There's a couple little buggers I'd like to introduce to you.
Maggie Buttercup and Roxas Vaarsuvius
I didn't set out to adopt them, honestly. We were asked to foster some kittens when we got back from Michigan, and I agreed. I'd wanted to try fostering, and it seemed as good a time as any.
Unfortunately, we both fell in love with the kittens. (I'm really summing it up here) In the end, we couldn't tear ourselves away from all four of them.
I know, I know. Four cats. Bring on the cat hoarder jokes. I don't think it's going to be that bad though. Once the kittens are adults, we can get everybody on the same kibble, which will be great. The kittens are so different in age from Aery and Gwen that I don't anticipate (fingers crossed, knock on wood) that we will have a lot of expenses from them in the near future. Plus, they'll keep each other company, and take the heat off of Aery and Gwen for being best buddies.
Although, Aeris is coming around to the kittens. I'm not saying that she loves them yet, but we've made a lot of progress from day 1, when she bolted and hid behind the tv stand for a few hours. She doesn't like to be ambushed, but she likes the adoration she gets. I think she's going to really like her fan club.
Gwen is ... Well ... We're realizing that Gwen reallyhateschangeokayguys. Really. Hates. Change. And unfortunately, we've given it to her in buckets from leaving and then her surgery and then kittenpalooza. So SHE is taking a lot longer to come around to the tiny interlopers. But that's okay. We'll continue to be patient with her and love her and work with her at her pace. On the bright side ... I think she's stopped peeing on things? (FINGERS CROSSED KNOCK ON WOOD)
The intense Gwen reaction is a bit of a setback, but in the long run, I really think everything is going to be okay. She's a great cat, and we're probably the best people to be patient and loving with her. Based on their behavior, I believe the kittens will be okay with Gwen's boundaries - when Gwen agrees to interact with them to set those boundaries. But anyway.
We do love our tiny little balls of fuzz. Buttercup (known mostly as Cuppie) is a charismatic, energetic little sweetheart. She is social and playful, and quite enjoys napping on people - even if those naps average ten minutes. Vizzi is more shy. We've had them now for two and a half weeks and I can say I JUST now feel like he's really warming up to me. He's a little more quiet, little more gentle than his sister, but he adores her, and he purrs up a storm when he's with us. He spends a lot of time in Matt's office, just sleeping at his feet or in his closet. Vizzi loves sleep, actually.
Moreover, the kittens feel good to my soul. I had a fair amount of discussing and tears with Matt over things like, "too soon?" "betrayal?" and such. It's been a little over six months now, which feels like forever and not long at all. It feels far too soon for a dog, but cats I can handle. Cuppie seems to think I'm pretty swell, and I (much like Aeris, I guess) enjoy having someone think I'm interesting and need to be followed around.
They're also generally good cats. When Aeris was a kitten, I was a WRECK. Partially because I actually was a wreck, partially because I felt like every day I was keeping a kitten from imminent danger. It's like those old Looney Tunes cartoons where a dog would be put in charge of a baby and have to keep her from crawling off the beams on a skyscraper. That was Aeris as a kitten. These kittens (KNOCK ON WOOD) are pretty trouble-free so far. I mean, we're not dumb, we keep an eye on them, and they have places they aren't allowed to go and such. But we've both said, despite their youth and vigor, that these kittens seem more "street smart" than Aeris did at their age ... or now. They definitely have better dexterity. I feel like Cuppie could qualify for some sort of ninja warrior. She just flings herself everywhere and makes it work.
Cuppie and Vizzi are rich in the way cats appreciate most - cardboard boxes. They will be well supplied throughout their kittenhood, and they love their rotating arsenal of forts. I just ... I had to rescue Vizzi a couple times because Cuppie figured out how to flip the lid shut and stand there to trap him.
Hopefully now that we're reaching SOMETHING like a new normal, I'll be able to update more. Trust me, it's not for lack of kitten pictures.