Carita, la gatita chiquita

By Jo Sanders

A few weeks ago I went to the SPA in search of the perfect kitten to adopt: a female and affectionate. Also nice would be a kitten that was long-haired and beautiful, but that was lower on my list. At the SPA I “interviewed” a dozen kittens by picking them up to see how they behaved. The last one, Carita, immediately snuggled into my neck and purred: I knew instantly that this was the one. Carita met each of my requirements as well as everything on my “would be nice” list. She was very little when I brought her home, but gradually she expanded her area of familiarity from the one room I could close off, the bathroom, to the rest of the house and then the garden.

Carita recognizes the sound of my car when I come home and is always there to say hello — she wants to be picked up and snuggled. She almost melts into my neck. When I read, she is usually on my lap. At night she sleeps on my bed next to my pillow and sometimes crawls under the covers to snuggle next to my body. In the morning when I wake up, she licks my fingers: a kitten kiss. She chases balls and bugs and loves to crawl into pendaflex folders next to my desk, which soon she’ll get too big to do. She flops on her back for a belly rub. She gets tangled up in a ball of yarn. She zooms up and down the multi-leveled cat tree, pouncing on the toys dangling from its levels.

Carita La Gatita, the most beautiful kitten in the world, has brought me love and joy and laughter far in excess of only 350 pesos to adopt her, which includes shots and, when she gets big enough, spaying. If you want more love and joy and laughter in your life, too, consider adopting from the SPA. They have dozens of kittens and cats, puppies and dogs, who will enrich your life many times over. Check out their website, and Facebook – both have pictures and descriptions of all the animals. You can even see pictures of Carita’s sister, Celine, and their brother, Chester. SPA adoption hours are 11-2, Monday through Saturday, Los Piños 7, just before the bus station on the right. Phone is 152-6124. Your new love is waiting for you.


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