Monday, August 2, 2010

Two Kittens Remain

Late last month, one of the kittens that Mika gave birth to, died suddenly. Mia had seemed to be the healthiest of the three kittens yet, we discovered her bleeding from the mouth late one morning. We buried her in the backyard after giving Mika a chance to say goodbye. Everyone in the house was very upset over Mia's sudden death, and I too, who had been reluctant to handle the kittens so early in their development felt a pang of sorrow as Mika licked the back of Mia's neck and then walked off to tend to her remaining babies.

It's sad. I've never had to bury a pet before as the post-mortum arrangements of the pets I had growing up had been handled by my father. He always opted for cremation. I dug the hole for her, said a little prayer and buried her. I'm going to put a plant in that space when I get a chance.

The whole experience makes me wonder about the things people often say about the afterlife. Are all of our old pets waiting in Heaven for us when we die? If they are, will Mia be a fully grown cat or will she still be a kitten? Do pets even have souls or are humans the only ones blessed with such things? Do souls even exist?

Minds greater than mine have pondered these and similar questions for centuries and have yet to arrive at a definitive answer. The only way to know for sure is to discover the answer ourselves. I'm in no rush to obtain that knowledge.

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