“I wish someone had told me” is a series of posts that feed into our inquisitive nature at CN&CO. Each week we hear from someone in our network about something interesting or surprising that’s recently happened or occurred to them – or lessons they learnt. These blogs are a way to pay it forward and form part of CN&CO’s belief that the world can be a better place – and we all have a responsibility to make it so. This week’s post is by Blake Dyason who found a lost cat that stole his heart.

I have always loved animals and have to play with every dog I walk past, but I haven’t had a pet since school when I lived with my parents, except for a pet Boa Constrictor, a rather beautiful snake but not very welcoming.

For the past few years, I have convinced myself that getting a pet would be selfish with my lifestyle until this week.

I came home from work to find a thin, dirty and scared kitten hiding on my neighbours verander, I offered to keep him over night while we looked for the owner.

By the time I took to Facebook, this little guy had eaten and slowly his inquisitive, loving personality started creeping into my heart. I found myself avoiding any response to my Facebook post, I was scared we found the owners but it was inevitable with the power of social media.

Today I find myself sitting in my lounge working on my laptop lonely, this little cat brought so much joy into my life.

I still believe that having a pet with my current lifestyle is selfish, but maybe this is a good reason to make some changes.

Wishing everyone a festive season filled with the joy this little cat brought into my life.