The kitten saga crawls on, and may end up as a no-kitten saga....
There are a number of kittens in the frame, it seems, some newly caught, some only half-wild, and discussion has continued about which kitten, its age, gender and suitability, plus, I suspect, an element of a besotted carer not wishing to relinquish one to me yet. We have agreed that a male kitten might do better in this household, given Lottie's dream of world domination.
The possible sticking point, if I am to be a carer, is that of vaccination. I quite understand that rescue organisations may insist on vaccination, but there are opposing schools of thought on the matter, and much research literature, and I choose not to have my cats done. I focus on optimising their health in other ways, through their diet and their environment, I have them spayed and microchipped and try not to get too intense and unorthodox about things, but the anti-vaccination literature makes for compelling (alarming) reading. And the only cat I ever had who died of a disease that these vaccinations are intended to prevent caused the vet great surprise: he said "there must be an underlying cause; he should have been immune at his age". Figure that one out.
So, we'll see; I might either be considered a good-enough carer/potential owner, or I might not. Either way, having just read the papers that came with Millie and Lottie, I see that vaccination was part of the agreement I made at the time. I'd forgotten that bit, somehow (maybe my girls will be confiscated.......over my dead body, maybe).
So, no kitten for me yet. I'll keep you posted.