What My Cat’s Illness Taught Me

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One evening, we came home to find our elderly cat was no longer walking or eating – which is her favourite thing to do! After witnessing this, I made a concerned call to the pet hospital and the nurse advised me to book an emergency appointment for the following day.

The following day, I drove to the hospital as my mum held our distressed cat in her arms. We arrived at the hospital and went in, not thinking too much of my cats peculiar behaviour, we conveyed our concerns to the vet. Immediately, the vet told us she had last stage cancer and would soon die. My whole world collapsed. How could my cat, who has been there throughout my childhood, teenage years and early adulthood, be leaving this world?

As painful as this dreadful news was and going through what was one of the worst days of my life, I couldn’t help but think of how temporary this world is. One day the people we love and care for will inevitably leave. It’s a painful truth, but one we must come to terms with. My cat’s ill health taught me to appreciate my loved ones before they leave. After hearing the news about my cat’s cancer, I have been trying to appreciate my cat as much as possible, even appreciating her presence before she leaves. Because the worst feeling ever is to regret not appreciating someone enough, and realising it’s to late to do so. Spend as much time with your loved ones, tell them you appreciate them, and love them wholeheartedly and without exception. What other way to show someone you love them, than by appreciating them as they are, appreciate the small things they do for you and for simply being in your life.

So go tell your family and friends you appreciate them! And to the person reading this, I appreciate you. 🙂

…and remember this is gonna be a good life! 😀

Fathima 🙂

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