llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)


I appear to be coming down with a cold, if today's sore throat and headache are anything to go by. Marvellous. Sincerely hope it doesn't actually come to anything much!

Last week's week off work positively flew by in a haze of wonderful non-productivity - spent most of the week lounging around pretending to watch DVDs while actually watching the cats. Also spent a lovely afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] femsc, who popped in for a cuppa and chat - and very nice it was, too, to meet indoors this time, warm and dry and cosy, after our last encounter, which took place in an open field in torrential rain! Although it has to be said that the flooding did make that encounter rather memorable!

Then had my big sis and her husband to stay for the weekend when they came to collect their kitten, wee Sidney (who is now renamed Jasper, and I really must get the hang of calling him that!). They were meant to be staying Saturday-Monday, but ended up staying on an extra night thanks to a pile up on the motorway on Monday causing tailbacks that would have delayed them for hours, which is not what you want for a frightened baby kitty who has just left home for the very first time. While they were here, we also took the opportunity to go out for a family meal Saturday night to celebrate Deb and Ray's 5th wedding anniversary - how time flies!

We'll just gloss over the fact that when they left yesterday morning they managed to lock little Alfie in the box room, and since I had already gone to work by then he was trapped all day without food, water or litter tray until I got home and discovered his predicament...

Some kitty pics )

Meanwhile, young Alfie has settled in wonderfully well (minor dramas such as being accidentally locked up in small rooms all day notwithstanding) and he and Poppy are getting along really well already, much to my relief and delight. Poppy still finds him a bit boisterous, but seems to enjoy playing with him anyway - and it is good for her, as she is getting less exercise since we moved (doesn't seem to like roaming around the gardens hereabouts as much as the ones near the flat) and has been getting a little pudgy as a result, being a greedy girl. The biggest problem I have with the two of them now is that Alfie has already figured out how to get out through the catflap and is absolutely desperate to explore (not to mention to follow Poppy wherever she goes), but since he is far too small to be allowed out and about, this means I now have to keep it locked most of the time, restricting Poppy's freedom (and preventing Macavity from popping in to pinch food).

Alfie still isn't a great eater and won't even contemplate cat meat, but he seems to be growing steadily anyway, so clearly the milk and biscuit diet is sufficient for his needs. He is always intensely interested in whatever I have got to eat, but that doesn't necessarily translate into wanting to share it with me - except for yesterday morning when he tried to climb on my plate and started chewing on a croissant! Evidently the problem is that he thinks he is human, rather than cat...

More kitty pics )

llywela: (cats-PoppyAlfie01)


I appear to be coming down with a cold, if today's sore throat and headache are anything to go by. Marvellous. Sincerely hope it doesn't actually come to anything much!

Last week's week off work positively flew by in a haze of wonderful non-productivity - spent most of the week lounging around pretending to watch DVDs while actually watching the cats. Also spent a lovely afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] femsc, who popped in for a cuppa and chat - and very nice it was, too, to meet indoors this time, warm and dry and cosy, after our last encounter, which took place in an open field in torrential rain! Although it has to be said that the flooding did make that encounter rather memorable!

Then had my big sis and her husband to stay for the weekend when they came to collect their kitten, wee Sidney (who is now renamed Jasper, and I really must get the hang of calling him that!). They were meant to be staying Saturday-Monday, but ended up staying on an extra night thanks to a pile up on the motorway on Monday causing tailbacks that would have delayed them for hours, which is not what you want for a frightened baby kitty who has just left home for the very first time. While they were here, we also took the opportunity to go out for a family meal Saturday night to celebrate Deb and Ray's 5th wedding anniversary - how time flies!

We'll just gloss over the fact that when they left yesterday morning they managed to lock little Alfie in the box room, and since I had already gone to work by then he was trapped all day without food, water or litter tray until I got home and discovered his predicament...

