OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore I leave for work, as soon as I wake up, as soon as I get home, I have the same routine, I find my cat, shout some incomprehensible rubbish at her and give her a big kiss on her head. This seems like a really random thing to write a post about my cat, but she has been a huge part of my life over the past few years and I feel that I'm one of many many people who know how important our relationships with our furry family members are. So, this is Nipper, she is called Nipper because she likes to nip you when she's getting a fuss, or when she's not happy with you, or sometimes when you're just standing making a cup of tea. She is very rarely actually called Nipper, the poor thing probably has no idea what her actual name is because I have basically a dictionary full of nonsense names that I call her, the most common ones include; Nip Nip, Nop Nop, Nopper, Nippy, Nippy Wap, Noppy and Karen. We got Nipper from a local RSPCA shelter called Blackberry Farm which is in Quainton (near Aylesbury) when she was about 3 months old, I didn't get to meet her until she got home but she was in her pod with her brother and sister who were called Salt and Pepper. Apparently, the reason we decided to get a Nipper, a cat who is literally named after the fact she bites people, instead of any other cat in the centre was because as soon as they opened her pod to show her and her siblings to my Mum and Jon (Mums boyfriend), she jumped out of her pod at Jon and in turn basically chose us herself. I was really upset when I found out Mum has chosen a cat without me, I have always been the cat lover of the household and after my cat Jess passed away I was gutted that I had no input in getting a new cat. Needless to say, I didn't like Nipper much at first.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne day I found her sat in a window on top of a photo of me which she had knocked down, I was adamant that this was the start of Nippers secret plan to kill me off -  worth noting that I was only about 12 when we got Nipper. After some months passed I warmed to her a bit and ended up getting quite attached to her. When she was younger she would cause a lot of trouble in our street, there was a big white cat called Doug (we called him Doug the Thug) that lived opposite us and him and Nipper really didn't get on. They would always scrap and Nip would come home with minor war wounds most the time, eventually, they got in a fight which left Nipper with an abscess on her side which had to be drained out by a plastic tube that she had stuck in her side for a while, it was pretty gross but she was fine in the end. Shes had her fair share of wonders, I think the worst was when I was in secondary school, she went missing for about 6 weeks and eventually reappeared one evening, she looked absolutely fine which made us think she was scavenging food from another family - she has always been a picky eater.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs I'm writing this Nipper is about 10 years old, she is probably asleep, for some reason she likes to sleep on our fridge, we've moved her bed up there and every night at about 8/9 she will take herself to the fridge and go to bed. She will only ever sit on Jons lap, in the 10 years we've had her she has sat on my lap about 4 times and half of them was when she had a cone of shame on, so she was just feeling sorry for herself. Shes calmed down a lot in her old age, she still comes home with scratches and bits of her ears missing but less frequently than she used to. I'm not sure if all cats do this but as she has gotten older she has also started to dribble a disgusting amount. If you give her a head scratch or a scratch under her chin she will be sure to leave a wet patch under her mouth on whatever she is sat on. These last few years have seen me get more and more obsessed with my cat, she has become a huge part of my life and my happiness over those years - I feel so lucky that I have been able to have a positive impact on the lift of this tiny creature.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne last thing I want to mention is a huge huge huge thank you to all the people who work so hard to give animals a better life, I've volunteered with animal charities in the past so I have seen first-hand how much effort and care people put into ensuring the safety and happiness of animals. I visit the RSPCA centre that Nipper is from quite often and it is always so hard to see so many animals that don't yet have a home, though I know they are being well looked after by the staff, it's sad to think that they don't have a loving family to sit with in the evening. I strongly urge that if you or anyone you know is looking to get a pet that you head towards a rescue centre or animal charity, the amount of animals that spend months and months in these places could easily be reduced if people rescued animals instead of buying designer breeds that often are only bred with the idea of the breeder making money in mind.Thank you for reading, I would LOVE to see your fur babies! Tweet me cute animal pics at @amyleecupoftea