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Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. I was one of those kids who begged their parents to open our house up to all sorts of animals. We always had between one and four feral, outdoor cats — who had more battle scars than the average Viking and who, if approached, soon scratched or hissed you back into your place. I once had four goldfish too. They were doing quite well until my brother was allowed to have a house party for his eighteenth birthday.
Sadly Goldie and Salty slipped into the next world, surrounded by a floating can of Budweiser, to the backing track of some 2 Unlimited tune. My pleas for us to get a dog were always met with encouragement from Dad but utter dismissal from Mum. Fast forward to adulthood and there I was all grown up and doing the adult thing — paying bills, doing a weekly shop and regular cleaning, keeping on top of laundry and even ironing the odd garment.
I was enjoying the liberty of life as a real adult when that pang of yearning for a pet returned. Since my boyfriend also shared the urge, we soon began to concoct idyllic stories of how our lives could only be enriched by the addition of a furry companion. We both work full time, and my boyfriend had grown up with cats, so we decided a furry feline was the best option.
I did ask the then-owner whether Maine Coon cats shed more hair than normal short haired cats? Naively, I believed the answer that they do not. But she was fluffy and soft, and my boyfriend loved cats, so at the time those reasons seemed enough for us to allow her into our home. Twix, as she is named, required a litter box, cat litter, a litter scooper, cat litter bags, litter freshener, a scratching post, cat toys, three types of special brushes for brushing out her mats none of which she will let us use , an antibiotic for her cold and twice daily ear drops for her ear infection.
She eased us in gently at first. She started to display behaviour I can only assume she learned on the mean streets of Dublin- possibly from some hard ass kitties who hang out by the Canal. At about 3 am Twix began yowling. Twix howled like that every hour until we nearly lost our minds from the lack of sleep.
She has settled a bit now — but she still likes to yowl every second night, albeit for shorter periods. Before you start worrying about Twix, she has a very charmed life. She is very well fed and groomed, given lo of attention and has her vet checkups when needed. She has lo of room to roam inside and outside and since she despises other cats with a vengeance — I doubt that she is lonely for another cat.
Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you. You see she is so hairy that when she grooms herself, she is swallowing a large amount of hair. What goes down must come up and it comes up approximately once a week in various places in our house.
It has been a year since we got Twix. I have learned lessons not only about cats but also about myself. First of all, I am clearly very impulsive and must learn to research big decisions thoroughly. Secondly, living with an animal is exactly what it says on the tin — you are living with an animal. So, although you may enjoy an odd trip to the zoo, perhaps ask yourself if you would like to live in the zoo?
Thirdly, like humans, animals have a range of personalities, moods and tendencies so just like people — some of them do not make for good housemates. The only thing that makes all of this worthwhile is the happiness that Twix brings to my boyfriend. Although she often bites and attacks him, she still somehow makes him smile and so I guess — until she drives me to absolute insanity — she is paying her way in our home. His dog of choice would be an Alsatian but he feels it would be cruel to get just one. Leah Ni Chuinn is a freelance journalist originally from Clare and living in Dublin.
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Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn. Leah Ni Chuinn. Adult choices Fast forward to adulthood and there I was all grown up and doing the adult thing — paying bills, doing a weekly shop and regular cleaning, keeping on top of laundry and even ironing the odd garment. When you add it all up Twix set us back the price of a foreign holiday. But on her fifth night in our house Twix let rip. Serious issues Before you start worrying about Twix, she has a very charmed life.
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