Saturday, July 08, 2006

I am a DOG person.

Really. I am a dog person. Not saying anything against the cat people of the world, but I have always loved dogs - sometimes even a bit too much as evidenced by the faint scar on my upper lip where one bit me when I tried to get a little too close. And eventually, we will have a dog in this house again because, well, I am a dog person. (I'm sure you're getting the point, here? Can you figure out where this is going? ;))

So. My neighbor has 2 cats and a litter of 7-week-old kittens (the 2nd litter in 6 months mind you because she hadn't gotten the cat spayed). I dutifully ignore said cats, even the cute fluffballs of 7-week-old newness. Why? Because I am NOT a cat person! It would be nice if it ended there, but sadly it doesn't.

The other day - right before the 4th of July weekend - my neighbor goes away for the holiday. She leaves all 6 cats out the entire time she is gone with no food, no water, no shelter. I admit it, I got angry. Even though I am not a cat person. I was especially angry for the four kittens who were barely weaned yet expected to make it on their own for the 5 or so days my neighbor was gone. And then we begin to feed said cats. We gave them water, the kittens milk and all of them a wee bit of tuna that was all we had in the house we could think to give them. That's when we noticed it. The cutest of the kittens - a teeny little orange tabby - had a skin issue. Flies were swarming all over it like it was dead. And I got livid. So I called animal control to come and take these kittens as I just could not. I figured it was their only shot at survival, even if it was a slim shot. At least there, they'd have shelter, food, water and possibly get treated for their disease. And you know what? I didn't feel bad at all about doing it. My neighbor doesn't deserve those cats. She came back for 2 days between the holiday and the following weekend and didn't even look for them. Now she's gone again, once more leaving out the adult cats.

And that's when it happened.
Suddenly, *we* have two cats. They sleep on our porch, get fed and watered and showered with love by my boys. Particularly Turner. Who *is* apparently, a CAT person. *sigh*

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(That's T with the sweet orange tabby we had to send away...and with Peanut this morning. See? Cat Person...but I love him anyway ;))

18 comments:

Dani said...

Aww but they are cute...But I know what you mean I'm a dog person too...

pr31wb said...

That's how we were adopted by our (formerly stray) cat, who is named "Kitty" because I was not going to commit to him enough to name him... until my youngest kept telling everyone how much he loved our cat named Kitty. What can a mom do?

Debbie said...

I am a dog and cat lover. And they are so cute but watch out cats multiple fast. lol

Lisa VdV said...

This is hysterical. I never knew you weren't a cat person :) Congrats on the new additions.

Missy said...

oh I don't blame you on the dog person thing :) I think cats are sneaky... lol.

good for you, for looking out for the little animals, though :)

Robyn said...

Man, that woman needs to learn a four letter word

S P A Y !!!!

That stuff drives me crazy! Thank you for caring for those kitties. I'm totally a dog person but I love all animals.

Adrienne said...

Awwww, they are so cute!!!!!!

Mary Rogers said...

Kelly, Kelly, Kelly - now the boys will be completely attached and you will need to be a cat person...

Love the Cherry Arte rub-ons, oh my...and when are we going to see the chipboard?

Have a great Sunday.

Janice said...

Cat people ROCK! LOL!!!! :) Of course being a Registered Veterinary Technician I love ALL animals, but deep down my true love are cats and always will be! Thanks for looking after those little ones! Make sure to get those adults spayed or neutered or you will have even MORE little ones to deal with! Enjoy your new kitties and before long you too will be a cat person! :)

Wendy Malichio said...

Aww, Kelly, I'm so happy there are people like you out there. My daughter watches that animal cops special on Animal Planet and I just get so upset when I see the things people do - I don't get that....I hope all works out for the kitties and what sweet photos you have there!!!
Wendy:-)

Corinnexxx said...

No cat person over here either, give me a dog and I 'll do fine.

corinnexxx

RACHEL =) said...

I'm not a cat person either - I agree w/Missy, they're sneaky, lol! I would have been really upset too, can't believe she left all of them out!! So awesome that you took care of them though! =)

Corinna said...

OK, let me first say... OMGoodness!!! can not believe someone would be so irresponsible to not spay their cat!!!! and then to top it off by just leaving the babies to fend for themselves!!!! erked! I can totally understand why you did what you did... and you are a kind sweet person, despite your being a dog person... to take on these two little cuties... I to am a dog person... but in those sort of circumstances what could you do.

Jana said...

Yay for you....not only for taking in two of the kitties but for taking care of the whole lot of them and calling animal control. You totally did the right thing. I love both cats & dogs and how people can resist adorable little kittens is beyond me.....they're one of the sweetest things in the whole world!! Congrats on the newest additions to your family! If you need any help/advice with them just LMK, I've had cats all of my life.

Kristina Proffitt said...

I'm SO not a cat person either (I love DOGS), but I think it's wonderful what you did for those cats! You go girl! They're so cute! ;)

Karyn Terlecky said...

Good for you Kelly. Some people should not have animals!!!! Clearly your neighbor is a sterling example of this. If you don't want the cats...for goodness sake...make sure they don't multiply! Ugh! There ought to be fines...in fact in one town in CT there is a $75 year fee if you do not spay your cat.

So, I am a dog person, and a coat person. I have a set of both ;). Glad you looked out for them.

Karyn Terlecky said...

Well, I am a coat person too-lol. But I did mean cat :)

jennifer p said...

GOOD FOR YOU!!! I would have done the same exact thing!!!