Thursday, July 15, 2010

Yes, we have another cat

Date: July 4, 2010
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: Safeway parking lot

I had just finished a trip to Safeway (hungry, you know). Walking across the parking lot I hear "meOW, MEOW, MEow" With my lightning deduction skills I figured it was a cat. So as a magnet is drawn to iron filings, or other magnets, but definitely not aluminum, I walked across the parking lot toward the sound. MEOW closer MEOW closer MEOW closer until I get to a tree. A tall tree. A straight tree. A tree with not many branches. Hmmmmm. I look around and finally see the kitten in the tree. What a loud noise for such a small creature! I climb up in the tree a few feet off the ground. I worry that the kitten will fall. Before too long he ventures far enough down that I can grab. Fortunately I have nerves of steel and arms of steel for he bites and kicks and generally freaks out. I have to hold him with both hands to prevent more scratches and it's then I realize it's not going to be easy to get out of the tree. I don't want to hand the cat to one of the boys because it is scared to death and they will drop it when it starts scratching. Finally I get turned enough to jump down, scraping my elbow in the process. I walk home with the kitten pressed against me. We put him in a carrier for the first night but now he has accepted us. He likes to play rough but he's very cute. I wanted to name him "Killer" but the boys decided on "Alvin". But no chipmunks.