It's settled down a tiny bit here. Meara, the one that was already an "I want to be an only cat" proponent, is still trying to "teach" him "manners" (aka Stay.The.Hell.Away.From.Me!), but there's a skoche less hissing from the others. They all still break into bouts of chasing the hell out of each other (not quite the friendly fun chases between litter mates Aurelia and Amara). We're still waiting to see if it gets any more civilized. Luckily, we do have a couple of potential good homes available and we've found the county to the north of us has a no-kill shelter. *Always* good to know one's in the area. ++ Actually, it's been my experience that girl cats are a lot calmer than boy cats. Also, they don't go around spraying (which males have done even after being neutered). The litter box never smells as bad either. ++ So far Mark is calling him Lucky. But I'd like to find another name, as saying Lucky rankles when I think how unlucky our others are thinking of themselves since his arrival. The words "pecan sandy" keep going through my head when I look at him - he's a very light yellow tabby. But Sandy is too much like a girl's name and I don't want him to get a complex about it. We'll see what we can come up with. I'll let you know. BTW, the funniest name I ever heard for a teeny-tiny baby black kitten was... **NEMESIS**!!! (Asterisks and exclamation points are in lieu of italics and bold, which I don't think we can do here.) I also say it in a teeny-tiny little voice, which cracks up Mark. But "Waffles" is good too, more cute than funny, but they're both good. :D
Ooooh! Cool!! I was almost a Beltaine (May Day) baby myself but, true to being my father's daughter, I was 12-1/2 hours late, lol. If he keeps asking about the Harz Mountains, pestering you to take him there, tell him that's where fleas come from and that's why flea powder and collars are called Harz. OK, Hartz (brand), but he's a cat - what does he know? We have a new addition, too, it seems. He wondered into my husband's work place Friday night, where big machines and coolant tanks are bad news for kittehs. He came home with Mark and he'll *probably* stay. Mark's already very attached, but our 4 girls are *not* happy about it. Stand by for updates.
So is his name actually Waffles? Awful cute if it is! I'd never had kittens before 2000, when we brought home 2 after the second of our first 2 cats died. I was horrified to find them trying to get behind our stove, which has a natural gas connection. People say child-proofing a home is tough, but I say it pales in comparison to kitten-proofing one. As you noted, the little buggers can climb and, given a few months, can jump, too. The 2 from 2000 are also now gone, but 2 other tiny strays we took in before that were too small to leave at home with the big cats over their first Thanksgiving. We took them with us to my in-laws' and had a little adventure with them there... Mom-in-law is not big on house pets, so they spent a lot of time in the laundry room. But we did bring them out occasionally, especially after she went to bed, hehe. One night we realized after a while that it was awfully quiet (emphasis on awful). We started looking around and couldn't find them *anywhere*. We'd gotten to the point of wondering if there was a loose vent cover under some piece of furniture and they'd gotten to where we couldn't get them back. While checking under furniture we *finally* found them, although thankfully they were *not* in the duct work. They'd managed to crawl under one of the recliner ends of the sofa and were curled up in a single ball just snoozing away. Would've been easier if we could've called to them, but the in-laws were asleep. At least all we had to do was put up the footrest on that end, rather than have to move the whole sofa. Of course the little sweeties woke up, slowly and cutely, and just looked at us like "Mom, Dad... we wuz sleepin', durn it!" LOL! :D
Hiya 'Brain. How's your little waffle spider doing? He have a name yet? And just how much mischief has he gotten up to? I happened to see (and fave!) this a couple of days ago: http://cheezburger.com/8254616576. Had me almost laughing out of my chair. :D
'Kay, I get the Waffle part, but... Spider? I hope you got that sticky off his paws *before* he started patting at your beard, lol! Does he have any blacker-than-black stripes in his fur? I've had 4 black cats, 2 of them as kittens. The short-haired kitten had definite stripes in there, looking sort of like the spots you can usually see on a black panther. Only on panthers they don't disappear with age. I wonder what the deal is with kittens then? Oh, forgot to ask... if you do call him Waffle, do you think he'll develop little square compartments all over? Hehehe....
Congrachamalayshunz on teh noo bebe kitteh!!! I lubz black kittehs, dey iz SO purrty! Duz he habz a name yet? ++ Sorry to hear ICHC has been so slow to load. I've noticed that a bit myself, but we have really good cable internet and a Mac desktop so we're spared a lot of problems other folks have. It's kind of helpful now that things on the animal pages are so much slower than they used to be (LOLwise), but it also sucks. I want the ICHC heydays back! I hate to say it, but some days even my DB is slow. I suppose I ought to update my friends list. I have a ton of requests pending and lots of cheezfrends who just aren't around any more. Maybe then my DB would pick up. It's not bad now, just that some days are slow while others definitely are not. ++ Best ub luk wif gettin teh noo black kitteh intygrated. I ben watchin showz 'bouts teh Cibil Rites moovmint an I noze intygrashun iz hard, aifinkso. :D