With all the bickering, sniping and off topic crossposts appearing here, I
thought I'd post something about...well...a cat. Actually, it's about a
kitten. And, like the kitten, it's a warm, fuzzy story.
When I walked into the office this morning, I saw a coworker and one of my
part-timers standing over a very cute kitten. Apparently it was locked in
the building all weekend. I looked at it and noticed it had been in a fight
or attacked, as there was wound on its cheek. It's also got a few more
scabs on it. None of the wounds is infected. In addition, the back claws
seem as though they've been chewed on or they've been scratched down the
the toes...like the kitty was trying to get out of someplace. The front
claws seem OK. Her other characteristics are: Orange tabby markings on top
of her head, down her back and on her tail. Everything else is white.
She followed me to my desk. If anyone moved, she'd run over to them. For
this reason, I suddenly called her Underfoot. My coworker ran and got her
some Kitten Chow while my part-timer got her some water. She didn't eat
much, but she goes back to the bowl I fashioned out of a coffee filter. I
decided she needed a home. Since we already have four (and a Yorkie) I knew
I couldn't keep her. So I made some phone calls and also tried to locate a
no-kill shelter in Houston to ensure she'd get some veterinary care.
In the meantime, Underfoot kept wandering around the office. She wandered
over the fax machine and made a few beeps. She wandered over the keyboard
of my cowoker. She wandered over my keyboard. Then she settled on my lap.
She seems to like it there. If anyone enters my office, she jumps down,
runs over and says, "hi" in a raspy, non-kittenlike meow. Then she comes
back to me, jumps into my lap, curls up and falls asleep.
Another of our department's part-timers told me he would adopt her. He's
been looking for a playmate for his orange tabby. He's going to take her to
the vet on his way home. I told him that the cat stays right in my lap for
the rest of the day...and I get visiting rights. She's just so cute. I
think she's had a few hard few weeks of life. Now she's found some humans
who she knows aren't going to hurt her, and she's sleeping...soundly...in
OK everyone...a collective "Awwwwww." ;^)
Trapper, Stash, Abbie, BK and for today....Underfoot (and Katie the Yorkie)
"The dew fell with a particularly sickening thud this morning."