Simon: “You’ve Got Mail!”

It was a pretty typical day here at the kitten daycare center and Simon was (typically) busy terrorizing the resident cats.

Something special was in the works, however, because earlier in the day a package had arrived in the mail — and it was addressed to HIM! With a return address of Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue, I was sure it contained some goodies from the Rocky Mountain Siamese Rescue eBay Store, but I had no idea who it was from!

That evening I told Simon he could LOOK at the package, but he couldn’t open it until his “Daddy” got home. Waiting was sheer torture, especially since his behavior let me know that he was smelling — and reacting to — catnip!

“Oh, GrandMeowmy, purrrr-lease??!”

Daddy finally got home and Simon turned those sad little eyes on him. But wait — would we be contributing to the delinquency of a minor by giving catnip to a kitten?! Yeah, probably!

But with no further ado, we opened the package, and oh my, what a bountiful bag of kitty toys! Simon didn’t know what to play with first!

And within the bag we found a note from the sender:

Thank you, Auntie Kaye! What a wonderful surprise and wonderful toys! Simon just lubs them!!



You can help support Siamese Rescue efforts by purchasing Simon-endorsed and reasonably-priced cat-related merchandise through the eBay store listed above. You can also get some goodies for the special kitties in YOUR life by clicking on the link below:

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Simon: Fearless/Foolish

Despite cat etiquette training by Niko and my other cats, Simon still doesn’t seem to understand that there’s more to life than simply — and repeatedly — pouncing on other members of one’s species. In a rare moment of discretion/common sense, he considers attacking my male sealpoint Kian, changes his mind, and gives him a quick “kiss” instead:

On Saturday when he was staying with his other GrandMeowm and PawPaw, there apparently was just entirely too much temptation to demonstrate his fierce and intimidating ninja moves in front of one of their kitties:

Using his speed, he was able to escape, unscathed, from this encounter (you can hear his GrandMeowm say, “Uh, oh — hit and run!”) but he was soundly smacked on the head a few minutes later. When he’s reprimanded by an adult cat, he may be momentarily subdued, but I really think he’s just taking a moment to regroup and plan his next offensive campaign.

At this point, Simon could clearly benefit from reading the feline equivalent of “How to Win Friends and Influence People”….

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Simon – July 8, 2007

Simon spent the day with his GrandMeowm & GrandPaw. I went over for a quick visit this evening and to take them another can of kitten food. Of course I had to take my camera along. 😉

Simon was having a blast on their open, hardwood floors — running and playing with toys, sliding into things and never slowing down. According to his GrandMeowm, he’d been going strong for nearly four hours, but shortly after I got there he started winding down. It’s rare to see him still these days, so I took advantage of the situation and snapped a few pictures.

At 9-weeks old, he seems to be getting away from the long, deep sleep of baby kittenhood. Just minutes after I took the last picture, he was up and playing again!

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Today in the Garden

My flowerbeds, in general, are still a mess and overrun with weeds, but individuals are doing well!

The Birdbath-Shade Garden (in the location of the former “pondlette”) features heucheras, a Patriot hosta, liriope and impatiens:

The hostas on the back of the house:

The real treat this morning was watching dozens of Cabbage White butterflies on the “Pink Delight” butterfly bush and on the Agastache (Anise Hyssop) “Blue Fortune”:

I’m disappointed with the quality of this video clip on Photobucket, but at least it gives you an idea of the activity around the agastache:

I think the quality is better when it’s hosted on my website instead of on Photobucket. You can click on the image below to download the clip if you’d like to compare, but be forewarned that it’s about a 4 MB download and the clip is only 22 seconds in length:

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New Skills & Lesson Reinforcement

Simon, Niko and Kian (male sealpoint) spent a long time on the porch on the evening of July 4th. While Niko and Kian are satisfied to just sit and watch Simon’s antics, I’m starting to wonder when this little kitten will be able to attain warp speed — he’s moving faster and faster every day!

One of his favorite toys is a crumpled up piece of paper, but he also enjoys playing with a fuzzy “ferret”:

Each time I’ve had him out on the porch, he’s tried to jump into one of the chairs. Showing incredible determination and concentration, he finally made it and was quite proud of himself!

He jumped into the chair and out several times, perfecting this new skill. And then, in what surely must have been an epiphany in a young cat’s mind, he seemed to realize that he was suddenly “bigger” than Niko:

With his new “top cat” status, the “submissive” behavior I’d seen a couple of nights ago flew out the window:

Which led to this:

Which, inevitably, led to this:

I never really saw him give in that much, but he finally ran out of steam. When he jumped into the chair again and started dozing off, I realized that it was time for school to be over for the evening. 😉

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