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Lora took two of the pictures in yesterday’s post, added some text, and made me laugh out loud. Thanks, Lora!

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Remember Gail, mama to Tyrion Micah, the kitten who may have dwarfism? (Read here and here to catch up.)

Well, I have current pictures of the little one, and isn’t he CUTE.

Gail pointed out that it looks like he’s got an arrow pointing toward his lower half. Is that the cutest belleh, or what?

And here he is with his sister, Raven (aka Princess Poutyface!), who likes to stalk him.


I wish you could get him to relax, Gail!!! What a cutie pie.

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The ‘Maters had the run of the house for a good part of yesterday, and WHEW. They are certainly a handful! At evening snack time (4 pm), I called them to their room, gave them their canned food, and then shut the door for an hour so that the rest of the cats (and the humans!) could have a bit of a break. They make the Taters look positively sedate! Caspian, especially, doesn’t know the meaning of silence. He wants to be HELD, he wants to be PETTED, he wants to make biscuits in the AIR, and he wants it NOW.

I’m afraid I might squoosh him ’til the marshmallow fluff comes out his ears.

Mr. Stripey on my bed with a golf ball. I find it best not to ask any questions.

Caspian loves a good ping pong ball.

Black cat, white tub, add ping pong ball and snap pictures!

Here comes Sungold to join in.

Silly mama.

Keeping an eye on the kids.

And a little time away from the kids.

I finally got some video of Brandywine and the kittens playing. One day I need to shut the half-door so that the kittens can’t get in, just so you can see the full extent of Brandywine’s playfulness!

YouTube link

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Today, we focus on Kennebec!

Kennebec is the largest of the three Taters (he weighed in at 4 pounds yesterday; Agata was three pounds, and Fianna two and a half), but he’s the biggest baby, too. I know I’ve posted pictures of him sucking on cat beds and blankets in the past. He doesn’t do it as much as he used to – he used to do it continuously, it seemed – but he still does it from time to time. Especially in the evenings, if I lay down on the couch to watch TV, he’ll climb up next to me and suck on the hem or neck of my shirt. He’s not obnoxious about it, and to be honest I think it’s awfully sweet, especially given how hard he purrs while he’s doing it and how happy it clearly makes him.

He has the cutest little chirp of a meow that I have been unable to catch on video. It’s like a questioning exclamation – Merp?! Merp?! Merp?! – and he only uses it when he wants to charm me into letting him suck on my shirt. It makes me want to squeeze him really hard, and luckily he doesn’t mind that.

He’s a playful boy and curious, and it doesn’t for one moment occur to him that someone might not want to play with him. Brandywine has hissed at him several times to warn him off (he hasn’t tried to nurse on her, but I think she’s had her fill of kittens and isn’t willing to take the chance that he might want to), but he keeps going back and trying to rub on her just because that’s the kind of sweet monkey he is.

He’s nervous in new situations (ie, going to the vet), but at home he’s calm and relaxed and loves to lay with his front legs stretched straight out in front of him.

He likes to be kissed and he likes to be held and petted. He does NOT like to be held like a baby (both of his sisters love that), and if you flip him over onto his back, he’s like “Unhand me immediately!”

Like his sisters, he has soft, silky fur that’s so nice to pet. He’s a cuddler sometimes, but most of the time he’s off stretched out on his own, sound asleep. He’s playful, and if you toss any toy across the room when he’s in the mood to play, he’s off like a shot. He particularly likes toy mice that rattle, and ping pong balls that he can play soccer with (he’s an excellent soccer player). He’s a great fly hunter, but his fly-catching skills need some work. I would love it if he were adopted with one of his sisters, but if he isn’t, he’ll make friends with any resident kitties soon enough.

Now that I’ve profiled Kennebec, Agata and Fianna, I get to tell y’all that it’s almost time to say goodbye to them. They’ll be going to Petsmart on Friday. Until Friday morning, they’ll have the run of the house 24/7 and I’ll spend as much time as possible snuggling them.