Some kitty pics )

Meanwhile, young Alfie has settled in wonderfully well (minor dramas such as being accidentally locked up in small rooms all day notwithstanding) and he and Poppy are getting along really well already, much to my relief and delight. Poppy still finds him a bit boisterous, but seems to enjoy playing with him anyway - and it is good for her, as she is getting less exercise since we moved (doesn't seem to like roaming around the gardens hereabouts as much as the ones near the flat) and has been getting a little pudgy as a result, being a greedy girl. The biggest problem I have with the two of them now is that Alfie has already figured out how to get out through the catflap and is absolutely desperate to explore (not to mention to follow Poppy wherever she goes), but since he is far too small to be allowed out and about, this means I now have to keep it locked most of the time, restricting Poppy's freedom (and preventing Macavity from popping in to pinch food).

Alfie still isn't a great eater and won't even contemplate cat meat, but he seems to be growing steadily anyway, so clearly the milk and biscuit diet is sufficient for his needs. He is always intensely interested in whatever I have got to eat, but that doesn't necessarily translate into wanting to share it with me - except for yesterday morning when he tried to climb on my plate and started chewing on a croissant! Evidently the problem is that he thinks he is human, rather than cat...

More kitty pics )

llywela: (Alfie02)
As mentioned, my wee little Tabby kitten came home to live with me on Saturday. He is now Alfie (or Alfred or Alf, depending on my mood and how well he is or isn't behaving) and we have been slowly settling into a new routine together: him and me and Poppy.

As you'd expect for a kitten about to turn 10 weeks old, he is a little hoodlum most of the time, tearing about the place constantly on the look out for mischief to get into. He is also extremely vocal - far more talkative than Poppy, who has always been a very quiet cat - and extremely cuddly, loving nothing more than to snuggle up when he is sleepy. He still doesn't eat very much, surviving mostly on milk and a few biscuits, but the vet was happy with his weight and size when he went for his first innoculation on Monday. We had a bit of a food breakthrough today, though. I had bought a turkey joint and did a roast dinner...and Alfie, who has always refused to so much as taste meat of any kind, discovered that he absolutely adores roast turkey. He ate about half of what was on my plate and was looking for more!

Honestly. Fussy cats! Hopefully he will feel more inclined to try actual cat meat now...

Alfie pics! )

How does Poppy feel about the new addition to our household, I hear you ask? She isn't thrilled, predictably enough - her initial reaction was 'eek! A cat! Oh noes!' and she spent most of the weekend giving me tragedy eyes, all 'you know how I feel about cats, why would you bring one into the house???' But we are taking things very slowly and steadily and I have no doubt that both cats will get used to one another in time. Alfie is absolutely desperate to make friends because he wants so very much to play, but Poppy finds him a bit boisterous for her tastes, as she tends to be very intimidated by other cats at the best of times - even when they are barely a quarter of her size, as it turns out! So, it being such early days, I'm still keeping them apart most of the time, but am letting Alfie run loose for a little longer every day. Today he spent a wonderful hour or two upstairs with Poppy, the two of them chasing one another around the bedrooms, but I think he enjoyed it a lot more than she did, so didn't let it go on too long. I don't want Poppy getting too worked up and stressed! She is being pretty patient with him so far, though, so I remain confident that they will learn to tolerate one another soon, and since they both quite like company they will probably enjoy being around one another eventually - when Alfie grows up and calms down a bit!

Poppy pics! )

Meanwhile back at my parents' house, Chloe and the rest of the kittens have adjusted to Alfie's absence quickly enough - Chloe searched the house for him for about an hour after he left, and then got over it. Sidney will be moving out this weekend when Deb and Ray come down to collect him, and Domino the week after, when Dad's friend from work is back from holidays. And then there will just be Ginger, the one they are keeping, and then that household, too, can begin to re-adjust to a more normal routine once more.

Chloe, Ruby and kitten pics! )
llywela: (Alfie02)
As mentioned, my wee little Tabby kitten came home to live with me on Saturday. He is now Alfie (or Alfred or Alf, depending on my mood and how well he is or isn't behaving) and we have been slowly settling into a new routine together: him and me and Poppy.

