Kitten Helps Comfort a Family After Loss

After the sudden death of Jasmine’s mother, a kitten named Violet was there with love, playfulness, and comforting purrs.

Jasmine + Violet

On Jasmine’s birthday, Violet the kitten was her wish come true. The next day, she lost her mother unexpectedly. Violet’s innate ability to comfort Jasmine and her family, and shower them with love and affection, helped bring a family together to heal.

"The moment she wiped a tear away from my face with her tiny paw reassured me that this loving kitten was meant for me and convinced me that she knew exactly what she was doing when she chose me on the adoption floor the day before."

Earlier this year, I decided to adopt a cat. Not just any cat, but a tiny black kitten. I finally found her on my 20th birthday, and though I did not know it at the time, adopting Violet would prove to be the best thing that has ever happened to me. That night, I celebrated my birthday with my family, which now included our very first cat—an unexpected, yet instantly loved addition. Everyone was happy as we cheered, and I made my wish for the year ahead.

The very next day, my mother passed away unexpectedly.

As I went through the unimaginable, Violet became an unfailing source of comfort and a loyal companion. Even though we had only known each other for a day, she immediately sensed my family’s heartbreak and comforted all of us with her purrs and snuggles. The moment she wiped a tear away from my face with her tiny paw reassured me that this loving kitten was meant for me and convinced me that she knew exactly what she was doing when she chose me on the adoption floor the day before. More importantly, the love she showed me created an unbreakable bond between us.

Violet has helped me navigate the darkest times of my young life. Seven months later, she has not left my side and she continues to help me heal. Even in my saddest and hardest days, she makes me laugh with her natural kitten silliness and gives me a sense of purpose and responsibility that I did not have before. She also helps my father and sister by playing or napping with them—whatever they need, she is there.

Violet is an important member of our family and we reciprocate all the love she gives us with belly rubs, ear scratches, and yummy treats.

I am forever grateful for Violet and everything she has done for my family. She truly came into our lives at the perfect time, and she has filled our home with unconditional love at a time when we needed it the most. Though we bonded over tragedy and loss, I know there will be many happy years ahead, and that no matter where I go in life, Violet will be right next to me, purring and snuggling. My love for her is almost indescribable, but I sincerely hope that I have conveyed everything she means to me by sharing our story.

Each year, Petco Love Stories invites adopters to share how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations that they’ve adopted from the chance to receive grant awards. This story by Jasmine won Miami-Dade County Animal Services in Doral, Florida a 2021 Love Stories award.