I wonder if every blogger (who has been remiss in blogging) begins every post with "Where has the week gone?" I'm rather embarrassed that I haven't been writing as much. It isn't that I haven't been busy. I've been insanely busy!
Every year I declare "kitten season" when unwanted kittens start pouring into the shelters. Sure, kittens are showing up on Craigslist and other online classifieds, but they're finding homes. It's when litters are being born and the surplus of available homes fills up - that's "Kitten Season" to me. I hate those online classified ads. It's 'first come, first serve' - ' pick up yer kitten today!' They don't care who takes them.
We've taken in quite a few surgical cases lately. We have two cats (unrelated) that need major eye surgery and a couple of kittens whose hind legs don't work properly. This morning, I'm picking up one of our kittens who appears to have been "smooshed" and his rib cage is either caved in or non-existent. Poor little guy. I'm interested in hearing what the vet says.
As kitten seasons approaches, (or as some think "it's already here!") I need to stockpile a little bit of cash from any donations that might in just to make sure I have enough to get through to October. Kittens are expensive! It's not the freaky surgical problems, but just dealing with a kitten's bad case of diarrhea can really create a big dent in the rescue's budget.
Speaking of "budget", David and I have been car shopping again. Right now, our primary car is an SUV. No thanks to David's retirement, he's been documenting our gas consumption for the rescue and has determined we spend $250.00 PER WEEK on gas just transporting cats! Holy shit, that was a sobering number. David looks at me with "tsk tsk" in his eyes and then with horror when he realizes that we're over the kilometers on our lease. We also have an ancient Ford that David used as commuter car, but it's so unreliable and I won't drive it because it smells like vomit. (Don't ask me why.)
Soooooooo.....we're parking the SUV for a while, and buying something "gas efficient" and "inexpensive" - three words that don't resonate well with me. David is trying to get me to muster some enthusiasm for a new car, but I'm trying to figure out how many cat carriers I can get into these economical cars. My old sports car used to get 21 cats in carriers in it, so my argument against a small economical car isn't working.
Fortunately, kittens are small and this is a ridiculous "First World" problem. I think I can cope ;)