Author Linda Ford: KITTENS!
We live on a farm. We always have cats. My granddaughter, who loves cats, lives in the city with a little dog and she can’t have cats. This is a girl who says when she grows up she is going to write books and paint pictures and sell them so she can afford to adopt all the cats who don’t have homes.
So what’s a grandma to do?
One year I gave her a cat of her own for her birthday. She understood the kitty would have to live at Grandma and Grandpa’s and she was okay with that. It was the cutest, fluffiest, blackest kitten ever.
It was also female and by the time granddaughter came to visit the next summer she had kittens—3 solid gray with 3 different lengths of fur. And all female, which presents a quandary and forces little granddaughter to face some harsh truths. Either they have to be neutered—a pricey job—or given away. We negotiated. She could keep one and the mommy cat.
By the time she visited the following summer we had two new batches of kittens. Each cat had four. The litters were born within a few days of each other and the two mommy cats shared mothering duties. It was sort of sweet.
However, eight more cats was not acceptable.
So granddaughter got to visit with them and enjoy them, but then had to face a few more hard truths. Some had to go. She chose to keep the two grown cats. All but one of the others has been given away. One is being adopted by the next door neighbor who happens to share the same yard.
So we still have two grown mommy cats. I told granddaughter she could keep them, and I get double the pleasure by providing cats for my granddaughter to enjoy!
My newest release with Love Inspired Historicals, Dakota’s Child, is out in September ‘09 and yes, cats play a role. In fact, you might enjoy the unique role they play in this story.
Thanks so much for visiting this blog, Linda. Your new book sounds wonderful. I'll definitely be looking for it at Barnes and Noble!
You are a crazy cat lady! LOL Who knew?
Have had a few myself over the years. Now only one little dog.
Roxanne, thanks for having me.
Keep in mind my kitties are outdoor kitties. Much as they object.
I'm a cat lover, too, but didn't spaying ever become one of those hard truths your granddaughter had to learn??
The kittens are adorable, though.
I love kittens! I especially love it when I find homes for them! They can be adorable at somebody else's house while they shred the toilet paper and pull clothes out of drawers and sleep in the laundry basket. Don't get me wrong, I love to watch them grow, but at about 7 – 8 weeks when the are just plain destructive, it's not so hard to let them go.
Ruth, at some point granddaughter is going to have to deal with spaying. It's been discussed but so far I've had no trouble giving the kittens away.
We so enjoy the kittens while they're little. My sister in law is my new nextdoor neighbor and she's never had kittens around so she is enjoying it immensely. Sometimes it's worth the hassle of finding homes for the kittens just for the pleasure they give.
I am allergic to cats so ever so often I pick one up or stroke it and spend a couple of hours with streaming eyes and sneezing like mad!
But we have dogs, horses, cockatiels, guinea pigs, white rats, tropical fish.
Also lots of birds in the garden as we have feeders all over the place.
How can anyone exist without a few aninals around !
Hi, BuddyT ! So glad you (and everyone else!) stopped by. Your house sounds like mine!
A note to everyone–if you have some fun or poignant stories you'd like to share, just let me know and I can put them up on the blog!