HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY TO OLLIE

No shame in my crazy cat lady game. It was Ollie's FIRST birthday yesterday so you know I had to dedicate a post to my furry little dude. Anyone who follows me on Snapchat knows I am obsessed with him. This past September I rescued Ollie when he was just over a month old. Today he turns 1 and I thought it would be a perfect time to share the story of how I got him and what he has taught me over the past year.

The story of how I got Ollie:
(That's him in the middle!!)
The first time I met him 😍
So I guess I have to correct myself when I said I rescued Ollie. Truthfully, another family rescued Ollie and I gave him a forever home. Last July, a girl in my sorority posted on Facebook that her family found 3 tiny kittens in her bushes abandoned by their mom. They were only a few days old and they were absolutely adorable. As cute as they were, they were also very sick  with eye and skin infections  and the vet was not sure they were going to survive. This amazing family nursed all 3 of these babes back to health, took them to the vet weekly, bottle fed them around the clock, and even potty trained them. They are truly amazing! I visited Ollie and his siblings a few times in that month and before I knew it I was able to take Ollie home. After that, the rest was history. I was absolutely obsessed.
There are actually THREE kittens in this picture. Can you spot them all!?

What Having My Own Pet Taught Me:




1. Responsibility. Let's just start with the most obvious one here. I consider myself a pretty responsible person but I've never had to care for anyone else besides myself. I had to make sure I was scheduling vet appointments in a timely manner, having enough food and litter in the house and getting more when I'm running out (which low key can be a pain in the butt when I'm feeling lazy), having enough food and water out for him (especially if I'm ever gone overnight), "kitty proofing" the apartment to make sure nothing dangerous or sharp is left out and all food (especially his treats) are put away in a secure location. Kittens are no joke! Just recently, he's been obsessed with plastic wrappers that make crinkly noises. I have a garbage can in my bedroom that doesn't have a lid and I found that he's been eating pieces of random wrappers which is NOT GOOD So I've had to be more careful with these things and instead throw them out in my kitchen garbage can with a secure lid!!






2. Unconditional Love. I can't say I've ever experienced the bond between a pet and owner until Ollie.  Having a pet of my own is such a special bond. Every morning after Matt leaves for work Ollie will nuzzle his way into the crevice of my neck/shoulder and cuddles up into a little ball. Every day after I get home from work he gets so excited and will reach up to me wanting to be picked up. He follows me everywhere - whether I am showering or getting ready in the bathroom, cleaning my room, cooking in the kitchen, watching TV in the living room, etc. Whatever room I am in you will surely find Ollie and that in itself just melts my heart. A perfect example is this picture 😂 This was taken sometime last year when I was (attempting) to work from home but this guy had other plans for me. He loves being the center of attention! I truly can't imagine my life without him. As cheesy as it sounds we have a very special bond.







3. Discipline. This was pretty tough to learn for me and I would say I'm still learning as I go. I'm in a constant battle of wanting to spoil him and let him do whatever he wants versus disciplining him and helping him go from rambunctious kitten into a mature pet. Sometimes he plays too rough or jumps up on counter tops. Sometimes I like to feed him food besides his kitten food (he loves turkey!!). I want to let him have fun and have as much freedom as possible but at the same time he needs to learn what is and what isn't acceptable. I will admit, he is verrrrry spoiled. I give him turkey, I let him run down the halls of my apartment, and when I take him on roadtrips I let him roam free in the car as opposed to sitting in his cage. What can I say - I'm not a regular cat mom I'm a cool cat mom 😉










4. Patience. As cute as he is, he can drive me absolutely CRAZY sometimes!
For example: At night, when we are are sleeping, he likes to jump behind the drawn curtains in my bedroom and try to climb through the blinds because he likes to sit by the window. This is truly SO annoying because the blinds make so much noise. There are nights where I have to get up several times in the early hours of the morning and take him off the window sill. Not ideal, let me tell you. Also, he LOVES to cuddle in mornings right around the time I have to wake up.... so he sits himself perfectly into the crevice between my shoulder and face which is fine except for the fact he'll be nudging my face with his and his whiskers tickle my face like CRAZY. Who needs an alarm cat when you have a needy cat, am I right? As I mentioned before, I have never had a pet of my own before so this is all so new to me and I'm still learning as I go but I can tell you, patience is a virtue with rambunctious cats like mine 😂



 

5. I'm in trouble when I have kids. Or get a dog!! Since getting Ollie, I realized I am like an overprotective, worried and obsessive mother. If I'm away from him overnight I'm constantly worrying if I left him enough food, if the apartment is too hot/cold, if he's lonely/bored, etc. It's pretty pathetic 😂 Can you imagine what I'll be like once I have kids??? Or dogs???  Only half kidding....  But truly, Ollie has been such an amazing blessing in my life and I am so lucky to have him 💕  I remember before I made the official decision to get him I was going back and forth with the idea wondering if I really wanted to take on the responsibility, have to pay for vet visits, food, litter, an extra apartment fee etc. and I am SO thankful I made the right choice.


Happy 1st birthday to this little chunk of mine! 💙








xo, Allie

74 comments

  1. omg Ollie might (almost) be as fat as my cat Finnigian lol. So cute!!!

    I have two kitties too and they are basically my children lol. I love that you featured a post on them <3

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    1. Hahaha thank you!! I think I've seen your insta stories with your kitties they are so cute :)

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  2. Happy Birthday to Ollie. I got my first cat when I became an adult and first moved out of my parent's house years ago. Mine used to destroy my blinds and curtains trying to jump on the high windowsills. Cats are loving, easy to be around, moody, and adorable. Ollie is so cute and I love hearing how you came into each other's lives.
    LaToya
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    1. Haha! Yes, Ollie is definitely all of those things! This is such a sweet comment, thank you so much for reading :)

      <3

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  3. Happy birthday to Ollie! He's sooo cute! I want the same cat!

