Dec 21, 2011

Only Fran, Up Close

Siamese cat Fran super close-up
Enjoying a moment of sun, it's Fran the former feral... Rescued as a kitten, Fran was up for adoption for a while but she never found a home. Now she's used to life here, such as it is.  Anyway, being careful to avoid disturbing her nap, this photo was taken with a 400mm lens from a good distance.

The way things have gone, I kind of prefer having Fran here compared to the alternative of sending her to a sub-optimal home.  This is always the problem I have with adoptions, even though they're rare: The situations are often less than perfect and I have no assurance about the quality of life a cat will have with their new protectors. Too many people see animals as an accessory, like  a potted plant - you know, something you have for recreational or esthetic purposes but is otherwise of no consequence.

These kitties are living beings with hopes and fears and dreams. Change stresses them, and I wish people cared about that. And maybe they do but it's hard to know. And I tend to worry a lot.

In any case, Fran has a life, such as it is. I try to make sure her basic needs are met. And while it is always better to be someone's special kitty, it isn't always the way things are. We just do our best.