Pierre: I have a bad tail. It tells me to do naughty things.
But don’t worry, I’m about to catch it and teach it a lesson!
Hope everybody is having fantastic Caturday!
(Now excuse me while I have a talk with my tail.)
Some of you may remember how Cousin Shep joined the extended family a year ago, but we know that we have new readers since then. Our grandpeep had just passed away, leaving Cousin Earl alone all day while Aunt Orvis worked. Cousin Earl lost both his companion cat, Nellie, and his human in the space of six months, and now he was alone all day while Aunt Orvis was at work. It was time to find him a buddy.
That buddy came from the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, in the form of big, easygoing Shepherd, who we call Cousin Shep. Even from his first vet appointment, pictured here, he was totally chill.
Like any cat, he loves a good box.
And he gets really excited when the best programs come on the cat TV.
He’s always there to help when it’s time to get ready in the morning.
And most important of all, he keeps Cousin Earl company.
Happy first gotcha anniversary, Cousin Shep! We’re so glad that you’re part of our extended family.
It all started with two adorable kittens in PetSmart. Not for us; we aren’t ready for new kitties around the house. A friend of the head peep who never had cats before said her husband had fallen in love with the idea of two kittens… but she had no idea what to do for them. Our Kitten 101 posts are part of the process of gathering those thoughts together for our friend so that she has some ideas about things to do for her very first cats.
If you don’t have kittens, your house probably isn’t kitten-proof. Even if you have grown cats, there are likely things that you haven’t thought about in years that a mischievous kitten can get into. Kitten-proofing your house before your new kitten comes home is an important way to help keep him or her safe.
The first thing you want to do is get down on your stomach on the floor. This isn’t so that your family members can take funny photos of you. Instead, it’s so that you have a kitten’s eye view of things. Wow, that refrigerator suddenly looks big, doesn’t it? But the kitchen towel you have hanging from the refrigerator door handle sure looks like it might be tempting for a little one to leap at. What else should you look for while you are taking a kitten’s eye view of your house?
It may sound like a lot of work, but once you have done the work of kitten-proofing your house and made it a kitten-safe environment, maintaining it is easy.
If you enjoyed this post, don’t miss Kitten 101: Gear for your New Kitten.
Once upon a time in 2005, there was a litter of cats born on a boat, under a tarp. The boat’s owner didn’t know about the kittens, and moved the trailer. By the time the boat’s owner discovered the kittens, the mother cat was nowhere to be found, and the kittens went to a local rescue group. They all got nautical names, and when they were old enough, they went to PetSmart for an adoption event.
A little gray tabby kitten, named Pier, was looking out of the cage at PetSmart and his eyes locked with the head peep’s eyes, and it was love at first sight. There hadn’t been any plans to get a kitten right now, but little Pier came home that day, and he was renamed Pierre.
He was kind of a timid little guy and spent a lot of his first week under the sofa, but quickly learned to come out for food and playtime.
(He still plays with that Christmas mouse to this day!)
And pretty soon he was hanging out on the bed like a big kid.
And of course showing off his spectacular kitten tummy.
He quickly showed a special talent for getting inside things.
Including getting into trouble.
He started to grow up, but he didn’t grow out of that tummy exhibitionism.
Or grow out of getting inside things.
Really, really inside things.
And under things, too.
He also learned to relax in front of the TV like a proper mancat.
And if you’re really lucky, he’ll flash you that tummy.
So happy ninth gotcha day, Pierre!
Thank you to all of our friends in the blgosphere for sharing it with us!