Our cats are a very important part of our family. They arrived some years before H did and H has grown up with them. In some ways they are like his siblings. He loves snuggling up with them and stroking them. Plus they are very amenable and will put up with a lot of play.
Sometimes the cats go to sleep with H too and if he’s at school his bed is a favourite place to take a daytime nap.
Even pre H the cats were a key part of the family: they make the house seem alive, seem more homely and they are always there to keep you company. Working on my own from home most of the day, it’s nice to have a furry friend to sit on my lap when I type or sit in front of the keyboard to hinder me along the way.
Over the last year or two we have had problems with an aggressive new cat on the neighbourhood block and it’s made me feel worried about the safety of my cats. One of our cats is a gentle giant, quite a bulky fellow, but I’m not convinced he’d be that useful in a fight. The other cat is very petite, although she’s the better hunter. We had problems with the other cat getting into the house and we took steps to prevent that so our cats could feel secure at home. Then I found a couple of times I had to chase the nasty cat off when he was bullying the smaller cat and stopping her getting in the cat flap, even though she was acting in a submissive way. It made me realize that they may get injured in a fight and need medical attention. I really don’t want to see them hurt, but I don’t want to make them into indoor only cats either.