Litter – I remember the first time I heard the word and it sounded so cruel. In Greek, we don’t use a similar word when referring to puppies or kittens, but maybe we should. We just say “a family of kittens/puppies” etc.
If I posted about it in Greek, the connection between “litter” and “garbage bin” would not make any sense, but in English, the whole thing is open to so many interpretations, philosophical analysis and debates that it’s hard for me to even begin to analyze the power that language has sometimes.
I am neither a linguist nor a philosopher, so I will just state the facts. About a week ago, as our shift at the cattery had ended, we went out to throw the trash. And while we were about to get rid of our rescue cats’ litter (actual litter, literal litter…) we saw the (metaphorical) litter of kittens right next to the bin.
(Linguistically, this is getting weirder and weirder…)
Three tiny, white kittens, only a few weeks old, were left there, in a cardboard box, next to the bin. A towel was placed on top of the box to protect them (or to make them less visible) and that was it.
In Greece, litter disposal (metaphorically speaking) is the main way of population control. What happens is: you don’t neuter your cat or dog, she mates, she has puppies or kittens, you get rid of them and you continue with your life (until the next time, and the next, and the next).
Nafsica and I took the kittens inside. In a cattery that is not really a cattery (it’s just Marianna‘s house, where all the rooms have been converted to little feline heavens) and that it is already overcrowded, placing three young babies is not that easy. We had to choose the room where less germs were present (supposedly), and keep the kittens isolated in a crate, so that they have as less contact with the other cats as possible, until they get their vaccinations.
The kittens are adorable. We named them Cotton, Silk and Wool and you could tell that they had just been removed from their mum, because we had to teach them how to find the food and eat on their own. They are growing, they are cute as hell and they will be looking for a forever home soon.
As for the mum, I honestly hope that this was her last litter and that the owner has already decided to neuter her. You can follow their progress on the SCARS Facebook page. For adoptions please contact: email@example.com