I am thoroughly winding down and enjoying my home holiday. I’m just pottering about looking after kittens and sorting out the huge backlog of domestic jobs that seem to have built up. The utility room is now tidy, clean and sorted which apart from anything else makes it much easier to spot a stray kitten. I’ve tidied up the craft room a bit and have plans to spend some time in there tomorrow, but it’s definitely a no go zone for kittens, there’s just too much tempting stuff in there for them to completely destroy.
The downside of young kittens is definitely the poop. Especially when they are half asleep and realise they need to go, but can’t remember where the litter tray is. How one kitten can actually contain so much of the stuff is beyond me and the change of diet is obviously taking some getting used to for their poor little intestines. We’re onto our third brand of cat litter now as the odour control version very definitely did NOT do what it said on the pack, the self clumping stuff doesn’t actually clump very well so we’re onto the wood based stuff which has a much better pine smell to start with. Hopefully tomorrow, my covered litter tray with cat flap and odour filter will be arriving, together with a cute little scratchy toy thing for them. My final word on the subject (I promise) is shag pile carpet plus kitten poop – NOT fun! I’m buying shares in carpet shampoo …
They are both fast asleep now, worn out by all their energetic pouncing and bouncing. Adrian has discovered his vocation in life – giant cat climbing frame.
Check back tomorrow for another bouncing pouncing cute video. And if they give me some peace, maybe some more Christmas cards.
That’s not quite the cuddle puddle it first appears to be …
Trillian has come out of her shell today and shown a hint of her true personality. She’s much easier to handle than Zaphod, but he’s a big softie at heart. This afternoon when he was sleepy, Adrian picked him up and put him on my lap and he fell into a deep sleep and let me stroke him and joy of joys, I even got a little purr.
Trillian has to have eye drops put in twice a day to clear up the eye infection that is making the sides of her nose look so dirty, so she’s used to being handled a bit more. When their little batteries finally pack in and they collapse, they really soften up and like being stroked. Zaphod seems to like the sound of my voice – he started getting a bit nervy at one point and I managed to soothe him back to sleep by just talking to him.
So it’s been a lovely lazy relaxing day, punctuated by mad whirlwinds of high speed kittens in full on attack mode. My hands are lacerated and both of us have got used to our ankles being used as crash barriers. They’re currently zonked out asleep so I’m making the most of it and off to the craft room for a bit of a tidy up, it’s a mess in there!
I just put a couple of new videos up as well.
and a short clip of Zany Zaphod
Yes, I know, we’re besotted. Though I confess I shed some tears last night because I still miss my big boys so much. What I wouldn’t give to just be able to scoop up Basil and give him a great big hug … Well I suppose Adrian will have to do until these to get to the cuddly stage and I’m happy to wait for however long that takes.
Sunday’s story wasn’t exactly complex in itself. It was our reaction that was complex.
As you can probably guess from the photos above, it involves cats. You see I heard via Derrick that there was a pair of kittens in need of a good home and we have had a few conversations since moving to this house about how lovely a place it would be for a pair of cats to spend their kittenhood. So on Sunday we went to visit the two abandoned kittens at the local cattery where they had been taken. They have been living rough in a garden, fed by a kindly lady after the mother decided they were weaned and left them to fend for themselves. Eventually the lady realised they needed to be found a proper home or they might not survive. One of them has an eye infection, possibly even cat flu.
Well, they were very timid little things when we first saw them on Sunday and we basically spent the next three days debating whether we were going to take them or not. Lots of painful memories of all our other cats were battling against the joys that we knew new cats could bring. Could we cope with the heartbreak again – knowing that their lives are so much shorter than ours. Was it too soon, etc, etc. I’m sure many of you have been through the same internal struggle.
In the end, we agreed that we would be bringing joy to their lives and ours and once cleared with our Landlords, we made the call.
It’s funny how things work out sometimes. You may already know that we make stamps for other companies, and wouldn’t you know, a huge order has come in which is urgent and our main press operator is currently not very well and off work. So any idea of taking our holiday next week is actually now out of the window because Adrian is running the presses. We both really, really appreciated all your suggestions and have made notes of them all for future breaks. But it means that I can spend a week at home settling in our new kittens and watching them play! That sounds like a great holiday to me!
So would you like to meet them?
OK, here they are – this is Zaphod
And this is Trillian the tri-colour tortie
Warp factor kittehs exploring their new suroundings!
We had names picked out before we collected them, but after five minutes we knew they were the wrong ones. Firstly Coco (Chanel) turned out to be a boy, not the girl we were originally told, and Trillian’s tri-colour coat made her name quite obvious. Our first choice of name for her is now her middle name, Perdita.
Now, if I’ve done this right, this should be a short video showing the new family settling in.
If that doesn’t work for you, click the link below to watch on YouTube.
I’m off to work out where on earth they (and us) will be safe to sleep tonight!