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The lovliest sensation

Last Thursday a kitten was miraculously put into our care. I was washing the dinner dishes when our doorbell rang and a distraught young man begged us for our telephone to call the police.

"What's wrong?" I asked.

"We have a kitten stuck in the middle of our car engine and I'm not sure what to do," he said, gesturing to his car, stopped on Westerly Parkway with the hood up and four-ways on.

Carolyn immediately called the vet and I ran out to the car to see if I could help. Indeed, buried deep within the engine was a tiny, nearly comatose kitten.

"He must have crawled up there before we drove off," explained the young man. "There are a lot of strays around where we live."

I could not tell whether the kitten was injured, so I touched it gently, realizing that even a kitten could bury its teeth into me. It only squirmed a little. I tried to coax it backward and down to the street, where the young man's wife waited to catch it. The engine was hot and I worried about the kitten getting burned. Finally, I managed to get the scruff of its neck and gently extract it. It was terrified but apparently not hurt. My wife and I offered to care for him until we could find him a home.

We figure he is about 4 or 5 weeks old. He was not weaned, so we have been feeding him kitten formula from an eyedropper. Because we have four adult cats, we've been isolating him in our bedroom, with one of us usually staying in the room with him. We put the word out, and a couple of people have indicated an interest in him. I'll miss him when he moves into his new home. Is there any sensation as lovely as the feel of a small kitten curled next to your head on your pillow, purring contentedly?


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Sep. 12th, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
What a cute little fella!
awww, I'm so glad the little guy is okay!!! yaaaay for you saving him!!! I miss my kitties. :(
Sep. 12th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC)
Aw that is so sweet! That kitten is adorable! Awesome job saving the kitty.
Sep. 12th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
we have a kitten here now...one of my roommates brought her. She is the most annoying creature on the planet. Do you want her? hahaha.
Sep. 13th, 2005 03:21 am (UTC)
I guess you aren't interesting in adopting another kitten? ;-)

Yeah, kittens are both infinitely adorable and annoying. Sort of like kids, but more so.
Sep. 13th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I know a little about cars. I know that the fan in cars has changed over the last few decades. When I was young, the fans were large, metal blades that had a piece of metal below them--it looked like a shelf of sorts. In the neighborhood that I grew up in, there were lots of stray cats. It was not uncommon to find a litter or two every summer. It was also common for the cats to crawl up into the engine compartments for heat. They would lay on the shelf below the fan. Their bodies would stick out far enough that when someone would start the car, the fan would hit the cat. I doubt that I will ever forget the sound of a car when the fan is suddenly stopped after cutting deep into a cat. The squealing of the fan could be heard from several houses away. The sound that the cats would make could also be heard. I guess there weren't as many vets around back then. I don't even know if there was a vet anywhere close to our house. I also guess that most folks didn't take their pets to vets thirty years ago. I always felt very sad when my father would kill these cats.
I'm glad that the design of cars has changed and that it is far more difficult for cats to get close to the fan. I'm also glad that there are people like you who are willing to nurse cats back to health and give them a fighting chance at life.
Some sounds stay with you for a lifetime.
Sep. 13th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: cats
This reminds me of the time my father asked me to use the lawnmower on some heavily overgrown areas in the field on the other side of our driveway (not part of our lawn, proper).

It was rough going, pushing the non-self-propelled mower through the thick weeds in the blistering July heat. The task became truly horrible, however, when, after plowing through some weeds near an evergreen tree, I heard over the roar of the mower a crescendo of shrill screams. I looked back and saw a number of very tiny baby rabbits writhing and flopping about, missing different amount of paws and legs. I was petrified with horror and could only scream. My father, who was working on the other side of the driveway, came running over. He began scooping up baby bunnies, two at a time, between his index and middle fingers, and snapping their necks to put them out of their misery. This ghastly scene remains imprinted on my brain forever.
Sep. 14th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Re: cats
Ouch! What a nasty story. The first thing that came to mind was Watership Down (not the fluffy, children's story but, the adult version that dealt with rabbit pain and such).
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