Monday, November 10, 2008

Meet Darwin

The newest addition to our household is a two and a half month old ball of fuzzy orange sweetness.

After 6 months of cat-sitting for Hunter, the Big Orange Kitty (some of you may recall it was supposed to be for 3 weeks), we bundled him into a cat carrier and amid yowls of irritation drove him back to his owner. The poor cat had no idea what was going on and basically yelled the whole time he was in the carrier. Luckily he remembered his sister right away and probably settled into his new place much more easily than when he moved in with us.

UPDATE: The morning after I wrote this, we heard from Dylan that he and his girlfriend were treated to the same craziness that accompanied Hunter's move-in with us. Screaming, loud growls, yowling and hissing all night long...

We laughed about the reaction Chase was going to have when we left with a Big Orange Kitty and returned with a Small Orange Kitty. Yet another orange kitty who made it very clear that he did NOT want to be friends.

The two of them are still trying to figure each other out.

Chase is definitely having an easier time with the Small Orange Kitty. Most likely because this one isn't screaming in his face or growling madly. He does hiss a lot and arches his little back to make himself an even bigger ball of fluff, but Chase just seems amused. He hisses right back but it's almost to say "meh, I'm bigger, so bring it on little man!"

Despite the hissing, Darwin already follows Chase around the apartment and really wants his attention. They've gone nose-to-nose a couple of times without any hissing, but it'll probably be awhile before they become friends.

Right now it's easy taking care of this little guy because he sleeps a lot. When he's awake, he runs around everywhere, attacks my plants, tries to eat food that's not for him, and plays with things he's not supposed to (like the power cable for my laptop).

Can't wait to see what happens when he tries catnip for the first time...


  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger Hilary said…

    That's just too adorable. I can't resist a fluffy kitty belly. Too cute. :)

  • At 2:11 AM, Blogger Jeni said…

    He's a cutie but looks -from the pictures anyway -to be a lot bigger than only 2 1/2 months. Looks almost as big as our kitten here -Chino -who is now almost six months old.
    They are sure a lot of entertainment too aren't they? The kids have this cute little toy -it's like a little organ keyboard with a seat attached to it and when you turn it on and regardless of what keys you finger, it plays several different songs. Anyway, tonight Chino kept crawling up on this, switching between sitting on the seat or standing on it on her hind legs and then, front paws on the keyboard and the looks she gives when the music starts is just too doggone comical. I told Mandy maybe we should have named this cat "Mozart." Had we know how much she likes music, it sure would be appropriate, wouldn't it?

  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger Suldog said…

    Good looking fella.

    I don't know if I've told you this before, but... A great thing to do with a cat is to play the song "Frankenstein" by Edgar Winter, and watch the reaction when it reaches the section about three minutes in which is a synthesizer, no other instruments playing. It's sort of a chirping sound, which must sound exactly like birds to a cat, because every cat I've ever had has gone nuts looking at the speakers and looking all around the room and absolutely convinced there's a bird somewhere that he can catch, but he can't find it :-)


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