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Yesterday Jake, so today: Elwood!

He always has that grumpy look on his face, but he’s really the sweetest boy. When he’s really happy (and all you have to do to make him really happy is pet him a few times), he purrs so hard that he squeaks.


2011: She’s a lovah, not a biter.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: I love this goofy little cat.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: Luckily his Zapping Collar o’ Doom is water resistant.



8-1-12 — 42 Comments

  1. I have a new workmate called Ellie. I can’t help but call her Ells Bells, because it reminds me of your Elly Belly! If she ever finds out I’m in big trouble, but it makes me grin every time!

    • Hahahhahah.. I have a cat Emma. Then I started working with a woman named Emma. You know that sing-song voice you use with your kitties when you say their name to them? Well, I realized that is what I was doing to her!!! “Hey E-mmmmaaaa! LOL. Fortunately, she wasn’t upset and had pretty much assumed I had a pet with her name and has cats, herself! Whew! Took a bit of concentration to stop doing that!

  2. Thank you for the morning smiles! I loved the video!!! Brandywine will make a wonderful addition to any home!

    My Sidney purrs so loud that he “trills”! It makes me laugh….and he sucks on my shirt, too! No, it isn’t annoying at all…it is precious and is our bonding moment. He is 2.5 yrs old now and I hope he always does it. 🙂

    • Last night when I was sitting at my desk, Kennebec got tired of waiting for me to come watch TV, and he flopped down in front of me and “nursed”, and I remembered the comment you left about “nursing Sidney” and laughed!

  3. I just (re-)read about Alice’s wheeze back in her early days with you. Has she got over it? (Pardon my grammar, English is not my native language and sometimes my memory fails me.)

    • She has completely gotten over it, actually – she just seemed to outgrow it. I think that it was only a few months later when we realized that she’d gone from occasionally wheezing to not doing it at all. I can’t remember the last time I heard her doing it – I would guess it’s been well over a year, thankfully. 🙂

  4. I think Ms. Brandywine is a lovely, but teenage Mom. I don’t know if the vet guessed her age, but she acts so much like a kitten herself, I’m thinking she is less than 2 years old and maybe only seven or eight months old herself? Our Aurora (and her little Northern Lights) are the same, this is probably Aurora’s second litter (we have her first, all rescued from a field) but her older babies are just now getting big enough to spay and neuter, so she’s had two litters and is probably only about a year old. Even when very pregnant she would play like a kitten, although some cats are always playful like that, even into great old age; it is usually a sign of a young kitty. By the way Aurora looks just like Brandywine!

    • They guesstimated that she’s about 2 years old, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that she’s younger. She’s such a sweet, playful girl. Whoever ends up with her is going to be seriously lucky!

  5. Seriously Robyn, you take the most beautiful pictures. The third pic from the bottom of Kennebec is wonderful. We have a new quarterback for the Colts (yes I am still in morning about Peyton but am willing to accept the new guy) and his name is Andrew. Everytime his name is mentioned Dave and I both do the Aunt Bea ‘Andee’ from The Andy Griffith Show. It amuses us to no end. Luckily I don’t work or know anyone who shares a name with my cats or they might get called Mr. Fluffy Britches by accident…

  6. Oh Tyrion Micah, what a cute little patoot you are! And clearly not spoiled at all.

    • I didn’t get any details from Gail (I’ll try to remember to ask next time), but I’m assuming he’s doing well!

    • Tyrion has gained weight. His hips are not as bony as they were. He is up to almost 1.5 lbs. he has grown a tiny bit, but has put on a layer of fat. He is still so skinny everywhere but his belly. He does walk an run and play, but tends to roll over as he lives for belly rubs!

  7. I’m glad you put something in yesterday’s post about Brandywine’s tail going all poof when she plays. I adopted a teenager last weekend and he does the same thing. Since he’s new, I’m not used to his quirks and noises and such, and I was worried he was genuinely freaked out. Good to know he’s just Stranger Danger playin’!

