Adopt a kitten: Should I or Shouldn't I?

Just so you know, I am a sucker for foster animals. Whether it happens to be a bird, cat, dog, or hamster, I always think that I can nurture them to health before handing them over to a new home.

Unfortunately, sometimes fostering does not quiet work out as planned. For instance, every pet that I have ever had, has started off as a foster baby in some form or fashion.

Even my Pomeranian Nibbler started off as a "weekend foster". Now, fives years later, he is still my baby.

It is my weakness of being able to give them up, that actually makes me a bad foster parent. That weakness is also why I try very hard not to allow my partner to bring home strays and random creatures he finds in the alleys and street ways. It is not because I do not care, but because I care too much.

Two years ago, for example, he fostered baby Labs from the Pulaski County Humane Society in Little Rock, Arkansas. Every two hours for weeks, we got up to feed, clean, and love them. To this day, I still think about those puppies, and I wonder what they are doing and if they are happy.

All of this brings me to my current situation. Last Thursday, I gave the okay for my partner to foster a kitten from his work.

What I figured was going to be a regular alley cat walking into the door with my partner, turned out to be the most adorable kitten ever. She grabbed my heart the minute she hissed at me.

That's right. She hisses. A lot. The entire time she is playing, she hisses. The entire time she is purring, she hisses. I am almost certain that she does not understand what hissing means yet.

On top of her adorable hissing, she is also 3 legged. That's right, not only is she heart-melting, she is a special needs kitten. Of course, the way she moves around, you would never know she was missing a limb.

I am also pretty confident that she loves me. She follows me around. She even climbs over the baby gate we put up to segregate the animals when we are sleeping, eating, etc. She just has to be near me at all times.

Even better, our older cat already loves her. He bathes her, plays with her, and sleeps with her. She is like the friend he never had.

Now,  just one week after welcoming the foster kitty into the home, we are faced with the decision whether we want to turn her foster home into her forever home.

Selena, that's what we named her, already feels like part of the family; however, keeping a foster baby is like breaking one of the main rules of fostering.

So soon, we have to make a decision. Admittedly, it is one I am putting off as long as possible.

While I delay the decision, I thought I should show you pictures of the most adorable kitten ever.

I promise she is every bit as perfect as she looks in these photos.

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