New Pets


I vowed not to get any pets for a long time. After Bubba died I wanted to be pet free. I could not picture myself loving another dog as I loved Bubba. Cats were out of the question because I am not thrilled with litter boxes and tuna fragrant cat food. That said, yesterday I received two kittens.
My son Alex is missing his dog; he won’t talk about Bubba because it hurts too much. I on the other hand want to honor Bubba with pictures and Bubba chat. I do understand Alex’s feelings. When I was young I had to give up a beloved cat. The pain was horrible! As soon as I was able, I got another cat to take the pain of losing a pet.
Alex keeps talking about wanting a cat. He loves cats. Cat pictures, cat websites cat anything! He has always loved cat. Yesterday he again brought the subject up and I started to think about his feelings.
As we talked I noticed we were close to PetSmart, so on a whim I pulled in. I had no idea they were a place of adoption. I thought I would find a bulletin board filled with ads for free cats. So there I am asking about kittens not knowing there were some cats in the next room. PetSmart teams up with local animal shelters matching pets to responsible people.
One of the cats I saw had me thinking about adopting her but the price stopped me. I really wanted kittens or young cats for Alex and I really wanted two. There was just no way I was paying $100.00 a piece for shelter cats. I told the PetSmart clerk I would think about it. She got my number and promised to call if kittens came in.
Two hours later she called me. Apparently a young lady took two kittens from a friend who was being deployed to Iraq. It turned out her 2 year old son is highly allergic to cats. The young lady was looking for a good home for the young cats. Now normally I do not take pets on a whim, or under pressure but as my son stood their falling in love with these cats, I thought “oh what the hell, I have room in my house and heart for two more pets”. So here I am, once again a pet owner.

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

4 thoughts on “New Pets”

  1. Congratulations on the new additions to your family, Sari. 🙂 Kittens are so much fun–but they also take some getting used to. I’m sure you know how that is having had cats before. Have you named them yet?

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