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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Kittens and World Peace

On Friday, I was given a tiny kitten to care for--for the weekend--but his stay is now indefinite. Sometimes, you just need a kitten, and you didn't even know it. Hubby would appreciate my finding a home for the baby when he's older. Meanwhile...

My recently turned eleven-year-old granddaughter, Emma, has a way of finding kittens in our barn. I didn't realize we had any unneutered cats. We haven't for several years. But it seems a mama kitty and her recently born kittens were dropped off on our farm, and mama misplaced a baby as she moved her brood about. Emma found it. At first, the idea was that Emma would keep the kitten at her house. As the baby is quite young, her busy nurse mother, Charity, was frequently syringing formula into its mouth, plus plus. But the care got to be too much with her long shifts at the hospital, and she never signed up for a kitten, so now I have it. Baby needs a name. He--I think it's male--is a sweet purry little lad, unless he's a bonny lass. Everyone who meets the furbaby instantly falls in love (except DH, who is tolerant but not sentimental) and I got to thinking how much gentler the world would be if more people had kittens. They generally bring out the best in folk, unless someone is just plain mean. If you can't be kind to a kitten, you should seriously reexamine your life. A kitten is a wondrous, ephemeral little being, and I have always marveled at them. Simply holding a furry baby is soothing. Kitten therapy could lead to world peace. 

I have edits to do on my latest time travel/historical/mystery romance, and a WIP to work on... and a tiny furbaby to assist me. Not to mention the gang, our rescue dog, Jilly, puppy Cooper (who loves the kitten) and three cats, Kitty Pavel, and brothers Peaches and Cream. Peaches is sulking about the newcomer. The others don't mind it. All my furbabies are rescues, except Cooper, and he might as well have been. Yes, they are a handful, but I cannot imagine my life without them. Nor do I wish to. They are my dear friends, furbabies, and an essential part of my life.

I know few authors who do not have and love their furbabies.

"if only kittens stayed as kittens for 2-3 years, the world would be a much happier place." ~ my cat loving Facebook friend, Hilda Rodriguez Coronado.

"It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens." ~Cynthia E. Varnad

Kittens are angels with whiskers. ~Terri Guillemets, "Trouble on the side," 1987

Kittens can happen to anyone. ~Paul Gallico

A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world. Its wide-open eyes gleam with wonder and mirth. It darts madly at nothing at all, and then, as though suddenly checked in the pursuit, prances sideways on its hind legs with ridiculous agility and zeal. ~Agnes Repplier

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  1. Now you've gone and given me the Kitten Fever lol. My youngest kitties are 3 years old.

    1. My youngest before this baby are going on four.

  2. That kitten is so adorable. Peeking over the top of box as is to say "Whatcha' doin? Wanna play?"

  3. Beautiful kitten. I love them but right now I have five puppies who make me laugh every day. Have to have sunscreen to go outside as they sunburn . The mama and daddy are my company everyday too . They act like the puppies now . One old lady who does not like any of them. One who is almost six who rules and guards all the food . So I have my hands full . We do have a kitty who comes and visits every now and then . I am glad this little kittie has a wonderful home .

  4. What fun, Peggy. I love pups too! And thanks.

  5. What adorable pictures. I wonder if Evie, my Shih Tzu, needs one? And yes, a few politicians could use some kittens invading their meetings. LOL

  6. I agree, Beth. Everyone needs a kitten or three. I find them irresistible. Hero is more like Dennis--not so much. Although, our Max is Hero's constant companion and is usually in his lap or nearby. Sebastian is "my" cat. Jasmine, our latest rescue and very shy, likes to sleep by Hero but likes me to pet her if we watch TV. We need a few more, don't you think? And a couple of dogs, too.

  7. I'm a dog person, but kittens are totally cute. *g* Good luck with the edits.

  8. My husband and I lived 23 years without a cat. We had dogs, but I'd had a bad experience with a wild cat (bit and clawed me while I was stroking him), so I said, "No more." Then someone dumped a small kitten down the road. I found it as I took my morning walk, brought it home intending to find a home for it. You know the rest. Dogs are special in their own way. I wouldn't be without a couple. But Kittens are great for amusement. The antics they pull! And when they snuggle in your lap while you are sipping your morning coffee... Let's just say there's nothing like it.


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