the keeper of my happiness – Happy Raksha Bandhan
Mau’mau was barely a few months old when my health massages re-started. She perched on top of the credenza during the first couple of sessions and kept a keen eye on the going-ons. A typical curious cat, I thought.
I then decided to use the Kerala Ayurvedic massage oil lying in the house and handed it to the masseuse. The minute the bottle was opened, its acrid smell filled the room. This bite sized kitten jumped off furniture and leapt paws up, nails out at the massage lady in my defence. She did not approve of the oil and she’d fight whoever seemed to threaten my well being. We were taken aback for a moment and then of course completely charmed that this featherweight was ready to David the lady Goliath.
Mau’mau is my keeper in many ways. She knows the word dentist and she actually worries for me when I tell her I’m going to see the kind gentleman and fusses when I’m back. She reads my moods and if my tone rises over a phone call, she rushes over to kiss me and calm me down. For a cat who loves to wake me up most nights just because she is bored, she certainly knows when to quietly sit on my lap and tell me that she understands and knows that I’m hurting. So much for cats having a bad rap for being unemotional or lacking empathy. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Talk to anyone with a pet and they will share stories of kindness, caring and at times sheer bravery. They are as much part of the family unit as the humans and I love the fact that they are increasingly being treated as the siblings who will forever be the baby of the family. Dogs are more vocal and expressive having been by our side almost 170,000 years more than cats have been, but the devotion from both is as good as all the other species as pets.
I have taken a special Rakhi goody bag for Mau’mau this year and she is sending one to a special lab called Oscar who inspires us on a daily basis. We at PawPurrfect will be launching the healthcare aspects of our app soon and going beyond just vet visits. Oscar is part of that story of learning what true pet parenting entails. I won’t share more now simply because this blog is about celebrating our pets siblings on Raksha Bandhan and saying thank you for all the joy, peace and the sense of security they bring into our lives.