Monday, May 09, 2005
  adopting a cat is tough business
i want to find a friend for my kitten. she was actually crying as i was trying to open the door the other night, after a long day away from home. as a little girl who doesn't vocalize unless you're holding her ever, my heart was broken.

so i'm going to pet store adoption centers and the humane society and stuff trying to find a cat. but there are so many!

i liked a little 6-month old cat named shadow. halloween cat. the thing is, he is terrified. tail-between-his-legs terrified. now, i am willing to have years of patience to make that a good, trusting cat, but i'm worried that a cat that terrified of people will never be a good pet or a decent companion. i don't know, though; i have no experience with cats. i feel so bad because i want to take him home and make him trust people, but what if it doesn't work? i guess when they first found him, he'd thrash when people would try to hold him. now he just sits there, tail between his legs, terrified. does anyone know how this could work out?

then there's the humane society. aggh, there are so many cats, i just can't even decide.
and i can't get a kitten.. that's just wrong when they are so much more likely to be adopted than the adults.
but then i saw skittles.
OH MY GOD. i mean, there were 100 kittens there, but this one.. cutest thing i've ever seen, i swear. looks mildly retarded, but that's ok.

this is skittles. the pic does not do him justice.

this is another cat that interested me.
old enough to not be adorably adoptable. and kinda ugly anyway. ;)
i wouldn't know 'til i held her.

the last cat, an adult named sasha, there is no pic of. she looked so so sad. but sweet.

there are just SO MANY cats that i don't know where to begin. :(
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

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