Things I tend to forget

They Grow Up So Fast

Our kittens are almost 5 months and 1 week old today. I never thought they would still be with us after all this time. But they are and we’re truly enjoying every day with them. There’s always something new, a discovery, a new trait one of them develops, something they learn or we teach them. Of course there are also the nights when Naruto decides he wants to climb the mosquito screen door and howl at the moon waiting for one of us to “rescue” him at 4:30AM, while all he wants is to come in and snuggle between us. Here’s how they look today.

Today, Pia brought in Nero and Naruto with her. They are easy to handle as they will obey almost any command you give them. She noticed though they were getting heavy. Lifting Naruto with one hand was getting harder. She weighed him at 3KG last night, he’s probably heavier today!

She puts them both down and Nero was happy to snuggle next to her. It is nap time after all. But Naruto sees me sitting at my desk nearby and jumps up in my lap where he promptly turns on his back and goes to sleep. It takes him a few tosses and turns to find the right spot. Then he’s snoring happily in my lap. He is getting bigger.

They both stay put until Gigi (the mother) sounds the alarm outside. They rush to meet her, and both slide toward her to breastfeed as she licks them clean. Bagheera, their somewhat larger sibling tries to take a turn, and Nero yields his place. He’s full anyway. They had just eaten before Pia brought them in, but who could say no to fresh free milk and a tongue bath?!

That’s Gigi in the middle, between Naruto and the 2 Duponds (Nero and Bagheera). Those pics are from a couple of weeks ago!

Bagheera is already taller than his mother. But Gigi is larger at the shoulders and her neck is thicker. She’s my little pit-bull. Strictly speaking, pound-per-pound I’m sure she’s the toughest animal I’ve ever seen.

We have been taking photos of the little devils for since they were born. I’ll try to compile a few pics below (thanks Paypouy!)

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Cat Training – Sit – First Session

It’s been 4+ months since Gigi stepped into our living room, jumped in my wife’s lap and started giving birth to 4 highly annoying kittens. A week or so later, she moves them out to hide them. And a month after they were born she brings them back again, full of life and jumping up and down all over the yard and between the rocks of the garden wall/fence. They were very cute, and we enjoyed having them around the kitchen begging for food and playing with the mats. But they were growing, and very fast. At 4 months, Bageera is almost as big as his mother. Naruto is a bit smaller but his disctive meawoing is so high it wakes us up from behind closed glass doors and windows. And he know how to get our attention: he climbs the wirescreen of the doors and windows, he opens the sliding windows if there is just a small opening, he jumps up into our laps or behind our backs on the chair when we’re eating, etc. He demands attention and does not back down if doesn’t get it.

So training is not because we don’t have a dog, but merely a necessity. We had dome some research and found plenty of methods with clickers and people training the cats to do tricks and use the toilet. For me however the main issue was for Naruto to behave at meal times. It took just one session, same method used to teach a dog to sit before handing him the food. worked like a charm!

Here’s a video taken on that day, cut short just to make it smaller. Gigi is there, but her camouflage is too hard to film with a phone!

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