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Kitten Chronicles – Almost a Month

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written about my adventure with the new kitten, Spriggan. Two days ago, he went in for his neutering surgery and final kitten booster shots. Everything went well, and he’s recovering like a champ. In fact, he had no down time as far as I saw at all.

Due to the surgery, I’m keeping him separated for a few days from Sebastian. When they’re together, they tend to rush around the house like mad cats, and I want Spriggan to take it easy and heal up first. I’ll probably re-introduce them again this weekend. I’ve heard that neutering sometimes makes the kitten smell like a new cat, so I want to make sure I have plenty of time at home during this process.

Before that, I was still keeping Spriggan in his own room at night and while I was at work. I allow the two of them to romp when I’m home and all day on weekends.

Sebastian’s attitude has significantly improved over time. While he still does dominate over Spriggan when he gets in the mood, most of their interactions are chasing and playing. In fact, there’s almost too much cat energy going on around my house! When I have to focus on stuff, like art or raids, I separate them. Usually, Spriggan is pretty patient if I put him in his room for short times… just as long as he gets to romp again later.

Right now, he’s fussy because he wants out, and I’m not letting that happen.

The cats are still working through ownership of things. The cat tree by the window, for example, tends to be Sebastian’s spot all day long. Spriggan instantly took to it, so sometimes Sebastian gets whiney that his spot was taken. I’m going to have to invest in another cat tree, it seems.

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They’re sharing the cat tree for the first time!

I’m also working on catifying the guest bedroom. I’ve made it so that this little cat condo I bought is set up in that window for the kitten to use. This has gone over well.

I have an old, rickety desk that I need to get out of that back room to make more space. I’d also like to change out the curtains in there since the drapery is super old now, and quite enticing for a kitten to climb. Some of this is going to have to wait until tax returns, though! But it’s a project for sure.

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Kitten Chronicles – Week 1 Edition

I still can’t get a good picture of the new kitten because every time I try to approach with a phone, he gets up to rub on me. Anyhow, I decided it was time for another kitty update!

I’m still rolling ideas for a name in my head. I’m thinking about “Puck” as in the character from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The kitten is certainly enough of a troublemaker!

Nope. Ended up going with Spriggan. As in FFXIV Spriggan:

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I’m slowly introducing Sebastian and Spriggan for a few hours each night when I get home from work. Spriggan has been enjoying the use of the many toys around the house, and I got him a new collar (seen in above picture) along with a new scratching post and such.

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Both kitties love this toy!

I wish I could say that the introductions have gone completely without incident, but that’s not true. There’s not been a full-out cat fight of any sort, but Sebastian is serious about letting the kitten know who’s the alpha.

Sebastian’s a rather jealous and sensitive cat to begin with. Any little change can send him into a fit of crying. Last night was the worst I saw him. He spent a good half an hour to 45 minutes just complaining loudly about the unfairness of kitten’s existence in his house.

Through these fits, Sebastian psychically asserts his domination over Spriggan by scruffing the kitten’s neck and holding him down on the floor. This doesn’t hurt the kitten, but it does dominate over him.

This is a behavior I’m familiar with through caring for ferrets. Back when I owned several, I had a very alpha male that would go through this same domination ritual whenever I introduced a new ferret to the household. It took a few days for the pecking order to work out, but eventually it did. Afterwards, the ferrets were best friends.

I’d probably be freaking out if I hadn’t seen this happen before. But I know that as long as the kitten isn’t getting hurt, it does more harm than good to interfere too much.

However, last night, Sebastian was just being a whiny-butt in general and not letting up on things. So, eventually I scolded him and told him to stop his behavior. He vocally complained at me in response, as if I should see what all the wrongs of his world were, but eventually chilled out over time.

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A kitten asking for trouble…

I did some reading about this domination behavior, and apparently while it can happen with cats, it’s pretty unlikely. Figures that I just have a weird cat.

Thankfully, Spriggan takes it in stride and usually just sits there in submission. If Sebastian does get too rough, I’ve seen the kitten take a swipe at him to let him know. Sebastian is a big scaredy cat in the end, and runs away.

With the weekend coming up, I can bring the two together for larger tracks of time as I still don’t want to leave them alone when I’m asleep or at work. I hope a few full days of dealing with one another will calm things down more.

Also, in a few weeks, Spriggan will be getting fixed. I don’t know if that’ll make a change in things, but it can’t hurt.

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Kitten Chronicles – Day 4

It’s official that I can keep the kitten!

He had his first vet checkup today, and got a clear bill of health. Thankfully, he tested negative for Feline HIV, parasites and other nasties. He also got his first shots, and will be heading back to the vet in 3 weeks for follow-up boosters and the neutering.

This means that tonight I can finally give Sebastian and Kitten time to meet. This also means I need to be working on a real name for him since (as long as the cats get along) he will be coming to stay with me for sure.

