Each day brings new discoveries as I live, learn, grow, and write. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson
As you know, I was kept busy this spring by a litter of kittens–first trying to manage interpersonal dramas between the territorial mama-to-be and my other three cats, then trying to find homes for the five kittens she delivered in my house. It helped a lot when we worked it out for the group to make their temporary home on the vacant second floor of the office where I work, so they had more room to run around, with no other animals to worry about. I’m relieved to say that, after a lot of headaches, we finally found all the kittens good homes! We couldn’t find a home for the mama cat, though (whom I’ve taken to calling Jill), so she’s back at my place as our “outside cat” now–and loving it. She’s such a sweetheart, and I think (fingers crossed) she’s starting to make peace with my other cats.
Below are photos and a video, as well as a little 99-word flash story about this, called “Kitten Spring,” to fit this week’s Carrot Ranch challenge on the theme of “home.”
Despite the extra busyness and stress, I have to say that I feel so privileged to have had this experience of fostering these dear little kittens and their sweet mama!
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She was a rare ginger female cat, gorgeous, sweet, and not more than a kitten herself when she appeared outside my house in March—starving and pregnant. No one claimed her. She scared our other pets, but we made her a little home in our sunroom. Soon they arrived: five mouse-like kittens.
They grew ever cuter as spring rolled on. It was difficult to find them all homes, but, miraculously, we did.
It’s June, and the mama is still with us—spayed now—and back to being a kitten herself, chasing cicadas during the day and fireflies at night.
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And if this works, here’s a video…the cuteness of kittens is hard to capture in still photos!