I’m a step-mom to two adult kids but my true mothering is to my cats. You’ve probably seen this cartoon make the rounds online over the years and it still cracks me up. We can relate because we are a real moms even if we don’t have two-legged kids.
From raising kittens to geriatric hospice care, the time, love, sacrifice not to mention the poop scooping, hand-feeding, hand-wringing 24/7. If you’ve done it, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the same devotion and love any mother provides without hesitation. Emergency vet visits, coddling and sleepless nights go unspoken but without the respect they deserve. If a human toddler kept you up with projectile vomiting, you could call in sick. But tell your boss your cat kept you up and he might not be as sympathetic. And heaven forbid, a child of any age dies, the mom receives a mountain of sympathy. If a cat dies, you’ll be expected back at work, business as usual, but the world is making small inroads and all the more reason for cat moms of the world unite!
Some companies are offering pet bereavement days.
Pet insurance company Trupanion gives employees one paid pet bereavement day. That’s a start but some go further. Mars, the Virginia-based candy and pet food maker offers one or more days off, flexible hours or freedom to work from home after a pet’s death. The pet-friendly Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants chain offer employee perks from pet insurance, bereavement leave in the event of a pet death, as well as on-site amenities for employee pets. Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t have an official policy, but said they would gladly give employees a “few days off for bereavement”. Does your place of employment offer pet bereavement days?
Cat moms like any other moms, deserve to be celebrated so we made some cards for sharing. We’re been loving Pinterest lately because we can easily Pin an image and share it to Twitter and Facebook in one step.
We even posted about cat moms at our other blog BoomerMuse (and some yummy recipes). Tell us how you’re celebrating Mother’s Day. I know ours will involve kitty cuddling.