We have two pet cats who we love dearly. They became part of our family 9 years ago when we rescued them from a local shelter, they were sisters from an unwanted litter and we called them Polly and Amber.
I remember them as kittens getting lost behind the units in the kitchen and them snuggling up in the corner of our dining room where it was the warmest. They were so tiny they got up to lots of mischief without me seeing! Since we got them they have followed me around the house incessantly, meowing for food or to be let out or just for me to play with them. They both have their own little personalities, Polly is friendly and adventurous but needs a lot of attention, whereas Amber is shy but more loving and patient.
The one place they are sure to follow me to is our garden. They love playing in the garden, sniffing all the different plants and chewing on them too. They have given so many plants a little trim that Polly and Amber have become unofficial gardeners! Quite often I'll notice that certain plants have been given a little cat nibble! They have such a penchant for it that I've had to make sure that all the plants in the garden are cat safe!
Our cats love scouting around for ants, hiding in the flower beds and poking their little noses into whatever I'm doing! The've 'helped' me to pot some seedlings this summer which are now growing into sweet peas.
Our cats are drawn to the bright colours of the flowers and are very good at digging little holes too! They definitely keep the pests at bay, none last long when being chased by one of our cats!
As you can see they really help me out in the garden and are great company. They also love to lounge in the sun when the job is done (or just when they need a rest - they are quite lazy gardeners really!). Oh, and watering the garden...forget it!
What does your cat like to do? Do they have what it takes to forge their own kitty career?!
Update - 2022 - Sadly Amber is no longer with us. She had a very sudden catastrophic embolism and passed away one morning in March 2000. Polly is still very much with us, still meowing loudly at 14 years old, barely showing a sign of her age. I'm sure that she misses her sister a lot, as do we - we love our cats.
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