While it has not been that long since our oldest cat Felix passed, it is spring time and thoughts have turned to kittens.
My daughter has been agitating for a kitten for a couple of years now, an idea which was vetoed in the past because we didn’t really want to become a three cat household.
But after Felix’s passing, after some time had passed, there was obviously room in our house for another cat. Even Oscar has seemed quite lonely since then, as he and Felix were best buddies.
So my wife and daughter started looking for a kitten. And despite reservations about becoming a three cat household, we ended up with a pair of litter mates, a brother and a sister who are now named Fred and Trixie. They just came home yesterday.
Both cats were a little nervous when they showed up, but it did not take Fred long to come out of his shell. He was knocking things over and finding toys not long after he arrived.
Trixie is not yet so comfortable in her new surroundings. She stays under cover a lot of the time.
We set them aside in my wife’s office, which also serves as the guest bedroom, when we have visitors, and the kitty sun room during the day.
The room is somewhat sparse when it comes to cover, so my daughter and I took an empty copier paper box, cut a few holes in it, lined it with one of my sweatshirts, and presented them with the kitty hotel.
I cut a flap in the top of the box which immediately became Fred’s favored door, though he also squeezed through one of the windows at one point. Kittens can get through remarkably small holes.
The hotel was a success. They now have their own cozy spot in which to escape.
So the kittens are settling in. Now we have to see what Oscar will do.
He knows we’re up to something. His first response was to hide under the bed. But when we failed to come get him, he started sniffing around. Now he wants to know why his sun room is closed and what is making those noises on the other side of the door.
No hissing, growling, or fluffed tails yet. When we brought Oscar home as a kitten almost nine years ago he bonded with Felix in about an hour. We hope he will welcome the new kittens the way he was welcomed.
At least until the kittens get loose and begin to stalk him day and night looking for fun.