I had my first cat at 6 years old and he was with me for 18 years. I have a portrait of this lovely Siamese on my arm as a memory of his eternal bond, and a "My First Love" dedication on my back.
He was always with me… as I did mundane tasks like homework or as I suffered through various illnesses and chronic bronchitis. When I got older he’d help guide my decisions. For instance he’d judge my boyfriends and I could tell by his reaction whom I could trust.
I can relate to this, not from a magical sense but from the perspective of a very special and intelligent companion.
It might all sound like too much, but for me this is real.
Who else has a shrine dedicated to a cat in their home?