I legit cried myself to sleep last night. Most people act as though having a pet is a responsibility not deserving of an emotional attachment. “They’re just animals.” “They don’t feel anything.” “You can always get another.” To the people who say those things, you’re kind of an idiot.
When I moved to Atlanta for my cross country move worthy job, I took my cat with me. She was rescued off the street as a kitten and we bonded instantly. Our relationship couldn’t have been more perfect, or come at a better time. Only one problem; I’m allergic to animal dander. Living in San Diego made that a bit more manageable. Atlanta? Not so much.
My allergy flare up was not only affecting me, but it was affecting the happiness of my cat.
Between coughing, sneezing, sleepness nights due to not being able to breathe, hives, tons of allergy medication and a shot…. I started to realize that my quality of life (and my finances) was diminishing, as was hers.
At what point does one decide it’s okay to be so selfish that you would set aside the happiness of a beloved pet who you can no longer pet, cuddle, or sleep with – because you decided “I got this. We can make it work.”
I couldn’t get to that point. I’d see my Luna sitting off in the distance, staring longingly. But running away if I got up to pet her. She became distant, and lethargic. No amount of toys, or playing with her made her happier. It was clear she needed affection, affectionate I could give, but at a huuuuuuuge cost.
So I did the only thing that I could, I decided to rehome my beloved Luna to someone who could give her the love, affection and care that she definitely deserves. THIS was easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I screened texts, calls, message…. I even turned down a guy who didn’t know the difference between they’re, their and there. I’m sorry, but I won’t send my beloved Luna home with an idiot.
So now, she lives with one of the sweetest young women I’ve ever met. Smart, funny. And full of love and admiration for Luna. It was a match….
So, now, here I am. Luna-less.
She was not just a pet. She is full of emotion, and no, she’s not replaceable. She’s one of a kind. I’ll miss her, and all her quirks and purrs.
Now begins my research, and search, for a hypoallergenic kitten in need of a loving home. Keep me in your prayers. I’ve never been without a furry companion.