Monday, August 3, 2009

A Life Interrupted by Kittens!

The whole month of July flew by without me writing a single blog entry here. The fact is that I was more gone on the road teaching than home all month long. And when home, I was captivated by our new kittens, Gipsy Girl and Earl Grey. It's been years since I've had the pleasure of holding a purring little kitten on my lap. And now we have two. They've been with us just over a month.

We took them early-six weeks-when eight weeks is the vet-recommended age for kittens to leave Mama. But both their Mamas, semi-feral cats of Siamese ancestry on Harkers Island, were already leaving their broods, a combined mega-litter of twelve kittens, to go off and be, well, cats. A kindly couple corralled all the kittens, fed them, and socialized them. The vet was impressed. No worms, fleas, or ear mites.

We chose Gipsy, brown mackerel tabby, and Earl Grey, Blue Point Siamese-ish coloring. Getting two kittens was the right thing to do. They play together all day long. Gipsy was born May 20th and is a Taurus. Earl's birthday is May 22 and he's a Pisces.

They've utterly taken over the house. Here they're helping Rod as he relaxes. Notice both the TV remote and the telephone are handy.

While Gipsy's stripes will get more prominent and her eyes turn gold, Earl will always be a blue-eyed cat. Just like his Uncle Edward. Unc's full name is Edward Parsley Marshall and he lives with my niece Julia in Kentucky. Edward is a stylish cat who sets fashion trends. Who knew that cross-eyed is the new black?

9 comments:

Vicki Lane said...

I have kitten envy big time!

Pepper Cory said...

I know what that's like! I swore, "No more cats-" and when the notion struck, it came on hard. They just make me smile.

Anonymous said...

They're beautiful!

At least Rod didn't have the tv control in his hand.

Frou said...

Oh, so gorgeous... and I love their names. Two cats definitely better than one, as they entertain each other.

Beth Donaldson said...

When you change the channel, does Rod wake up and say, "Hey, I was watching that!"

Anonymous said...

The kittens are darling, I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time with them, but watch out for Earl. He's actually a Gemini. According to Wikipedia, April 19-May 20 - Taurus; May 20-June 21 - Gemini.

Pepper Cory said...

Yep, you're right--Earls a Gemini. They're supposed to be rather flighty and he's totally living up to that trait.

Linda said...

It's easy to forget what fun and games kittens are - and sometimes what a pain in the neck!!!!!!!!
Continue to enjoy and share pics.

hknight453@aol.com said...

Two kittens are much easier than one. They entertain each other, and entertain you as you watch. I also was envious, but my big guys do just fine. They also make great pattern weights-not!