written by Debbie Williamson
“Oh no!” screamed Buddy. “There are more cats in this house!”
“Buddy,” said Mommy. “What are you talking about? We have three cats, Baby, Trouble and Sparky. You know that. You must be dreaming.”
“Oh, I’m not dreaming!” exclaimed Buddy. “There are more cats in this house. I saw them with my own two eyes.”
“Okay, Buddy,” said Mommy. “Enough is enough! Show me where these cats are.”
“Come on,” said Buddy, going down stairs. “I’ll show you where they are.”
Buddy started down the stairs and to Mommy’s surprise, there was a little grey and black tiger striped kitten on the third step down. Mommy couldn’t believe her eyes. She went to the linen closet and grabbed a clean towel and picked the little baby up in her hand. This little baby was pretty cold.
Buddy and Mommy went into the kitchen and there was Sparky lying on the kitchen mat with a little white kitten right beside her. Mommy laid the little grey kitten beside her. Sparky started licking it and cleaning it. The little baby meowed.
“Oh my!” exclaimed Mommy. “Buddy, you are right. There are more cats in this house, except, they are not exactly cats, they are sweet adorable little kittens.”
“How can you say that?” said Buddy. “Sweet and adorable. They are pathetic. They look like little baby mice.”
“Buddy,” said Mommy. “How dare you say that?”
Mommy looked at the little white kitten for a long time. She saw its little ears and its little paws.
“There, there,” said Mommy, petting Sparky. “Look at your adorable little family. They are beautiful. You did a great job Sparky.”
“Some great job!” exclaimed Ricky, coming into the kitchen. “Did you know that Jenny and I found the kittens all over the house?”
“You did!” exclaimed Mommy. “Well, you missed one. It was on the steps.”
“On the steps,” said Jenny. “We found one in the cupboard where the plates were.”
“Well,” said Buddy. “I’m not impressed. Now I have to share the house with more cats! I don’t like the ones we have now except for Trouble.”
“Buddy,” said Mommy. “You are the most jealous dog I have ever seen in my life! These kittens won’t even be able to see you for about three weeks. They still have their eyes closed.”
Ricky went into the living room with Jenny and they both started putting together the cage that they had for Sparky. Jenny ran upstairs and got a blanket and laid it down on the floor of the cage. Mommy brought the three little kittens and Sparky and set them on the blanket that was in the cage. Sparky had one more kitten before everyone decided to go to bed.
The next morning Mommy woke up very early and went to check on Sparky.
“Good morning, Ricky,” said Mommy, finding Ricky sitting on the floor beside the cage with the kittens.
“Hi Mom,” said Ricky. “Did you know that I found another kitten under the kitchen sink this morning? It was really cold so I put it in the cage with Sparky. It is amazing that it is still alive.”
“Yes,” said Mommy. “It is. Well, this is Sparky’s first litter, so I guess she really didn’t know what to do at first.”
“I guess,” said Ricky. “She had another white kitten after we went to bed last night.”
“She did!” exclaimed Mommy. “So that makes six kittens.”
“Great!” exclaimed Buddy, just coming down the stairs. “Six little monsters that I have to put up with.”