Meet Fritz, our new bunny

At the end of July, we brought home an addition to our pet family: a fluffy little grey bunny we called Fritz. His full name is actually Fritz the Wonder Bunny from Brazil. You might think his name’s unusual, but he’s done a great deal to earn it, as you’ll see in a future post. Let’s meet him!

He truly was tiny. He fit into the palm of my hand — a scared little grey furball with a heartbeat so fast I thought he was going to burst.

After he calmed down and ate some kale leaves and carrots, we introduced him to our cats (we have four of them), and watched carefully to make sure they got along. The kittens were all quite curious to see who (and what) he was.

Zuzu (the black one) made her “I don’t like this” face. See how her ears are turned back? Zuzu does that quite often, but she’s friendly as can be. Bubu (the one in the lower left corner) was very curious. He wanted to smell Fritz and touch him and play with him, but Fritz was understandably a little scared of a cat about four times his size (Bubu is a big tabby). Tira (the one on the right) approached Fritz first, touched him with her paw and smelled his scent.

Fritz stood there in the grass, small as he could make himself, probably thinking he’d get gobbled up, but our kittens are those kinds of cats. They’re nice and friendly. They do tend to get a little mischievous at times, but they didn’t want to hurt Fritz.

Next up was Bubu, who could barely contain his curiosity. He wanted to jump on Fritz and play with him, but we managed to calm him down somewhat.

Fritz got accustomed to his surroundings fairly fast, and was soon up and about, smelling the various grasses in our yard and picking what he wanted to eat (he’s quite picky, but in a good way; he’s a veritable gourmand).

It’s now been about a month since we brought Fritz home, and he’s doing great! We kept him in a little cage for most of the day and all of the night during his first few weeks, because there were a couple of hawks and an owl who had their eye on him. Now that he’s bigger and he’s shown us that he can take care of himself, we let him roam freely through our yard and garden. He’s already found a few great hiding spots. Not even we can find him sometimes. He comes out when he wants to eat and socialize. And he gets along great with all of our cats.

Contrary to popular belief, he hasn’t made short change of our vegetable garden. He’s shown little interest in it so far. He prefers to eat certain kinds of grasses and weeds.

Just so he wouldn’t get lonely, we recently got him a girl companion we called Rita, a fluffy little white bunny whom he already adores; there’ll be more about that soon. Unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us), when he matures a little more, we’ll sterilize him, because, you know the old adage, they’ll be multiplying like rabbits if we don’t…

I’ll leave you with a little rough footage of Fritz eating grass in the yard, shot with my cellphone (so I apologize in advance for the poor video quality). I’ll have better video of Fritz soon!


Zuzu and the Veil of Doom

Our kitten Zuzu loves to explore all sorts of hidden places, many of which have spiders and of course, spiderwebs. We photographed her wearing one of her own fashion creations here, the Veil of Doom.

Why call it the Veil of Doom? She’s a black kitty after all, and we all know from folklore that black cats are a little dark. (She does tend to be a bit gloomy and stubborn and doesn’t usually say much, but she’s very attached to us and she’s incredibly intelligent.)


Cat spaghetti

Our kittens (and I can still call them that, because they’re only about a year old) love to cuddle up together when they sleep. They have their little bed, and that’s where you’ll find them most of the time, sleeping and purring — a big, intertwined mass of furry cuteness. It’s sort of like spaghetti in a bowl. 🙂

Some people have asked me whether they’re related after they saw the video. Bubu and Tira are brother and sister. The others are unrelated. Sasha was adopted in Sibiu, RO. Zuzu was adopted in Bucharest, RO, along with Bubu and Tira, but they’re from different parts of the city. The wonderful thing is they all get along quite well. Sure, they’ll argue a bit from time to time, but overall, they love each others’ company.

My little cat spaghetti is indeed a recipe for relaxation!


Meet Zuzu

Zuzu is a very adorable kitten of unknown age — my guess at this point is 8-9 months — that we first saw on Facebook. She was recuperating after major hip surgery, and was up for adoption. She’d been found on a street in Bucharest, with both of her hips broken, possibly by a car, or a trap, or some deranged person. We fell in love right away with the little black furball, got in touch with the good folks who’d been treating her (Irina Pricop and Magda Radu), and arranged to adopt her. That’s also how we got to adopt two of our other cats (Bubu and Tira), but that’s a story for another day.

This is how the poor thing looked when they found her. Notice the broken and dislocated hips, pushing inside the abdominal cavity and pressing onto her organs.

And this is after the operations, recuperating at the vet’s office.

She’s now been with us for about 6 months, and has recovered very nicely. Her gait has never gotten back to normal, and I don’t think it ever will. She walks a little funny, and she runs a little funny too, but that’s what makes her even more endearing. She’s even learned to climb (and get down from) trees better than any other of our cats. She’s a very resilient cat. She’d have to be, to still be alive after an accident like the one she had.

This is how she looked last autumn, a few weeks after we brought her home.

Can you resist a face like that? Can anyone resist it? Not likely.


The kittens in the yard

It was one of the last few beautiful days of autumn, and our kittens were sure enjoying themselves, lazying and frolicking about, playing with each other, making googly eyes for the camera… We’ve got five of them these days — two tomcats (Mushu and Bubu) and three kittens (Sasha, Zuzu and Tira). Felix is gone — he disappeared more than two weeks ago, so if anyone’s seen him, please let us know. My guess is he’s gone off after females, and since he knows how to cozy up to people, he’s probably mooching off someone else’s food. He needs to come home. Enough is enough. We miss him.

I recorded the video with a new camera, a Fujifilm FinePix HS10. Sorry if the video’s a bit shaky at times, I should have used a tripod. I do love the quality of it though. It’s full HD (1080p), downsized to HD (720p) in iMovie.