June 3, 2020

Quarantine Cuddles: Hanging out with furry friends, pet gallery

During this pandemic, I’ve personally been trying really hard to focus on good things, one of those being that I have more time to hang out with my cat. 

I’ve had Sterling since he was a kitten, and now he’s almost five-years-old (his birthday is April 5, if you were wondering), and he’s my best friend in the whole world. 

Sydney and Sterling, photo submitted by Sydney Deibert.

Typically, I’m a really busy person—I work multiple jobs, I’m a full-time student, and I spend a lot of time going back and forth from campus to one job to another job to back to campus to work on the Chimes and then back home to, well, sleep, so Sterling spends a lot of time alone. 

For most cats, that would be great! But Sterling is very affectionate, so the poor guy gets lonely while I’m gone.

But since this quarantine, I’ve lost my job as a server, I’m doing classes and the Chimes from home, and working my other job from home, so that means I have plenty of time to hang out with him during the day. 

And let me tell you, he’s thriving. I’ve been around to give him treats, he’ll sit on my lap while I work, we can play a lot more, etc. (I think he’s starting to get over me, though, because I won’t leave him alone). 

I think having a pet during this time is helpful for my mental health, and I hope that some of you have pets to hang out with and keep you sane. 

  • Sydney is the managing editor at the Chimes and a senior professional writing and journalism major at Capital University pursuing a career arts and entertainment writing. Some of her favorite things are cold brew, books about dragons, horror films, and her cat, Sterling.

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