Clara the Cat Makes for a Friendly Companion
by Mallary Tenore Tarpley
She’s sitting here, curled up on my lap as I type this. Some of my friends poke fun at me because I talk about Clara a lot and post pictures of her on Facebook pretty regularly.
I sometimes joke that I’m the epitome of a single girl — one who cuddles with her cat, talks to her and walks through the grocery store on Saturday nights and buys baking ingredients and cat food. (OK, so I don’t buy cat food on Saturday nights, but I do cuddle and talk with my cat!)
Anyhow, Clara has become such good company for me. I used to have a lot of trouble coming home to an empty apartment, but now that I have a cat, loneliness isn’t as big of a problem. She’s like my little shadow, following me wherever I go and acting as my sidekick.
Most of my good friends also have cats, so we sometimes have kitty play dates and share amusing stories about our furry friends. Clara takes a while to get used to new cats. She usually seems intimidated by other animals, but she loves people. When my friends visit, Clara sits in the middle of the living room floor and soaks up the attention. Like I said, she is good company. And if you haven’t noticed, she’s pretty photogenic, too!