This photo reminds my of my favorite tabby, our Penelope.
The kitty who goes on car trips with us. Who’s been with us a bit over ten years, but who looks young for her age, and has very beautiful skin, both according to her veterinarian.
Tabbies have a reputation of being easy going, and that’s been my experience, from the ones we lived with, over our lifetime. Penelope has been the only “in the house cat” for years. Now she is having to put up with Vanna, another type of tabby.
Vanna has unique markings, including one leg that’s an orange tabby pattern. Maybe it’s that orange cat in her that gives her a bit of spunk. Though they don’t actually fight, she and Penelope are sorting out their relationship with staredowns and gentle punches.
We treasure them both, as we have all of our pets. They give us solace, when humans fail us.
Much research has been done on the benefits of the pet-people bond. But we don’t need studies to feel the love of our cats, dogs, whatever type of creature with whom we share our lives.