As you'd expect for a kitten about to turn 10 weeks old, he is a little hoodlum most of the time, tearing about the place constantly on the look out for mischief to get into. He is also extremely vocal - far more talkative than Poppy, who has always been a very quiet cat - and extremely cuddly, loving nothing more than to snuggle up when he is sleepy. He still doesn't eat very much, surviving mostly on milk and a few biscuits, but the vet was happy with his weight and size when he went for his first innoculation on Monday. We had a bit of a food breakthrough today, though. I had bought a turkey joint and did a roast dinner...and Alfie, who has always refused to so much as taste meat of any kind, discovered that he absolutely adores roast turkey. He ate about half of what was on my plate and was looking for more!

Honestly. Fussy cats! Hopefully he will feel more inclined to try actual cat meat now...

Alfie pics! )

How does Poppy feel about the new addition to our household, I hear you ask? She isn't thrilled, predictably enough - her initial reaction was 'eek! A cat! Oh noes!' and she spent most of the weekend giving me tragedy eyes, all 'you know how I feel about cats, why would you bring one into the house???' But we are taking things very slowly and steadily and I have no doubt that both cats will get used to one another in time. Alfie is absolutely desperate to make friends because he wants so very much to play, but Poppy finds him a bit boisterous for her tastes, as she tends to be very intimidated by other cats at the best of times - even when they are barely a quarter of her size, as it turns out! So, it being such early days, I'm still keeping them apart most of the time, but am letting Alfie run loose for a little longer every day. Today he spent a wonderful hour or two upstairs with Poppy, the two of them chasing one another around the bedrooms, but I think he enjoyed it a lot more than she did, so didn't let it go on too long. I don't want Poppy getting too worked up and stressed! She is being pretty patient with him so far, though, so I remain confident that they will learn to tolerate one another soon, and since they both quite like company they will probably enjoy being around one another eventually - when Alfie grows up and calms down a bit!

Poppy pics! )

Meanwhile back at my parents' house, Chloe and the rest of the kittens have adjusted to Alfie's absence quickly enough - Chloe searched the house for him for about an hour after he left, and then got over it. Sidney will be moving out this weekend when Deb and Ray come down to collect him, and Domino the week after, when Dad's friend from work is back from holidays. And then there will just be Ginger, the one they are keeping, and then that household, too, can begin to re-adjust to a more normal routine once more.

Chloe, Ruby and kitten pics! )

kittyspam

Oct. 13th, 2009 09:32 am
llywela: (poppy01)
Thank you to everyone who voted in my kitten name poll - 'twas very interesting to see the spread of results...which will, of course, have absolutely no bearing on my final decision. *G* I'm still leaning toward Alfie, but the complication there is that my good friend has been calling the stray cat in her garden Alfie, as well. So...we'll see.

Kittyspam )

kittyspam

Oct. 13th, 2009 09:32 am
llywela: (poppy01)
Thank you to everyone who voted in my kitten name poll - 'twas very interesting to see the spread of results...which will, of course, have absolutely no bearing on my final decision. *G* I'm still leaning toward Alfie, but the complication there is that my good friend has been calling the stray cat in her garden Alfie, as well. So...we'll see.

Kittyspam )
llywela: (poppy02)
1. I think I am coming down with a cold. Great fun! Head feels like its been stuffed with cotton wool this afternoon.

2. It is looking almost definite that I will be bringing little Tabby home with me next week, so I need to start putting some serious thought into choosing a permanent name for him. So, just out of interest to see what everyone else thinks, I thought I would conduct a poll of possibilities.

Below are all the names I have either shortlisted myself or had suggested to me (divided into two polls because space in each one is limited). I've put Sidney on the list, btw, even though it is currently the name of one of his brothers, because it is currently looking like both white-and-ginger cats will be changing their names soon, and I thought Sidney was too cute a name not to be considered.

And a reminder: this is the little chap who needs naming )

[Poll #1468575]

*votes to include my own, Chelsea's and my colleagues' preferences...*

I offer no promises whatsoever that the outcome of this poll will have any bearing on the final decision. *G*
llywela: (poppy02)
1. I think I am coming down with a cold. Great fun! Head feels like its been stuffed with cotton wool this afternoon.

