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I’ve always heard that a rescue animal will save your life. Boy, they weren’t kidding. We had recently experienced a pregnancy loss when Ella showed up, quite literally, on our doorstep. She was found in a toolshed in her former owner’s backyard. The woman had passed away and her children didn’t know what to do with her. She landed on the perfect doorstep as we were prepared to nurture someone who needed a home. She wound up healing us in so many ways with her gentle spirit, and sweet demeanor. Fast forward to today, she is still the princess in our home. Surrounded by a bunch of testosterone, I was relieved to have a female sidekick at home. Although she isn’t as meek as she once posed to be. These days she is usually hogging my side of the bed, vocally requests constant cuddles, and I’m convinced is trying to eat us out of house and home. Still, I wouldn’t have her any other way. Over the last two years we’ve really bonded, and it’s tough to imagine our lives without Ella in it. There are a few things we’ve learned about taking in a rescue over the last few years, enough so, that we have considered adopting another pet.
I know it sounds cliché, but time really does heal old wounds. When adopting a rescue, you never know what kind of environment that animal has had to endure. Be understanding of the time it takes for a pet (especially a cat) to settle in. Two years later and I am still noticing changes in Ella’s behavior that exhibits just how much she loves us and is more comfortable with each passing day. It’s best to give it a good long try before making any rash decisions to pass on becoming a “forever home.” With rescue animals it takes time to build trust, but it’s worth it in the end. Once they love you, they love you with their whole heart. Perhaps it’s because they know what it’s like not to have someone like you in their life.
My grandmother used to say, you get more bees with honey than vinegar. She had a point, the best way to a hungry rescue animal’s heart is usually through their stomach. Utilize feeding time to really nurture and love on your pet. In the beginning, feeding time may be the only time you will see them all day. They usually find a space where they feel safe and spent long period of time there. It can help to get tasty treats to entice them to snuggle with you. Ella just loves the Meow Mix Brushing Bites Chicken Flavor as her favorite treat. Whenever I was concerned about her or needed to administer any medicines, I would offer her a few treats. She would thank me in purrs and cuddles.
Trial & Error
Like a marriage, bonding with your pet can take time and energy. Understanding that you both are trying to get on the same schedule and on the same page can make all the difference. It can be easy to get frustrated about not understanding each other, but knowing that it will work itself out eventually if you stay the course is enough to relieve some of that pressure. Ella wouldn’t eat when we first brought her home, and I was really worried. As it turns out, she is very particular about her food. It took a few tries before we finally found a mixture of the Meow Mix Bistro Dry Food in Chicken Flavor and the Meow Mix Tuna & Shrimp Lovers Wet Food at Walmart. This mix was the perfect blend of high quality, good taste, and I love the affordable pricing. Just because I’m ready to spoil my princess, doesn’t mean I want to spoil my wallet.
All of these Meow Mix products and many more can be found at your local Walmart in the pet aisle. With this Ibotta offer you can earn $1.50 when purchasing Meow Mix Dry, $1.00 when purchasing Meow Mix Wet, and $0.25 when purchasing Meow Mix Treats. Earn an additional $1.00 when you redeem two or more of the Meow Mix rebates. At the end of the day, rescuing an animal is really expanding your family. It may take a little getting used to, but once the dust settles, it’s worth every moment for a life filled with happiness.