Cat Family Story #8: Luna
What is the name of your cat?
Photo (above) of Luna taken by @luna_misty_blue . Check out their Instagram for more cat photos.
Where is your cat family located in?
We live in Bermuda.
What is the breed of your cat?
She is a Russian Blue.
How old is your cat?
She is 1.5 years old.
Where can we find your cat on social media?
On Instagram @luna_misty_blue
In a few short words/sentences, tell us about your cat's personalities.
Luna is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. She is very smart and uses her meows and chirps very effectively to communicate her wants and needs (and also her displeasure when the humans don't listen well!). She is curious and independent, brave, and sweet. She is very much like a human, in that she gives affection to those she chooses, at the times of her choice.
How has your cat transformed your life from the moment you've met her till now?
Luna is a catexplorer, so we go for walks most days a week. I definitely am more active than before, as I will still take her out even if I'm tired or if the weather is iffy. I appreciate being in nature more and enjoy noticing the little things that capture her interest. I was always happy but I can say that I have another layer to that happiness now and am definitely more fulfilled, providing enrichment and love to a special little cat.
What does your cat mean to you?
Luna owns me, as much as I own her. That is to say, we belong to each other. She is more a fur child than a pet and is definitely a valued and much-loved member of the family. She makes me smile and keeps me active and entertained. I love her and am lucky to have her!
Photo (above) of Luna and her human taken by @luna_misty_blue
How did you and your cat first meet? Tell it to us in the form of a short story.
I (and others in my family) have allergies, so when I wanted to get a cat, I knew it would need to be a low allergen breed and liked the traits of Russian Blues. Bermuda has strict pet importation regulations, so I started looking into breeders from a small list of approved countries. I found a breeder I liked in London, England, who happened to have a litter that had just been born a few days prior.
My brother lives in London, so after a few weeks, he went to visit, sent photos and videos and we all fell in love with Luna. Fast forward a few more weeks and Luna was traveling with the pet courier to the airport and took her first (and so far, only) flight, from London to Bermuda. I'm not sure who was more nervous... the breeder or I, but the cargo attendant looked after her well. When we went to the airport to pick her up, there she was, so tiny in her crate, but boldly meowing to be let out, so she could explore. It was love at first meow. Luna continues to be bold, curious, and happy to explore.
What do you think your cat thinks of you?
I am Luna's human - food provider, adventure sharer, keeper of the treats, guard of doors, and bedtime snuggle buddy. She definitely shows me lots of love and also cattitude and comes asking/begging/demanding me when she wants something. So in that regard- also her mummy!
Your cat is part of your family. What are some things they do that make you think that consider you part of theirs?
Gives loving headbutts, licks, and chirps. Complains when I get ready for work. Meows to greet me when I get home from work. She comes to sleep with me at night. Asks me when she wants something and tantrums with me if she doesn't get what she wants... (You never show that to anyone other than family!)
Photo (above) of Luna and Katrina (right) taken by @luna_misty_blue
What are some accounts your cat likes to follow on Instagram?
Why do you feel that it is important to show the world that Cats are Family?
Cats are extremely intelligent, curious, interesting, and loving. They aren't dogs and don't show their feelings in the same way but they are social and do care about their humans. They have valid and important feelings and needs too. As someone who walks their cat on a leash and does clicker training with her, I get a lot of questions on why I bother doing these things with a cat.
Most people don't question why small breed dogs go on walks and get training. What exactly is the difference? I think it's important for the world to understand that cats are family because a lot of cats are bored, forgotten accessories at home, or potentially unsafe outside on their own. Both options can do a disservice to a very capable and loving animal. If this campaign changes a few minds and helps to make a few cats' lives richer, I think that's worthwhile! Cats deserve more!
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