2. It is looking almost definite that I will be bringing little Tabby home with me next week, so I need to start putting some serious thought into choosing a permanent name for him. So, just out of interest to see what everyone else thinks, I thought I would conduct a poll of possibilities.

Below are all the names I have either shortlisted myself or had suggested to me (divided into two polls because space in each one is limited). I've put Sidney on the list, btw, even though it is currently the name of one of his brothers, because it is currently looking like both white-and-ginger cats will be changing their names soon, and I thought Sidney was too cute a name not to be considered.

And a reminder: this is the little chap who needs naming )

[Poll #1468575]

*votes to include my own, Chelsea's and my colleagues' preferences...*

I offer no promises whatsoever that the outcome of this poll will have any bearing on the final decision. *G*

kittyspam

Oct. 5th, 2009 09:22 am
llywela: (Default)
Didn't post a kitten update last week, but have been asked for more pics, and who am I to refuse a request like that?! Here they are aged 6-7 weeks:

Kittyspam )

kittyspam

Oct. 5th, 2009 09:22 am
llywela: (Default)
Didn't post a kitten update last week, but have been asked for more pics, and who am I to refuse a request like that?! Here they are aged 6-7 weeks:

Kittyspam )
llywela: (poppy01)
1. Went downstairs this morning and pottered around for a little while in the back room - opened curtains, fed fish, turned computer on - and then went into the kitchen. All of a sudden Macavity the Mystery Cat came bombing out of the lounge, shot past me in a blind panic, and zoomed out the catflap. Heh. He must have been so fast asleep on the sofa he didn't hear me getting up and moving around - first time that's happened. I've suspected before that he was taking advantage of the furniture at times, but this would seem to confirm it.

2. Hands up anyone else who is absolutely entranced by Last Chance To See on BBC2 of a Sunday evening - Stephen Fry and Mark Cawardine re-tracing the voyage of discovery Mark undertook with Douglas Adams 20 years ago to discover some of the world's most critically endangered species (some of which, alas, have now been declared extinct - it really was the last chance to see). I even bought the book to accompany the series, and am now completely entranced by that, too!

3. RIP Patrick Swayze. :(

4. Kittyspam! Four weeks old and counting )

5. Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] salsk and [livejournal.com profile] lfg1986!
llywela: (poppy01)
1. Went downstairs this morning and pottered around for a little while in the back room - opened curtains, fed fish, turned computer on - and then went into the kitchen. All of a sudden Macavity the Mystery Cat came bombing out of the lounge, shot past me in a blind panic, and zoomed out the catflap. Heh. He must have been so fast asleep on the sofa he didn't hear me getting up and moving around - first time that's happened. I've suspected before that he was taking advantage of the furniture at times, but this would seem to confirm it.

2. Hands up anyone else who is absolutely entranced by Last Chance To See on BBC2 of a Sunday evening - Stephen Fry and Mark Cawardine re-tracing the voyage of discovery Mark undertook with Douglas Adams 20 years ago to discover some of the world's most critically endangered species (some of which, alas, have now been declared extinct - it really was the last chance to see). I even bought the book to accompany the series, and am now completely entranced by that, too!

3. RIP Patrick Swayze. :(

4. Kittyspam! Four weeks old and counting )

5. Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] salsk and [livejournal.com profile] lfg1986!
llywela: (Default)
I know, I know - yet another kitten update. Well, they grow so fast and are so delightful at this age! And since I'm still sore after my dental surgery, I need the distraction of The Cute. *G*

So, the kittens are three and a half weeks old, and have now made the Great Escape and begun exploring outside their box - although efforts are being made to ensure that they only come out under supervision at this stage, since they are still so very small and their poor mum gets a bit stressed when they all start dashing off in different directions!

