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Man finds a cat under his bed—with a litter of kittens

Congratulations on the new babies!


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published May 31, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 2:36 pm CDT

There are many factors to decide when approaching the decision of pet ownership and adoption, such as what kind of pet—whether cat, dog, or otherwise—best fits your lifestyle, is most well suited for your home, and falls within your financial budget.

And then sometimes, life comes at you fast.

Such was the case with indie filmmaker Paris Zarcilla, who went to grab a sweater from his bedroom in his London flat yesterday and discovered a cat under his bed that did not belong to him… And she was, uh, with kittens.

As Zarcilla began to grapple with his newfound “catshit crazy reality,” he continued live-tweeting his kitty ordeal.

Okay, so actually maybe there wasn’t all that much grappling to be done. It quickly became apparent that Zarcilla was smitten with the babies.

In the cold light of day, however, Zarcilla realized that there were phone calls that needed to be made, and he learned that the momma cat shouldn’t be separated from her kittens for at least six weeks. And that meant that he couldn’t take her to a vet or shelter to be scanned for a chip.

Although the kittens can’t be spayed or neutered for four months, apparently in England it’s illegal to alter a cat that doesn’t belong to you, so right now he has no way of knowing whether or not the cat (and her babies) legally belong to someone else.

This in itself triggered an entirely different existential crisis.

Given the proliferation of stray and unwanted cats in urban areas like London, it seems highly unlikely that Zarcilla will be able to find an owner for the cat.

So as this story continues to develop, we’ll cross our fingers anyway and congratulate him on his new family, anyway.


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*First Published: May 31, 2018, 3:47 pm CDT