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.