Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Addition

I've added to the little herd of felines in my house. This is Tanner:


I picked him up from a local animal shelter at the end of May. At that time he was 3 1/2 months old. He is now approaching 5 months and has almost doubled his weight. He's really a cute little guy who is full of beans most of the time but when it is time to have a nap, he loves to come snuggle on me. Even when he is playing he often does "drive-by" face rubs: he will run up onto me, quickly rub his face on mine, and then dash off to play more.

Of course, I have lots of photos. And if he were human, I'd have ammo for those photos shown at your kid's wedding that everyone gets to laugh at.

Like this one:


No, he does not have deformed legs! He'd been sleeping and stirred as I reached for my phone so when I snapped the photo, he was stretching those skinny little legs out. Plus he'd just had a big meal, so that fat little belly is full of kitten kibbles.


Pips warmed up pretty quickly as you can see here, which is a week after he moved in. She thought nothing of squashing him as he napped as he was taking up her space on the top of the cat tree. She is the queen of the household after all (and I am just the staff).


She plays with him quite a bit and they go careening around the house, chasing each other. She will put him in his place if he gets too rough or wants to wrestle when she doesn't. So there will be hissing and smacks on his head. This morning, she pinned him to the bed with his head under her chest while she chomped on his back legs... he had pissed her off. His response? "Bring it on, old lady!!!"

Lila has started to warm up a bit too. She lived in the basement for the first few days he was here (and he was confined to the spare bedroom), silly chickenshit girl that she is. But now they kinda play but if he tackles her (which he does, of course), she will hiss and jump up, whack him on the head and run away. Guess who gives chase?



But if neither of the girls wants to play, he is quite willing to keep himself occupied by flinging small toys and bits of cardboard rolls around. No matter how much you spend on toys, they always seem to like the bits of paper the best. When I am working in the kitchen, he has to bring his toy of the minute to my feet so he can chase it around me. To avoid puncture by claw, I will pick it up and fling it elsewhere. I think he is training me...

And one final pose, just for the laugh value!





13 comments:

  1. He seems to have fitted in well with the family.
    Or does he consider the family have fitted in well with him?

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    1. He has pretty much taken over the place, so I expect he feels we have adjusted to suit him. ;-)

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  2. Congrats on the new wonderful addition to the family! He looks great & sounds like lots of fun! The pics are awesome & hilarious. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Are they staring at birds or squirrels out the window? Or just people watching?

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    1. They watch everything! Bugs on the screen are a huge attraction for Tanner at this stage.

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  3. Congrats!

    Those are great photos of everyone! Looks like Tanner is settling into his place there very nicely.

    His coloration and eyes remind me of a favorite cat we had for 14 years.

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    1. I love that his eyes are ginger like his coat.

      14 years is a good life for a cat. I once had two (at the same time) who both lived to just over 18 years of age.

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  4. Quite the character you've added to your clan. :) I still don't understand people who don't "get" why pets are fun....and keep us in our place.

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    1. Live entertainment!! And if you are a proper pet parent, you have a strong sense of responsibility for their care and wellbeing. :-)

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  5. Awwwww.... I love watching cats play. They are so daft :-)
    Sx

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    1. I swear they make their own hallucinogens. Makes for great entertainment!

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  6. He's such a cutie.

    I can't believe how much he's grown!

    xxx

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