Monday, July 28, 2008

Please welcome the newest member of our family!

Since Jake and I were going to be married, we thought it would be okay if we got a new pet - together. On June 8, we brought home our six-week old bundle of fur and named him Festus. (Jake gave me two choices for the name - Festus or Cletus. I am sure the cat will thank me later.)

For the last 15 years, Jake has had Hank, his trusty yellow lab and all around best friend. When I moved to Chico, I brought with me my one year old black cat Mo. (Mo was unavailable for photos the day we shot these.) Being 15 years old, Hank really could care less about my Mo. However it took some time for Mo to get used to sharing the house with a dog but in the end they respect each others food dishes and sleeping space quite well.

Now the dog is the least of Mo's worries. Enter a new kitten. Jake and I are quite protective of our new little guy. He really has a cool personality until about 4:30 am when playing becomes his priority over sleeping. We hope he will grow out of this.

The first night we had Festus, he was scared being in a new place and cried all night like new kittens away from their mom do. Being the good parents, we thought having him sleep in our bed was a good idea. Now I remember someone telling me that you should never introduce your children into thinking sleeping with mom and dad all the time is okay. Let this be a warning - same goes for pets! Festus has now taken up permanent residence on our pillow right in between us. And WOW - can this cat purr! In hindsight, we should have called him Harley because this is what he sounds like when he purrs.

As the weeks have passed, Festus has gained more free space to roam. He was limited to the master bedroom and bath for a while. Reason being he was so little and if we let him out of our sight, he would cuddle up in random places to sleep and we would lose him. This only happened once or twice. We then discovered a $1.97 cat toy at Wal-Mart that had a bell and colorful feathers on a string. Festus thought this was greatest thing. Since then, we ring the bell and he comes running - at least when he is in the house. He loves to hear his feet on the hardwood floors. He will run laps in the living room and front room just to hear the patter of his little feet.

Festus then discovered the back yard and he had to be out there all the time for a few days. Being so little, the tall sunflowers and other flowering plants are like a jungle to him. I think the newness of the yard has warn off as he willingly comes back into the house now.

Each day he discovers something new. This week climbing onto counters. Who knows what next week will bring. The only thing for sure is that we are satisfied with our new kitten and enjoying being newlyweds! ~mrs. c

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