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She is the third stray cat that has found its way to us. Our first, we found in a dumpster. The second, in a parking lot. But Bean decided on her own that this was the place she wanted to be. It made me wonder if mother cats have some instinct to look for a safe place for their babies. And in the manner of strays, she is obsessed with food, but has quickly gone from a kind of cautious gratitude for anything that was put in front of her to a feline pickiness. Sniff, turn up your nose, look at the provider as if to say, “Do you expect me to eat this?” and then grudgingly eat the food on offer.
It strikes me that Bean is, in the language of “Reproductive Rights,” an “unwanted” cat. “Unwanted” seems to be a way of saying, “Not worthy of being alive.” We didn’t want another cat, but that does not mean her life has no value. What else are you supposed to do you do when the universe hands you a small, vulnerable life?Published in