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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 10:55 am
Simon really is the most endearing little soul. He has the kind of solemn, wide-eyed goofiness that reminds me sharply of some of the cat-characters in Doreen Tovey's series of books about Siamese cats (have any of you read these, by the way? They're lovely). I keep taking photographs of him sleeping, because I am constantly finding him in the most abandoned sleep positions - on his back or lying across my legs with his head lolling downwards.

Sleeping Kitty

Tabitha seems to be coming round to him, despite herself. Mornings and evenings are now punctuated by cat races around the house (yesterday, I had to move a bewildered Robinson from the place in the hallway where he was being trampled by two sets of thundering paws). Yesterday, I actually spotted the two cats wrestling, and howled with laughter when Simon launched himself from a chair onto Tabitha's back, actually escaping without a pounding. Tabitha is very vocal, and given to screeching as if being murdered when she's only playing. I am getting used to this, too. Tabitha still thumps Simon regularly, but it is with claws sheathed and seems entirely in a not-very-successful effort to put him in his place.

My only concern is that Tabitha may be feeling a bit displaced in my affections. I try to give her lots of love, but she's staying a bit aloof. Also, Simon is extremely affectionate and likes nothing better than to snuggle - it's hard when Tabitha comes chirruping up for a cuddle and Simon is already there. I think I may leave Simon shut in the study with his breakfast in the early morning, because both Tabitha and I are missing our morning ritual of purrs over the laptop and her finishing off my cereal bowl. Simon will be annoyed, but I think Tabitha's needs come first.

However, all in all I'm delighted with this new member of my family, and so thankful that I happened to be in the right place at the right time to find him.

By the way, I think he's twice the size now that he was when I first got him, and he has big paws. And he eats like a horse. I suspect he's going to be large.
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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 10:23 am
Hello, Kitty!Please welcome the latest addition to my household: Simon the Siamese.

It was one of those nice little serendipitous things; I've been thinking for a while about getting a second cat to be company for Tabitha, especially as I'm facing the loss of Robinson in the not-too-distant future. Having a young thing around might help both of us weather that. And then, yesterday, I happened to be doing routine errands in the Pet food emporium, and there he was! My pet shop does a satellite service for the local SPCA, and I usually go by and say hello to the cats in their cages. Yesterday morning, I noticed a siamese kitten looking out at me, and when I went to talk to him he came right up to the bars of the cage and nudged my hand, then stared at me fixedly, and my heart was lost. My friend kp, the cat expert, had recommended that if I got another cat it should be male and preferably a kitten, and I love siamese cats, so this was a match made in heaven. I wasn't sure they'd let me adopt a kitten, given that I have a dog and another cat, but perhaps it's the time of year when they're over-run. In any case, I got the approval within minutes, and very soon after Simon was ensconced in my bedroom at home.

He has not yet met Tabitha face-to-face, but they have sniffed each other under doorways. I'm letting him have the run of the house when Tabitha is out, and then giving Tabitha lots of love while he's shut away. Robinson is pretty much oblivious. Yesterday, Simon hissed and arched his back at R, but this morning he (Simon) came and hung out on my lap while R was lying at my feet, so I suspect all will be well fairly soon. I'm hoping that later today I can have both cats free in the house. There's something of the quality of a bedroom farce in whipping one out of the way when the other comes to the door!

Simon seems to have a very strong personality and has taken the new surroundings very much in stride. He likes to sit on my shoulders, which is fine for now, though may not be optimum when he gets bigger :)
intertext: (tabitha as schrodinger's kitten)
Saturday, March 20th, 2010 08:17 am
... although sometimes I wish they wouldn't.

I came home yesterday to find that Tabitha had brought a bird into the house. There were soft feathers in the dining room that did not bode well. I needed to pee, so went into the bathroom, shutting out the dogs, but she zoomed in, not paying attention to me but crouching in that intent, self-conscious way cats have when they're chasing something. The bird, a bushtit, was behind the toilet, and when I reopened the door, flew out and into the study, landing on top of the corner bookshelves, where Tabitha followed it. Happily, she fell down the hole in the corner behind the shelves and couldn't get back out until I moved them. The bird, meanwhile, flew back into the bathroom, landing on the windowsill, where it fluttered and stilled, panting. I couldn't resist the chance to stroke it ever-so-lightly down its back, then opened the window and watched it dart away.

I hope it's okay.
intertext: (flying kitten)
Thursday, January 1st, 2009 04:41 pm
Tabitha Portrait at New Year

Taking a leaf out of [ profile] heleninwales's book, I've decided to try the 365 day photo project on Flickr. This is #1 - my first photo uploaded for the year 2009.
intertext: (flying kitten)
Sunday, December 7th, 2008 02:42 pm
Warning! You have been warned...

