Rescued Kitten Is A Cute But Distracting Colleague, So Foster Mom Develops A Brilliant Plan

When Petunia (aka Tuna) met her new foster mom, Susie, the 2-day old kitten had just been rescued from a local cat colony. “She was found alone and seemingly abandoned among a known colony of community cats in D.C.,” Susie told Love Meow. “While most of the cats in this colony have been TNR’d (trap-neuter-return), clearly not all.”

But within a day, the tiny orphan was eating, purring, and clearly digging her new situation. “She is also a talker — she has a lot to say when she’s awake, and just keeps chattering away, looking for attention,” Susie said. “This means that when I’m on work calls or writing in my home office, she’s usually on my lap so I can keep her company.”

Within 2 weeks, Tuna had doubled in size, and the kitten’s playful personality was starting to shine through. But the problem, of course, was that Susie was working from home, and her new office mate was pretty distracting.

“When she’s not sleeping, she wants to be cuddling,” Susie said. “While I’d love nothing more than to dispense kitten belly scratches all day long, I still have work and things to do around the house.”

Then one day, Tuna’s foster mom stumbled upon an adorable compromise that would satisfy the kitten’s need for attention while letting Susie keep her office hours. “We’ve gone marsupial,” she said. “I’ve started carrying her in my sweater pocket while I putter around to keep her sated.”

Tuna seems quite happy in her new role as Susie’s office assistant, even if her colleagues aren’t always aware of her attendance.

“She lays on her back, noms her paws and looks at me and all around, while I participate in virtual meetings, unbeknownst to all my colleagues,” the foster mom said. “I’ll also sometimes have to feed her or help her go to the bathroom during these meetings. I’ve gotten quite good at doing so without my colleagues knowing.”

When she’s not hitching a ride in Susie’s pocket, Tuna also hanging out on or around Susie’s computer, which is cozy and warm. But as cute as she may be, Tuna’s work ethic is apparently a little bit lacking. “She keeps me company while I grade, but she sleeps on the job a lot,” Susie said.

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J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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