Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Feline Intuition

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Feline Intuition

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As a child of divorced parents, I swore I'd never let it happen to me. Yet five years ago, I told my husband I wanted out. We had met in college, and after graduation we did what everyone expected us to do-we got married. Leaving him was awful. I was young, I felt like a failure, and after we separated, things continued to go wrong in my life, both personally and professionally.

Every time I thought things had gotten as bad as they could get, they got worse. Health, career, friends, family, money-- nothing seemed to be going right. To top it off, for the first time in my life I was all alone. The friends and social life I'd had when I was married just disappeared. I couldn't eat, sleep or talk to anyone about my feelings. I'd come home to a quiet, empty house. It was as if everything in my life had evaporated--everything except my cat, Toby, that is. My husband and I had bought Toby when we first moved in together, and I got to keep him when we split up. Toby was always there for me, and I talked to him constantly. He greeted me at the door, followed me from room to room, sat on the edge of the tub while I showered and curled up at my feet as I slept.

But soon after my divorce, Toby got very sick. The vet operated and said he had liver cancer. He gave Toby three months to live. That was the last straw. My cat was dying and I couldn't do anything about it, except try to make him happy and comfortable for as long as possible. So I brought him happy toys, gave him lots of love and attention and carried him around everywhere I went, even in the car, where he sat on my lap as I drove.

Then something amazing happened. Instead of getting sicker, Toby got better. And as he did, so did I. Slowly, I started to piece my life back together, learning how to forgive myself and my husband. Toby was there for me every step of the way.

A few years after my divorce, I got into a bad relationship with a guy Toby hated. …

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