Once a self-proclaimed cat-hater, this man who suffers from PTSD tells his story on imgur of how he came to adopt little Shiro.
Little know fact is I hated cats. I used to get attacked by them as a kid and I was extremely allergic.
So, what changed? What led to the happiness of Shiro?
Months prior to Shiro, I was told I had PTSD from working as a paramedic/Firefighter after only 3 years. I couldn’t sleep without nightmares. I couldn’t drive down the road without seeing something horrific that wasn’t real. Me being the young adult I am, I turned to drinking and ruining relationships to cope with my mental turmoil.
Depression affects MILLIONS worlwide.via:wordpress
Then, fate intervened:
Then the weekend of Halloween came, I was drunk, and my friends and I were laying around the floor, talking about life when I was asked “hey my friend has kittens, they’re free! You should take one!” My drunk self heard ‘free’ and agreed to take one! I mean he is cute as sh*t and has a gray mohawk!
Woke up to text messages asking where I wanted to meet to pick up this cat. I was utterly confused but met the person and they put 8-week old Shiro in my arms, told me that he was a boy and he just ate, and then left. That’s when it hit hungover me I have a kitten, this life is my responsibility now.
Meant to be:
I brought him into Petsmart, and he sat perched on my shoulder as I had an employee help me find everything I needed to raise an 8-week old cat, mind you I hated cats. I had no clue what to do, so I told her to buy everything he needs and then some. I brought him home, set up his own little room and everything google told me to do, and we just sat on opposites ends staring at each other until I decided to take a nap.
Waking up the best way:
I woke up to him curled around my neck, but no allergic reaction by me? So I let him sleep with me, and I taught him basic commands. I watch him learn about the world every day.
Friends that game together...via:Imgur
Seven months later...via:Imgur
The big change of heart:
I never understood how much you can love such a small furry fuzzball of a life until I had one. I can honestly say that if I didn’t have him in my life, I’m not sure I would even be standing here.
Sleepy big boy.via:Imgur
Lessons of life:
If you know anyone struggling with PTSD, or even depression console them, PTSD is a very real thing and it affects more than just our soldiers. If you know someone in public safety/military, tell them how much they mean to you.
Happiness is a warm kitty.via:Imgur
My family finds it hilarious I have a cat now since I never liked them before.
The coffee mug says it all.via:Imgur
Just more definitive proof via personal testimony that all it really takes is one cat, the right cat, to transform hearts and lives. If you're new to cats, then you need to check out these facts of life when owning a cat. Or a cat owning you, to be more correct!