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A Story of Cat Loyalty

I've been working professionally with dogs for over a decade. I am a former veterinarian assistant and currently a certified dog trainer.

Believe it or not, cats are very dedicated animals.

Believe it or not, cats are very dedicated animals.

Are Cats as Devoted to Humans as Dogs?

People seem to believe that dogs are loyal to their owners while cats are loyal to their homes. However, this is not always the case. There are many stories out there that provide evidence of cat faithfulness.

The story of my cat Shakerina is an example of extreme cat loyalty. I still wonder what may have crossed that kitty's mind that day back in 1998.

Are cats as loyal as dogs?

Are cats as loyal as dogs?

Shakerina's Journey

Shakerina was a very special kitty. She was born along with her six other brothers and sisters on a cold fall day in November. She was the product of an ''accident'': my cat was in heat and slipped out the door. Of course, somebody was interested in her that day, and a couple months later Shakerina and her littermates were born.

Once they all were weaned and healthy, they were ready to be adopted by several neighbors and kitten lovers in the rural town where I lived. A relative's daughter fell in love with Shakerina. She was a very special kitty with a very sweet personality. I was only upset by the fact that my relative lived about 10 miles away, so this meant I could not walk to their home to pay Shakerina a visit.

I was debating on giving her away, as she had bonded a lot with my family and me. However, that child looked like she really liked her, and Shakerina had shown interest as well by leaping onto her lap. So off she went.

She was still embraced and purring in the child's hug when I gave her a kiss on her sweet forehead with a tear in my eye.

Of course, I gave my relatives a call after a few days to check on her. They told me she was happy and eating a lot of fish. I was happy to hear she was adapting well. However, a day later I got a worrying phone call. I was told that her owners had left the door slightly ajar and Shakerina had gone missing!

My parents decided to drive to my relatives' home and see if we could find her by calling her name. Of course, my relative's daughter was disappointed and upset that her new kitty was gone.

We looked in all the nooks and crannies, but Shakerina was nowhere to be found. I called out her name but to no avail. We gave up an hour later, but told them to leave some smelly tuna out so she could find her way back home in case she got startled and was hiding somewhere. Of course, the barking dogs in the yard next door made me nervous.

I had a hard time sleeping that night, and in the following days I was startled by every phone call, hoping that they were calling to say that they say they found her. But our phone went silent for the next three days. I even saw her in my dreams, wandering in unfamiliar territory in the bitter cold evenings all by herself. She was just a five-month-old baby!

The next morning, I woke up to commotion. My dad was calling me; I was thinking they finally got the call and Shakerina was back in their new owner's arms!

Instead I saw a skinny gray figure next to my daddy meowing. I had to rub my eyes in disbelief. ''Shakerina?'' I said in a surreal tone of voice.

Shakerina was back!

Shakerina was back!

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The Return of Shakerina

Yes, it was her, purring and very, very hungry! I still cannot believe this small creature decided to come back to us! Yet, at her new home, she had been fed her favorite foods and given lots of love.

This was truly the feline version of total loyalty and devotion!

The new owners opted to let us keep her since kitty seemed to have made her decision. They came back to adopt one of Shakerina's siblings, a male orange cat that was a bit more independent. He stayed at the new home and enjoyed it. But Shakerina loved mostly us!

So when people tell me that dogs are loyal to their owners and cats are loyal to their homes, I tell the story of Shakerina, and people then think twice about underestimating a cat's love for its owners.

Cats do love their owners and even though they do not manifest in the way dogs do, there are stories like Shakerina that prove that a cat can also have a heart, and a big one too!

A loyal cat waits for its human.

A loyal cat waits for its human.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Comments

Susan on November 08, 2012:

Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

Adrienne Farricelli (author) on October 22, 2012:

Thanks for spell checking, English is sort of my second language. This article was written 5 years ago, I am doing much better now!

RRRR on October 22, 2012:

"Nukes" and crannies? Sigh...

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on November 09, 2010:

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on November 09, 2010:

jcales...to answer your thought...it's because the poor south African lion was captive. Probably frustrated as an animal such as that is meant to roam large areas and live free. Any captive wildlife must feel terribly "caged," angry and/or defeated. Zoos are cruel places..we cage "them" for our own entertainment and amusement..they do not wish to be held captive. The "zookeeper" should have known better or, better yet, should NEVER have been a part of holding such a magnificant animal prisoner. I think the large cat had just had enough of his incarceration. I don't blame him..I blame the system which allows gorgeous, free animals to be captured and held against their will. Much regards!

jcales on November 09, 2010:

Cats are bright but I can't help but think of the South African lion zoo keeper who decided he trusted his cats so much as to going into the cage. The story ends there.

Back to the subject, I see more cats being pals with dogs more and even rabbits, all 3 together on a porch, imagine that. If animals can all get along then...

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on November 09, 2010:

Excellent hub and my kitty is now five, and he does love us I sure can tell, he thinks my toy poodle is his mum...LOL..I hope you find time to visit my hubs as well, thank you for loving pets as much as I do, this is a delight and always enjoy you hubs. Your fan

Kathy from Independence, Kansas on November 08, 2010:

Love this story. Cats are amazing creatures with bright minds and opinions/preferences all their own. No one can tell me differently as over many years I have been fortunate enough to have shared my life with dozens and dozens of unique, independent, loving, loyal, intelligent cats. Thank you for a great story!

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on November 08, 2010:

Great hub. Thanks for sharing!

India Arnold from Northern, California on November 07, 2010:

What a sweet story of a devoted kitty. The story also speaks loudly to your ability to reach the heart of an animal. Thanks for sharing your moments of cat loyalty.

K9

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