I know he’ll be so much happier when I can let him out of the back room so he can explore and have company. Updates are forthcoming!

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Kitten Chronicles – Day 2

It’s hard to take a good picture of a kitten who is always on the go. But there’s the best I could do.

So, after having the rescue kitten in the guest room overnight, I was pleased to see that he just seems to “get it.” Meaning, he knew to use the litterbox straight up. I was worried about that, because you just never know. But no messes – he kept it right where it should be.

I brought him a variety of toys that my older cat, Sebastian, only has passing interests in from time to time. Kitten knew exactly what to do with those, as well.

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My what sharp claws he has….

Yeah, those sharp claws were something I noticed right away. They could use a good clipping. But until then, I brought in Sebastian’s old scratch lounger, and was happy to see the kitten knew exactly what that was for, too!

It’s nice to see old toys getting some re-use. And it’s probably good because Sebastian’s scent is all over them, and the kitten is hopefully getting used to the smell.

The kitten’s a bit flighty on attention span, but enjoys company. However, seeing he’s in the back bedroom, I can’t spend all my waking time in there. I’ve done my best to make it comfy — cracked the window open because it’s nice outside, gave him a light over night, that sort of thing. I do spend time playing and cuddling him.

But the moment he’s left alone, he’s a yowling mess for a good 30-40 mins, until he wears himself out. There’s not much I can do about that seeing I can’t let him out to have contact with my other cat until after his vet visit on Monday. I want to make sure the vet gives it a thumbs up, no matter how healthy the kitten seems.

In the meantime, I’m starting to take steps to catproof my house. Sebastian is a very good cat when it comes to not scratching or messing things up, so I generally don’t need to worry about breakable items and cats jumping on things they shouldn’t… like my TV.

Since my TV is a concern – I could just see a kitten jumping on it, at it, or rubbing it straight off the stand — I did some research on what to do to protect it. I put in an order for Quakehold straps and museum wax  based on what I’ve read. These should arrive tomorrow, I hope, which gives me just enough time to get them in place before I can (hopefully) let the kitten on the loose.

Just the sound of that makes me shudder. 😀

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Looking for kitten trouble, probably.
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IRL: Kittens Happen

So I had this whole post I was writing about FFXIV storylines and characters in relation to 3.5 and Heavensward and then… kittens happened.

Yesterday, a post went up about a trio of kittens that were found behind my workplace. Apparently, they’d been seen in the parking lot by co-workers for several days. Also, they seemed friendly, so they’d been socialized, and apparently, abandoned.

The three kittens were rounded up and taken to HR. A company-wide email went out looking for homes for the kittens. If homes weren’t found, there was no choice but to surrender them to the local shelter this afternoon.

I struggled with it a bit last night, telling myself I already have a rescue cat and this would mean double the vet bills, food and litter boxes. You know. All those logical adult things that Syn also reminded me about while I was bouncing around saying, “Kitten! ❤ ”

And while my kitty is super friendly, and I’ve considered getting a friend for him for a while, it seemed like a sudden choice to make. So I didn’t act on it yesterday.

Today, one of my pet-loving co-workers brought the kittens around the office in a carrier. She’d held on to them overnight in her garage, and was now actively working to show them off and find them homes.

It’s one thing to close an email and convince yourself you don’t need another kitty. It’s another thing to see those cute eyes and hear the purr and hold the cuddle-kitten and still say no. *sigh*

So, I agreed to take the male. Many reasons for that. I already have a male, for one. This kitten is also a black cat, and black kitties have a statistically harder time getting adopted. He’s also not a kitten-kitten… more of a teen-cat. So he’s just big and lanky enough not to be in that “Awww, cute!” kitten stage anymore. Which makes him harder to be adopted.

I like black cats. And this one has the tiniest dab of white on his chest. He’s also super calm when held and purrs so friendly. He seems to have a personality that will match my other social cat, so I think they’ll get along.

I picked him up some kitten chow, some cat litter liners, some flea meds (you know he’s gotta have fleas being out in the forest), and brought him home to stay in my guest room for now. As you can see from the picture, he went directly for the food, which he ate with good appetite.

I’m keeping him away from my other indoor cat until I can get the kitten to the vet on Monday. Just making sure there’s nothing that can pass between cats first. But they were already meowing at each other through the door — the kitten mostly because he’s already missing his sisters. But don’t worry, he’ll get a big brother soon enough, I hope!

When I can actually get a picture of the kitten’s face, I’ll post it!

He also needs a name! 

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you the best and brightest in 2017!

Thanks always for stopping by, reading, an sharing your time with me. It means so much!

I know that I’ve been quiet the past week — I’ve been celebrating the holidays with friends and family. However, I have a lot planned for 2017 that I look forward to sharing with everyone, including the 3rd year birthday of this blog in just 15 more days!

Let’s make this new year a good one!