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GUESS WHAT? I have new cats!!

*blows off dust*

I haven't posted here in forever mostly because I don't have anything interesting to share.  I've been crafting, yes, but I have a separate blog for that.  But this post isn't about crafts or any of that.

It's about my NEW CAT CHILDREN!!!

You know you want pics. . .

Meet Nick, my boy cat.

Isn't he just too cute?!

Shh, sleeping. . .

"Huh?  What?"

And, doing what cats do best, being nosy.

Now I ask you, how could you refuse that adorable boy?  Well, lots of folks did.  You see, Nick was "the other cat" in the pair.  He's totally bonded to his "sister" Cleo.  Cleo (as you will see) is very fancy.

No, she's not an alien.

She's a Devon Rex.  Yes, a pure breed cat at the Humane Society.  So tons of people wanted her but not with Nick.  But there is no way the two could be separated.  Like I said, they are totally bonded to each other.  Nick will meow and Cleo will come running to make sure he's ok.  They chase each other and share their food and toys and. . .yeah, they are a pair.  A sweet, loving pair.

Cleo is a crotch cat.  She loves to keep warm so that means sleeping right up next to your body (or between your parted legs--these happen to be my wife's legs).

She looks bald but she's not.  She has really short, tightly curled to her body, hair.  It varies in texture, going from a super soft suede (on her throat and belly) to a soft plush (along her sides) to a bit wirey along her back and tail.

She's also a stretch armstrong cat.  And SUPER nebby (aka nosy).  You can't bring anything into the room without her having to inspect it.

Right now they're holed up in our bedroom and the adjoining room while they get used to all the changes (we just got them on Saturday, so it hasn't even been a week yet).  They're adjusting really well.  At first Nick was pretty upset and hid under the bed for almost the whole first day.  Now he only goes under the bed to sleep, where he crawls up in the box spring (how that's comfortable, I'll never know).  He'll also run and hide under the bed if something freaks him out, but he comes out very quickly if you just call to him.  Cleo's not nearly as scared of things.  She's just too damn nosy to be afraid.

Both are very people oriented, purring and wanting affection.  Playful, too (both with people and each other).  Cleo is a chow hound and Nick is a kitty litter digger (good lord, he digs in the box forever).

As much as I miss my last batch of cats (and lord I do), this new pair promise to bring a lot of laughs and love into our lives.

I'm a very proud "new mom".


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Sep. 19th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've missed you and just came back myself. All my updates are on FB. Nick looks like my Ethan who has a twin Tara (fraternal, eye color is different), both are polydactyls.

Good too see you again!
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
I posted pics on FB, too. My mother is all about FB so there was no way not to share cat pics there. My mother NEEDED to see her grand-cats.
Sep. 19th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
Aw, Nick is a cutie. I'm a sucker for blue-furred cats. I'm also a sucker for bonded sibling-pair kitties, which is what my two are.

May they bring you much joy.

Edited at 2013-09-19 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
I've never had a truly bonded pair before (and never had blood siblings) so this is new for me. They were wrestle/playing and I was surprised it didn't devolve into actual fighting, which is what always happened with my other cats.
Sep. 19th, 2013 09:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, so adorable! I'm a momma of 4 kitties, so I understand the pride and fuzzy happy feelings cats can bring. It's good to see you around, & congrats!
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC)

Every day I'm more and more happy I got this pair. They are too fun.
Sep. 19th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
they're cute and i'm glad that they didn't get split up.
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'm glad, too. Nick is much more skittish and less independent. He would have just suffered if Cleo was taken from him. He's coming out of his shell now and really likes my husband and me, but Cleo will always be his number one.
Sep. 19th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
OMG, they're just adorable! <3
I can easily imagine that they make you very happy, what a great pair they are!
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
They make me laugh all the time and just thinking about them makes me happy.

They have already earned their place in our house.
Sep. 20th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Sad people passed by a perfectly lovely pair of cats just because they only wanted the pure breed cat. I think they are both beautiful and I am glad they are settling well.

