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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Interviewing Cats, Part II

A few weeks passed and no cat appeared; not that we did anything to make it happen.  If you have lived for 20 years without a cat, another day of living without a cat doesn't seem too difficult, or even particularly noticeable.  When a cat is being obtained because of a child, the child is happy to remind you every twenty minutes.  "I thought we were going to get a cat today, Mom..."  And you get around to finding a cat so you don't have to be the constant source of disappointment.  But I am not disappointed; just mildly anticipatory of the possible grey cat I may soon see.

I mention the future cat to our knowledgeable friend and she assures me she has not forgotten, offers us the possibility in a few weeks of a kitten that is being raised for a bit by others and who needs to get past a cold before it can be transferred to a new home.  Kittens are charmers, of course, just as are puppies and babies of any kind.  Actually, probably better to stay away from natural charmers, I think.  I write my older daughter again.  What about a kitten? I ask her.  She writes back promptly and, as she herself is currently fosterparenting four kittens, she is absolutely on top of the relevant issues.  She writes me back: "Mom, not a kitten, I think.  Not for you.  They are into everything; they are trying to drown themselves in the toilet.  They knock everything off of everything.  They will be into your yarn in ways you will not be happy with.  A nice older cat would be better.  Especially one that will be hard to adopt because of its age.  You'll be doing it and the shelter a favor."

I tell our knowledgeable friend what my daughter says I want because my daughter is doubtless right.  I am trusting that this older cat will be named Charles or willing to be renamed Charles.

A few days go by and the friend emails us with the news that there is an older cat that needs a home on the Point.  It is black, rather than grey, however.  The more serious downside is that the cat has had a bad experience with a raccoon, probably, and has lost its tale tail to the encounter.  It has had surgical intervention and is now healed but is rather traumatized by the experience.  It is in a foster home and we are invited to go visit it.  We gear ourselves up for a morning cat visit and begin our first attempt at cat interviewing.

(The end of Part II)


Anonymous said...

Don't forget, the cat will also be interviewing you.

Hope it turns out in favor of all.

Liz said...

i am loving this story and wait with eagerness to see how one interviews a cat as i am almost positve it works the other way . a fact i am sure you are well aware of

judy ross said...

at the moment, i am feeling that what i know about this world of interviewing cats is highly uncertain. that is, i know what i think i know, but i am also finding that what i think i know is wrong or dubious or irrelevant. or like those things. judy