7 Things I Have in Common with My Cat

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When asked to describe me using an animal, most people choose a feline. Throughout my lifetime, I’ve been called everything from a black panther to a kitten, even in intimate relationships.

I take pride in that reference, because it signifies a strength and grace that is only ever found in the feline community. I also enjoy the reference as my connection to my four-legged womb fruit: Shadow the PR Cat.

If you’ve never heard of Shadow, then you must not have been following this blog for very long – and my pesky little PR puss will be sorely offended.

But not to worry, we will remedy that in just a moment by covering the seven things I have in common with Shadow the PR Cat.

1. PR Worker

As many of you know, on December 13, 2016, I adopted Shadow on behalf of Alexis Chateau PR. We meant to make him an Office Cat, but his love for being at the computer desk while I worked soon earned him a promotion to Goodwill Ambassador.

Thus, the coolest thing I have in common with my cat is that we work together in public relations, at my firm.

2. Blogging

When I was 9 years old, my parents gave me a professional planner to use as my mini-journal. By the time I hit 13, I was writing full length novels, and had built a fan base on campus.

A year later, I discovered the internet and launched my first blog. In truth, I launched one blog experiment after the other, before finally settling on this one. But no worries. This blog is no experiment, and isn’t going anywhere!

So would it surprise you to know that Shadow blogs, as well? His first blog post was published on College Mate earlier this month. It’s entitled: What I Would Study if Cats Went to College.

He’s also currently gathering sources for a piece to be published on a major kitty publication. This one is entitled, How an Office Cat Can Improve Employee Morale. If you would like to be cited for the article, or know an expert who would love the opportunity, you can find his guidelines here.

3. Fierce Independence

Last year, I experimented with sacrificing some of my independence for family life. That’s what women are expected to do, right? In a few months, I came to my senses. I was never built for submission, or interdependence.

Not only am I an only child, but I am one who had no interest in having siblings. I told my mother, in kindergarten, that I wanted no brothers or sisters. She was kind enough to oblige.

A child learns a lot about independence and personal accountability when she has no little brother or sister to throw the blame on.

4. Animal Rights Supporters

As Goodwill Ambassador, Shadow’s main purpose at the firm is to support animal rights, especially as it relates to the adoption of shelter animals. He is, after all, a rescue kitty.

The animal shelter that rescued Shadow found him dumped at a feral colony. They snatched him right before the cold winter hit. A week or two later, I took the hour-long trip out to his foster mom’s home, and fell in love with his cute little face.

Together, Shadow and I try to raise awareness for shelter dogs and cats. It’s a big job for a 7 month-old kitten, but he’s a natural!

5. Seafood

I know, I know. There is a wicked irony in writing that I love seafood right after talking about animal rights.

I was born with an aversion to meat. I have never liked it, and always found a way out of eating it, even as a child. Seafood, however, has always enjoyed an exception in my diet.

Of all the many ways to eat seafood, I love steamed fish from back home the most. But since Jamaica is feeling more and more like a world away, separated by sea and republican policies, I have to find a replacement. In America, that replacement is sushi.

I haven’t allowed Shadow to try sushi, but I let him nibble on some shrimp when I make my lunches for work. He loves it. Like any cat, he loves all things seafood – maybe even more than catnip.

6. The Outdoors

Last year, our first office cat went missing, while I was away for the weekend. It was heartbreaking. She was an indoor cat with limited access to the outdoors.

We trained her to come when called, and she did 100 percent of the time, no matter how far away she was. On November 13, 2016, when my grandmother called, she did not come; and has not been home since.

When I adopted Shadow a month later, I made the decision that he would not set foot outside unsupervised – and neither would she, when she returned home. Shadow may receive leash access after we purchase his GPS tracker. I haven’t found one yet with good enough reviews to persuade me.

In the interim, he does try to sneak outside, though he never wanders far from the front door. My hope is to take him out on the trails with me in the very near future. I know he will enjoy the fresh air and the adventure of a good hike.

7. Both Black

I may be a shade or two lighter than some, and Shadow may be many shades darker than most, but we are both Black. We also share the same types of discrimination that come with the shade.

Shadow is perceived in a negative way in many cultures on account of the colour of his coat. His kind also suffers a lower adoption rate and higher kill rate in animal shelters, than kitties of other colours.

Our efforts to change that perception involve leading by example, rather than throwing around words and empty promises. This makes him the ideal ally, especially for the current socio-political climate in America.

What are some of the strange and hilarious things you have in common with your pets? I’m sure once you start to think about it, you’ll find a similarity or two!


52 thoughts on “7 Things I Have in Common with My Cat

  1. Love this post! I have two dogs (one adopted from an “unexpected” litter before taken to the shelter, one a gift from a friend), a cat (adopted from a landlord after his renter died and left Critter behind. Critter showed total disdain for the landlord’s cats, so we took him into our single cat home, but now he has to deal with the dogs) and two guinea pigs (who were also adopted from an unexpected litter). The biggest thing I share with our animals is constant activity and navigation of those who are not exactly like myself but share a common space. Sometimes we share because we HAVE to, but often it comes with joy and entertainment!