    • I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the poofy-tail-while-playing before Brandywine, but a couple of her kittens do it, too! Maybe it’s genetic. 🙂

      • Most adorable heritable trait EVER!!! Ohhhh I want to adopt Miz Brandywine so very very much. I am smitten!

  8. In the video of Brandywine and the kittens playing….Does it remind anyone else of Scooby Doo Episodes where they all run between the door ways and across hallways and scramble around?

  9. so does Tyrion Micah actually stand up? I think more pictures are in order to prove he doesn’t spend his life on his back!! 🙂

    Golf ball? OK point taken, no questions here, moving on

    ping pong balls are the best! The tub is a great idea because around here the corner monster renders the ping pong ball as a non toy and no one but me can save them. Poor kitties go with out toys as the corner monsters eat them all each day.

    Kennebec – totally LOVE that photo of him upside down (one of the last three) and the last one of him. Those little orange boys, they are so often so photogenic..

    Speaking of little orange boys…

    • I think you were the one who left the comment about ping pong balls that made me think to look for some when I was in Target. I had a couple, but they have something inside them that makes them rattle (and they tend to end up lost, too – but not in the corners!). I bought a couple of packs of plain old ping pong balls, and every kitten in this house thinks they’re the bomb!

  10. Talking about kitty soccer, my Andy is on the pro team. Have you ever tried wiffle golf balls? We were destroying, usually with my feet, too many ping pong balls so I picked up a 12 pack of “practice” golf balls and Andy loves them. They are cheaper and sturdier than ping pong balls. They are only slightly heavier than a ping pong ball. According to Andy, it makes them faster.

    • I did pick up some light golf balls when I picked up the ping pong balls, so we have both. The cats seem to prefer the ping pong balls, but that could be because there are more ping pong balls in the house than golf balls. They’ll definitely chase the golf balls too, though! 🙂

  11. Oh, how I long to put my fosters in the bathtub to get a good game of soccer going. Now that I’ve got an even number, the games would be even better. But for some reason, they refuse to stay inside it. Perhaps it has something to do with the number of forced bathings they’ve endured.

    Kennebec is a love. He reminds me of sweet Porter, peeping for attention but refusing to be cradled like a baby. The other kittens all demand to be rocked on their backs, but not Porter. He’s likely to sink a few claws in my chest attempting to right himself whenever I get the idea to try.

  12. I love the second to last picture of Kennebec. It looks like Mr. Flower Kitty on the bed fabric is looking adoringly at him (as he should be!)!

    Bottle brush tail Brandywine is fun! She is going to make someone so happy when she is adopted!

    So if Rupert is Ceiling cat, and Maxi is Basement cat, are Jake and Elwood Purgatory cats, falling somewhere in between? 😉

  13. Kittens in the bathtub! Nothing is better! I had a cat who loved nothing better than to take her toys – jingle bells, ping pong balls, wadded up paper, you name it – and play with them in the bathtub. I had to keep the bathroom door at night or she would wake us up at 3 a.m. thumping around.

  14. You know, Brandywine may never have had the opportunity to play indoors. I agree that she may be a “teenager”. She really is a cute girl and would make a wonderful addition to a home.

    Sad that the Taters are leaving….hope they find forever homes soon. You’ve given them a great start!!

    Thanks for sharing all the pics and video. Made my morning 🙂

  15. Kennebec is still in my mind the blond high school quarterback. Too gorgeous for words.

  16. Have you ever noticed, as I did today, that Brandywine has on the most lovely gold gloves? or orange… But lovely all the same!

    Elwood has a touch of the looney in him, he’s just pudged out so it’s harder to tell! But boy oh boy can you tell that he and Jake are brofurs! If they were the same size, they’d be identical I’m betting! I loves them blues brofurs! If they ever come up missing, you might assume they’ve been kidnapped and transported to Ohio… Not that I’d know anything about it, if it ever happened….. Just making conversation. 😀