When I was interning at an adoption agency, pre-kids, I loved poring over the hopeful adoptive profile books. If families waited longer than a year, they needed to update their profile. I remember observing a theme. Prospective parents had so much pent up desire to nurture. They were volunteering in the church children's program, in youth organizations, and school programs, and many seemed to have alot of pets. As they waited, they often accumulated more pets.
Listen people, I am pro-pets. Pets are fun. Pets are also lots of work.
Our foster care process is taking longer, and more work than we anticipated. My need to nurture seemed to blossom a bit. Recently The Captain went on a business trip to India and I used that window of opportunity (and reduced communication) to sign up to foster two kittens.
The kittens are so cute! The kittens are so fun! The kids spent days playing with them. So cute! So adorable! Can't we keep them forever? Did I mention that they are really cute?
About two weeks ago something went wrong. One of the kittens has decided to boycott the litter box. He's routinely using my white living room curtains as one of his favorite dumping grounds. Behind the refrigerator is another favored location to do his business. I've started referring to it as "poop alley". Do you know how hard it is to pull a refrigerator out from the wall to clean behind it, only to have poop alley fill up again? Not fun, people, not fun.
Frequently the kitty uses the paper around the litter box as his dropbox. While I can live with that placement, he is still trying to "cover" the poop with...nothing. So he swipes his paws through it and then trots off...leaving some poo prints behind.
SO cute! So fun! So adorable. Awww. Ewwwwww.
I've read the internet advice that goes along the lines of "build each cat their own glass palace where they have multiple diamond studded litter boxes with absorbent emeralds that release songs when plopped on". I've done what I can, but with no lasting change.
They're still cute though. I mean, they really are.