A new addition…

There are two types of people in the world – those that like dogs, and those that like cats. I’ve always had my feet firmly in the dog-loving-camp; Mr Posy on the other hand has always been a cat-person.

The last (and only) time I had a cat was when I was 4 and we lived on a farm. The kitten attacked me, and I’ve been afraid of cats ever since. Bizarrely, the crazy rooster that used to attack Mum and me every morning didn’t leave the same emotional scar. I guess it’s not every day that you encounter a rooster.

Cats are spiteful little creatures. Sensing my dislike for them, they’d be sure to rub against my legs or perch themselves in my lap when I’d visit cat-ruling households. I’d be paralysed by fear, too scared to move, waiting for the cat’s next move, where it would surely slash me. I wasn’t just afraid of cats, I was terrified. A fear I didn’t share with a lot of people… “You’re afraid of cats?”, they’d question, incredulous. “Oh well, you know, I was attacked… by a pack of feral cats… when I was much smaller,” I’d mumble in reply.

Mr Posy has never pushed the issue of getting a cat. We have PosyDog, who is rather cat-like, so I figured that was a good compromise (considering I’d originally wanted a much larger dog, like a Boxer or a Shar Pei, but Mr Posy wasn’t a fan). Apparently, having a dog that has cat-like qualities (such as sleeping on the back of the lounge or on bookcases) is not the same thing as having a cat.

It all started back in February, when a friend, the lovely Miss B, sent me a picture message of a friend’s new kitty – a British Short Hair. “She’s gorgeous!” I exclaimed, “Don’t tell Mr Posy I said that…”. The seed had been sown.

A couple of months later we were out for dinner and drinks with these friends, where they later invited us back to their apartment for coffee and to meet their kitten. I could feel my anxiety rising, but too embarrassed to admit that I was scared of a kitten, we accepted the invitation.

Oh em gee.

The kitten was ridiculously cute.

Thanks to a few too many wines, I made the mistake of making the off-the-cuff remark that “I could handle a cat like that”. That was all Mr Posy needed to hear. I’d somehow agreed to a getting cat.

For months, I would curl up on the couch only to find Mr Posy researching kittens and breeders on the iPad. He was obsessed. I’d never seen him so excited about anything. Finally, he found a breeder with a little female lilac British Short Hair. “Yeah, okay, she’s pretty cute”, I reluctantly agreed.

This was how I found myself at the airport on a Saturday afternoon, a week ago, to collect a kitten.

“Do you want me to take her out of her crate, love?”, the very friendly attendant at the cargo delivery bay at the airport questioned. “Oh jeez no!” I exclaimed. I was terrified. I didn’t want to take her out of her crate. What if she scratched me? Even worse, what if she ran away? How would I explain that to Mr Posy (who was at work when the plane arrived from Melbourne)?

I got PosyKitty home, and out of her crate. She didn’t attack me. This was a good sign. PosyDog wanted to smell her butt – PosyKitty hissed at her. This was not a good sign. I started freaking out.

In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have expected PosyDog and PosyKitty to be best friends straight away. PosyKitty had just been taken away from her parents, shoved in a cage and put on a four hour flight, and then plucked out of her cage by somebody new (and equally terrified of her…) in a completely foreign destination.

I needn’t have worried. A week later and they’re completely smitten with each other.

As for me and PosyKitty…  Well, I’m still constantly afraid that she’s going to turn on me (much to Mr Posy’s amusement), but she’s wormed her way into my heart. She follows me around everywhere (she even tried climbing into the shower with me), and snuggles into bed with me.

I still maintain that I’m not a cat-person. I’m just a PosyKitty-person.

  • Ms Curious @ CCM
    July 11, 2011

    I’m not a cat person either (feral cat hissing at front door when I was a kid …) but PosyKitty is so cute!

    Lovely photo of the 2 together.

    • miss posy
      July 12, 2011

      When I was in primary school (in the middle of a National Park), there would on occasion be feral cats in the ceiling… and they’d wee everywhere. So disgusting.

      PosyKitty is very cute – and CLEAN, ha – however 😉

  • Elle
    July 11, 2011

    Oh you sound so much like me!! I’m not a cat person and can relate totally to the fear of cat unpredictability, haha. That being said, your little PosyKitty is just adorable.

    I LOVE the last picture of PosyDog and PosyKitty. Your little one reminds me so much of my terrier (cat-like tendencies and all, lol).

    • miss posy
      July 12, 2011

      Elle, you would have loved my terrier (before PosyDog) – so beautiful. Much like your terrier, I’d imagine.

      Cats are strange creatures.. I’m still adjusting!

  • N
    July 11, 2011

    Lovely story. I have a cat that behaves like a dog (he loves water and can fetch!). Gorgeous kitty – she’ll be your best buddy in no time! ! 😉

    • miss posy
      July 12, 2011

      I hope PosyKitty learns to fetch! She loves PosyDog’s toys more than her own, so there is hope for her 😉

  • Kiki Chaos
    July 12, 2011

    Ohhhh…. so cute! British shorthair’s have simply the most adorably sad faces. They command to be cuddled. I think you’ll be a cat person before long! I want one muchly myself.

    • miss posy
      July 12, 2011

      It’s the face that got me. Such chubby cheeks. I would maybe consider another British Short Hair… but I also want another West Highland Terrier, and I think two cats and two dogs might just be too many furchildren!

  • Kristen
    July 12, 2011

    You forgot the 3rd type of person… non-pet people 😉 Although i probably would be a pet person if i wasn’t constantly terrified of my eyes puffing up and closing over, my face swelling, my neck getting rashy & having an asthma attack. MrO baths Catsaway once a week & i haven’t had an allergic reaction but i’m still scared of him for that reason… and Miss7 is terrified of him (because he hides around corners and jumps up in the air, right at her head height… quite funny to watch).
    Lovely post xox

    • miss posy
      July 12, 2011

      Aside from the allergy-thing, I see you as a cat-person. They’re lower maintenance and less in your face than dogs 😉

  • Brooke
    August 20, 2011

    So cute! My dogs and cats have always got along so much so my cats always acting like dogs. My cat now is a bit temperamental so I’m just waiting for her to latch onto me one day so I understand the fear you have =p x

    • miss posy
      August 31, 2011

      I love when the kitty picks things (earphones, the bath plug, PosyDog’s toys) up with her mouth and carries them off to play with – I just didn’t expect that from a cat!

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