Friday, December 5, 2008

pet therapy

Have you ever noticed the high percentage of people who struggle with infertility that have a pet? D and I are a part of that statistic. Meet Bailey, our super cute cat!

This kitty has done more for me during the last few years than she will ever know. I remember when we got her 3 ½ years ago I wondered if this was the best decision since we were family planning. But we really felt compelled to get a pet after fostering 3 baby kitties that were abandoned on our porch 6 months earlier. I had so much fun...and stress...while taking care of those kittens (I never had a pet while growing up)! So a cat it was for us and I have never regretted that decision. Our cat has actually afforded me a bit of pet therapy by greeting me at the door when I come home from work, letting me know (persistently!) when it's time for food, giving me cuddles on the couch, listening unconditionally to me when I need to vent, and getting me to laugh when I really didn't feel like laughing. She counts on us to take care of her and helped me to focus on something else besides fertility and babies. A pet is not a child (it's slightly irritating when people equate animals with humans) but this cat has been so good for me while we've gone through infertility and now while waiting for a match. This will sound strange to non-pet lovers but I honestly don't know what I would do without her! Maybe they should start some pet therapy at fertility clinics. It sure would lighten the mood in the waiting room!

Of course once this baby arrives we are anticipating some major adjustments for Bailey!


Kim said...

Lavonne - I never knew you liked cats. I personally like cats...when they are someone else's and when they stay away from me! No pets here due to too many allergies for the kids - whew! Ernie always wanted a pet, but not now....too bad!

Kara said...

It's amazing how pets can be a healthy distraction from the pain we sometimes experience.

I'm glad the HSG test went ok.

I hope you have a great week ahead. After Christmas lets do coffee again ok?