Well that was quite a long break from blogging! Normal service should now be resumed…
I have a lot of things to update about but the first thing I want to do is introduce you to a new friend of mine. He doesn’t look like this any more – but he did when he first arrived:
Altogether now: Awwwww!!!
This is Albie – short for Alberic which means “Elf or magical being, power” because frankly, I felt I needed a bit of elven magic in my life. He arrived into the world on May 1st 2013 and came to join us 8 weeks later. He is my “I’ve had chemotherapy and quite hardcore surgery and I need a little friend” kitten. I have been taking some little videos of him since his arrival and if you care to, you can see how much he has changed already here:
I love him – he can be a little nightmare whirling dervish at times but he can also be a lovely cuddle monster and a ton of fun. Unfortunately our resident old lady cat does not agree and would prefer it if he would stop waving his paws in her face and pouncing on her tail – but I’m hoping they’ll work things out eventually! He absolutely loves her and trails around behind her all the time – which usually ends in quite a lot of swearing on her part. Not once has she used claws to tell him off though – to her eternal credit she just hisses / growls and gives him a slap. Most of the time she just waves her paws at him and doesn’t even make contact. When he is calm she is fine – but poor love is deaf so when he starts stalking her and leaping up unexpectedly it is a bit of a shock!
So far he has been to the vets a couple of times and had all his jabs. I’ve not let him outside yet and have bought a little harness so I can take him into the garden etc supervised initially. He is certainly not sensible enough to be let loose on his own yet! I think he is quite smart and he is into everything so I can imagine him getting into all sorts of scrapes in the big wide world. He was a bumbling little thing when he first arrived but now is leaping all over the place and likes to practice his balancing on the back of chairs. He has been good as gold in terms of toilet training – used the litter tray perfectly from day 1 and has recently progressed to a bigger enclosed poo house. He hasn’t quite got the hang of the swing door yet though – we’ve had to take that off till he’s a bit bigger.
His favourite toys at the moment are:
– his scratching post / tower thing – http://www.petsathome.com/shop/climb-and-hide-lookout-by-pets-at-home-79907
– a little plastic doodad called ‘kitty boink’ – http://www.boinks.com/our-products/kitty-boinks
– this 3 in one extravaganza – http://www.petsathome.com/shop/cheese-chase-3-in-1-cat-toy-by-petstages-15058
So that is Albie – my cat in progress aka: Kitten Schmitten / Albie the Dinosaur / Mr Magoo… we seem to have a habit of giving our family members a number of aliases!! I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of him in the future…