Kitten

Because today is National Kitten Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Kitten. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve given a lot of thought to the idea of getting a pet. Thus far, I’ve managed to talk myself out of it. But when the thought crosses my mind, I always have the internal debate: dog or cat?

I’m much more of a dog person than a cat person. I don’t have a problem with cats, I’m just more familiar with dogs. And that’s really only because we had dogs growing up. I’ve never had a pet cat.

However, living in an apartment, I’m not sure I could have a dog. I’d feel guilty leaving the poor thing cooped up while I’m at work all day. I’d feel bad not having a yard for it to run around in. So maybe a cat would make more sense.

But then there’s always the question of where do I put the litter box? As small as this apartment is, there just isn’t a super convenient spot for such a thing.

And then I’ve talked myself out of getting a pet all over again.

If I went with the cat, though, I’d definitely want to start off with a kitten. I know… I should adopt. Because there are animal shelters full of pets just waiting for a home. Selfishly, though, I’d want to start from the beginning.

Besides… kittens are super adorable.

Thanks to everyone who participated this week and shared your links! Please visit their blogs, give them a follow, and take a look at how they interpreted the prompt.

  1. gigglingfattie
  2. Pradeep

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for the next Sunday Scribblings prompt! Encourage other bloggers to challenge themselves with the prompt! Remember that there are no rules for what you write, other than responding to the prompt! You can write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, prose, biography, instruction… it’s all up to you!

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5 thoughts on “Kitten

  1. Only when overpopulations of unwanted cats are greatly reduced in number by responsible owners consistently spaying/neutering their felines, might these beautiful animals’ presence be truly appreciated — especially for the symbiotic-like healthy relationships they offer their loving owners — rather than taken for granted or even resented. Until then, cats may remain beautiful yet often misunderstood, prejudged and unjustly despised animals.

    Along with individual people, society collectively can also be quite cruel towards cats, especially the ‘unwanted’, if not despised, felines. For example, it was reported a few years ago that Surrey (B.C.) had an estimated 36,000 feral cats, very many of which suffer severe malnourishment, debilitating injury and/or infection. And I was informed last autumn by Surrey Community Cat Foundation that, if anything, their “numbers would have increased, not decreased, in the last 5 years.”

    Yet the municipal government, as well as aware yet uncaring residents, did little or nothing to help with the local non-profit Trap/Neuter/Release program, regardless of its (and others’) documented success in reducing the needlessly great suffering. [That TNR program is the only charity to which I’ve ever donated, in no small part because of the plentiful human callousness towards the plight of those cats and the countless others elsewhere.]

    Additionally, when 59 kittens and cats were rescued from a feces-filled Surrey home, the local newspaper didn’t give these afflicted animals any newsprint. Are these felines and their suffering worth so little?

    Dogs also get abandoned/abused but not nearly as prolifically as do cats; even cats that had been house pets before being cowardly, cruelly abandoned. … Perhaps resulting from past bulk contemptible treatment of their species, cats already innately sense that they’re somehow meant to be but a popular target of persecution as they’ve been throughout history.

    Also, with their reptile-like vertical-slit pupils and Hollywood-cliché fanged hiss when confronted, in a world mostly hostile toward snakes, cats may have a permanent public-relations problem, despite their social-media adorable-pet status.

    I believe there’s a subconscious yet tragic human-nature propensity to perceive the value of animal life (sometimes even human life in regularly war-torn or overpopulated famine-stricken global regions) in relation to the conditions enjoyed or suffered by that life. With the mindset of feline disposability, it might be: ‘Oh, there’s a lot more whence they came’.

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