With 1 dog, 5 cats, 18 (I think) chickens, Andrew and I often remark that we have plenty of animals to care for. Sometimes we ohh and ahh over a certain breed of puppy, or someone posts a kitten picture that tugs on my heartstrings, but usually we cannot be swayed. It costs quite a bit of money, after all, to care for all these animals. We were also recently talking about how nice it was there were no more babies to take care of, especially when 6 out of 7 of us came down with food poisoning and there were a few days when Andrew and I could barely get out of bed. Had there been babies to care for, it would have been extra tough when we needed to recuperate ourselves.
And there's the jinx. See the little baby below?
Andrew was on his way home from running errands when he spots this little guy on the road. A busy country road that people zoom down at speeds of 55 and up! As fast as he could, he braked, backed-up, and parked in someone's driveway to rescue the kitty. Before he got there, however, a speedy white car comes zooming and Andrew said a quick prayer that Kitty doesn't move and he closed his eyes, hoping he wouldn't have to open them to see something that couldn't be unseen. Lucky Kitty, the car missed him and the force of the air from the car tumbled the little guy right off the road.
Now safely in Andrew's arms, the Kitty meowed and meowed. His eyes were crusted shut and poor thing was so scared. Andrew comforted him and drove home with the kitty.
As you can probably imagine what happened next, we all oohed and ahhed over the kitty. Poor little fella. I pureed up some canned cat food and he gobbled it down. We looked him over and except for his eyes, he seemed to be alright. We think maybe he is 6 weeks old. As quickly as he entered our lives, we have fallen in love with him.
We took Kitty to the vet and he checked out just fine. Got some eye drops, some deworming meds and ointment for his paw. Heart and temps are good. Just a really cute and lucky little fellow.
We haven't come up with a name for him yet-- waiting to see what his personality is like before we settle, though there are some potential names we all like. I'm reminded of what it's like to have a baby in the house, feeding him every two hours and making sure he's been brought to the litter box to do his business. Late nights and early mornings and me dragging my feet-- yup, there's a baby in the house! But it's ok, I know -this- baby will grow pretty quickly!
Welcome to the crazy house, baby!!