They really do look like proper kittens now! )
llywela: (Default)
I know, I know - yet another kitten update. Well, they grow so fast and are so delightful at this age! And since I'm still sore after my dental surgery, I need the distraction of The Cute. *G*

So, the kittens are three and a half weeks old, and have now made the Great Escape and begun exploring outside their box - although efforts are being made to ensure that they only come out under supervision at this stage, since they are still so very small and their poor mum gets a bit stressed when they all start dashing off in different directions!

They really do look like proper kittens now! )
llywela: (Default)
A bank holiday mostly without rain, huh - who'd have thunk it?

I took advantage of the shocking absence of rain yesterday afternoon to sit out in the garden re-potting most of my house plants, and a couple of the outdoor ones for good measure. This was noteworthy purely because, rather to my amazement, Macavity the Mystery Cat came and hung out with me for most of the time I was out there. S/he/it (I'm going to go with 'he') wouldn't let me get close enough to touch, but also didn't flee as he usually does the moment he hears me coming. He was also pretty well-behaved - apart from, you know, the sheer cheek of so brazenly wandering into the house to pinch Poppy's food while I was right there. There were only a few scraps left that she wasn't going to finish anyway, so I didn't mind, and he continued to hang out even after the food was gone (maybe in hopes that more would materialise, or maybe just being friendly, who can tell with cats). And, most importantly, he didn't scare Poppy. She didn't get too close, lurked around at a cautious distance eyeing him with deep suspicion, but there was none of the wide-eyed 'omg, there's a cat, there's a cat!!! Save me!!!' reaction I usually get when she encounters fellow felines, and none of the hissing and spitting I had to keep refereeing when she was sharing the house with my brother's cat Chess. So, I felt quite at ease making friends with Macavity.

He even sat still long enough to have his picture taken:


Some Poppy pictures )

And a few more kitten pics )

Oh, and last but not least, here's Small's little dog Ruby, very happy to be home from holiday again.


That's all folks - last picspam for a little while, I promise!
llywela: (Default)
A bank holiday mostly without rain, huh - who'd have thunk it?

I took advantage of the shocking absence of rain yesterday afternoon to sit out in the garden re-potting most of my house plants, and a couple of the outdoor ones for good measure. This was noteworthy purely because, rather to my amazement, Macavity the Mystery Cat came and hung out with me for most of the time I was out there. S/he/it (I'm going to go with 'he') wouldn't let me get close enough to touch, but also didn't flee as he usually does the moment he hears me coming. He was also pretty well-behaved - apart from, you know, the sheer cheek of so brazenly wandering into the house to pinch Poppy's food while I was right there. There were only a few scraps left that she wasn't going to finish anyway, so I didn't mind, and he continued to hang out even after the food was gone (maybe in hopes that more would materialise, or maybe just being friendly, who can tell with cats). And, most importantly, he didn't scare Poppy. She didn't get too close, lurked around at a cautious distance eyeing him with deep suspicion, but there was none of the wide-eyed 'omg, there's a cat, there's a cat!!! Save me!!!' reaction I usually get when she encounters fellow felines, and none of the hissing and spitting I had to keep refereeing when she was sharing the house with my brother's cat Chess. So, I felt quite at ease making friends with Macavity.

He even sat still long enough to have his picture taken:


Some Poppy pictures )

And a few more kitten pics )

Oh, and last but not least, here's Small's little dog Ruby, very happy to be home from holiday again.


That's all folks - last picspam for a little while, I promise!
llywela: (Time)
Right, so a few people have asked for another kitten picspam, since I am kitty-sitting all this week, and they are starting to look more like proper kittens than little rats now - two weeks old today! So...just remember that you asked for this, people.

Anyone not interested in baby animals, now's your chance to scroll on by. Everyone else, follow the cut!

Kittyspam - image heavy, you have been warned )
llywela: (Time)
Right, so a few people have asked for another kitten picspam, since I am kitty-sitting all this week, and they are starting to look more like proper kittens than little rats now - two weeks old today! So...just remember that you asked for this, people.

Anyone not interested in baby animals, now's your chance to scroll on by. Everyone else, follow the cut!

Kittyspam - image heavy, you have been warned )

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