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Sunday, 16 April 2017 10:28 am
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There has been a void in the house since losing Hobbit: apart from the way I miss him, Pandora has become more needy and demanding as an Only Cat. So the plan was always to acquire a second cat, and in the inscrutable way of the Cosmic Wossnames, that void has been filled. In ginger and white, even. Danielle has been feeding three feral cats at her workplace, and while she was doing that the other evening, a complete stranger stopped and asked her if she wanted a kitten. Apparently a friend had brought the kitten as a gift for the stranger's grand-daughter, who was staying with them and had subsequently gone back to Joburg and left the kitten behind. I leave as an exercise to the reader the necessary Homicidal Rant about people who give animals as gifts to children, as though they were stuffed toys without associated needs or responsibilities.

Anyway, apparently the Cosmic Wossnames manufactured me a kitten. Given that she's skittish, feisty and was clearly abandoned by people who should damned well have known better, this is Jyn.

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She's been in the house for a couple of days, and is a sweet and affectionate creature despite the slight skitishness; she has an adorable line in chirrups, trills and Harley Davidson purring, and a well-defined tendency to climb on my desk and bite my chin while standing on the keyboard, causing some serious outbreaks of tactical disaster in Andromeda. She has incredibly soft fur, and a particularly heavy arrangement of fur over her eyes which gives her a slight and endearing frown.

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Pandora is in what can only be described as an Epic Snit. She's furious. She divides her time between trying to slaughter the kitten by sticking her paws under the study door; staring, growling and actively going for her if I put them in the same room; and sitting in the back garden with her back to me, sulking. I am spending my otherwise restful long weekend in something of a war zone. If I'm never heard of again, it's because Pandora has eaten the kitten and buried my body in the back garden.

Poor Blorpy!

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017 10:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] firstfallenpanda
I don't blame her! All she ever wanted was to be an only cat and just as she got her wish you ruined it. Worst cat lady ever :-P

But srsly she's very cute and I hope they become friends soon.

Date: Sunday, 23 April 2017 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] virtualkathy
Kitten! What a sweet face and I Iove the name. I hope they're making progress on being friends--we have pretty much a constant war going on here on the cat front, it's distressing :-( We introduced a new kitten last summer, and the older cats hate her, especially the bigger of the two. And now the two older cats fight as well since they're generally stressed out (I'm listening to a growl fest as I type). I'm still hoping they'll figure their shit out.

Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] virtualkathy
Yay! I'm so happy to hear--if they're settling in so quickly I'm sure all will be well.
Yes, we've gone through copious amounts of Feliway--it definitely helps, but as soon as H is away from it she gets grumpy again. I think our next step will be some anxiety meds, as recommended by a Cat Expert friend. I think it's worth a try, fingers crossed for a good outcome.

Enjoy your kitten bonding <3 :-)

Date: Tuesday, 25 April 2017 10:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] firstfallenpanda
You can get Feliway collars ... :-P

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