Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Jazz Cats: Update

Having two new kittens in my house has completely absorbed my attention. Ever since their arrival a week ago, we spend all the time we can just watching them. Again, I promise this won't become an all-kitten blog, but there are just too cute to ignore.

A brief update:

After spending two days not moving much and hissing at Ella, Billie transformed into über-kitten, playing with every toy (a bent pipecleaner being her favorite) and running around like a nut. That lecture we gave her about kittens with no personality having to go back to the pound must have sunk in.

She even started to tolerate Ella and came withing a belly's distance without hissing (that's Ella on top, Billie below, Husband in the middle).

But meanwhile, Ella, who came with the kitten cold most cats catch at the Humane Society, got sicker and sicker. She stopped eating. A quick trip to the vet and $175 later, she was pumped full of fluids, vitamins, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and an appetite stimulant and was on the road to recovery. The only good thing about her being sick was that Billie (who had caught the kitten cold herself) was sympathetic and let Ella sleep in the same basket with her.(Ella is the one talking in the picture.)

Now they are both on antibiotics but are feeling pretty frisky, even if they do sneeze a lot. Ella has packed on some pounds -- well, ounces -- thanks to the special fat food from the vet. They still sleep in the same basket, but they spend most waking hours playing an elaborate game of Kitten Tag that involves lots of wiggling, hopping, nose tapping, and mad dashes across the free-fire zone of the bedroom.

Okay, okay . . . back to the books. I just started Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Perfect for this rainy weekend while I watch the Jazz Cats play.


  1. "Let the Great World Spin" very good.

    Kittens even better.

    Have fun!

  2. Aww, they're so cute curled up in that basket!

  3. I have to agree with Kathy, they really look cute in that basket. The picture actually makes me wish i was a cat person. Have fun with the kittens.

  4. I love how their little eyes look squinty when they are snoozing. And hissing means fear, not aggression, so it sounds like they are on their way to being good buds. Glad the kitten colds are under control.

    Can't wait to hear what you think of the book. (I loved many things about it.)

  5. Ella and Billie are adorable. I can't blame you, husband. Too cute. May I have one?

  6. What adorable kittens! Hope you enjoy Let the Great World Spin. I listened in the car/read at home. It was an amazing experience ... the audio was very well done, it added so much.

  7. Definitely a rainy day. The kittens look great.

  8. If your adorable kitties could talk they'd thank your for giving them such a cozy home!

    Curious to know how you like "Let the Great World Spin." Glad to learn the audio version gets a thumbs up.

  9. They are adorable. I'm glad they are feeling better!


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