First, Tabitha demonstrates her opinion of the Schrodinger's Cat theory

Schrodinger's Kitten

And there's more )
intertext: (flying kitten)
Friday, December 5th, 2008 08:50 am
Yesterday, she went in for spaying and a microchip implant. She came through with no problems and this morning is her chipper self. I have instructions to limit activity and keep her quiet for a week. Yeah, right.

When I went in to pick her up after work, all the technicians at the Vets came out and told me how much they loved Tabitha, how sweet she was, how cuddly, how affectionate. Maybe they say that to all the clients, but it was nice. At least I know that she's not going to be one of those cats flagged with a red dot on their file indicating that they are a holy terror!
intertext: (flying kitten)
Sunday, November 16th, 2008 10:41 pm

I suppose it's unkind to laugh.

And I guess it was kind of asking for trouble to leave the bathroom door open.

But still.

intertext: (flying kitten)
Saturday, November 15th, 2008 10:51 am
I've created a monster. I was doing a photo-shoot for a Flickr group this morning and thought I'd let Tabs out on the deck because the light was better. I didn't think she'd jump off, because it's pretty high. After a short time, though, I decided not to risk it, because she was captivated with the birds in the garden and showed every sign of wanting to leap out into space despite the 20 foot drop. I did get one or two good shots, though, including this one.

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 09:40 pm
I didn't sleep well last night (isn't it always the way when you have to get up early after a lovely long weekend?)

Then I had a meeting at 9:00 am and taught until 7:30 pm. It's been a long day.

I have managed to get almost all my marking done; just one lot of 150 assignments for tomorrow not done. I may get up early and do them, but don't feel any strong obligation. I got everything else done, which feels good.

And the meeting? I thought it was going to be horrible, and actually it wasn't too bad.

Tabby-bits is playing with her mouse. There's no question that's her favourite toy. She and Robinson touched noses earlier, but then had a nasty scrap when she tried to eat his dinner and he objected. I had to wallop him, but really it's hard to blame him. Kittens can be extremely tactless sometimes.

My brain is mush and I don't think I'm making much sense. Must. Go. To. Bed.
intertext: (flying kitten)
Monday, November 10th, 2008 06:13 pm
You knew you wanted one...

I think the introduction of Tabitha to my household can be deemed a complete success. She has just been doing the full kitten sprint around the house, paws thundering as only a kitten's can, while Robinson lay more-or-less oblivious in the middle of the hall. She just jumps over him.

Earlier, I had Robinson up on his grooming table in the study. Yes, the same study where Tabitha's litter-box and food and so on are kept. While he was lying on his side on the table having tangles pulled from his coat, Tabitha stomped in, ate, relieved herself, and then came and supervised the grooming. When a kitten is willing to use her litter box Right In Front of a Large Hairy Dog, I consider that we have at the very least detente, and very possibly armistice (appropriately enough for the season).

She is now lying opposite me on "her" couch, blinking owlishly.

nablopomo 10
intertext: (flying kitten)
Friday, November 7th, 2008 01:01 pm
Tabitha Supervises the Bath

And Tabitha supervises.

Hee. As you can see, she's not just "settling in," she's taking over :)
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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 10:00 am
(with a kitten in the room)

She keeps taking my pen and trying to fling it around the room

She is nibbling on the file folder where I am recording the grades

She jumps on my keyboard and risks either erasing my comments before I post them or making them unintelligible except to other kittens

She is just so damn cute that I keep stopping to play with her and am not getting any work done...

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intertext: (flying kitten)
Friday, October 31st, 2008 05:55 pm
Hope you're not bored yet!

Turns out she's not a big 3-month old kitty. She's a very small 6-month old kitty! So she's not going to be big, though the vet said she might still grow into her paws. The neighbour who passed her on to me said she was skin and bones when she arrived on my neighbour's doorstep. It speaks much to Tabitha's strength of character that whatever hardships she may have experienced don't seem to have at all daunted her curiosity and zest for adventure. It's a good thing I didn't know, because I wouldn't have taken her (I really wanted someone younger to make the adaptation to the dog easier). But I love her to bits, and she seems well able to cope with life with Robinson, so everyone's happy.

That makes me put out a prayer for all other lost kitties, that similar blessings may fall to them.
intertext: (flying kitten)
Friday, October 31st, 2008 08:56 am
I bought Tabitha a toy yesterday: a wicker ball with feathers sticking out of the top. She played with it happily yesterday evening, and this morning I gave it to her to distract her from attacking my fingers on the laptop (I was trying to finish the fine points of a large DE presentation I'm giving this afternoon). It took her about four minutes to get the feathers out of the ball... I shall have to take them away from her, as I imagine they can't be terrifically good for her, should she eat one. (I'm surprised at how non-durable the toy was, considering it was made by Kong).

