In 2007, I lost my first cat (Taco) to unknown causes. At the time I was heartbroken. I remember praying for the pain of losing him to stop. Many nights I stayed up crying myself to sleep. When you are close to a cat, they are like your family. He was my family. Around 2 months after he passed away, my brother called my mother and told her he was bringing home three kittens from college. Someone he knew was going to dump them off somewhere and he didn’t want that to happen. My mother told me when I got home from work, not to get any ideas and I didn’t. I told her I will find them all homes… And I did.
10 years ago, my brother brought home 3 kittens. It was at a time I least expected to have them in my life but it was something I had been praying for. Today, my sweet – crazy – bipolar fur child turns 10 years old! Happy Birthday, Twiggy!
One kitten went to a woman I worked with. Another was picked up by a couple with a little girl. Then there was one. A grandmother and her grandson were going to come and pick him up… But they never showed or called. Around this time I noticed the little one was still not eating solid food like he should so I said I would bottle feed him formula until he was ready to find a home. Little did I know, he already had one.
I named him Twiggy after the drummer in Marilyn Manson’s band. The guy I was dating at the time helped suggest it. I thought it was cute because “Twig” for short was fitting. He was the runt and very thin/small. I bonded with him pretty quickly but it was one night that really stuck with me in my heart. I was still upset about losing my first cat and I remember lying on the sofa at my then boyfriend’s. It was very early in the AM hours. I had been crying. I fell asleep and woke up to Twiggy laying in-between my arms holding on to me, as if he was hugging me to make me feel better. I fell so in love with him that day.
Around the age of 6 months, he became ill. We were not sure what was wrong with him but he just wasn’t getting a long like he should. He improved after that but around the age of 1 and a half is when everything got bad. He stopped eating and began having seizures. I worked as a veterinarian assistant at the time so I took him to work with me. He was diagnosed with feline pancreatitis. For about two weeks he refused to eat. He would not be able to walk more than a few feet without falling over and having a seizure. He would wet himself and blood came out. It was horrifying. I hardly slept and would stay on the floor with him all night. I took him to work with me to make sure I could keep an eye on him. My boss (his vet) was certain he was going to die. I couldn’t accept that.
My aunt had told me about “laying of the hands” a few years prior. It is something Jesus taught his followers to do. It was done not only to cast out demons but sickness. I took him home one day after work and I laid my hands on him. I did it again and again. I started to command him to eat. It took about 45 minutes… But he ate for me. I then gave him a bath to wash the urine and blood from his fur and when he was done, he purred. With in a few days he was 100% normal again. My boss didn’t know what had happened but he praised me for whatever I did, because it worked.
Fast forward to now, he is a healthy 22 pound kitty! He is far from a runt! He loves to play with dogs, chase and hiss at his toys, and occasionally tell me no. He is very smart and very stubborn. He will sit and give his paw for food, walk on a leash, and knows when I am upset… But he has no problem fighting back if he thinks he is right! Sometimes I have to put him in time-out for attacking Joey, but I won’t get into that! Have I mentioned how much he loves to eat?
Today is his birthday and I wanted to share something about him. He came in to my life when I least expected it. He taught me things, increased my faith, and also showed me how to be patient. He may not be a very cuddly cat but when he wants to be, you wont be able to get him off your lap! Happy Birthday, my not so little Twig! You are 10 today and I look forward to another 10 (and hopefully more!) spent with you.
What Twig got for his birthday!
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