Simon Meets the (Fur)Family

This afternoon, I finally (purposefully) let Simon meet the other animals living here. Niko, my lynxpoint Siamese, had slipped through the door and over the baby gate a couple of times, but I usually hustled him out of the room pretty quickly. Today I allowed Niko to come in, but it was at a time when Simon was in full play mode. Of course “play” to Simon is very similar to something you might see in “Gladiator”…. And at times I felt like I was watching the old cartoons featuring the rooster, Foghorn Leghorn, and the feisty little Chicken Hawk: “Ah say, ah say, boy…yer botherin’ me!”

Niko was simply happy to be in the room (what is it about cats and closed doors?) and he was additionally happy to have the opportunity to snarf down some dry kitten food.

Simon had a totally different agenda in mind.

So sit back, fix some popcorn (and eat quickly, as this video clip is less than a minute long) and enjoy the following action-packed drama,

“The Adventures of Dining Cat and Ninja Kitten”

(I’ve heard that some people are having trouble viewing the “remixed” videos. If you’re one of them, please scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of the post which will take you to each separate video segment.)

Simon was relentless and Niko was incredibly tolerant, but after Simon had been (quite appropriately) bopped on the head repeatedly and occasionally knocked winding, I decided that a change of scenery might be in order. I took Simon out on the porch, where he was initially somewhat intimidated again, but I knew he was regaining his confidence — and that trouble was brewing — when I saw this:

I guess if you can’t whip the big cat, you go for a more reasonably-sized PART of the cat!

Supporting players this afternoon included Honey-dawg:

And my flamepoint, Kai (who preferred to sit on the table and merely watch the drama unfold):

When we finally came inside and Simon went back into “solitary,” all the cats were exhausted — and they slept for hours! 😉

For those who can’t see the remixes, try these links:

Dining Cat & Ninja Kitten, Part 1
Dining Cat & Ninja Kitten, Part 2
Simon & Niko’s Tail, Part 1
Simon & Niko’s Tail, Part 2

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Simon’s Vet Visit

I’m delighted to report that Simon received a clean bill of health from the vet this morning! His combo test (for FeLV and FIV) was negative (whew!), he weighs 2 pounds, 1 ounce, and the vet estimates his age at 8 weeks, confirming the first vet’s estimate of 3 weeks of age when my son found him.

It’s getting hard to remember just how small he was. Thank goodness we took lots of pictures! 🙂

May 25, 2007

May 26, 2007

Edited to add that my son said that the (female) vet and two (young female) vet techs were all in the room during Simon’s exam. Yep, I’m sure that these three women were all simply “smitten with kitten” and that my son’s presence had absolutely nothing to do with it! 😉

(Pictures taken June 2)

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Whirling Dervish with Ninja Moves

So much for the cuddly little baby with lion-cub ears! Simon, now about 8 weeks old (we assume), is in constant motion, except when he’s sound asleep! (And he’s staying awake and actively playing for much longer stretches.) Just in the past few days we’ve noticed that his tail now twitches and lashes around a lot and he’s noticed this, too. So far I haven’t been able to get a video of him chasing his tail, but that’s happening fairly regularly. 🙂

It’s funny how even when he’s beating the crap out of a toy, he’s still making sure that I’m watching him. And as this clip shows, he can move very, very quickly!

And he totally cracks me up with his new fancy footwork and ninja moves:

What a busy, busy boy he is!

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The Best Part of Simon’s Day

Simon spent most of Sunday with his “GrandMeowm” and “GrandPaw,” then got in his magical traveling box (i.e. his carrier) and came to see me until his “Daddy” picked him up after work.

Simon loves his Daddy; you can see it in the way he looks at him:

It’s a relationship built on trust…

…and love….

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Simon Visits the Porch

Today for the first time I let Simon explore the screened back porch. Before now I was worried that his legs would slip into the spaces between the boards! At first he was very hesitant about being in the “big world,” with all the new sights and sounds. (In addition to all of the bird sounds, my neighbors were having a cookout and children were laughing and playing.)

Therefore, as Simon demonstrates, it’s always important to do a perimeter check when you’re in a new place:

And of course you never know who might be watching (in this case it’s Niko):

Once you feel a bit more secure, then it’s perfectly reasonable to feign an attack and try to figure out how to escape. (How does a kitten who’s never seen a screen door before know it’s an exit?!)

Simon crouched at the end of this clip because he was startled by a bird that flew right by the screen! All in all, though, he really enjoyed having a change of scenery!

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