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Necessary Losses

January 31, 2007

Just a week or two after Tim and I had moved into our first apartment, we rescued our first kitty. Baxter was just barely four weeks old and lost in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Tim found him meowing pitifully on his back tire during a thunderstorm, and brought him to me in a big battered box that was left over from our move.

Baxter was pretty sick, and so young he could barely eat, but we absolutely loved him. He became my constant companion while Tim was at work, and because he was so young, he actually adopted me as his mama. He would curl up against my neck at night,… he would spend every waking moment following me around.

I just remembered that his favorite toy was a tissue – he would shred it into pieces, and then roll around flinging white strips as high as he could:)

Monkey was adopted from a farm – she was cuddled up to her brother for warmth, and how could we leave her out in the miserable, damp Halloween cold? So she came, and while her brother found his home at Bob and Gloria’s house, Monkey became Tim’s kitty. She is the shyest thing, and always has the best hiding spots. She is also the ugliest cat with the most beautiful eyes,.. brown with round pupils.

Yoda was our last kitty. He’s a gorgeous grey tiger and well over 20 pounds. He was the only kitten in his litter, probably because it was his mama’s first time, and he lived on a farm with a dog that actively killed cats. We rescued him because he needed a home. And Yoda was endearing – he would sit on my shoulder as I ate, but he hated to be picked up and cuddled. And imagine trying to force 20 pounds of pure feline muscle into a carrier? Oy vey!

Our kitties have been our babies, and we love them dearly. The problem is that our babies didn’t like our baby so much,… perhaps because he reminded them that they were NOT actually furry people just waiting to grow up,….

Yesterday a very nice lady came and picked up all three kitties – she loves cats and understood that our kitties might want to stay together. And I’m really going to miss them, but I know that this is the best, both for our kitties and for our baby. So I am no longer a kittymama,… but my kitties don’t have to deal with any little kids where they are, and I know they are happier with that!

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  1. holly permalink
    February 8, 2007 3:38 am

    heather, I’m sorry that you had to say goodbye to the kitties. even though you know they will be taken care of, I’m sure it was difficult. we’ve been lucky all these years, there’s only been one cat we had to find a new home for; she just didn’t like babies. all the others have, thankfully, gone out of their way to avoid the kids; leastwise, till the kids were old enough to pet instead of pull.

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