Jim and I have taken in a new kitten.
The other day our daughter Karen sent a text message to my phone. No words - - - just a snapshot of an adorable kitten. I sent back a text. "Yours? Is this an announcement?"
A few minutes after she got my message Karen called. She admitted. No it wasn't an announcement - - - just a picture of a stray kitten she found the night before under the back steps of our house in a PA farm area. "What am I going to do with her - I have to come home. I called the local SPCA. They don't even keep them for two days, Mom. I just can't leave her there. She really is a sweet little thing - about 4 weeks old."
"Yes, I have asked the neighbors. No one is claiming her. I still can't figure out how she got here across two fields. She was hiding to protect herself. It looks like someone must have abandoned her or - how could she have gotten here - she's just a baby. When I drove into the driveway she started crying. Calling out. She must have heard me and she made quite a racket. So I brought her in - - she was scared at first - but then it was obvious she was a sweet cat."
Why did we cave in? Well, we didn't like the idea of abandoning the kitten either and we knew it would be really awful on Karen - who loves cats - to be the one to leave the cat-baby outside on her own at the mercy of weather and other animals.
Ordinarily Karen would have taken the kitten home with her -- but she has an older female cat - who is really territorial - - and not ready for an interloper. Ah, me.
Anyway. Now Samie is here. She is adorable - and we are enjoying having her.
More will be revealed - probably.
This is not the first time we have lived with cats. I tell that story on this video.
Mama's Cats from Ellouise Schoettler on Vimeo.