On May 30th 2018, unbeknownst to me, a stray cat found it's way into my house, crawled under my bed and into my jumper/sweater drawer and gave birth to four outrageously beautiful kittens.
It is indeed as ridiculous as it sounds. How in mog's name does that even happen? I hear you. After the initial shock of the discovery that was my first question.
So, I like to leave my kitchen back door open when my house get's hot just to get the air circulating. The night before was uncomfortably warm so I slept in my living room. I suspect this sneaky queen crept her way up to my bedroom under the cover of darkness and in the morning, I woke up cold, went upstairs to get a jumper and voila, I got a cat and 4 kittens instead. I don't know what else to say (Two cashmere jumpers ruined btw)
Needless to say, I have fallen DEEPLY and madly in love with all this new life. It's a huge inconvenience to my stone cold heart because now I actually care like nobody's business. It's uncovered a hidden well of paternal love I didn't even know existed and I love them.
My first few hours with them had awakened and ignited my sense of fatherhood and unexpectedly so much more...
Fast forward a few weeks, if you had been following the Cat Saga on twitter I made the hugely reluctant effort in trying to find it's owner by sticking up lost and found posters around my local area. NO ONE came forward to claim her. *Evil glee face* HOWEVER, there was still the need to get this queen to the vets for a scan to see if she had a registered owner.
Without further delay (just a week longer) I made begrudging steps towards being a responsible adult. The vets are just 15mins away but it took me an hour to get there. I stopped multiple times along the way. Mostly from having to fight the urge to run back home and from debating furiously about the need to be so considerate. But it was the right thing to do. And I'm glad I did...
I have never been so positively affected by anything. ANY THING.
Their purity, their majesty. It's magic. Frankly, they've pulled me from a dark place and in to their light. The daily lessons I learn from them are illuminating, infinite and far reaching. And these lessons are not just about cat fatherhood but also aspects about myself. I'm going to love and protect them until they need me no more and that's the least I can give them.
And there it is. Well, the abridged version of this Cat Saga but hopefully not the end.
I'm setting up this open donation page under the furious and loving advice of twitter (I love you lot) and because they/you are right. Cat bills are extraordinarily expensive and any help is very welcome. All donations will go directly to getting all cats chipped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, insured and continually fed!
I've also set up an amazon wish list based off the things twitter have suggested to get, so if you'd prefer, anything from here is welcome.
I am so grateful for this catshit crazy journey and more than anything, I'm grateful for the fervent support and wonderful messages I receive daily. These are your cats as much as mine.
Love CatDad (Paris)