"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Thursday, September 30, 2010

lost little kittens....

It's a monsoon out there today. 
Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen a storm last so long before.  We have a creek behind our house that has rose up into our yard...it's kind of hard to tell from this picture, but it's
probably twenty feet out of its normal boundaries.

  It's crazy...it rained so much that the schools closed early.  And because she was home early, Emma was able to go on a rescue mission.  She followed the sound of a cat in distress...and found that it was stuck under our deck.  After much sweet-talking and cajoling...the little ball of fur appeared...followed by the rest of his litter!

I'm not sure how they got down there, maybe their mom was protecting them from the downpour...maybe she was hoping some sympathetic 13 year old would find them and adopt them. 

or maybe she walked away for a few minutes and found them missing when she returned and panicked.  Which is why these little guys had to go back out under the deck.  They're still down there in a little heap...only this time they're in a Rubbermaid box with a towel to keep them dry.
Their mom should be assured, they're being well taken care of while she's away.  A certain someone has been checking on them every hour or so. 
They even had their first sip of cow's milk...
they prefer their mother's. 

Hopefully she's coming back tonight to take care of them. 
Emma is secretly hoping she's gone for good....
I'm praying for a swift return.

All of this kitten-stuff reminds me of my favorite childhood book,
The Three Little Kittens

I read it over and over...and yet...I'm still not a fan of cats.
Kittens, yes...
but cats, no.

I'm staying strong...not giving in to the four pairs of baby blues that stared up at me.  I'm blocking out the pleads of my daughter and her desire to rescue every stray animal who cries out for help. 
Truly, I am...
but they are cute!

"Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream."
~T.S. Eliot

"Are we really sure the purring is coming from the kitty
and not from our very own hearts?"
Terri Guillemets


Mrs.Rabe said...

My girls are the same way...they have been wanting a kitty...are they old enough to be away from their mother if she doesn't come back? We do not have very good luck with kitties that need to be feed milk replacement...

consume me... said...
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consume me... said...

I have no idea how old they are, Deanna! My sister has a litter at her house that are about 3-4 wks old and these are a little bigger than hers. I believe the mother is still feeding them {She found her way back last night and the whole family has moved into our wood pile!} I'm not sure what happens when they start wandering all over the place...they're NOT MY CATS, so I'm hoping my neighbors don't start getting ticked off that they're all over!!!

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