Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Addition to the Family! Meet Aztec . . .

When I picked up middle child from her horseback riding lesson, she was holding a little kitten, about 4 weeks old. My daughter LOVES animals and looked at me with pleading eyes saying "Mommy, can we keep it? Please? Please?" And what can I say, I'm a softie. I replied "We'll have to ask your Dad." Yeah, put it on him - that way (in my world anyway) - it won't be "my" cat - just like the dogs are "his" dogs - and I don't have to take care of them. Well, Daddy said OK, just keep the kitten away from the dogs - it would make a great "snack" to them. The dogs stay outside during the day - and come inside only to sleep - in the laundry room. So, it shouldn't be too difficult.
However, I am allergic to cats and dogs. The dogs aren't really an issue since they stay outside. However - cats tend to roam around your house - claiming it as their own. Plopping down on your bed and pillow - meowing outside closed doors - yeah, that's why I am not a cat person. So, right now - we are crating the kitten at night and when we aren't home. When we are home - it stays in the kitchen/dining room area. I figure this is better than it staying a stray at the horse barn - and he seems fine with the arrangement - for now. We'll see as he gets older - I'm already leaning towards not crating him when we're gone during the day - I'm just hesitant. Mainly because I know the damage cats can do to furniture - he already tries to climb up the legs of my wood table.
Anyways - my daughter is happy to have a kitten and is learning responsibility by cleaning the litter box, cage and keeping it fed/watered. And the kitten is just SO cute!

5 comments:

Misty said...

So adorable!!!

Angi said...

What fun stuff! I like the Smart Women Stick Together Sticky Notes! My co-workers would get a kick out of those!
Hope you're having a fun summer - my kids are having a great time taking their stuffed animal everywhere they go and taking pictures!

The Gang's All Here! said...

I have heard that if you expose yourself to your particular cat/kitten's dander, you can develop an immunity to that particular allergy. My sis is allergic to all animals (it seems) but when she raised two orphaned kittens from birth, she never suffered with allergies. She'd come to my house and be miserable with my cat inside of 10 minutes but at her house, nothin. I wonder?!!!

Rebecca said...

My youngest and I agree: Awww!

She says that he looks like a kitty that will be really cute when he grows up! ;^)

Shawna said...

So sweet!!