long haired tabby kitten

This pretty little girl is our first ever family pet.  For six years, we have rented at places that don’t allow pets.  Now finally, finally, I was able to say yes to a kitten!

I was so excited about being able to adopt a pet, I spent a lot of time scouring Craigslist and animal shelters nearby  for one.  At first I was being slightly picky.  I wanted a long-haired kitten, preferably Siamese or calico.  But as I looked around, I discovered that kittens are scarce right now.  Pickyness?  Gone.   I just wanted a kitten!  But they were nowhere to be found.  I began to suspect that Cruella DeVille had switched to kitten furs and was wiping out the cat population.  But that would be in England, right?  Surely she would steer clear of American cats…

So I found one woman with a litter of kittens who had a whole page full of rules about adopting them, including the fact that you had to adopt two kittens if you didn’t have any at home.  So they could teach each other how to be cats, apparently.  Okay then!  I think it’s wonderful to care about animal welfare, but sometimes I think people go a leeetle overboard.

In the end, I was surprised by a friend from our church who delivered a kitten straight to my home, and she is just what we wanted!  She’s beautiful, super sweet, and loves to be around people.  I named her Faith.

Gorgeous long-haired kitten sitting in window

I just love the calm presence of cats, don’t you?  As I type this, Faith is lying in my lap purring happily.

Do you have a special pet in your life?


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