Katie Kitty was almost through packing when her mother came into her room. Mama Kitty was visibly upset.
Mama: Are you really going, Katie?
Katie: Mama, you know I am. I’ve been talking about it since I got accepted by Mid-America Animal Tech. They’re even giving me a scholarship!
Mama: But it’s so far away. I won’t see you for weeks.
Katie hugs Mama Kitty.
Katie: I know, Mama. But we can talk on the phone and Skype. And I’ll be home for holidays.
Mama: I know, but it’s not the same. I don’t understand why you can’t just stay home like your friends. They’re going to school at Feline First Academy.
Katie (patiently): They don’t teach what I want to study, remember?
Mama: Do you really want to do that? It’s going to be so difficult.
Katie: We need to have more Feral Purrfessionals. I’m going to be able to help untamed kitties get medical treatment. I won’t be a vet, but I can do a lot of the things a vet can do. I’ll be able to fix cuts and treat infections.
Mama: That does sound useful.
Katie: Remember when Mrs. Murrow had so much trouble having her kittens last year? I’ll be able to help kitties like that. And I can counsel on family planning.
Mama: Well, there are a lot of ferals around. I guess helping them is admirable work.
Katie: It really is, Mama.
Mama: But do you have to go so far?
Katie: It’s the closest place that has the training. Besides, they offered me free tuition and housing. It’s hardly going to cost anything.
Mama: That’s true. I’m proud of you being so smart. I just didn’t realize it meant you would be leaving us.
Katie: I’m not leaving you. I’m coming back for good when the training is over. That’s the point. I want to come back and help the cats I know. That’s why most of the kitties will be studying there.
Mama: But there will be a lot of different types of cats there. Some of them are probably big-city cats. They’re all spoiled and can be kind of hissy around other cats.
Katie: I suppose that’s possible. But if they want to help ferals, I think we should let them. Cities have wild cats too.
Mama: Well, be careful around them.
Katie: I will, Mama.
Mama: There are going to other kinds of animals there too. It’s open to anyone, no matter what species they are. What if they make you room with a wolf? You probably won’t survive your first night.
Katie: Mama, didn’t you read the papers they sent? They have separate buildings for each species. Girl cats room with girl cats. I’m not going to get eaten.
Mama: But you won’t be inside all the time. What if something tries to attack you?
Katie: For goodness sake, Mama! We live in a multi-species subdivision. It’s going to be like living here.
Mama: I guess so. I just don’t like the idea of you being so far from your family.
Katie: Would it help if you saw Animal Tech? Maybe you’d see it’s not so bad.
Mama: I don’t know. I don’t like cities.
Katie: The bus stops right on campus. You can come with me tomorrow so you are more comfortable with the idea.
Mama: Can I bring your sisters? I don’t want to come home by myself.
Katie: How about one sister? I don’t want to draw attention my first day there.
Mama: I suppose that will work. Maybe Charlene. She’s the biggest of us. And she knows how to fight.
Katie sighs and goes back to packing.
Next week: Mama Kitty’s trip to the city
Pictures courtesy of Google Images
23 thoughts on “Feral Purrfessional”
Oooh I wish my mama had come with me, but then I guess going to the big school of being a stray sort of precludes moms coming, MOL. I hope mama finds it all very exciting and that Katie is really doing the best thing…. maybe mama could send some of the other kittens too?
Toodle pips and purrs
It’s always nice when families are close. Hopefully mama will like the school once she sees it.
Katie is very wise girl cat. She wants to study and her idea having her mom travel with her to see the campus, is great.
Waiting for the next part.
a cat in faraway Finland.
Yes, Katie is a very smart kitty. She will be an asset to her community.
We needs lots of feral professionals to help them all. XO
Wouldn’t that be great?
Good luck to Katie. I hope she can help those ferals.
Definitely an under-served population
Aaaaaaaaaaaaw How sweet. Nopawdy cared when our mommy went away from home. And cuz of that, mommy won’t let us go anywhere without her. MOL Big hugs
Dezi and Raena
Thank you. At least your story has a happy ending
Best of luck to Katie! I’m sure the ferals will be very thankful for her help.
It’s always easier to accept help from someone you know.
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Oh Mama Kitty, don’t worry. You’ve raised a smart girl and she’ll take every purr-caution to be safe and she’ll meet lots of nice furr-iends.
Mama needed your advice.
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Love the thought – and imagination – behind your writing. And the astonishing photograph. I assume no cats were harmed during the making of this site?
Thank you! We are completely animal-friendly 🙂
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