Insensitive Family Member!
I am so sorry, but I have to vent my anger. I know you guys will understand.
Quick review: I found a kitten at my mother's house Friday evening. She said it had been there since the night before and was meowing up a storm. If it didn't leave her property, she was going to dump him at the humane society.
I couldn't have that, as our shelter is very high-kill and the only shelter in the area. So I took the kitten home with me and he has been living here all weekend - taking him to get a wellness check at the vet at 10 this morning!
So my mother, knowing full well that this kitten has lived here for two and a half days already, cuddling and playing with my husband, myself, and our three-year-old daughter. We've even named him! Of course we're attached already - there's just no way around it.
Well, my mom needs me to take her to pick up her car from the mechanic today. I told her yes-indeedy, that would be just fine and dandy and just give us a call whenever the car is ready. But FYI, we'll be gone around 10 and will be back in about an hour or so - just making sure the kitten is in good shape before introducing him to his housemates.
She went into this complete nutty-as-a-fruitcake tirade about money and how the vet will "charge an arm and a leg" to give the kitten a checkup...blah blah blah...money money money....
Its worth a mention that my hubs and I have been together 12 years and never had any money issues. He is more than gainfully employed - I stay at home with my daughter - obviously if we had money issues, I'd get a job!
Anyway, Ma said something along the lines of, "they are going to charge you hundreds of dollars today!" [Hundreds? HA!]
I asked her, annoyed, "Well, where else am I supposed to take him to get checked out, then?"
She replied, huffily, even more annoyed than I was, "The humane society! He needs to be at the humane society! I would have done it myself if you hadn't taken him! I will never let you back at my house when a stray is around! Never!!!"
I frankly told her, "Give me a call when your car is ready." and practically hung up on her. I am so mad, I could spit.
How could someone be so insensitive? Mom's always been paranoid about money issues - she's the type who is terrified to let her kids out in the real world in fear that they'll screw up. I've been out 12 years now...nothing has ever happened.
But to be this way about a kitten. A little, helpless kitten! I am so angry right now!
Ugh, and I have four cats now - kitten included. I'm far from being an animal hoarder. But I do save lives when I can. I have neglected to take in adult strays before - but they can fend for themselves. This is just a little baby...
I am so mad, guys. Did I mention that? ha!