What would you do if a stray cat decided to have her litter of kittens under your bed?
Now, that seems like an outlandish hypothetical. But in Paris Zarcilla's case, it was a reality--an adorable, fluffy reality--that has transformed him overnight into a #CatDad.
The best part of this whole crazy kitty happenstance is Zarcilla's reaction on his Twitter account. Reading through his thread, it feels like you're right there with him on the emotional rollercoaster that is new parenthood.
He starts out in the slightly dazed, slightly confused phase.
But it doesn't take long for Zarcilla to realize that he's in it for the long haul with his new cat family!
He realized he had some new responsibilities as a new dad.
Just cancelled my order for comics and single malt whiskey. Now buying cat food. This is fatherhood yo! I'm here for this pic.twitter.com/dGU6JkcejE— Paris Zarcilla (@ParisZarcilla) May 30, 2018
And made a solemn vow that every cat dad (and cat mom) has made.
To my cat sons and daughters, I'll be the hero you deserve, but not the one it needs right now (because of mama cat). So I'll hunt for you, because I can afford it. I'll be your silent guardian, your watchful protector. Love, #CatDad pic.twitter.com/JkaUpGzXCP— Paris Zarcilla (@ParisZarcilla) May 30, 2018
He also realized the beauty of dad-hood.
It was a pretty emotional night, all around.
But everyone came through, happy and healthy.
Literally re-emerging from underneath the bed. Possibly now as a different person. Reborn as #CatDad. Wiser. Hairy-er. Learning secrets of the universe and life through the unexpected birth of these gaddamn fluff miracles. Praise be to the Cat Gods. Meow pic.twitter.com/IAcqYK6eBN— Paris Zarcilla (@ParisZarcilla) May 30, 2018
Zarcilla is unsure how exactly the new mother got into his house and under his bed, but speculates she might have snuck in through the back door, which he sometimes leaves open.
The brand-new mom might also belong to a neighbor, and Zarcilla is seeking help from Cats Protection in London to care for the mom and her kittens - and to see if the new mom has a microchip!