My love for cats started when I was 7 years growing up in Ukraine. I brought home a tiny kitten that I found on the street and begged my parents to let me keep it. Murka, my first tuxedo cat, was with me for almost 9 years. After we lost her I’d thought I’d never have another cat again. She was very special to me and after so many years I still miss her.
During our first Christmas in Canada my daughter wrote a letter to Santa asking for a kitten. I so badly wanted to make her wish come true as it was a hard time for all of us adjusting in this country. Lucky for me, a friend of a friend was looking for a good home for kittens after somebody deposited a litter of them in their farm’s backyard. I claimed one without seeing kittens first. We instantly fell in love with our tiny 9-months old tuxedo kitten. 15 years had passed, and the cat, Dina, is still with us.
Crazy Things Dina Does:
- Dina talks – short meows, long meows, deep meows, soft half-“meh”. She developed quite a vocabulary!
- Dina is my personal alarm clock. Every morning she’d be quietly sitting on my bed and staring at me. As soon as my alarm goes off she becomes vocal until I feed her. Then she’ll go back to sleep.
- Like a concierge, Dina is monitoring all comings and goings. She could be sitting next to me on the sofa, purring; then she abruptly leaves my side and comes to sit by the door. Next minute I hear my daughter or boyfriend inserting the key in the lock. Dina somehow hears them coming much in advance.
- Dina is also a food inspector. As soon as someone open the fridge she’s right there, staring inside as if she’s deciding on what to eat. When we eat at the table, she’d be standing tall on her hind legs and lightly tapping one of us with one paw while supporting herself with other on the chair.
- Dina is my protector. When my marriage went sour and my ex-husband was having heating arguments with me she peed in his running shoes. Dina was sending her message 😉
She brings us much happiness and love. I wish I could keep her forever!