So fragile you came into our lives. Not even a handful, in shades of grey, black and white. You lay in an old small toy box, not covering a quarter of its base. I was afraid to care… to show affection… convinced that you would not survive that day. The walls around my heart went up.

You were abandoned by your mom. Not by choice, but out of fear. The man who brought you to the pet shop explained how she took off after being startled. Your siblings did not survive the cold. Your eyes were still closed, only a day old.

Trying to be responsible, I insisted we take you to the vet for a check-up. “It’s a girl! She is less than a week old, but very strong!” The vet smiled. Relief flooded my mind. “You need to get her kitten formula.” She phoned around until she found someone who had stock. I rushed off, suddenly inspired by your feisty nature, to do my utmost to help you survive. Your constant screaming for milk might have added to my new determination to get what you needed! The every-two-hour feedings began… and the underlying fear that something might go wrong came with it.

You were in my care every minute of the day. You joined me at work too, until you were able to feed yourself. You fought hard to grow stronger. As you did, you broke down the walls around my heart.

We spent every waking moment together. I was your new Mom. You crawled into my heart, one furry step at a time. I’ve learned to love you as much as it is humanly possible to love a four-legged child.

You brought happiness, fun and laughter into our home. If I had to make the same decision again to care for you, I would do it a hundred times over.

It seems like I’m a cat person after all…

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Your story is overflowing with love and emotion Marianna. I loved the line ‘You crawled into my heart, one furry step at a time’. So very heartwarming. Loved it!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

This is so lovely Marianna. As a cat person I can resonate with every word. One of our cats had feline enteritis and cat flu when we first got her. When we took her to the vet they said the animal shelter had let her go too young; they reckoned she wasn’t more than 6 weeks old. They gave her some treatment and some special food and said we could try, but they didn’t think she’d survive. She’s nearly 18 years old now. Fab story anyway, and beautifully written; made me feel quite emotional!

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Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

A really heartwarming story, with love and affection. My favorite line was “You broke down the walls around my heart”. Great job!

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Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson(@genya-johnson)
1 year ago

Marianna this was beautiful. The kitten was so lucky to have found someone who would devote every waking moment to her needs. Lots of emotion in your words that carries on through your story.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

What a lovely story, Marianna! I’m also a cat person, and have one that just appeared on the doorstep five years ago, essentially announcing “I’m here!” She’s always up to mischief and keeps us entertained, flabbergasted and inspired. She also keeps us young with her crazy antics. Today she was leaping at flying insects in the garden, trying to fly. Cats are so amazing, aren’t they?

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Santina Forlenza
Santina Forlenza(@santina-forlenza)
1 year ago

Hi Marianna, lovely story full of sweetness. And the image is so cute.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hello Marianna, trying to look through the eyes of the kitten that you have been given to love, you come to understand the connection of returned love. Such a tender and happy write Marianna,

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

What a beautiful description about the relationship between a caring human being and a young cat! After having read your story, being a cat lover myself, I thought that there must be something with cats that attract people who love writing. So I googled “writers and cats” and found a fascinating site called “the relationship between famous writers and their cats”. There is a list of 75 authors who loved cats! I couldn’t see your name there, but you should be included.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
Reply to  Marianna Pieterse
1 year ago

Of course, there is a lot of independence with cats. But there is also the playfulness. And the cuddliness. And the purring. But always on their terms, which makes it feel like a privilege when you are on the receiving side.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Congratulations Marianna! So pleased for you, you should be very proud. This was such a loving, warm story.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

Congratulations, Marianna, on behalf of all of us who are owned by our priceless cats!

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Congratulations Marianna, fan-cat-stic.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

This story is awesome. Full of love, care, and affection which makes it capture my heart. Congratulations.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Marianna Pieterse
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Marianna. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
1 year ago

What a beautiful story, Marianna! Hopefully, this story will inspire more people to adopt and welcome into their a family a stray animal.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi(@katy-bizi)
Reply to  Marianna Pieterse
1 year ago

I do believe that your story has that power, at least personally it has affected me. Hopefully, more people will be inspired to adopt.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

The tender attachment in your story is touching.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
Reply to  Marianna Pieterse
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Marianna.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hi, Marianna. I want to say congratulations on your win. Keep on writing and inspiring us (readers).

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