We've reached a point in the household now where I can have both animals in the same room and Tabitha can play while Robinson snoozes. Occasionally, T does something silly and arouses R, and I have to intervene. She is usually adept at finding a place to get out of his way, but could sometimes be cornered. I've been very stern with R about this - I don't want him to feel unloved, but she's only a baby, and I'm very determined that we should have a household with all equal members. Clio was different, because she was an established mature cat when Robinson first met her, and she never took any shit from him, though as she got older she did become somewhat leary of him. Anyway, at the moment, I'm confident things will work out. The door to "Tabitha's" room (my spare bedroom/study) has a baby gate on it so that she can escape to it, and I separate them or shut one of them up when I can't supervise their interactions (like when cooking, or if I REALLY have to get some work done).

I don't have time to take, process and upload pictures right now - I'm sure I'll take lots this weekend! Tabitha is going to the vet shortly for her shots and things. This may be interesting.

By the way - did you see my made-of-awesome icon? [ profile] curtana made it for me! (thank you!!!)
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Thursday, October 30th, 2008 07:50 am
I'm thinking of ordering some important signs for my house:

Watch for hidden kittens

Especially watch for hidden kittens when closing fridge door

Robinson's Bed: No kittens.

Keep toilet lid closed

and the ever useful
Danger: Flying kittens.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 09:27 pm
From [ profile] chickenfeet2003, and I'm only too happy to comply.

Post a picture of a cat in your journal. (Your cat, a lolcat, or someone else's cat. But preferably yours, if possible.)

Not one, but THREE pics of Tabitha Read more... )
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 08:43 am
Robinson and Tabitha have now touched noses, and are both loose in the house. Tabitha has a baby gate across the door to "her" room, so she can run into it if necessary and also to keep nosy dogs out of her litter box. Her food's in there, too, at the moment, though I may move it onto the kitchen counter in a while, when I'm quite sure she and Robinson can be left alone together.

Robinson is lying peacefully in his bed beside mine, while I sit on my bed working. I don't know where Tabitha is - probably in a sink somewhere. She seems obsessed with taps. She has looked in the doorway a couple of times but seems unsure of passing in front of Robinson (wise kitty).

I suspect, though, that given half a chance, Ms T is going to be one of those cats that likes to taunt dogs. This morning, just after the momentous nose touching, she was lounging on the edge of the kitchen counter while Robinson stood at my feet below her. One paw waved casually down towards Robinson back... I told her sternly that she was being very unwise, and that fur batting on such short acquaintance was not quite the thing. I could tell, though, that she was thinking very seriously about jumping on him.

I suspect my household is going to become quite lively.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 12:14 pm
In which it is discovered that

- Tabitha would prefer to share my breakfast porridge while I am eating it, but is happy to lick the bowl afterwards.

- Tabitha is an expert at the one-paw-full-cartwheel, the sideways mouse toss, the reverse mouse toss, the upside-down-couch-hang, and, of course, the full hallway dash. She has also discovered the slipperiness of wood floors (good for sliding into first).

- It is very difficult to brush one's teeth when There is a Kitten in the Bathroom Sink.

I am also pleased to report that she walked by the room where Robinson was confined behind a baby-gate without turning a hair and, in fact, she and Robinson spent some minutes gazing at each other about two feet apart. I was only just able to catch her before she launched herself over the gate into Robinson's waiting paws. I think this relationship may be going to work out.
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Monday, October 27th, 2008 10:00 am
Tabitha I'm happy for you all to meet my new kitten, Tabitha (I actually had a different name picked out, but she insisted that her name was Tabitha).

As you can see, she's a greyish-brownish Tabby, and she's beautiful. She seems very self-confident and has a strong personality. She arrived late yesterday afternoon from Hazelton (in northern BC), where my one of my neighbours is working. If I hadn't taken her, she would have gone to the SPCA, so I guess you could call her an SPCA diversion :)

Right now, she's shy of Robinson, so I'm keeping them strictly apart and making sure that things are calm and non-confrontational. I don't care if it takes weeks for them to get used to one another. I managed to carry her past the room where R was confined behind a baby gate without her digging in her claws. They just looked at one another while I told them both how good they were. We'll keep on like that for a while, until I feel that she can come into a room with Robs on-leash, but that might be a few days yet. I hope they might become friends, but I want Tabitha to have a good life as part of the family and not be made nervous by R, so I will have to be firm and careful.

She and I have bonded, for sure. She chirrups when she sees me, and we've had several good cuddles already. And I spent some time this morning with her playing with her toy mouse. We're just going to have to do some very diplomatic division of time between her and Robinson.