Kittens are a joy to watch. Today when I presented our four with a new 2 ½ yard twill ‘string’, they seemed so delighted. What fun they had with it. It brought them all together — connecting them in a pleasant experience. As I continued to watch them play, I realized that most of us could probably learn something from their behavior. Joy does not come from the value of what we have, but with how we come together and experience the fun things in life with simple things. During this holiday season, with all its commercialism, expectations, and yes, even disappointments, may you and yours find some joy in the simple things!
©2013 So Very Telling
OK, first of all let me say that this was certainly not the plan. We lost our two beloved cats over the last couple years and reached a point where we were ready for another kitten — really two kittens. A friend who volunteers at a local no-kill shelter told me of a pregnant cat. She informed me when the kittens were born and the shelter’s website displayed pictures of the newborns’ faces. We studied the pictures and decided there were a couple of the kittens that somehow pulled at us. When we first visited them at only a few weeks of age, we again zeroed in on the two we had identified in the website’s pictures. We told the shelter we wanted to adopt those two and started visiting the shelter on a weekly basis. We would hold all four of the kittens, but basically “oohed” and “ahhed” over the two we had selected, taking plenty of pictures along the way. At twelve weeks of age, we highly anticipated arriving at the shelter to retrieve the two male kittens, now already named Milo and Pepe. Before we walked inside the cat cottage that day, the shelter’s director met us in the parking lot and informed us that the kittens were very sick with a respiratory virus. We were still determined to take those two chosen kittens home and treat them. Seeing them that day was not easy. Their eyes were so infected and they were all huddled together in their cage. Nevertheless we got the two male kittens into their little carriers as their mother intently watched. Just as soon as we got them to their new home, an amazing sight was in store for us. Those ‘sick’ kittens ran and ran and ran. It was a joy to see. Within an hour, we had made the decision to foster the other two. If the two we had were this happy, then the other two needed attention also, and we wanted to also give them a chance. The shelter’s director was very appreciative of the offer, and we went back to get the other two the same day. After the two girls arrived home, we were determined to give them the best of care, BUT we did not want to get attached to those two fur balls. So we gave them temporary names of #1 and #2. That would keep it just a little more impersonal, or so we thought. And so the treatments began. Twice and sometimes three times daily, we cleaned and medicated their eyes, along with giving them additional medication. We gave them the best of food and clean water, and they had plenty of room to run and play. And run and play they did! These kittens loved it here. We soon realized the kittens were not acting according to the “plan”. The plan was for the girls to stick together so they could be returned to the shelter after they were better and ready to be adopted. But that didn’t really happen. The kittens weren’t pairing off that way. And we were falling for the girls too despite telling ourselves four kittens just could not be. As the weeks went by, seeing all four of them together and the joy they gave each other, not to mention the joy they were giving us, just melted our hearts. #1 and #2 were given names – Eden and Misty. This was getting serious. There was no turning back now. They were “in”. So today I happily announce that these four kittens will stay together! Welcome to the family — Eden, Misty, Pepe and Milo!!!
©2013 So Very Telling
Since I mentioned the kittens in my launch post, I’ll give a few details today. We have been caring for four kittens, all from the same litter and born on May 2, for the last two weeks. Two of them we plan to adopt, and the other two we are fostering. Their mother’s name is Misty. She was rescued from a kill shelter. All the kittens are beautiful (aren’t all kittens beautiful?) and so different, both in markings and personalities. The lucky future adoptees are Pepe and Milo, who both happen to be the males. As for the foster female kittens, we have temporarily named the fuzzy white one No. 1 and the spotted one No. 2. It is way too easy to get attached to these little creatures. Those names at least makes things slightly more impersonal. I’m not sure it is working though. The kittens’ sweet faces will be revealed in future posts.
(left & clockwise – No. 1 (white), Pepe (black & white), No. 2 (white with spots), Milo (gray) )
©2013 So Very Telling