Yep we have a cat and his name is Grady. My daughter was 3 when we went to the pound and picked out our little guy. They said he was 6 weeks old but I'm guessing more like 4. He and my daughter were best buddies did everything together. She's an only child and he was like her brother.
Well, when she hit her **** years she started closing her bedroom door and wouldn't allow him in. So he became my cat. Now don't get me wrong he still loves her, but she went away to college in 2011 and is usually only home, (if I'm lucky 2 months) out of the total. She was doing allergy shots, as she's allergic to cats, dogs, and God's green earth. We didn't know about the cat until after having him for like 5 years. No way could I give up her beloved pet.
Grady and I are best buds now, he follows me everywhere. He loves to cuddle up and sleep in between my legs. He loves for me to hold him like a baby and rub his tummy for hours. My Grady is now 18 years old and he either has stomach cancer or lymphoma in his GI tract. I'm totally dreading the day that we need to intervene on his behalf.
For the moment, however, the Vet has put him on oral steroids, and a potent anti nausea medication. He has stopped losing weight. He doesn't vomit nearly as much as he did, and he's enjoying watching the birds more in the backyard. He comes to me when he's sad, wants food or attention, and he comes when he know I"m feeling bad. The highlight for me, is he gets grumpy at night and like to nip or bite my hubby's ankles when he walks down the hallway. I told my hubby it's pay back for the the mean things he's done to him.
He's the best thing when I'm in really bad pain. We snuggle up on the bed and sleep together. If you don't have a cat, dog, or any other type of pet; you should think about getting one. They bring a lot of joy into our lives. Yes, it's hard watching my decline and it's gonna hurt like crazy to put him down, but it's been worth having him all these years.
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Obstructive & Central Sleep Apnea, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.