Mia was found abandoned on a construction site when she was a few weeks old. Mia was to become my daughter Kathleen's cat. I believe there is a purpose to animals being matched to their owners (loved ones). As time passed I could see Mia and Kathleen were meant to be soulmates. That being said, the rest of the household became a great annoyance to Mia when Kathleen was not present.
Mia would only allow Kathleen to hold, pet and speak to her. Mia's communication with Kathleen consisted of purring sounds, looks of devotion, snuggles and sleeping on her bed when Kathleen left for school. For Kathleen's sister and myself, communication with Mia consisted of hissing, growling and instilling fear of an imminent attack on us at any moment.
The time came for Kathleen to leave home for university. I begged Kathleen to find out if the university could make an exception to have Mia in her dorm room, not for Kathleen's sake but for mine! The fear (more like sheer terror) of being alone with Mia after Mia realized Kathleen was not coming home for a while was not pretty. I am happy to report that things worked out like my fear could never have imagined. After days of hissing and threatened attacks, Mia came to realize I was her only hope of morning cuddles and Mia and I then developed our own morning routine. Mia would wait for me to pour my coffee, sit and enjoy the first moments of the day by kneading my stomach for at least a minute in order to snuggle just right. When I moved and my daughter was able to have Mia with her once again, I was like a fish out of water. No morning cuddles and feeling a little empty. However, fate has twisted one more time. My daughter will be leaving for Nova Scotia in the fall and once again Mia and I will have our morning routine to enjoy while we both count the days until my daughter's return home.