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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Home of Adventurous Kittens

There are actually 6+ of them. The plan was to get a cute group picture with everyone, but they were all over the place. Actively venturing out. So, that didn't happen. What I did get, though, was a compilation of the chaos.

Life has been hectic for me lately, and I’m still not fully out of the hecticness of it. Getting there! And these kittens, although their moms were exemplary as caregivers, were part of what kept me occupied. Besides setting up their space, I’ve been checking on them every once in a while to make sure they were well-fed, comfortably warm, and still breathing. Not to mention the constant worrying in the back of my mind. So far, however, it looks like they’re growing up to be strong and courageous.

I would not have guessed that I’d end up in this role, watching over cats. It all started around a decade ago, upon finding a lost and sickly orange kitten in the streets and taking him in. Since then, every other wandering cat in need of a home has been welcome (unless seriously harmful to the rest). It also seems that neighbors have identified this place as a sort of cat shelter and have also sneakily dropped cats here. Which is fine! (Better than leaving them to die.)

I’ve learned much from having cats - about them and about me. And it is now baffling to me when people dislike cats or expect them to be anything other than cats. Their personalities range widely and I won’t deny the existence of problematic and even malicious cats (some can indeed be jerks). But at the end of the day, they are curious creatures that can surprise you. With love, laughter, and more. If you cannot appreciate cats, then you do not deserve cats. Hmph!

I set aside and am currently setting up an outdoorsy indoors space for these kiddos (a.k.a. a catio) where they can safely play, eat, rest, and basically have all their primary needs met. At least for as long as this is their home. I’m looking forward to making upgrades to it throughout the year (likely getting stuff from Amazon for it, to make it more cozy and functional! 📦📦📦).

Fun Fact: Cats are naturally sun-seeking and enjoy basking in the sun. They are relatively heat-tolerant but are still at risk of being burnt by extreme temperatures. Therefore, keeping them away from scalding hot objects and fire is important.

Note: I've had adorable dogs, too. But that's another story.