Getting Back Into the Swing of Things
So I hope to get back into blogging – but here’s a minor setback: You know it’s a problem when none of your browsers auto fill the name of your website when you start typing.
To be honest, I feel a little of the same — disconnected. As I mentioned earlier, living with two CH cats is …normal for me. At first, when we adopted our cats, it was easy to come up with post topics. Everything was new. I had so many questions and wanted answers. Every day we would face challenges and find ways to overcome them. Or deal with them. Or, sometimes, cry through them.
Over time, those challenges have lessened – or at least have become normal, which is OK in my book, too. (We all do crazy things for love.) And I think that’s a good thing. I hope it’ll encourage those new CH cat parents who aren’t sure if they can do this (you can).
Here’s a little of what I mean:
– We still have litter box accidents now and then. Someone will miss or fall and a mess will ensue. But that’s OK. Stuff is just stuff, and when I come running with a towel, the kitties know it’s so I can help them. (It also helps to keep a roll of TP near the litter box.)
– I carry (read: coddle) Ellie often. She can totally handle the stairs, but more often than not, we give her a lift because sometimes, just sometimes, she does tumble down them, and while she’s OK, the overprotective mom in me wants to keep her safe.
– And when she does manage the stairs on her own, we have precautions (mat at the bottom, gate at the top) which make things a little safer.
To be honest, I’m blessed enough to say I struggled coming up with that list. We still have challenges (chipped teeth, pulled nails, banged heads), but we’re more equipped (emotionally, in terms of safety precautions, rationally) so they’re not as huge deals as they once were. I don’t want to come off as insensitive; I’m still ridiculously in tune with them and love them to the moon and back, it’s just that everything has become more familiar over time.
It’s a good place to be in. Really good. It may sound odd to some, but we’ve grown as a little family. Things may not be “normal,” but they’re somewhat normal to us.
So take heart, those who are starting down this road. It may never be easy, but things do change. And while I may not be writing about personal questions or struggles I have, I encourage you all to share, ask and discuss. I like to think of this site as a little community/resource, so please use it as one — as a way to help and encourage one another and get help and be encouraged, too.