    1. Thank you! And thanks for sharing. So happy you were able to take Critter in.

      My first cat, Sao, was raised around my two guinea pigs. She was a good sport. When they died, I remember her trying to get my attention to tell me. I kept them in the bathroom and she used to watch over them. I always thought she just wanted to eat them lol, but I guess that wasn’t it at all.

      After they passed, I got a dog. She did not like the dog. But funny enough, when the landlord’s dog attacked her one night, it was Skittles (my dog) who saved her. I found them both great new homes before leaving Jamaica. No owner has any excuse about rehoming their pets before they leave a country.

      Thanks again for sharing!

    1. I thought so too! But it was such a beautiful snake and kingsnakes actually help to keep the environment free of poisonous snakes, so I had to pet the little guy. Took a lot of encouragement though!

  2. I’m an only child too and never wanted any siblings so we share those facts. Love seafood. The fun fact about having “pets” is they always greet me at the door when I come home. I have had cats as well as dogs do this. Now, if i can just find that one woman to do the same… 😉

    1. Hahahahaha. That’s funny about finding a woman to greet you at the door.

      My cat also greets me at the door when I come home. My first cat, back in Jamaica, used to wait for me on the wall by the main gate. I kept her indoors for a year and then gave her outdoor access. But she had been inside for so long that she never left the yard and always freaked out if the window she went in and out if the window she came in and out of somehow shut. She was a funny cat.

      The animal shelter I used to volunteer with called her “Ninja Puss”, but she was named after a band: Saosin. I called her Sao.

  3. We have a rescue dog, and all of our cats have been adopted. We adopted the grey one from a friend, the black twins (we named them Thing 1 and Thing 2)) from a shelter, and our orange one from some strangers. I think black cats are so pretty, not boring at all like the oh-so-common orange ones (I don’t mean that as any sort of political statement, even though it does sort of work as one LOL).

    You and Shadow are heroes for working to help shelter animals

    1. That’s amazing. I grew up with a lot of rescue animals, all dogs though. My mom refused to let me get a cat. I turned 25 before I finally got one. When I left Jamaica, I gave her to my grandma. She is getting fat on the family land as we speak haha.

      Thank you! Shadow has taken very well to his role. He’s proof that there is hope, even for a feral or semi-feral cat, if owners just have patience.

  4. “I came to my senses.” Hahaha I thought there was a sentence like this coming as soon as I read you had focused on family life.
    I think you can tell a lot about a person if they love animals.

    1. Hahahahahahahaha. You know me too well Kristina. I’m just not a family woman.

      I’m 27 years old. I still have some youth to enjoy on the road (traveling) and in my career life before I could ever set that aside for any reason. We live and we learn!

      Indeed. Do you have pets as well?

      1. Oh I soooooo agree with you. I’ve just turned 29 and there are so many things I still want to accomplish and do before considering having kids.
        Yeah, I have a wonderful dog, Tom. He is the apple of my eye.

  5. He so sweet 🙂 I work from home so technically I have an office cat as well. Her name is Brownie and it a tortoise shell. I even have a little seat right beside my desk she sits on to keep me company. As far a black cats being misrepresented, its a shame really. I have had more black cats in my life then other colors. Of there is the old saying about bad luck but part of that is actually left off. we all know they say if one crosses your path it’s bad luck but what they leave off is if a black cat comes to you, you will have good luck. It looks like you have found yours 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you’ve adopted a lot of black cats in your lifetime. This is my second one, though the first wasn’t full black like Shadow is.

      You sound like you could be a good source for Shadow’s upcoming article. The link is in the article in the blogging section. You should pitch him!

  6. My two best friends are my wife, Sue, and my cat, Cookie. They have a lot in common: they both love summer, especially soaking up some rays on the back lawn; they like to get comfy and chill on the settee; they hate loud noises; they both try and attract my attention with cute ploys to sort them out with sustenance; they both enjoy a bit of fuss and attention; they hate cold, wet weather; neither are great travellers; and they both like to chase string and jump into cardboard boxes.
    I may have made one of those up.

    1. Hahahahaha! Your wife and cat sound like twins!

      Cookie is an adorable name. Do you have a picture of the little rascal that me and Shadow can look at? Shadow is single and ready to mingle! lol

      I don’t think you made any of those up. Don’t worry I won’t judge Sue. We still love her! 🙂

      1. I don’t have a pic to hand right now, I’ll have to post something on my blog about how working from home can be tricky with a demanding pussycat – he’s hilarious. In the meantime, he’s what’s known as a tuxedo cat – black with a white belly & paws, a bit like Sylvester. 🙂

      2. You work from home with Cookie? Ha! You sound like you might be a good source for Shadow’s upcoming article. The link is in the blog post. Pitch him!

      3. We share a sofa all day once a week. He’s bloody hard work when he’s up and about because he thinks that my only reason for being at home is to keep him entertained & fed!

      4. Sounds like every cat ever lol. Shadow jumps into bed and wakes me up just to be petted and then he runs off again. He’s not even hungry!

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