Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from Ingrid, Amber and Allegra

If you’re fortunate enough to still have your mom in your life, be sure to tell her that you love her today, and every day.  My mother passed away 16 years ago, and I still miss her.  Even after all these years, I still feel a pang when I see Mother’s Day cards appear in stores. 

But I also celebrate Mother’s Day as Amber’s and Allegra’s Mom.  Some of you have gotten to know Amber here on The Conscious Cat through her Mewsings.  She was a mother herself when I first met her, so I thought I’d share her story here with you again today.

In the spring of 2000, Amber and her five kittens were brought to the animal hospital I managed by a client who had found the little family in her barn.  Despite being emaciated and scrawny-looking, Amber’s eventual beauty was evident even then.  Her kittens found new homes in fairly rapid succession.  

However, nobody was interested in the beautiful mommy cat.  She spent her days in the big adoption cage in the hospital’s waiting area, but with the constant inflow of homeless kittens that is typical for spring and summer, nobody wanted to adopt an adult cat.  I had recently lost my almost sixteen-year-old soul mate cat Feebee, and the grief over his loss was still very fresh.  I did not think I was ready for another cat, but coming home to an empty house was becoming increasingly difficult.

One weekend in July, I decided to take Amber home, “just for the weekend”.  I wanted to give her a break from the abandoned feral kitten we had placed with her after her own kittens had all found homes.  The kitten was a rambunctious six-week old grey tabby, and Amber was becoming increasingly exasperated with his constant need for attention.  As far as she was concerned, she had done her mommy duty with her own kittens.

After living in a cage for all these months, Amber was initially a little overwhelmed by having access to an entire house, and she spent most of that first weekend near or under my bed.  By Sunday evening, she began to  relax a little and started exploring her new environment.  I liked having her gentle and peaceful energy around the house, and I decided that she could stay a little longer.  Not quite ready to acknowledge that she was home with me to stay, I told everyone that I was “just fostering her”. Somehow, the flyers advertising that she was available for adoption never got distributed, and she only returned to the animal hospital for regular check ups.

Amber is a gentle, loving cat with a wise old soul.  For the past nine years, her peaceful and solid presence, not to mention her almost constant purr, have been bringing love and affection into my life every day.  She enjoys sleeping in our sunny living room, curling up with me when I sit down to read or to watch television, and watching the birds at the feeder on our deck. 

She is a teacher to the core of her being, and she is my writing muse.  There are days when I sit down in front of the computer and stare at the blank screen with no idea of what I’m going to be writing about, but as soon as she comes into the room and curls up on the window perch next to my desk for a long nap, I feel inspired, and the words start flowing.

Animals come into our lives for many reasons.  Some very special animals touch our souls and change us forever.  Amber is one of these special animals.

Amber

 

8 Comments on Happy Mother’s Day

  1. I HAVE CAT
    May 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm (7 years ago)

    I meant to post a comment when I first read this story. It warmed my heart. I am so sad to have heard about Amber’s passing. She sounds like a lovely cat who was so very lucky to have you in her life. I look forward to reading Buckley’s Story and learning more about her.
    x0
    T, Kippie and Petie

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  2. Esme
    May 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm (7 years ago)

    oops I meant to say Allegre-I love that name by the way.

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  3. Esme
    May 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm (7 years ago)

    This photo puts a smile on my face-I have to laugh-you decided to bring Amber home just for a weekend-is there any such thing as coming home just for a weekend.

    I guess it depends on how you define a weekend.

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  4. Ingrid
    May 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks, Mason – hope you had a wonderful day, too!

    Thanks, Daniela.

    Bernadette, that makes me feel so good to know that you read Buckley’s Story to your mother.

    Thanks, Layla – Happy Mother’s Day to you, too.

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  5. Layla Morgan Wilde
    May 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm (7 years ago)

    An especially touching post day. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  6. animalartist
    May 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Amber is indeed a very special kitty. That consistently balanced quiet presence is rare, and she is there, purring, for you. Especially after finally finishing “Buckley’s Story” by reading a chapter at a time to my mother, I think I love Amber very much.

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  7. Daniela Caride
    May 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Happy Mother’s Day, Ingrid. We’ll always miss our loved ones, but they never leave us. They will always live in our hearts.

    Love,

    Daniela

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