Today J and I went to meet the kitten we want to adopt. He’s 5 weeks old, and kind of cute. (Kind of cute? Puh-lease. This kitten is INSANELY cute. But why even mention that? So are all 5-week-old kittens. I mean, seriously, is there anything as cute as a 5-week-old kitten? Ridiculous. And the kitten-cuteness factor is exponential. Two kittens are 10 times as cute as just one. Three kittens? 100 times as cute! And there were FIVE in this litter, tumbling all over each other and climbing all over us and mewing like crazy. And once they got stuck to your shirt you couldn’t get them off. They were like little mewing adorable balls of Velcro. I was so overwhelmed with cute I could barely breathe.)
But I’ve taken a look at the adoption application and now I’m worried I’m going to be rejected as an Unfit Mother! The critical issue: they want to call my vet for a reference. Now, I do have a vet, because one of my kitties got sick last year and died. But the one that didn’t die? She hasn’t been to a vet in probably 6 years. She’s incredibly healthy, and has no contact with any outside cats. She’s never going to go outside, and I just don’t see why she needs yearly vaccines. Especially because she gets so worked up about going to the vet. It just didn’t seem worth it, so we stopped doing it. Obviously I now have to take her to get updated on shots, since we want to add a new kitty to the mix.
I’m so worried that I’m going to be rejected. Rejected from trying to adopt a kitten?!? For god’s sake, what is this world coming to? You’d think after what I’ve been through I’d be an automatic lock. I just want someone to say: “What? You’ve been trying to have a baby for three years? You’ve had three miscarriages? You give yourself shots, swell up your ovaries, shuttle out tons of money, even get your belly cut open? Surely you must deserve an adorable kitten! Of course you can have one, oh motherly type woman! Here, take five.”
(I’m not even going to get into the whole “home visit” requirement listed on the application. I mean, seriously, get a grip. But I don’t think they really do that for everyone. Maybe if they just get a bad vibe off someone. The lady I’ve been talking to never mentioned it to me, and the shelter is an hour away from where I live, so I’m assuming that’s not happening. And if it does, so what? I have a home. What more do you think they require?)