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Good things come in threes

Our gray tabby kitten, Zoe, hiding in a Tofurky box. From Jackie, Thanksgiving in September, 2009.

Our gray tabby kitten, Zoe, hiding in a Tofurky box. From Jackie, Thanksgiving in September, 2009.

Delicious things so often come in small packages. A shame, really, since then you have to go through multiple packages to get your fill. That is how it was with the kittens. No kittens turned into three kittens over the course of a month, with little to no forethought.

The Edmonton Humane Society was rife with them early this summer, and I was drawn to their website every day, browsing through the photos of tiny kittens without homes. It was heartbreaking and adorable at the same time, and I was left itching every day for more. Covertly, I started researching kitten care at the office. Between spreadsheets I would be reading animal behaviourist guides to introducing new kittens into a home with an established cat. We had two at the time, sweet old cats who hated senior food, loved snuggles, and wanted to nap more than anything. At first I was just curious- would it be possible for them to adapt at this old age? Would being around a kitten unlock deeply buried maternal tendencies? Would they kill it? I had been reading a blog by a foster mom for kittens, and her stories about her own harem’s indifference to the fosters gave me hope. Hope turned into a field trip to the Humane Society, and then another, and then there was Malcolm.

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