This is a story about a mischievous Kitten who is more than a handful.
It is just before midnight and under an old abandoned house a mother cat is about to give birth.
She has built a sheltered area behind a rusty hot water tank the perfect place to deliver her kittens.
This is her fifth litter and she is struggling to breathe,her heart is racing and her blood pressure is rising.
If she doesn’t give birth soon she might not survive the ordeal.
In desperation she gives a massive push and delivers nine healthy kittens.
But a tiny male kitten is just hanging on to life.
He is the runt of the litter and soon he is pushed aside by his brothers and sisters so he isn’t getting the nourishment he needs.
And when he finally latches onto a teat all he gets is a few lousy drops.
He falls asleep not knowing that he is in mortal danger.
If he doesn’t get a decent suckle soon he wont survive more than a day or two.
But he sleeps his little tail wags as he dreams that he is the biggest baddest cat in the neighbourhood.
The meanest tom in town.
When he wakes he fights his siblings in a final effort to suckle his mothers milk and he is the first kitten that morning to latch onto a teat.
And over the following days and weeks his strength and stamina improve he is no longer the runt of the litter.
In fact he has become downright bossy and demanding constantly fighting for milk and attention.
The mother cat has noticed the kitten fighting and not wanting to get along with her other kittens.
She puts up with it until the bossy kitten has put on weight and is ready to face the world and regretfully she has come to a decision.
She picks up the kitten by the scruff of the neck and carries him outside and puts him down by the back fence.
Then she licks him goodbye and trots back to her other kittens.
The kitten watches as his mother until she is no longer in view.
Now for the first time in his short life he is completely alone in the big bad world.
He curls up into a little ball to make himself invisible to predators and cries and whines in his loneliness.
Nine year old Billy Faulkner is on his way home from school when he hears a strange noise coming from the long grass nearby.
He has a look and discovers a little kitten looking sad and forlorn crying for it’s mother.
Without a second thought he picks up the furball and puts it in his backpack and walks home.
Hopefully his mommy will let him keep the kitten.
Arriving home Billy says hello to his mommy who is in the kitchen preparing his favourite snack chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk.
Billy normally would talk to his mommy about his day at school but today is different.
So he tells his mommy he has a lot of homework to do so he takes his snack and backpack into his room.
In his room Billy feeds the kitten crumbs of cookies and lets it slurp milk straight from the glass.
Than for twenty minutes or so Billy and his new kitten pay and tumble around on his bed.
But because the kitten hasn’t been weaned yet he cant digest the cookies properly and soon smelly stuff is coming out of both ends.
Billy starts to cry because his mommy will surely give him a spanking when she finds the dirty sheets and wont let him keep his kitten.
So he keeps quite at dinner and pretends that all is well as he chats about school and the new friends that he has made.
But he doesn’t mention the kitten now isn’t the right time he will tell her first thing in the morning.
After watching television for a few hours together Billy’s mom kiss’es him goodnight and tells him that it is time for bed.
Billy says ‘goodnight mommy’ and goes to his bedroom where he waits for an hour to make sure that his mommy is asleep.
Than he drags the dirty sheets into the laundry.
Billy has never used the washing machine before ,but how hard can it be?
He picks up the box of detergent wondering how many scoops to add when the kitten jumps onto the machine.
‘No kitty get down you have caused enough trouble already’ but the kitten is in a playful mood and nudges the box of soap.’No kitty no’ but Billy cant stop what happens next he can only watch as the contents of the box fall into the washing machine.
‘Oh well’ Billy thinks,at least the sheets will be nice and clean.
Billy and the kitten go back into his room waiting for the machine to complete it’s cycle.
They play for a while until Billy starts to yawn and the kitten follows suite and falls asleep.
Billy reads a comic book as the kitten sleeps on his chest ‘Jesus how long does it take for a wash to finish?One more chapter and i will go check’
But Billy doesn’t get to the end of the chapter he falls asleep and he and the kitten are soon snoring in unison.
With both of them dreaming pleasant thoughts.
Billy is awoken in the morning by an almighty shriek.
He sits up in his bed ‘God it sounds like mommy is having a cow.’
‘Maybe she has seen a mouse or a spider’ But when he enters the hallway he is confronted by a wall of suds.’Holy shit what have i done?
Through the bubbles he can see mommy slipping and sliding down the floorboards.
He tries not to smile but he can’t help himself.,but the smile soon vanishes’Billy what in the fuck have you done?’
Billy can’t believe what he is hearing his mommy has never said the F word before’OK mister start talking and make it quick’
Billy tries to get the words out but they are stuck in his throat so he takes a deep breath and starts again’Sorry mommy but i found a little kitten yesterday so i brought him home to look after it.but i fed it too many cookies and it spewed all over my sheets’
‘So i put the sheets in the washing machine but i must of used too much detergent’
He smiles like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth hoping that mommy will see the funny side.
But before his mommy can say a word the kitten in question strolls into the room like it owns the place.
Purring and meowing for attention.
Billy bends down and picks up his new best fiend knowing that he is still in trouble.
‘Please mommy can i keep him?He want get in the way,please can he stay?’
When she see’s that her son is on the verge of tears her heart softens ‘Alright Billy the kitten can stay,but you will have to look after it and keep it out of my way’
So mother and son go shopping for everything that a kitten would need.
Cat food,flea collar,food and water bowls and a litter tray.
But right a way there is trouble.
The kitten refuses to use the litter tray,instead it chooses to leave little piles all over the house.
It scratches the stuffing out of all of the furniture and sheds hair everywhere.
Billy is continually running behind the kitten picking up all of the little parcels.
But he is losing the battle and soon the house smells like a cats toilet.
‘God who knew that owning a kitten would be so much trouble?’
That night Billy forgot to close his bedroom door and the kitten takes the opportunity to go for a midnight stroll.
He wanders up the stairs and straight into Billy’s mommy’s room.
The smell of female hormones and the comforting beat of a heart has caught his attention.
So he jumps up and snuggles on those twin peaks.
Then he changes position until he is sitting on her face.
And soon she wakes up struggling to breathe,she is being smothered to death by something warm and furry.
She takes a hold of the obstruction and throws it across the room where the kitten lands and takes off like a bat out of hell.
Billy’s mom opens her eyes in time to see the kitten race out of her room.
She smiles to herself but at the same time she knows that this kitten is going to be a whole lot of trouble.
Part two of this story is coming soon so come back and feed your need to read.