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Baby pussy-cats!

Posted by HelenEdith on August 31, 2009

Monty on the left and Rolo on the right

Monty on the left and Rolo on the right

Rolo and Monty joined our household on Saturday 29th August, 2009. Their mother is a cat who belongs to Stephen’s sister. We’d been thinking about getting a cat for a while, and we’d even done some preliminary tidying up and had some of the cat basics to hand, but we only found out that these two were going to be available a couple of weeks ago, and the house still isn’t ready for them!

We brought them home and put food out and let them out in the kitchen. It isn’t an ideal place, but it’s better than the alternatives. They spent their first 24 hours in there and they found a hidey hole at the back of the bottom shelf of the island bench. When we’d only had them an hour or two, we went in the kitchen, and they’d disappeared! That’s where they turned out to be. Phew!!!

It’s quite frightening to think that these two tiny balls of fur are going to depend on us for about the next 15 years. Stephen is an experienced cat owner, but I have not ever had sole responsibility for a cat; and the cats from my childhood didn’t face the dangers that these face, and therefore had a lot more freedom than these will, so we will have to work harder to look after them and keep them entertained.

Today we went shopping for a few more supplies and then we opened up some doors and let them out into the hallway and the living room. They loved it! They raced up and down the stairs and did some serious exploring under Stephen’s parka in the hallway; and then some more serious exploring in the living room. They managed to disappear again, but turned out to be asleep in a black bag which also contained a second-hand sat-nav. 🙂

Initially they weren’t all that friendly with us. They weren’t afraid of us: they just ducked out of the way when we went to touch them. However, we got them both to purr today; and I got Rolo onto my lap and kept him there with the incentive of a toy. I thought he’d lose interest and get off, but he lost interest and went to sleep! Monty decided that he was missing out and arrived in my lap, too. 😀 Eventually Rolo decided to get off and with the use of the same toy, we enticed him onto Stephen’s lap. Meanwhile, Monty slept on, and eventually I got stiff and put Monty into one hand and deposited him into Stephen’s lap.

Then I went out in the kitchen and cleaned out their feed bowl. They already seem to know that sort of noise after only being here a day 🙂 and they joined me in the kitchen, where I put them down the rest of a pouch of Felix chicken. I also put them down some Iams dry kitten food.

We wanted to shut them in the kitchen again tonight, but Rolo escaped into the hallway. I shut the kitchen door while I went and retrieved him; and Monty cried when he realised that he was shut in alone. When I came back with his brother, he decided to climb my leg! I’d better discourage that: It’s cute and only mildly painful in a just-weaned kitten, but it won’t stay cute for very long!

Rolo and Monty at play. Monty is on top. Doesn't he look fierce!

Rolo and Monty at play. Monty is on top. Doesn't he look fierce!

When we went to Stephen’s sisters place to look at these kittens, we thought that Rolo was the dominant one, but now we have them home, we think that Monty is. When they yawn, Monty appears to have more teeth through than Rolo does. Monty looks quite fierce in this picture of the two of them play-fighting.

Rolo is easy to photograph, but Monty, being dark, is more difficult. I’ve done a bit of work in PhotoShop to bring out his markings. We think that he might end up being silver with black tiger stripes, although right now he looks mostly black. However, he might be brown rather than silver. If the colour comes through reddish brown, we wonder whether he might be a she and not a he… 😕

They will need to visit the vet for their innoculations, so we will seek the vet’s opinion on Monty’s gender at that time. We’d rather that they’re both boys, but if they’re not, it will just be a little more complicated when neutering time comes around.

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4 Responses to “Baby pussy-cats!”

  1. Buff said

    I don’t know … I reckon the ginger-top has a good mouthful of the black one and the poor little black one is yelling for Mum … “Muuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … he’s BITING me again!!!”

    • HelenEdith said

      I wonder whether it’s better to be the bottom cat, because the bottom cat can use his claws to better effect.

      They were funny last night: they were each chewing on the other’s tail.

  2. Gevorg said

    So cute. 🙂

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