he didn’t leave my side through the entire ordeal), and 5 house moves.

He has taken to every rescue I have brought in, even going so far as to cuddle with the very sick and disabled ones like a protective mom. He knows when I hurt. He loves me unconditionally.

7 years is a long time. To know that he’s not going to be here for much longer feels like a knife cutting through my heart. I will be there when he goes to sleep, and I will have him cremated, and keep his ashes. If that’s “creepy” or “weird” so be it. He is my family.

I personally feel sorry for people who haven’t allowed the love of an animal to impact their lives to such an extent. I know when the time comes for him to go, I will be inconsolable, and people will think I am dramatic, or childish, or silly. It’s only a pet after all, right?

For those of you who feel like I do when you lose a furry family member, know this. You are not silly for being devastated, for grieving, for crying yourself to sleep. You are blessed for having loved and been loved by one of the beautiful angels we are given on borrowed time.

Lisa Lee is a writer and researcher for Body and Mind.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
30 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Gert James
Shedding a tear over Loadshedding

Stop treating me and millions of other citizens like we are in inconvenience. We do NOT live in a third world country and the time has come for you to eradicate third world thinking. Read more...

3 comments 312 views
Submitted by
Thulane Che Trosky
Looking to Zuma to put a spring i...

According to the SABC, President Jacob Zuma says the government needs prayers for good leadership and peace. No: we just need good leadership. Many are praying, but it is just not working. Read more...

2 comments 25 views
Submitted by
Debby Timm
Eskom public relations

I know this is getting old, and is probably one of the biggest irritations in our lives, however I would like to make some observations. Read more...

12 comments 1783 views
Submitted by
Thulane Bolsheviks
“We saw the future in Soweto this...

Stunned and ashamed by events in Soweto this week, it may be tempting for some of us to look the other way or simply disbelieve what we see. Read more...

17 comments 2611 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Open letter to MT Sabisa

 Read more...

0 comments 29 views
Submitted by
Johan Steyn
South Africa in Anarchy?

An.ar.chy – “a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority.” Read more...

30 comments 1627 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.