My Beastly Companion

My Beastly Companion
My Beastly Companion

He sits upon my bed like a prince, his legs so perfectly placed in grace, one paw over the other. Beast looks at me deeply, pensively and I wonder what’s on his mind, how he sees me. He smiles as cats do with a slow closing and opening of his eyes, and I know he loves me, but whether he understands my pondering, is another thing. His purr is loud and rhythmic, his pleasured glance undeniable and I can’t help but give him affection, for all he is and makes me feel. He nuzzles into my beard, no doubt more familiar as my fur, and if I don’t continue to lavish him with touch, he will vocalise his disconcerted malaise.

Eventually, he sleeps deeply, and his rather quaint high-pitched snore, endearing. And on sunny mornings he rolls over quite inelegantly, legs spread as if on a rotisserie, soaking up every bit of that warmth. As I write, he sleeps, but a few feet away, as close as he can get to my chair. There is no privacy, no escaping his needs, as even on the toilet, he must be there receiving attention, despite my cares. But regardless of inconvenience and the rituals of his day, he is the most loyal of friends, the most affectionate companion one could ever wish for.

He may be a cat, and as some think quite inferior, but to me, he is far more as I see a soul learning, loving and true, more than most people I know. So my view is different, and he gives far more to me that I have ever given to him.

My boy has a growth on his leg, common they say but its malignancy will no doubt prove his undoing. Can’t just remove it. Can remove his leg, but he is a big cat and the vet is not so sure he’d do so well at his age. He limps around, I lift him if he can’t get somewhere, but he takes it all in his stride and doesn’t complain one bit.

I think about what my life would be like without him and I just can’t look at that. People say he’s only a cat but to me, he is so much more and without him, a piece of me will fall, of that I am certain. So I just spend my time adoring him, being his every wish and command, for time is no certainty and my love for him is endless. Whatever happens, we are connected, now and always.

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8 thoughts on “My Beastly Companion

  • August 21, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Very beautiful, endearing and loving sentiments about Beast. He is such a beautiful companion with eyes that hold so much love for you, Tony. It is obvious by looking at his photo that you are his whole world. You are a blessed gift to each other. I empathize with you about the growth on his leg and the thoughts that cross your mind. Your soul connection with Beast is deep and eternal. Many blessings and healing light to both of you. Take care.

  • August 22, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Lovely memoir. I too have a furry feline and like Beast my cat is attuned to my every move and is very inquisitive as well. Some people dont get it Tony. I know for a fact that when my cat and my dog do inevitably pass on somewhere down the line, that I will weep for them than i would for many humans in my life. If there is any chink in my armor it is a soft spot for dogs and cats. I cannot watch movies where something makes them sad or otherwise hurt in any way. Nice work as always and I will say prayers for your kitty.

  • August 22, 2019 at 5:38 PM

    Thanks, Paul, yes the relationships we can have with animals of any kind can be quite profound. They all have feelings and can love just as we do. The main difference is that they don’t ever let you down, they are loyal and steadfast. Glad you enjoyed the piece. Take care, my friend.

  • August 24, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Tony my fluffy tan cat “Ludo” had cancer on his back leg and had it removed. He is now fine and only hobbles a little. It is funny my dog Joey is also a tripod. Interesting how I ended up with two three legged pets. Anyways I pray for your friend and if his time has come to go the Rainbow Bridge I pray he has many friends. Jamie

  • August 24, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Thanks, Jamie, all we can do is hope, but I now think if he has to lose the leg, he’ll do fine. Take care mate.

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