The last few weeks have been busy with my dance recital (the first in 10 years), a visit from family, my birthday, a funeral, and other church stuff. My absence from the blog was unplanned, and I’m glad to finally be back!
Our dance was titled “Learning to Fly,” and our music was from the Broadway musical Peter Pan.
I’ve been wanting to share with y’all something exciting that has happened in our family, but the busyness of the last few weeks has prevented me from posting about it… Our little family grew! No, it’s not what you are thinking; we got a playmate for Tiger, a Bengal kitten that is 11 weeks old today! He is the same breed as our first cat, Leonidas.
If you have never heard of the Bengal cat, “[it] is a hybrid breed of domestic cat [that results] from crossing a domestic feline with an Asian Leopard Cat,” which is a small wild cat native to Southeast Asia.1 It was developed as a “breed of domestic cat with the loving nature of a favored fireside tabby and the striking look associated with Leopards, Ocelots and Jaguars.”2 Not all Bengals look the same – they can have rosettes, spots, or marbling; they can be brown, black, cream, gold, silver, and gray/blue – but they do all have one thing in common, an active and playful personality.
We have had our new kitty for about 3 weeks, and he and Tiger are starting to get along better. The first few days Tiger was very unhappy about this new kitty in his house and wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Eventually he got used to the little guy being here and started to play with him (well, the kitten would follow Tiger everywhere and chase him down to play). But several times he literally begged us to lock him in our bedroom so he could take a nap in peace. Now that the kitten has been here for a while, Tiger has realized he’s not going away and sometimes seems to actually enjoy having a playmate.
So, without further ado, I introduce to you our new kitten, Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Mal). *10 cool/nerd points to anyone who can tell me where the name comes from
*10 more to anyone who can tell me why we gave him this name
See how tiny he is compared to the slippers! This picture was taken at 8 weeks old on the day we brought him home.
Mal really likes to scamper. This is when he was feeling particularly “scampery.”
We figured out pretty quickly that he likes to be the center of attention. The first couple of days after we brought him home he would often run up to one of us while we were sitting at our desks and try to climb our legs . When we would reach down to pick him up he’d scamper away. As soon as we turned back to our computers he would return, trying to get our attention again.
Mal claimed the cat carrier as his own personal kitty fort. Tiger was very jealous.
Meeting Tiger – 11 chunks vs. 2.3 lbs.
2 The International Cat Association (TICA)
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