In July 2022, we got a new addition to our family: a little, four-month-old baby kitten named Billy. My brother and I have been wanting a little kitty for over five years. While my dad was completely on board, my mom wasn’t. Caring for a disabled child is a lot of work in itself. On top of that, my brother and I were not at the age where we were responsible yet. In short, it had never been the right time.
Finding the Right Kitten
Then, the pandemic hit. Everyone was getting a pet. Again, we wrote countless persuasive essays and research papers on why we should get a kitten. Again, it was never the right time. However, at the beginning of 2022, my mom slowly started to budge. She created a list of eleven mandatory things that our imaginary kitty must have. She claimed that it would be physically impossible to find a kitten that checked every box. Yet, here we are! After creating this list, she slowly started to research kittens that were up for adoption and fit her criteria. We met several wonderful kitties and put in offers. None went through. At the beginning of July, my dad put in an offer for a little kitten from our local rescue shelter and…it went through! It felt great knowing that we rescued a kitten and gave him a new home!
Introducing Billy to His New Home
After slowly becoming acclimated to the new environment, Billy the kitten is becoming more and more comfortable with us. After spending time in our tiny guest room, we’re very slowly trying to acclimate him to the rest of the house. He also can’t stop staring at my Quantum Edge 3 Stretto Power Wheelchair. We’re trying to teach him how to climb into my lap from the ground into my wheelchair. So, we’ll see how that goes! He goes absolutely crazy when I turn on the headlights on my Stretto! Having iLevel technology on my power wheelchair makes caring for a pet so much easier. I can reach the counter to pick up his food and toys.
We are so happy to have him in our house and slowly everyone is beginning to love him! There are many more crazy adventures to come with little Billy. For now, welcome to the family, little guy!
About Sakina Shamsi: Sakina lives in New Jersey with her parents and brother. Although she has spinal muscular atrophy type II, Sakina lives a full and independent lifestyle. She is active in the disability community and enjoys horseback riding, baking and crafting. Click here to learn more about Sakina.
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