Tuesday, November 20, 2012

animal people

When we first met Chuka she was pregnant. Chuka is the cat I ran over last Wednesday. I was not in the business to be all loving and sensitive to the cat just yet. A couple weeks later she was skinny one day and had some blood on her. Wow. Chuka had kittens. We couldn't find them anywhere and then we had 2 major snow storms. We just figured the kittens didn't make it. 

Am I boring you yet with this pet story?

Anyway 4 days after Chuka was put to sleep we heard a choir of baby kittens meowing. Three homes down from ours we found the kittens in the backyard on a trailer under a tarp. 6 mini Chukas starving and motherless. The owners of the home were so happy to see me. They just gave me their dog carrier kennel thing and wanted the kittens gone and taken care of. 
I have no idea what to do with kittens only 4 weeks old. 
I didn't even like the idea honestly. 

Julia and Kenzie were ECSTATIC! Oh my, I just remembered Jafar from Aladdin. Ecstatic. 
Anyway- Chay was sort of happy sort of worried when I came home with 6 starving kittens. We all tried feeding them milk with a medicine dropper. I could tell I was getting stressed. I drive to Pet Smart hoping to find a home for the kittens. 
Pet Smart. Who knew people even went to that store. The store was packed. Who are these people? Animal people go to these types of stores. 

Well, I met one of those people. She was a 12 year old girl who overheard my conversation to a worker about my dilemma and she asked if she could have my kittens. Are you a kitty angel? Wow, animal people can be so convenient. Who wants to bottle feed 6 kittens who cry at night and don't know how to poop in the right place yet? Animal people do. 

This young girl and her mom followed me home. Chay and the kids fell in love with one of the kittens. We kept one. Oh my. What were we getting ourselves into?

These last couple days I have been potty training a kitten smaller than my hand. I have to mix formula even. His name is Chancho. Chay loves loves this little thing of cuteness. He even gets up with him at night to bottle feed him.

This is so weird. 

But kittens are really cute. Adorable- I am not an animal person. I mean, I used to love horses as a child and I grew up with the best dog in the world but my mom made it clear as day in my head that pets were supposed to be outside. I just get confused when it comes to caring for something that isn't, I don't know, a human? I just don't love love the idea of having a high maintenance pet right now in my life. But when the kids and husband are on cloud 9- you just have to give in once in a while.  

Well we can't put a 4 week old kitten outside anyway...not in the winter. Chay wouldn't allow it. I don't know what to do. 

So one more thing in my life- A kitten to take care of....hmmmmm. Tender mercy we found Chuka's kittens or a nightmare? 

Well, Chancho is cute and Chay likes to hold him while he watches TV at night. He hopes Chancho gets really fat. He has a thing for fat cats...and fat pregnant women so it appears. Lucky me. 


Heather said...

but look at those sweet little kitty eyes. i might even keep it... and i really dislike animals. would a kitty that little stay alive in my house. my 2 youngest boys maul my friend's cat. This one would be squished. Aaak. Baby anything including animals really are cute. i hope this adventure goes well for you.

Levi and Cynthia Wilde said...

He's soooooo CUTE!! How can you say no to that little face! At least this cat won't be high-maintenance forever. By spring time, you can kick him out side and never really worry about him again. I think I may come over sometime in the future just to see your kitty!

Me~Kelly said...

Eeeek! So cute!

Cami said...

I am not an animal person, and never have been. But if Jeff and my kids fell in love with one, I would have to give in. For now, I'm focusing on keeping them away from animals - especially baby ones!

Chancho is a cutie.

maximac mark said...

cutey pie, love to see little one..

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Tiffani said...

Chancho is so cute and cuddly!

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