He’s under our bureau right now, chirping and squinting.
Steve brought him home on Halloween, he got him from a friend’s sister. He’s all white with very dark eyes, pink ears and pink nose. The kitten is a mixed breed including Siamese, which you can see in his big ears. His meows sound like bird chirps and he deals with stress by squinting and looking very sleepy. He has spent the last two days huddling in various corners or under various furniture, chirping away. He can barely keep his eyes open.
Aschi is extremely fascinated with him and has been investigating him, sniffing around and staring with eyes the size of dinner plates. When they directly encounter each other, they both hiss. Aschi started out being very slow and cautious, but now she is getting bolder and is looking a lot more baleful. Hate vibes radiate from her and the kitten appears to physically feel these vibes of hate and shrinks back every time Aschi looks at him.
Last night Steve was able to engage the kitty in playing a cat toy we bought. He seemed to relax and his chirps started having a rolling sound- you know how it sounds when the Spanish rolls their Rs? That was exactly what he was doing to his chirps. r-r-r-r-rCHIRP. Aschi, meanwhile, was prowling the perimeter like a predatory lion.
The kitten suddenly came out his shell after that, lying on Steve’s chest and lolling around on his back. He enjoyed being petted and stopped shrinking back like before. However this morning he is back to huddling in corners. Last night was encouraging though and I think he will come around.
We’re still trying to think of names for the kitty. I like Casper (after the friendly ghost) but Steve thinks that is too obvious and cliche. Now I’m also pushing Elmer (after the white glue) because I think it’s a funny name for a cat. We looked up all the Eskimo words for snow, but they were all very odd sounding words. A name like “Qanisqineq” (snow floating on water) just doesn’t do.
We had fun going downtown on Halloween. Halloween should always be on Friday- practically everyone at the concert and downtown was in costume and they were some of the funniest and most creative costumes I’ve ever seen. Yesterday I don’t even remember what I did half the day but they were all activities aimed at not thinking about the schoolwork I should be doing. Today, however, I need to do it all. And I will.. after I play with the kitty some more.
Nov 2nd 2003Uncategorized