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I have a cat with a heart murmur, and I'm a nervous wreck

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Advent and Christmas were a rush of adventures, giving and receiving time and love. I'm sure I'll write more about these things soon. But that title is a good summary of what is weighing on me most right now.

I am cliche'. I am both Christian and bleeding heart liberal, shaken by any and all suffering and pain in the world, and doubly so by that of the innocent. I'm a vegetarian*, a graduate student in public health, and for years, I have been wanting to adopt an adult cat from a shelter. Because animals wind up in shelters through no fault of their own- because someone gave Susie a bunny for Easter because it was cute, and they didn't realize that bunny was going to eat and poop and chew through electrical wires. Shelters are hard places to live. You're usually trapped in a cage under harsh lights, or crowded into a room with 15 other animals. Strangers are in and out at all hours, picking you up and judging you, and new animals with germs are constantly comin…