An old tree, often looks like nothing more than just an old tree, right? Well, looks can be deceiving.
I never thought much about this Chestnut Oak tree in my backyard but every now and then, something special can be found in a most unexpected place.
All you have to do is look a little closer.
One by one, these kittens peeked out of their hiding place, the hollow base of the tree.
This is the kind of thing that generates quite a bit of excitement in my household.
Cameron and Jordy spent the last week catching two lizards, a luna moth and other assorted bugs so obviously this feline-find was far more exciting.
The first kitty to emerge was the most fearless.
OK, here they come.
One by one they came out of hiding to see what all the fuss was about.
Flip flops are apparently worth further investigation.
Mama cat sat nearby quietly and quite steely-eyed as she watched us watch her kittens.
I had been seeing this black and white cat around the neighborhood lately but until now had no idea why she was hanging around my house so much.
Cameron and Jordy immediately started coming up with names for each one.
Is it possible that footwear smells like catnip to kittens?
Sure seems like it, after witnessing the kittens scratch and clawed away at Cameron and Jordy's shoes.
There are five kittens in all.
All of them are gray, three of them have a white diamond shape between the eyes and two of them have faint white noses.
By the way, if you announce "kittens" in any neighborhood then young spectators will come running.
I think each one of our neighbors wanted to take a kitten home.
Most of the kittens were pretty shy and after making a brief appearance before the eager crowd, they retreated to the hollow tree for cover and safety.
However, this one was a bit of a camera poser.
Of course, my kids immediately started coming up with all the reasons why we should also adopt one of these kittens.
Here's a look at Jordy's kitten-adoption rationale, in top ten order:
- "We've never had a cat or dog before".
- "Because Cameron and I really like dogs and cats".
- "Because all our friends have either a cat or a dog... or both".
- "They're fun to play with".
- "We will take care of it and promise to change the litter box".
- "We'll play with it when we have spare time so it won't get lonely".
- "We'll be sure to wash our hands when we're done playing with it".
- "We'll go to the vet with you when it needs a checkup and shots".
- "We will name it Fluffy or something like that".
- "Every kid needs a mammal for a pet and all we have are lizards and insects".
I'm not sure yet what we'll do with the kittens but apparently mama cat has already decided to stick around a while.
Two days after we found the lair, I spotted the mom sunbathing on my front steps like she doesn't have a care in the world. I tried to get closer for a better picture of her face but she bolted.
I'll talk with animal shelter officials about the best course of action to handle the mama and her litter.
Meanwhile, some kittens just know when they're too cute for words.
Oh, such adorable-ness?
Don't you agree? ♥