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Quarantine-Pet: I’ve got myself a Velcro Cat!


Growing up, my household always has some pets, starting from when I was five and got my first pet fish. Over the years, living with pets I realized they are very important to people's mental well-being, as they are able to comfort you when you are feeling down. Pets are present in your life to keep you company while encouraging you to become a better version of yourself. As I moved into my new studio in September of 2020, with my birthday slowly approaching, I knew I wanted to treat myself well this year with something that I will forever treasure. It wasn’t until a few weeks of living alone that I realized I had wanted to adopt a pet for myself. Have my own pet, that I would be the parent of. [bf_image id="q7jtr7-9ltdgw-2h0iwf"]

After my classes for the term began, I spent any free-time I had looking up all possible information and adoptions available to prepare for my decision. After multiple attempts of trying to adopt a pet cat from local shelters in the Philadelphia Area and being replied with “there is already an adoption in progress for this pet cat”, I decided to expand my circle of searching. I started searching outside shelters, beyond the city, and it was then that I ran across a beautiful black kitten with golden eyes. With my luck I was able to securely adopt him and give him a new home, renaming him very quickly to “Benzene”, as it’s the chemist’s life for me nowadays. 

Being alone in a studio with a kitten that I adopted, I felt like a single parent. Every night he would begin crying from two am to five am, so my hours of sleep quickly plummeted, but I did not give up. It took about a month for baby Benzene to warm up and to come out from behind hiding in a new place, but once he did, he became the small bullet running around my small place, climbing up even to my lofted area that I didn’t think he would be able to get to. The experience and lessons I got from becoming a pet parent is one that I recommend for everyone, but be ready for challenges. Be ready to also have your parents probably on speed dial, since adopting a pet of any kind is like becoming a parent. 

Months of living with Benzene, being the parent that spoils their children with endless amounts of toys and routines, I realized that he has been there in moments when I needed someone the most. Living alone in a pandemic with minimal in-person interactions due to the virus, and the majority of my friends working in health-related settings, having a pet was having a buddy to watch movies with, cuddle buddy while reading books, personal sous-chef for dinners, and a buddy to play games with. While I do call him my little Velcro-cat, the dependence we have upon each other is one that helped me grow into a stronger person today. In conclusion, I am one to say that if you are living alone and it’s getting a little hard or lonely at times, to invest in something (not necessarily a pet) that keeps you company and helps you grow, because looking back to this decision I made, I do not regret it one bit. 

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Melanie is a Drexel University student majoring in Chemistry. Melanie's hometown is Westfield, New Jersey, but she is currently living in Philadelphia where she goes to work in Delaware, while attending online classes from her apartment. She has two dogs and a cat, who she loves greatly. With any free time she has, she enjoys reading different fiction and dystopian books, thrifting her paycheck away, watching highly recommended or super-cheesy Netflix shows/movies, and enjoying time with family/friends doing various activities.
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