I unfortunately have some sad news to pass along: last week one of the kittens passed away. The picture above is of the remaining four. They don’t exactly know why the kitten died, but there is one interesting tidbit of information. Of the five kittens that Luna gave birth to, there are two sets of mirrored identical twins. These sets of twins hang out next to each other, and have almost the exact same color designs. The one that passed away was the one that didn’t have a twin. Apparently, since the beginning, it also had a hard time nursing, which may have been the ultimate cause. It’s a total bummer.
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Well, we told you it would be any day! Yesterday we got the call from our friends, Ben and Alexis, that Luna had finally exploded, filling their house with kitten love. My call, from Ben, went something like this:
Me: Hey Ben, what’s goin on?
Ben: Ahh, nothing. Do you have a firewire chord to connect my video camera to my computer?
Me: I don’t know, probably, I’ll check. Anything else?
Ben: Well, Luna had her kittens.
Me: OMG! Hoorah! (then silence as my head bursts from excitement)
I picked Jillian up from work and we quickly weaved through PAP traffic en route to see what Luna had concocted during her 2 month pregnancy. We arrived at Ben and Alexis’ house and looked around but saw no kittens. We curiously turned to Ben, who was in the kitchen preparing a delicious dinner for him and his bride, and he said, “they’re up there.”
Luna had precariously perched herself on top of the cabinets in their kitchen, in what can only be described as a Kitten Canopy. You step up onto their kitchen counter, and in the corner is Luna lazily nursing each of her FIVE (5!) new kittens!
This is so incredibly exciting. Jillian and I were likening it to being 8 year-olds on Christmas morning. It’s like there are five brand-new models of iPhones (or whatever you’re into) sitting above the cabinets in Ben and Alexis’ kitchen, after months of waiting for them to be revealed. The kitties are all black and white, just like their mother, each with a different patchwork of spots splayed along their coats.
Of course it will take some time for the kittens to mature into something more than just a turd shaped ball of fluff, so we’re not sure which one we will take. I mean, who knows, you could pick one now and he could turn out to be a real jerk in a month. Take the one below for example, he already looks like he has an attitude:
But it’s funny how incredibly exciting, yet totally anti-climactic this birth has turned out to be. On one hand it’s so much fun to be able to see all these healthy little kittens just after they were born to a teenage mother that we know well, but at the same time, they don’t really DO anything.
It’s fun and all to stand up on the counter and ‘ooh’ and ‘ahhh’, but until they grow up and are able to pounce around and tumble all over each other (or sneeze!), then it’s just another waiting game until we get our new kitten home.
So now that the new kitten countdown has begun, the real hard questions present themselves: Mostly-black or mostly-white? Boy or girl? Judging by how promiscuous their mother was by getting knocked up at the ripe old age of 8 months 5 months, I’m pushing for a boy. Just saying….
If you want more pictures you can click on “Continue Reading” below:
Hmmm, this makes things a little complicated…
As you know, Jillian and I will be adding a kitten to the Thorp family any day now. Luna is about twice the size she was before getting knocked up, and we are anxiously awaiting the call from our friends saying, “Luna exploded and there are kittens everywhere! Hoorah!!!”
It’s something that we’ve put a lot of thought into. After looking at our family budget and figuring out if a new kitten was even economically viable for us, we weren’t really given a choice in the matter as we were party to Luna getting pregnant. It’s therefore our responsibility as the irresponsible temporary parents of this cat to take one of her bastard children in an effort to alleviate the responsibility from her (semi)responsible permanent parents.
Well, we thought we were going to have our hands full already until Jillian got a non-kitten-explosion related phone call. Jillian’s old co-worker, JeanBa, has thrown a kink in our spokes, and it’s is in the form of a cute ball of puppy goodness!
“Awwwww” is right! JeanBa’s dog just had 6 puppies that are waiting to be snuggled and posted on youtube for all our family and friends! Their mother is a mild-mannered Rottweiler mix, and the father is whatever mutt that got lucky with her about 3 months ago.
But now the debate begins, a dog is clearly more responsibility than a cat who could care less if you are home or not. Transporting a dog also creates it’s own roadblocks as Jillian and I only have our trusted Pinotage at the moment.
You also can’t leave a puppy at home for an extended period of time, and add that to the work of having a kitten, you have a full time job. It’s almost as if you would need a husband who works freelance and is home most of the time to be able to handle all of this…….WAIT A SECOND!!!
The puppies need to grow for another three weeks before they can be harvested, but we’ve already put a hold on the spotted one above in the event that we decide to convert our house into a baby animal farm. It doesn’t help that Jillian’s parents have just purchased the cutest little puppy in the world, named Jack. You can see a picture of him, and more of the puppies if you click the “Continue Reading” link below.
I think we have made a decision, which I will not post here in a brash attempt at creating suspense. We are definitely still getting one of the kittens, so that’s a lock. But we would love to hear what you think, and I found this cool button on our blog’s website that allows you to create polls, so vote (OR DIE!) Just kidding….
This is the vicious Miss Luna, our friends, Ben and Alexis’ cat. She’s not that vicious actually, she’s more like the sweetest cat ever. EXCEPT when she gets out of the house in the middle of the night and jumps on top of our tent scaring the holy bejeezus out of us.
Luna is strangely similar to my Mom’s cat in almost every way. The first reason is that they both have the same name. The second is that they look exactly the same. The third is that they are both feisty. It’s kinda nice to have a little slice of home every once in a while.
On another note, Jillian and I went to our old house to look for our cat, Lulu, again today. We had heard rumors that she might have survived the earthquake (in which we were sure had been her untimely demise) and was living in the rubble of the house. We went today and saw two cats, neither of which were Lulu. We walked all around the house calling for her but saw nothing. Kind of a bummer, but nothing we weren’t expecting.
We’ll probably check one more time when we finally get the chance to dig some of the stuff we lost in the house out of the rubble. That has been delayed for now as the organization that Jillian used to work for isn’t allowing us to do it. It’s hard to see where our room used to be, see a pick-axe sitting right next to it, and not be able to start digging. Even if nothing is really recoverable, it would be nice to just have that closure.