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Now look what I have gone and done

Daughter has started high school. My formerly tiny little girl. She is taking to it like a proverbial duck. She and her friends apparently decided to get serious. She told me that they had decided that 'grades count now' so no more goofing. Instead of scooting by on brains and a smile, she is going to do her work! Amazing!

But she is still hanging out with the same girls who think they are very tough ). They all have ridiculous Brooklyn accents. They are very sweet kids.

So, last night daughter calls me-- "Mom, there is a kitten..."

He had been tossed out in the street with a ginormous flea coller on him-- the kind that are somewhat toxic even for adult cats. This is a little guy who still needs bottle feeding. He can coordinate his feet-- just. He still has the sway back and big tummy of babyhood. He needs his bottom scubbed to be able to pee. (I am pretty sure he is a he, could be wrong. The under the tail arrangements are tiny and somewhat ambiguous. Still there appears to be a spot where there may be balls later. We are going with boy, for now.) So my girl carried him home, and  set him in my arms, and ran off to buy kitten milk and a bottle. I got him going with some evap and a rag.

Of course proper kitten milk is better. The other was just while we waited. (Does anyone know is it really cat milk, and if so, who milks the cats? )

Anyway. By the time the night had advanced some, the men people came home. Husband was delighted. He really likes babies of all kinds. He had a go with the bottle, but handed kitten back for the bottom scubbing. Kitten was very relieved, and immediatly peed all over my shirt.

So we began thinking of names.

"How about Archie?"


"Horatio?" (I did not have much hope of slipping that by her, but figured worth a try)

"No Hornblower names!" The rest of the family chorused.

Daughter has settled on Ajax. (I actually had a ram lamb named Ajax once, in about 1972.)

The other animals are getting used to him. Hazel was afraid at first, (of course, being Hazel,) But she took a nap with him last night. They are going to be friends.

Yodel is more dubious. He is offended by having another cat in his space. But I think he is slowly warming up. We are giving him lots of attention.

So, there goes more of my supposedly free time. Oh well.


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Sep. 14th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)

/coherence gone
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that is about all my brain can say right now. I will post a picture later. The cute-- it burns...
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
"No Hornblower names!" :) Awwwww... pity. A new member in the family is always somewhat dramatic. A kitten! Awwwww! I wants one too.

He (!) will bring you joy!
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
He has a big purr for such a little guy.
Sep. 14th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
"who milks the cats?" - I wouldn't dare try!
As a friend of mine said: 'you never adopt a cat, it adopts you'. You were chosen
The name will come to you - a cat inspires its name, you don't name it.

Sep. 14th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Very true.
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
Pics? Pretty please?

I'm guessing the milk is a formula that mimics cat milk, just like infant formula tries to mimic human breast milk.
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Probably. Makes more sense than a warehouse full of lactating cats, and workers with really tiny fingers!
Sep. 14th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
all I know about cat milk is that my cats have all sniffed it and then walked away with disgusted look on their faces!
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yodel said he wanted it too, and drank it with a great show of enthusiasm. Don't know if it really tastes good, or if he just wanted what the baby kitty got.
Sep. 14th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
OOOooH he sounds cute! Enjoy!
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I hope Ajax realizes what a good home he now has.
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
He will be much loved. And I am sure in time he will develop his own little quirks, as the rest of us have. Right now he is on the sleep/eat/sleep/play/sleep schedule. Baby...
Sep. 15th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
you mean cats have any other schedule? (maybe replace (play' with 'hunt')
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
What! No catnip laced cigars! Next door neighbors have a cat that adopted them... name's Angel.
Sep. 15th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Angel is a fine name for a cat.
Sep. 15th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)

If you wanted to sneak a Hornblower name in there, you should have tried a side character. Although I can certainly see the appeal of calling a wee lost kitten Archie!

Looking forward to the pictures.
Sep. 15th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
Pictures soon. I tried to take some yesterday- they were blurry. I only have my phone, and it is held together with duct-tape, so...
Sep. 15th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
KITTEN! Oh, the cute, the cute! You are the second person on my flist who adopted a tiny abandoned kitten this summer. It makes me so very happy to know there are people like you out there. And what with Hazel and Yodel, your entire household sound ridiculously lovable.

My family had a cat called Archibald (thusly named long before I got acquainted with anything Hornblower). He had the sweetest disposition, but was also very, very stupid. He died last year, aged 14.
Sep. 15th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I once knew a stupid cat named Alfie. He had a very good life. The woman who owned him would ask her house guests to wash him when they took showers. He never seemed to mind, or apparently, resist.
Sep. 15th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Kitten is asleep right now, curled up he is no bigger than a doughnut. But he has made his peace with Yodel the big cat, and he has figured out today how to pee on his own. And he has tiny little claws which you can hardly see, but he can climb the sofa with them.
Sep. 17th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)

I'm so happy you rescued him and gave him a home. I'm sure he's going to be very good to you.
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
I don't know. I go away for the weekend and what do you do? You adopt a KITTEN!!! Awwww! I am sure that he will have a very good life to look forward to :) I hope kitten is settling in well and Hazel has got over her fear of the tiny thing. Has the name Ajax stuck?

Oh, and I think you should be very proud that you have the kind of daughter that doesn't think twice about rescuing a helpless animal from the street :)
Sep. 17th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I think he is going to be Ajax even if he is a she. Daughter is quite sure. Only fair that she names him, I suppose. He is growing and developing. We can almost see his brain coming on line. He can already do more than when he arrived. Eating like a piggy too. (Which is fine, he was nothing but bones and skin.)

He has discovered the wonders of placing his but on the laptop keyboard. Also wedging himself under my chin. That seems to be his favorite place to sit. Makes it hard to do anything but look at the ceiling.

Rest of the family is laughing at me...
Sep. 17th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Awwww! I can just picture you sitting there staring at the ceiling with a teeny kitten tucked under your chin! It's easy to forget how utterly helpless they are when they're that tiny. Great to hear he's coing on so well. Just wait until he's plodding about all over your keyboard while you're trying to write :)
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