House Suddenly Lonely When Kittens Move Out ©

Chicago Sun-Times by Rita Emmett

Notes from the diary of a cat owner:

I was going to have our cat, Gagoots, spayed this week, but both teenagers are lobbying to let her have kittens.

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Well, the kids won. We’re going to be a kitten family. For a week now, everyone has been debating over which of the tomcats on our block would make the most worthy husband for Gagoots. Meanwhile, she seems to have ideas of her own. Yesterday she sneaked out of the house for the first time in her life. No "arranged marriage" for her – Gagoots is a ‘90’s woman.

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Gagoots is getting fat, sleeps all day, and would you believe, she even has morning sickness. Took her to the vet today and, yes, we have a fat, healthy, pregnant cat.

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I went to work and when I came home for lunch, Gagoots was giving birth to her kittens – two solid black and two solid white ones.

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The beautiful kittens are two weeks old today. Their eyes are open and they’re starting to move around. We’ve decided the white ones look like girls and the black ones look like boys, so we’ve finally settled on names. The white are Helen Rose and Squeaky. And the blacks are Rocky (because he sleeps stretched out like a flying squirrel) and Cha Cha (much too long a story to go into now).

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I’ve fallen in love with the adorable kittens. Every morning when we turn on the light, they greet us just like babies standing up in a crib … there are four little sets of paws perched on the edge of their box and four little faces peering at us. It’s funny how, when they nurse, they always line up black, white, black, white. They look like piano keys.

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The rambunctious kittens are four weeks old and they’ve started walking—also bouncing, tumbling, falling, sliding, and climbing. They are into everything and there’s truth in this business about "curiosity killed the cat."

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The kittens seem to be multiplying all over the house. We wake up in the morning and step over them. Pass them sleeping on the stairs. There are kittens in the tub. Kittens in the planter. They’re in the cabinets. Every time someone sits down, they have to move a kitten.

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Can’t believe the capabilities of a 6-week-old kitten. They chew everything. They dig into everything. They climb half way up the drapes and either dangle there hollering at the top of their lungs to be rescued, or they slide all the way down with their sharp little claws. You can’t spank four ounces of fluff.

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They’re gone. Everyone who was adopting kittens came to pick them up this week. The house is so quiet. They were so lovable.

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I was going to have Gagoots spayed this week, but you’ll never guess what these teenagers are lobbying to do again …..

 

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