Several months back I had posted in 'cat health'; I had a cat with pancreatitis who I eventually had to put down.
It has been a good 5 mos and I have not felt "ready" to find another cat. Last Saturday I was at a PetSmart which only hosts shelter animals. I started bawling, I could not help it, I miss my Hercules so badly. I am finally ready to have a cat of my own again. I even got to pet the kitties they had. I wanted a cat, not a kitten. But, you know how cats are, they pick you - not the other way around.
Monday evening. My neighbor knocks on my door. In her hand is this tiny black and white kitten. She heard him crying in my rose bushes. Where did he come from? Where is his momma? We don't know. None of our neighbors has an un-fixed cat. We live with a huge field behind us......wherever Kitten came from, for his little size he traveled a long ways.
Soft-hearted me, I said well I'll take him in and we'll see what happens. I fed him, set up a bed for him, next day traumatized the poor thing with a bath due to his fleas! YUCK.
Dontcha know, he's tame, friendly, comes when I call (he figured out who Momma is in a BIG HURRY), sleeps during the night and doesn't cry or whine, uses the litter box........ and he can't be 5 weeks old at most. Snuggles like a champ - hence the name "Bear" (as in Snuggle Bear).
I got a harness for him - it's actually a hamster/ferret one, small enough for him! - and put it on him so he can wander around the house and I can actually find him!!
So while no cat ever will replace my Hercules, this little guy has wiggled his way into my heart and it seems he's off to a good start to be the kind of cat I want (a snuggler).
When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you. --Lao-tzu
| Pounds lost: 7.0