I’ve said for some time that we have two kittens and a tomcat (actually, it’s three kittens and a tomcat now), but I’ve never really introduced them to you. So here are Mitzi and Trixie, our first kittens, as they were the night we brought them home, in late June, 2009.
They might look tame and playful here, but they were pretty much feral. They were born to a half-domesticated cat that had made its home in the barn of an old stove-maker in our town. The poor man got his arms and chest scratched pretty badly by the kittens and their mom when he pulled them out of the barn for us.
We’d seen the mother before she’d given birth, and she was adorable, so we begged him to give us two of the kittens when they were ready to be weaned. He was more than glad to do so — he didn’t want a colony of stray cats in his yard.
Here they are the second day, when we put them outside, in the sunlight. They would hiss at us whenever we got near, so it took a bit for us to gain their trust.
Trixie is the one on the left, and Mitzi is the one on the right. Mitzi is the one that looks like her mother, and the resemblance is even more striking now that she’s grown up and is also pregnant. I’ll show you those photos in a later post…
Here’s Trixie again.
Doesn’t she look like she’s laughing in this photo?
It’s funny, she used to be the tiny one when she was small. Trixie was the bigger one. It’s the other way around now. Mitzi is the larger and more mature now that they’re grown.
I think they’re coming up on a year since their birth. I don’t know the exact date. The stove-maker says their mom gave birth somewhere else, then brought them, one by one, into his barn, then kept moving them around in there to make sure no one found them. But I think they were about 1 ½ months when we got them. They looked to be about that size.
It took a while until they were comfortable enough with us to let us clean them (I’m talking about the stuff underneath their eyes and the nose business…) Thankfully, that phase didn’t last long, and they soon began to groom themselves beautifully.
Trixie was the one who groomed herself better from the start, so naturally, she was more in demand as my “model”.
The way the light falls on her eye here really brings out the feline in her.
Here they are playing together. That’s a big reason why we wanted two kittens, particularly two sisters. They wouldn’t be lonely.
Mitzi and Trixie are big now, since they’re about 1 year old. I have a lot of catching up to do as I post photos of them as they grew up. What can I say, I’ve been caught up in a number of other projects… I plan to post more photos and videos of them and of our very cool tomcat, Felix, about every Sunday. It’ll be my Cat Day. 🙂 If you’re into cats, tune in!