Saturday, September 22, 2007

Kitten Envy

For the last year or so, I have brought up the idea of adding a new kitten to our little family. I don't know if I was transforming my maternal urges into kitten urges or what, as it has definitely been more of a craving then an actual thought out idea.

Well today, we went into a pet supply store for some Cat Gut Lube, as Eric calls the hairball remedy we give to our big boys, and I eyed that the schedule for cat adoptions was not set for today. THANK GOODNESS! Because I may not be able to resist. But then as I walked in, there was the cat lady setting up her little display of kittens all ready for adoption.

Immediately I was drawn to them, and she started her sales pitch. Really she was just very excited to talk to someone about her little babies. She could tell I was a cat person, and she began telling me all sorts of stories about each one. I was totally drawn to the only grey cat in her orange cat herd. He was a grey tabby with big ears and white paws, and oh so talkative and the only one in the bunch that was walking around and wanting to play. The rest were all scared and huddled in the corners of their pens.

I held the little grey one and the grey one's sister and just sat there for about 15 minutes with this little orange kitten as it snuggled into my chest. Eric was hooked. I was sure that if I said I wanted one, he would cave. He really liked the grey tabby.
But then a little boy and his parents showed up. They didn't really take much of an interest, but the man said to the cat lady... we'll take that one, as he pointed to the grey tabby! The cat lady was hesitant I'm assuming because they didn't even seem to want to interact with any of the cats, let alone the one they said they wanted to take home. She turned to me and asked if I was interested in that kitten, I guess since I was there first and had been playing with him. I said we really can't take a kitten home today. So she had them fill out the paper work, and I just stood there. I was shocked that she was going to let them take this kitten home. Suddenly I wanted to take the kitten. I didn't REALLY want to disrupt our little happy home with a kitten, but I didn't want this family to take him either.

I suppose the cat lady can't be too picky when she has so many that she is fostering. I hope that family knows what they are getting into and that they were just sort of shy in the store. I hope the cat lady has the policy that if one of her adopters ever need to get rid of a cat, that they have to take it back to her. I'd really hate to see such a sweet little ball of energy end up in the pound because it was "too much trouble".

7 comments:

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

ACK! Whenever we've brought a new cat into a situation where we already had cats, the old cats give the new cats serious shit, until we move, and then the new house isn't anyone's territory, and they get along fine from then on....

So, from my limited advice from well over 20 years ago (the last time I lived with a cat), I would say, when you move, if you want a new cat, bring it literally the day you move, and they'll all be fine.

Then again, I know Autumn's mom brought a new cat into a situation with other cats...how did that go?

Starshine said...

I hope the owner is a good family. It does seem really weird that he didn't want to interact with them to see if a bond would form with one of the kittens before choosing.

MrsGrumpy said...

Ooooh... I hate that about adopt a thons at the pet stores. I too, hope that the family was shy and that they went home and gave the kitten all the attention it deserves. I am always sad to think of them going home to a house where they become a living toy for the little Elmira that lives there. I imagine them being swung around by their feet, squeezed and all sorts of things. Kittens and puppies are the most adorable things in the world, and they reduce me to being mushy faced and baby talkative within .01 second of seeing them. I can never understand how there are people out there that can resist these sweet little things.

laluna said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that they will take good care of the kitty

Ginger said...

Oh how I would love to have a kitty of my own. But sadly, my husband thinks he is allergic.

Gina said...

Me too!

C said...

Well, if you reeeeeeeeeally want a cute little kitty, you can take one (or two...heck, how about three??) of ours! Our TWO cats (we were told they were both MALE) had kittens and now I've got two cats, four kittens (we had seven but had given a few away already). Oh, and we have a dog. Did I mention that I think one of the cats is pregnant again??? I wanted to get her fixed after she weaned her kittens, but it looks to me that she's already pregnant again! Oh man! I think I'm going to end up being called the crazy cat lady! LOL! We've only kept two kittens inside and the others (and their moms) are supposed to be our barn kittens. They aren't doing a good job at being barn kittens, as they are mostly on our front step instead of in the barn. *sigh*