At first, Zarcilla wasn't sure what to do. So, like any good millennial, he began tweeting every step of his journey.
So... I JUST FOUND A CAT THAT IS NOT MINE AND IT HAS HAD BABIES UNDER MY BED. https://t.co/83ktBHGgT5— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1527670414.0
Zarcilla found himself falling for his new kitten companions. His anxiety and depression became easier to manage and he traded in his comic books and single-malt whisky for more responsible purchases (like cat food).
I feel like the veil of the universe is being lifted slightly. Like, I feel high. Is this what it feels like to hav… https://t.co/nWOAmKfrWf— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1527681504.0
Cuteness update: I'm dying. https://t.co/fJWUVnlNKh— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1527676493.0
Although Zarcilla knew the kittens couldn't be seperated from their mother for six weeks, he began to fear that The Queen (his name for big mama) might be microchipped. Though he had never asked to become a cat dad, Zarcilla didn't know whether he'd be able to give it up if it turned out the cats belonged to someone else:
But my dad instincts have kicked in so hard. F**k. I want this.
Literally re-emerging from underneath the bed. Possibly now as a different person. Reborn as #CatDad. Wiser. Hairy… https://t.co/7lFhpOo44f— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1527702580.0
I've been meditating on this wonderful but bizarre situation and I've arrived at a place where I'm ready to accept… https://t.co/eNue5LXExT— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1527795524.0
Oow can you fucking not. Please. I really need to get back to work. https://t.co/euORsdvudJ— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1528105052.0
Three people Zarcilla knew happened to pass away on the same day after he had found the kittens. Though he was profoundly heartbroken, at least Zarcilla has his cat family there to comfort him:
It seems I'm set to explore the full spectrum of human emotion. I've been pondering the brevity and marvels of life. Which is very easy when you're cradling and looking into the eyes of this fragile floof.
I'm at a friend's wedding. Was just talking and bonding with a guest about our love for our new born children. Show… https://t.co/CJvYgnsNHu— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1528556461.0
Here is one GLORIOUS minute of this comatose sausage getting belly rubs. May it induce high pitched squeals and pea… https://t.co/L7eeuSTjri— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1529018271.0
Me waking up a 3am and realising it's 3am. https://t.co/Fq5n6izktH— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1529116215.0
After caring for the kittens and their mother for a month, Zarcilla announced he'd be keeping all of them whether the Queen was microchipped or not:
Officially gone cray. It's time to admit they've completely changed my life.
Have purchased myself a muzzle to protect the kittens strawberry flavoured gummy feet from being eaten. My greatest… https://t.co/CBHKTws0Oj— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1529361519.0
To hijack a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote; The creation of a thousand smiles is in one kitten. https://t.co/enWXFGiWT4— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1529452682.0
Patting this milk-drunk child into a sweet and deep coma. Dream well my future curtain destroyer. https://t.co/FQybC6ZMvn— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1530053415.0
Zarcilla took the cats to the veterinarian...
Vets: Thank you for bringing her in. Take a seat we'll be with you shortly-- Sir, are you ok? Me: https://t.co/ALWbJsZe9v— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1530543022.0
...and there were no microchips to be found! He could keep the whole litter!
Having finally outgrown their jumper drawer, I've had to resort to extreme measures to fortify my entrance. Just se… https://t.co/YSPlYVsD6Z— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1530900317.0
Zarcilla's almost daily updates on the kittens have raised the spirits of so many on social media:
I've never been on the receiving end of so much positivity on social media but it is unique moments like this that reinvigorate my belief in humanity.
Twitter: They're going to scale that pathetic wall you built in minutes. Me: Pffft... yea I think I know how to fo… https://t.co/LTR0EVumrp— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1530907234.0
It seems Zarcilla's new family has helped him turn a corner:
Cats are bewildering creatures. Who knew that just a mere picture of a kitten in blep mode was enough to disperse a day or even weeks' worth of anguish in moments.
What a weird and wondrous journey this has been. And may it long continue.
True fact: "Cats are the only known mammals capable of producing and emitting beams of light" - Albert Einstein https://t.co/FW3qzJXoUq— Paris Zarcilla (@Paris Zarcilla)1531844671.0
Zarcilla plans to write a children's book about his kitten adventure, because "life's too short not to and I really need to write a happy ending."