Saturday, January 21, 2012

Why I'd make a bad parent # 14


Obviously, I'm not a parent by my title above. That is a choice both my husband and I have made for the past 14 years. We're both happy with our permanent decision to not have kids.

Because we don't have children, we have Furry Babies, instead. They're easy to take care of and you don't have to send them to college.

I've been told cats can be left alone for quite some time and be just fine. Not our cats. They need yummies and laps and someone to admire them every day. Which is where my husband and I come in.

When we travel, we have our neighbors cat-sit. Which means they come over twice a day to scoop & poop & feed. I know they also give the mandatory yummies and tummy rubs. I know 2 of my cats are OK with this arrangement, but our alpha cat, aka, Mama's boy, Jake isn't all too keen on this.

Mama's boy, Jake is very attached to me. And vice versa. Our daily routine is very special and it always includes alone Mommy time. (Yes, I called myself Mommy. Just because I'm not a real mom doesn't mean I'm not maternal & dead inside.

My Jake is one of the reasons I know I'd be a bad parent. The days leading to my traveling I start getting sad that I will be leaving him. Yes, I know, I would never see the beach in January if I couldn't leave him. And yes, I know, he's a cat. But he's my baby and I miss him when I'm gone.

And to make it worse, I've been told he mopes and is sad when I'm gone. There. I said it. I'm sad to leave my cat. And if I'm such a wuss with my furry babies, I can't imagine how I'd be with real kids.