Her without Him {The Ordinary Moments}

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I was looking at Leia, our cat, the other day and I realised that she has now been our only pet for nearly three years. Her brother died so suddenly and him not being here is a constant in the background of my mind. But I haven’t even really taken time to reflect on Leia and how she’s dealt with being by herself.

We got two cats so they would always have each other. So that when we went away for the night they would have company and when we were at work they would have each other. When Luke died I worried that Leia would be lonely, that she’d pine for him and that it would hit her really badly.

But, Leia is fine. It’s strange to see her without Luke by her side but it is so normal now. She is much more confident and she is always letting us know she’s there, miaowing and getting attention. If we’ve been away she’ll not leave us alone for the first couple of hours after we return home. She’ll want all the love and cuddles she’s missed since we left and she demands them until we sit and give her a cuddle.

Leia is with us all the time, laying on us if possible or as close to us as she can get. She lets the children cuddle her and stroke her and they love her so much – she has been there for their whole lives and she is very much part of our family.

Before Luke died I couldn’t imagine one cat without the other. Like Tweedledum without Tweedledee or Hermione without Ron. They were a pair, always together and so close. But Leia has carried on amazingly and anyone looking at her would never know she used to be one of a pair. She still looks so young, she still has the energy of a much younger cat but at nearly twelve I know she is getting older and I know there will be a time, hopefully a few years away, when she’ll go and meet her brother again. So for now we are loving her, appreciating her and enjoying the little ball of fluff that has purred her way right into the centre of our family.

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  1. March 11, 2018 / 9:22 am

    Cats are wonderful pets aren’t they? I’m glad Leia is getting on ok without Luke. She looks like my cat featured in my post. Such a gorgeous cat x

  2. March 12, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    That’s so good that she’s doing so well on her own. My parents had two cats as well, brothers, and when the first one died, we were all worried about how the other one would cope. He did fine too – we should have expected it really, as they both escaped (or rather, were lost) from a cattery when we were on holiday a few years ago, and ended up going their separate ways, until they were both returned to use separately – one after over a year! Cats are amazingly resilient creatures.

  3. March 13, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    They really are tough little animals aren’t they? We don’t have cats but my mum still does, she had 4 at one point. It’s safe to say one likes the children the other is terrified 🤣.

  4. March 13, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Ah bless her donna she sounds such a loving little cat. I have two boy cats and like you couldnt imagine the one without the other. Sorry about Luke I still remember when you wrote about him previously. I also am shocked Leia is 12! She looks so much younger. xx

    • March 13, 2018 / 10:46 pm

      ep, she looks like a baby still! She was the runt of the litter and so is tiny. But, she’s ageing really well x

  5. March 14, 2018 / 10:32 am

    What a pretty cat, she has the most amazing eyes. It’s sad she lost her friend, she’s lucky to have you all to love and get all her attention from now.

  6. March 15, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Aww what a lovely addition to the family. #OrdinaryMoments

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