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Vet Talks: Pets And Humans Love Connection

Vet Talks 3 min read
Vet Talks: Pets And Humans Love Connection

This is a love story between pets and humans that goes beyond scientific explanations.

I was returning home after a long night working in the vet hospital and I remember being very tired that day; I had many patients in critical condition that day. I was driving straight from work to the university, as I had to take some neurophysiology classes for my masters when I saw a little white kitten trying to cross the street. Without hesitating, I stopped the car and took that defenseless little kitten with me.

My father was very clear, saying that “We did not have more space for pets”. At that time, I already had 3 cats and 2 dogs, so I kept her in my small bedroom in the student building at the University. I chose to call her Tasy.

Once returning to the University, the building security told me that Tasy was trying to jump from the bathroom window. Because of that, I talked with my parents and they allowed me to bring Tasy home. Tasy was always very active and when she arrived at my parents’ house, she was super excited to see how many rooms she had to explore, especially the yard with lots of trees.

white cat on the floor

She wasn’t a big fan of the other pets at my mom’s home, but she really liked Visi, a street cat that came to my mom’s place only to eat. My mom tried to adopt Visi, but he simply couldn’t get used to being at home.

Tasy was a little cat, and sometimes it’s difficult to discover a cat’s sex when they are very young and small, so I thought Tasy was a male. When she was about 6 weeks old, a friend of mine said: “She is not a male; she is a female”. I laughed a lot, but was so embarrassed — can you imagine a veterinarian who could not define her cat’s sex? It was too funny!

Visi continued to visit my mom’s place, so I told her that it wasn’t a good idea to allow street cats to come in and eat with the other house cats, but she wanted to help this little fella. As soon as Tasy turned 4 months, I took her to get spayed with one of my friends and, to my surprise, they called me after the procedure and told me that Tasy was pregnant.

Since she was just a few days pregnant, they couldn’t tell and went ahead with the procedure. It was then that they realized that she was carrying, but it was too late for the kittens. I felt so guilty and I knew that Tasy would never forgive me. After this, Tasy stopped requesting my attention and started acting differently like she was upset with me.

A couple of years later, I got pregnant and Tasy suddenly changed her behavior. She started approaching more and spending time with me. She was very close to me during all my pregnancies and after my daughter, Maria Rita was born she was extremely close to her. She would spend hours and hours babysitting Maria Rita and if someone tried to get close to Maria Rita, Tasy would get very mad.

maria rita and tasy on the floor together

Maria Rita grew up, now she is 6 years old and Tasy and her are best friends. Tasy plays with Maria Rita, waits at the door for her to return from school, they sleep together, and Maria Rita is the only one that Tasy allows to pick her up. I can definitely say that Maria Rita and Tasy created a strong bond right at the moment Tasy realized I was having her. It was love at first feeling!

It goes to show that pets and humans’ love connection is very strong, it’s an unconditional love that, sometimes, can’t be explained — it just is!

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: January 24, 2020

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