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Paris Zarcilla was a normal guy. He struggled with anxiety and depression, and these issues were even worse recently. His life received an unexpected bump of inspiration one day, however, when a pregnant cat strode into his room, set up shot under his bed, and gave birth to four kittens.

At first, Zarcilla wasn't sure what to do. So, like any good millennial, he began tweeting every step of his journey.

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).


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.



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.



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.



Zarcilla took the cats to the veterinarian...

...and there were no microchips to be found! He could keep the whole litter!

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.

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.
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What a weird and wondrous journey this has been. And may it long continue.

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."

H/T - Mashable, Twitter

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