After several applications, the Felons will obtain early release from their incarceration: on Thursday, they will go for a trial adoption.
A very promising situation has been found for Oleo and Bisto, a family comprising a married couple with a nine year old son. Though they have no pets at the moment, they are well-versed in cat-care. They’ve never had kittens before, but then, neither had I. The rescue-group sponsoring the brothers is very good at judging the quality of a home for its cats, and we think this one will do nicely.
The boys will of course go together – that was a condition of any adoption – and I will write a list of things that may be helpful for the new warders in dealing with their charges. The latter will hardly seem like prisoners, though, as the house in which they will live is about five times the size of the Cosy Apartment. The family have watched the videos of Oleo and Bisto at play, and have ordered two nylon tunnels for them.
I will miss the little guys, especially when they hurry to greet me every time I come into the library where they are sequestered. But this is an excellent opportunity for them to grow up - and old - in a wonderful home. I am, like all foster-guardians, anxious that the new people will come to know the cats they are adopting, know how they like to be petted and held, what they enjoy doing, how they eat. I will be concerned about that more than I will miss them, I think. Their happiness is more important than mine.
But for now, the Felons remain with me. Last night, we watched another movie, and, during the opening scene, Oleo got behind the dvd-player and somehow disconnected the power cords. This is why I won’t be sorry to see them go. And why I will be.