This week I adopted a 5-month-old kitten from the humane society through my local Petsmart store. His name is River and admittedly, he has brought much joy into my life, but he is also a bona fide destructo cat. In order to help me come to terms with how my life has turned upside down since he came into my home, here is an open letter to my cat.
Oh, little kitten, why must you act so possessed
Running to and fro like a child in a party dress
Chasing phantom shadows and making a mess
When you crash into my stack of books.
Oh, little kitten, why must you torment so
Your Persian brother who only knows
How to be kind and be your friend
Even when you jump on him time and time again.
Oh, little kitten, why must you daily insist
On chasing the mouse across my desk
Then pawing at the cursor on my screen
Just before laying down on my laptop to preen
Your beautiful grey fur. And then nap.
Celebrate National Adoption Weekend on Feb. 14-16 by opening your heart and home to a cat!