Taking a chance on another new kitten — a new best friend for The Migraine Girl?

To even my own surprise, I adopted another cat.

I’ve read lots of articles about the process of mourning pets. That you should never adopt another pet right after your beloved one dies, but that you should also never swear off ever having a pet again when you’re in the throes of grief.

When my baby cat died in early December of last year, I would’ve sworn up and down to you that I'd never in a million, billion years have another kitten in this house.

But then I got to the unbelievable point where I wasn’t crying each and every day. I started being able to pet and even pick up friend’s cats without being overcome by waves of grief and even occasional jealousy. And, after all that, I started looking online to see cute kitten in the Athens area. I wasn’t feeling on the verge of adopting one, but I’d started to see that other kittens were seeming adorable again. (Full disclosure: I am 32 years old and have been browsing Petfinder.com to look at kittens and even puppies for at least a decade, never actually intending to adopt.)

Several weeks ago, I met a breathtakingly loveable litter of kittens who’d be up for adoption once they got a little older. This little grey tabby guy with a white chin and grey necklace of fur around his neck really stole my heart. I kept thinking about him. I showed Jim the pictures of the cats in the litter, and he was fond of the grey baby as well. We talked and talked, and I emailed back and forth with my vet friend about my concerns.

And, after much analysis and soul-searching, we took little Satchel home.

Having him to sit and cuddle with is really great. My hope is that a kitten is still a migraine girl’s best friend and that he will be a good friend when I’m sick and when I’m well.

Here’s to new beginnings and finding the strength to take another chance on bringing a loved one into the home.

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