She's not ours to keep, but she's the newest addition to our home -- we decided two weeks ago to become foster parents for kitties from the local animal shelter. Jada is our first resident, and so far, things seem to be going well.
I know I said we wanted to get a cat back when we were shopping for a house, but after a lot of thought, we realized that we weren't in a place where we could give a cat a good permanent home (too much travel, finances prioritized for other things first, etc.). So fostering became the next best option -- we give shelter kitties a place to get extra love and attention a few weeks at a time with all vet care and pet supplies provided, and we do it as our schedule allows. Seems like a win-win situation for everyone involved.
We are total newbies at handling cats (for various reasons, neither D nor I ever had one when we were growing up) so we're learning as we get to know our first charge. Jada seems to be fairly adjusted to us after 36 hours here -- she's eating well and showing interest in the toys we've made for her. We're still learning how to decipher her meows, though. I think we understand her "I'm hungry" pretty clearly, but there are other times when we're not sure if she's alerting us to something amiss in her kitty suite or just asking for some attention. Her mother had to surrender her when she lost her home to foreclosure in April, so Jada was definitely not used to shelter life. She's with us to get a break from that environment.
Speaking of which, we had a lovely break ourselves at the B&B last weekend. More on that soon. For now, I believe I have litterbox duties to attend to ...
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