Friday Fun: A Cat Story

Librarians tend to be fond of cats.  As the most recent example, during the break at the MichALL session I attending on April 17th I overheard more than one conversation where cats were discussed.  Years ago a friend of mine who graduated from the library program at the University of Illinois said that she expected to receive a kitten with her diploma.

I am personally fond of cats.  I have five, all rescues.  I jokingly tell people that I hope to buy a ranch in my retirement and raise about a hundred head of cat.  I’m not exactly off the mark in one respect.  I regularly feed strays that show up in my yard.  I even have a couple of large plastic dog houses filled with straw so that strays could have a place out of the cold and inclement weather.  I think of them as my personal public patrons.  This has been going on for the last 15 years or so.

I came home from work late on Tuesday and took a few cans of cat food to my back yard for the evening travelers when I heard a tiny “mew” coming from one of the dog houses.  I peered inside and much to my surprise was a calico mom cat and five kittens.  She obviously had them while I was away.  I’m including a picture so readers can see what I encountered.  It was taken on Wednesday night when they were essentially one day old.  I hope to find homes for them in about 10 weeks.  They should be ready about then.  In the meantime, enjoy the kitten picture.

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Mark

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