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    1. Haha awwww, thank you girlfriend!! <3

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  4. The cutest post I have seen today <3
    Carmelatte

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    1. That is so sweet, thank you so much!! <3

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  5. This is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! Happy birthday to Ollie (I really like its name btw), so adorable!!! This made my day! :)

    XO, Melissa

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    1. You are so sweet!! THank you so much :)

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  6. this is the cutest post I've seen babe! haha HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLLIE <33 BEST WISHES!

    XO, Jessi

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    1. Omg obsessed with you! Thank you babe!! <3

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  7. Awww he was so adorable as a teeny kitten! I have 2 cats and I love them to bits. They drive me insane sometimes, clawing at our furniture and waking us up in the night making a noise and wanting to be let in and out of the house all the time, but I guess it's worth it lol x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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    1. hahaha I can totally relate!! They can be such little devils but we love them anyway :) Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

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  8. He is sooo cute! I LOVE kitties!

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  9. I love reading these kinds of stories! Ollie was so tiny and cute when you got him omgggggg. I'm not a cat person, but these photos were adorable. I loved the story of the family that nursed all the babies back to good health, that's really sweet of them. Girl, I feel you. I'm so overprotective with my puppy and worry about all the little things that you do too haha! Happy Birthday Ollie :)


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    1. I love hearing stories on how people got their pets too!! Thanks so much for reading :) Your puppy is the CUTEST I am obsessed!

      <3

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  10. Happy birthday Ollie! He has gotten so big since the kitten pictures!

    Madison // Mads Maybe

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    1. Haha I know, he is a big boy!! Thank you so much :)

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  11. Happy Birthday Ollie! Omg I love the photo of him as a kitten! Sounds like you learned so much!

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    1. I really have!! Thanks so much Rach :)

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  12. So adorable, happy birthday Ollie! I can't wait to get a cat someday!

    x,
    Chanel | Je M'appelle Chanel

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    1. They are such great and easy going companions!! Thanks so much :)

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  13. Aww haha too cute lady!
    Happy Birthday Ollie :)

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  14. I am so glad you wrote about this cuttie. I am in love. Thanks for sharing. I would love to hear your thoughts on my last post please. Have a lovely weekend. xoxo Cris
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  15. Awww, happy birthday to that little cutie! <3

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  16. I relate so much with this, I use to celebrate my dog's birthday and it was super fun!

    Camila,
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  17. What a beautiful cat <3 I hope he had a good birthday! I'm sure he got lots of love

    Enclothed Cognition

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    1. You are so sweet, thank you so much!! <3

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  18. Omh my goodness how absolutely adorable is your kitty! :) Hope he had a lovely birthday. <3 Thanks for sharing all these cute pics! xoxo

    Kay
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  19. What a gorgeous cat and fun post! Happy birthday to him!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
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    1. You are too sweet - thank you, Rosanna!! <3

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  20. Happy Birthday ;)
    Your cats are so cute!

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  21. Ohmygoddd what a little cutie! Happy birthday to Ollie! x

    TOUCHOFGS // BLOGLOVIN 

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  22. Happy Birthday little one! So cute. I love kitties as well, they're so affectionate.

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    1. Ah, yes they are so fun and rambunctious!! Thanks, Jess :)

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  23. what cute lil kittens!!

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  24. OH MY GOODNESS!!!
    Look at the cuteness of that Kitty cat!!
    I am a MASSIVE cat person. I have a cat named Kitty who showed up 4 years ago and stayed. He's about 7 or so now (from what the vet tells us so we missed the kitten stage with him).

    You have a very cute cat.
    Happy birthday, Ollie!

    Steph
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    1. Ahhh, Thanks Steph!! I never pictured myself as a cat person but I am SO in love with Ollie I think I transformed into one without even realizing it haha!

      I love the story of Kitty :) So incredibly awesome you gave him a home <3

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  25. awww happy birthday!! Kittens are the cutest and you're right, so much work having a pet, but so worth it! xx

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    1. I couldn't agree more!! Thanks for reading :)

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  26. Oh happy birthday to Ollie! My cat turns eleven this August I believe, we never got to know his birthday :/ Love cats they have such funny personalities.

    Stella xx
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    1. Thank you so much!! :) And happy early birthday to your kitty!

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  27. What a precious little guy! Our dog is a rescue, too and it's definitely a member of the family!

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    1. Thank you so much :) There's definitely a different kind of special bond with rescue pets and it's so beautiful!

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  28. Aww happy birthday to your little one! Ollie is such a cutie!

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
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    1. You are too sweet, thank you Rina!! <3

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  29. Happy birthday to Ollie! He's just so cute!

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  30. He is so cute :)
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  31. Great post Aya! 😘😘😘😘

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  32. This is such a cute post and it makes me want a cat even more!!! Happy birthday Ollie!

    Heather xx
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    1. Aw, thank you!! You should totally get one :)

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  33. Happy Birthday Ollie! He is so adorable :-) My Timmy was hit by a car in 2012 and I swore I wouldn't get another cat (too sad when they leave you) but then norman turned up one day all skinny and begging for a home so I lost my resolve. Animals teach you so much about love, they give back so much more than they ever ask.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
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    1. I could NOT agree more. It's been such a blessing having him in my life!
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  34. He is so cute!! He reminds me of my cat, Sammy. Funny enough cat-sitting my friend's cat named Ollie that inspired me to rescue Sammy.

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    Daphne
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    1. No way!!! That's crazy - love that story! :)

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