The reason I bought myself my first cat 5 years ago?

My cats. all 16 of them. My 2 dogs. I’m crazy in love with every single furry little friend that’s walking around in my house.

It all started when I was about 15/16 years old. We already had 2 dogs making our house a little bit more fun to live in, but it wasn’t enough for me.

In that period of my life, I didn’t really have many friends… I had a few good ones, or at least I thought they were good ones because most of them aren’t really my friends anymore. I could get through the regular, but very painful and depressing, schoolday with these friends by my side. But the fact that I switched classes that year, didn’t have any friends in my new class and felt lonely and left out made me very depressed most of the time. Nobody really talked to me in my new class, and I didn’t have the guts to start talking to them, so I was kind of doomed for the rest of my high school career. Most of the people in my class were girls and most of the girls in my class were or popular or they already had enough friends and they didn’t want someone to invade their perfectly made group. I was an enormous dork, was not your typical average girly girl and was very quite and shy. I guess I didn’t fit the criteria to be the typical girl BFF type and that didn’t make me very attractive/popular/wanted.

The only things that could really cheer me up were my dogs, music, the occasional shopping spree with my mom and my love and passion for movies/series. I could go days living like a cockroach in my room, listening to taylor swift/ watching “Gossip Girl” while eating chocolate or other not so healthy snacks. Some days I felt good, other days I felt like shit. I had the feeling that I had almost no friends, that nobody loved me and that my life was a living hell. But, when I felt bad, alone, depressed or afraid I could always get a warm and fluffy hug from Donald or Dino (my dogs).

Animals or pets, are so innocent. They can look you in the eye with so much love and warmth. They would never hurt someone or talk behind their back. Animals, you can always rely on. They will always be there when you are crying, when you are laughing, when you are all alone in the corner of your room or when you are in a crowded kitchen on christmas eve. They will always have their eyes on you, and they will always be there when you need them. Not asking anything in return. Just true and unconditional love.

When I came home from school, being on the vurge of breaking down, my dogs were always happy to see me. I got the feeling that I did have a purpose in Life. I had animals that I could take care of. Animals that rely on me. That and also the unconditionnal love I got from my parents and irritating but very loving brothers, helped me through my highschool hell.

So, one day, I asked my mom for a cat. Because I knew that that would make me happier when I got home. I asked for a cat for almost 2 weeks, and I didn’t give up! I had to have one! And one day, my mom woke me up on sunday and she said : “Come on, let’s go buy you a kitten!” …

And the rest is history…

Today, I have 16 cats at home. I take 2 of them with me when I need to go to Ghent from monday to friday. They still make me very happy and when I’m crying I pick them up, they start purring and I always feel less bad than before.

Today, I have lots of friends. Those friends, I can call real friends. They are always there for me when I need them and I don’t really feel alone anymore. I also have a very loving, caring and sweet boyfriend that always picks me up when I fall on the ground. My family is very close and they give me alot of love and strength to carry on. I’m studying to be a psychologist. And I hope that I will be able to help people the way that my pets and family helped me through the hard times.

I will tell them that it will always get better. That life has it’s ups and downs. Sometimes you can fall on the hard ground, and you will feel like you don’t have the strength to get up. But when you experience this feeling, remember, that there is always someone out there that can not live without you. Just get up and go on ….

…. and maybe get yourself a cat 😉

See you next time guys!



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