When my husband and I found our two cats they had a persian that they let us see but said no one was allowed to adopt even if they wanted to because she was so old and very mean tempered. I felt bad for her because I am sure there must have been someone out there she would have warmed up to, but I guess they figured she wasn't going to be around much longer and it would be less stressful for her to just stay there.
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
It's their loss. Nick has proven to be one of the sweetest cats I've ever met. So affectionate and talkative (though he could pipe down at 3 in the morning, just saying!). He's a good match for Cleo (who's also very people oriented but a little quieter) and they're both very welcome in our house.

It's been less than a week but I already can't imagine life without them.
Sep. 20th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)
Your new cat kids are adorable! And two thumbs up for adopting them both (heck, I would adopt both even with my allergies!). They're both very photogenic and it sounds like they've got wonderful personalities.
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
We knew from the start we wanted a pair of cats, either blood siblings or ones that were bonded to each other. So we're not heroes or anything for taking them both. It was actually to our advantage. Being a set, they lasted in the shelter an amazing 2 weeks until I couldn't stand it anymore and told my hubby it was "a sign" that they had lasted and I had to have them.
Sep. 25th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
All the better for all involved! No two cats getting used to each other, and two loving kitties get a home! Around here it's actually pretty hard to get two or more bonded cats settled all together at a new home, going by the pet shelter reports.

And I love that last shot of Cleo - she looks so introspective! Or trying to find a bug to eat. Could be either.
Sep. 20th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
That one pic of Cleo sure looks like someone was playing in Photoshop! Though I think I like Nick's looks better, but that's just me. ^_^

It sounds like they're settling in nicely and I'm sure they'll be very happy with you.
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Cleo is definitely odd looking, I'll give you that. Most folks will say "Oh, Nick's so cute." but don't really say much about Cleo unless I point out her odd looks. Then they feel comfortable saying they think she looks like an alien (which she totally does).

My boss did cross the line a tiny bit when she said Cleo was "ugly". I jokingly shamed her by saying it's rude to flat out tell someone their baby is ugly. You're supposed to say something non-committal like "oh, look at the little toes!" *snicker*
Sep. 20th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Awww They are adorable!! Congrats on the new additions to your family! <3

I was surprised to read their story, tho, about how they didn't want to separate them at humane society and insisted on it even with some much people interested in only one of them. I'm not sure if the people at local shelter here would have done that much effort in keeping them together if it would complicate adoption so much.
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
Once I saw them together, I can totally see why the humane society insisted they be adopted together. I'm sure Cleo would have been ok on her own, but Nick would not have been ok. I'm sure he would have suffered by himself making him less desirable to folks.

It also guaranteed they'd get them both adopted, too. If you want the "rare" cat you have to take the "plain" one, too!

OH, and I didn't even mention, when we got them they were running a special pricing. They reduced the adoption price on all adult cats to only $13 each (down from $30). So it was truly like a "buy one, get one free" deal!

I totally got the good end of the deal, too.
Sep. 20th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Kitties! They're so lovely! <3 Congrats on the new cat children, and good on you for taking them both - and on the shelter for not giving them away separately. Sometimes I see shelters asking for two cats to be adopted as a couple, and then see that one has been adopted and not the other, and it always makes me feel so bad for them. I could never do that.

Also it's good to hear from you! Sorry to hear about your last kitty batch, too. :(
Sep. 20th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was rough when our final cat (Cringer) died. Having a totally pet free house was unnerving.

There's no way I could adopt only half of a set. That just seems cruel, like having a pair of twins and deciding you only wanted to keep one.

I was nervous to meet Nick. I was worried I'd love Cleo and Nick would have a crappy personality. I got lucky. Nick is more needy but he's very friendly. I think a lot of his personality may be influenced by being around Cleo. She's outgoing, so he's more willing to relax, too. Though he'll always be the more uptight of the pair.
Sep. 29th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
They are both super cute! Congrats on the new additions to the family.
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