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We had a very docile, well behaved, 11-year old Siamese -- Amelia. We decided to get her a kitten for companionship. Then we thought the kitten would need a companion. We found a breeder of Bengals and Siamese nearby and went to get two kittens. Unfortunately, we fell in love with a pair of Siamese and a pair of Bengals. In a moment of relative clarity, if not sanity, we decided to leave one of the Siamese for someone else. We brought three kittens home. This is their story.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

End of Week 1 (photos)

After the first week, the kittens are doing well. They are getting more comfortable. Comfortable enough to knock this plant off the bookcase.

Boy Bengal pretty much rules the house. If you call any cat, or pet any cat, he comes to get his. He has a tendency to attack and bite (gently) when he's being petted, but this won't last. First we make sure he doesn't get rewarded for this by stopping petting, then we clap loudly and say "no!" Then we use the squirt gun. Well, in theory we use the squirt gun. It's never there when you need it. We need squirt gun holsters. Girl Bengal loves to be petted, but she is still a little afraid of me. She acts like she is not supposed to be in the house and runs back to the laundry room when she sees me. When she is relaxed, she loves to be petted. Siamese plays and sleeps with the Bengals. She's a little smaller, but holds her own. She is the best at cuddling and so far, the calmest of the cats.
How many cats can you find in this picture?

Amelia is being very tolerant. There have been some close encounters of the hissing kind between her and Boy, but she does all the hissing, and then retreats. He just seems very curious about her. There have been no fights. I am sure there will be peaceful coexistence, and maybe even friendship, eventually.

These kittens put out an amazing amount of highly aromatic waste. We have two litter boxes and are changing twice daily. They must be putting out more than they are taking in. This could be the secret of perpetual motion, and hundreds of kittens could be used as an alternative power source for our house (although no one would live in it). I've been wondering about the evolutionary value of stinky kitten poop. First, it prevents fouling the den because the mother would not tolerate it. Second, if a kitten got lost it could be located within seconds after crapping, which happens every minute or two.

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