Imagine if you can — before you stands a mature, competent, unflappable breeder of the world’s most perfect kittens. You hear her calm and collected, dare I say, SANE voice on the videos guiding her little fur-creatures through life. On KittyCam you see glimpses of her multi-tasking with phone to ear, dripping kitten in one hand, soothing fractious mother kitty with the other. OH! I love that scenario!
Here’s the “real” story: I came down stairs in the morning (can’t remember which morning – it was actually several mornings) to the unmistakable stench of stud cat marking. I have guests arriving soon. Losing all contact with reality — i.e. this is not an end of the world issue — I drop to hands and knees, nose to the floor, in a vain attempt to discover every place marked so that it can be drenched in vinegar. I harbor thoughts of calling the veterinarian to schedule Simba Kahn for a neuter surgery. I soon learn that I have help. Sequoia, just a kitten herself and still in training, finds a few of the ‘hot spots’ and decides that’s where she should pee — much more appropriate than one of the TEN litter boxes in the house. I give over the hands and knees approach to just follow Sequoia around. It’s much more efficient. Now I’ve added to my worries that I have a problem in the making with Sequoia. For good measure I spray the entire house with vinegar and it smells like I’m living in a salad bowl. Mean while Sirocco and Sahara are making their hunger known in no uncertain terms, and Sahara moves things along by picking a fight with Kalahari — a not so innocent by-stander. Better feed them first! You know the rule. “Take care of the mums, and they will take care of the kittens!” But Sahara has been snoozing on the job and two of her kittens have poo smeared in their fur, so I start the water running in the sink to warm it up while I fix food for everyone. Food down, bathe four kittens, then take a breath.
It enters my addled brain that this would be so much easier if I could keep both litters in the same room, so I pack up Sirocco and her brood and move them to a tidy little spot in the nursery … everything fits well and I’m happy. Cam 2 is moved as well to keep an eye on the “H” litter. I *think* Sahara is okay with this, but I’m on the look out. As the day progresses she becomes more agitated. She eventually jumps in with Sirocco for a while, but then remembers (I assume?) that she has others and leaps back out and into her own corral. Back and forth, back and forth. Sirocco so far is taking this insanity in stride. But then I come in to find one lone “G” kitten outside the corral huddled and pathetic, but unbearably cute. I put him back. Sahara removes him again. She’s no dummy, she tells me. If I’m expecting her to take care of TWO litters instead of one, we should move them all to some central location. Commuting is the pits!! Sirocco has no comment and looks on with interest. So, I pack the “H” litter’s little bags back up and move them back into the bathroom… oh, yes, with Cam 2 trailing behind.
All is calm and serene by the time my guests arrive, but I’m exhausted. Now I DO realize, as life stresses go, this is very minor, but it’s all I have to complain about. Sometimes life just has a way of getting people down and some people handle different things better or worse than others. Ask me to drop and give you 20 push ups and I’m your gal, but I don’t handle stress well and I’ve been not so quietly on the verge of losing it, emotionally speaking. Consequently I may have said some caustic things to dear friends via email or otherwise and I’m very sorry. I’m jettisoning what I can as far as my stress load and I’m sure that will help. Cam 2 is likely to be off for an hour or so on a nightly basis so I can take a hot bath. Getting to bed early is also on the agenda if that’s possible. I hope to come out of this soon and get back to my usual level of cute videos and photos. I may not answer all of your emails nor address all of the questions I get through YouTube, the blog, and Facebook, but I do read them! I’m sorry about the ‘weaning video’ … lol! I took that down in a snit because it just worried too many people. I’ll probably not re-upload it, but rest assured there will be plenty more to take it’s place.
And above all I do want to especially thank all of you who are SO INCREDIBLY supportive of me. I’m not sure I deserve it, but I definitely TREASURE IT!! Thank you all so much for being part of my extended family.