I’m No Longer in Control of My Life

For well over a year, many of my friends and the better half have encouraged me to adopt a cat. I’m a pet person. Always have been. However, when my cat died in 2018 (after losing my dog in 2016), I said never again.

It hurts saying goodbye, and it’s cruel that their lives are so much shorter than ours.

I got a phone call two weeks ago from a friend with cat news. There was a four-year-old beauty who had been surrendered by her family because of the pandemic and had been in a shelter for months. My friend had just adopted two cats, so she wasn’t an option for saving the cat, but I could.

At first, I said no, but my friend wasn’t easily put off.

Then I remembered when Atticus, a stray, had climbed into my car during a nasty snowstorm. I always felt that he’d chosen me.

And, I kept looking at the photo of the poor kitty in the shelter. I won’t lie; I felt a connection.

After giving it serious thought, I said yes.

So meet Lady Grey!

Lady Grey is a sweetheart, but it’ll take time to earn her complete trust. I don’t know what her life was like before the shelter, but there’s pain in her. I’ll do everything I can to make her happy and feel safe. I even put a fancy cat post together, and even though I rock cargo shorts, I’m not the DIY type. I should say I was supervised because, honestly, this isn’t the time to be rushed to a hospital.

At first her royal highness didn’t want anything to do with the post, but after 48 hours of sniffing it, and then marching off with her tail in the air, Lady Grey has decided it’s her favorite place in the apartment.

She also has a cat couch (which is still in the introductory phase, meaning she sniffs it and then climbs into her perch) because every princess should have her own throne.

I think it’s safe to say I’m smitten.


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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12 Responses to I’m No Longer in Control of My Life

  1. Shelly bonsall says:

    Lady Grey looks regal.

  2. Maryann Fuhrmann says:

    Her mustache is the perfect guise for a regal Queen…and very enticingly androgynous!

    • TBM says:

      I also love her pink lip because it makes it look like she’s always sticking her tongue out at me. Seems about right for a cat.

  3. Jae says:

    Aww, she’s beautiful. I love that you adopted a cat with a bit of a history!

  4. She is beautiful, and I totally understand how you can miss a cat or kittens in your home. I just adopted two kittens that were rescues. They are now 7 months old and and very playful and loving. Jack is definitely all black his brother Andy is a tuxedo.

  5. Katrina says:

    a very lovely addition

    may she help heal your broken heart and bring light back to your life

  6. Donna J Eick says:

    Is she Lady Grey as in Lady “Jane” Grey? She looks absolutely gorgeous! Over the years we have had 4 cats cross the heavenly bridge, I still have the ashes of each one in a beautiful cedar box. My dog was killed just over a year ago and I’m still not ready to get another one, so I can def feel your pain. We still have my son’s cat who hates me and loves to share his hairballs with me ;o)

    • TBM says:

      I had to google Lady Jane Grey, so I think it’s safe to say that isn’t why my Lady Grey is named that. She came with the name Grey, and I wanted to add some pizzazz since she’s pretty awesome.

      I’m sorry about your dog. Take the time you need.

      Sending positive thoughts.

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