I Begged for More Kittens

My section at the ASPCA’s Kitten Nursery has fewer kittens than any other, and I’ve been begging for more kittens. I’ve been warned to be careful for what you wish for, and even as I cry for more kittens I know what they mean. If I walk into an explosion of kittens I’ll be running without stop cleaning their enclosures and feeding them, and I’ll miss the days when I could take care of the ones I had relatively easily.

I’m always trying to come up with new toys for Bleecker (Finney is a laze-about cat now). This was made from cut up pieces of the cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels. I bunched pieces together and spaced them out along a piece of string. It was a medium success. He likes it, but does not love it.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “I Begged for More Kittens

  1. As I am sure you as a cat person know, cats like toys that have the twitchy behaviour of freshly caught mice or birds. This one cat I knew used to play with the simple plastic ring that comes off jugs of milk or juice when you unseal them. He’d stalk it and then flip it in the air with a claw and run after it. I used to buy toys for my Labrador but after a while, she’d just eat them and they’d be gone. The only thing she never ate was the Kong!

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