So, almost 10 years ago I submitted this clip to America’s Funniest Home Videos, the show on ABC:
Yesterday, I got a call that it’s going to be on the show this Sunday, May 3rd! It was really kind of cool, after all those years of watching the show, to call the producer back and have someone answer the phone with “Vin di Bona productions.”
Unfortunately, we don’t have cable TV (we watch all our TV on Netflix, Amazon, and HBONow), so I guess we’ll see if we can’t watch it on Hulu, or maybe they upload their episodes to YouTube.
The kitten in that video was Maddy, who was our very first bottle baby. She was adopted by Nance and Rick and went off to live in Pennsylvania. She was terribly spoiled by them, and passed away in June 2013. She was one of a kind, that girl.
Just as an FYI, lest y’all be TOO impressed, it appears that the litter box learnin’ isn’t going to be an overnight thing. They’re all – as far as I can tell – using the litter boxes to pee in, but other than the time I actually witnessed Louis doing it, no one has pooped in any of the litter boxes. I’ve found several laying on the floor (luckily, they’re easy to pick up with a wipe). They’re still young, so I’m not too worried about it – I did add a little of the Dr. Elsey’s Litter Attractant to all of the boxes in hopes of encouraging them to figure it out.
With very little input from me, the kittens seem to be doing pretty well at getting the hang of eating canned food off the plate. Belushi and Skelton will both run right over alongside Lucy and eat off the plate as soon as I set it down, and everyone else has at least sniffed around the plate. I’ve seen several of them checking out the kibble – I like to start them on Royal Canin Babycat because the pieces are small – and it’s possible that they’ve eaten some of it, but it’s hard to tell.
So, we’re coming along. Sooner or later they’ll get the hang of it all!
Videos! In the first, Lucy tries to get a little time away under the scratcher, but the kittens track her down (you’ll note Shecky at the plate in the distance, eating).
And in the second, Belushi is sleepy and has a complaint. Please notice that when I ask him if he’s a muffin, he scoffs at me. (I think he finally fell asleep just to get away from the sound of my voice.)
All day long, Newt lays in one of the beds on or near my desk, and he snores and snores. I’ve become so accustomed to the sounds that on the rare occasion he naps elsewhere, I kind of miss hearing him!
2014: (“Don’t hurt me, ceiling fan. I meant no disrespect.”)
2013: Aslan’s earned himself the nickname “Swiper” because he likes to hang out on or under the ess, swiping at his siblings as they run by.
2012: No entry.
2011: No entry.
2010: Recycling inspectors, asleep on the job!
2009: Poor Troubles.
2008: It’s so cute, I pass out from the sugar shock.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.