I don't consider myself a dog person or a cat person, I love both species equally and have shared my life with both. I was lucky enough to have two fantastic dogs in my life for 15 years, Bailey and Chloe, but there have been more cats and each of them left an impression.
There was Rocky, my first cat, who helped me learn what it meant to care for a pet, and also the sad reality of losing one.
Later there was Felix, the buff/orange tabby who listened to my teenage woes and proved that the "roll-over" trick is not just for dogs.
Then there was Gracie, the stray who presented as female, but turned out to be an already neutered male. The feminine name stuck anyway and he didn't seem to mind. His drooling head butts proved his forgiveness.
More recently, my family just said goodbye to Eddie, a wiry, black cat who stole our hearts in his two short years of life. The time we are granted with pets really is never long enough.
Bastian and Luna keep us smiling though. Both are SPCA adoptees, like Eddie, and we could not love them more.
Cats really are a different animal all-together. Some say they are easier pets than dogs because of their independent nature, and that might be true, but they also crave and seek attention and affection, when it's their idea of course, and can be very loyal, loving companions.
If you've had a cat in your life, you know exactly how wonderful they can be, and hopefully you will consider bringing a new feline friend home soon.
If you've never known the pleasure of a warm cat sleeping on your feet, or purring softly by your head, what are you waiting for?
We have so many to choose from right now! Adult cats, kittens, short hair, long hair, black, white, tabby, torbie, quiet, playful, all fantastic felines waiting to be purrfect pets.
For example, there's Presley, a tabby who grew up here in the shelter and doesn't meet a stranger. Every morning, he's the first cat to zip out of slumber and tackle one of the toys in his cat colony.
Armin and Eren are siblings and recent television stars on WJBF with our Community Outreach Director, Amy Banton. Eren attempted to perch on Amy's shoulder and escape her arms so he could explore the studio during a news segment taping. Armin stretched out, worked the camera and even accepted belly rubs, a rare thing for a cat.
Branch and Birch are also siblings, you'll find lots of siblings here with the many kitten litters that come through our doors. These two are very attached to one another, so much so that they seem to mimic each other, from climbing the enclosure bars to synchronized mews.
There's also Larz, a fluffy, black beauty with lots to say. He's a chatty catty and a furry love bug.
Those are just a few of the many cats available for adoption. And right now, all cats and kittens are available for just a $20 adoption fee. Spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and a microchip are included.
Come meet them all in person at 199 Willow Run Road, Aiken SC. We're open Monday - Saturday from 11am until 5pm, Sundays 11am until 3pm. Bring a cat or two home for the holidays for a Meowy Christmas and a lifetime of love.
If you already have a cat in your life and would like help caring for it, check out our now full-service veterinary clinic. Open Tuesday - Friday 10am until 4pm and Saturdays 9am - 3pm. No appointment needed. Call ahead for spay and neuter surgery scheduling. 803-648-6863, ext. 1. Visit www.LetLoveLive.org/clinic for services and prices.
Sarah Neikam is the Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. She previously held the role of Volunteer Coordinator and has a background in business administration. Sarah lives in Graniteville with her husband, Tom, mother, Cheryl and three adopted cats: Bastian, Eddie and Luna.