Living with Kittens

We’ve had Sis and Bert for a little over a week now and it is beginning to feel like they’ve always been here.  Sis gave us a little scare – she wasn’t eating much and seemed to always throw up every little bit.   A quick trip to the vets office revealed that the flea and worm treatments she had received before we adopted her may have been too strong for her tiny body.  The vet gave Sis a special food, available only by prescription, and it really seems to have turned her around.  Now she’s eating and playing and sleeping just like a healthy kitten ought to.

Bert and Sis Like Naps

We learning to kitten-proof the house, keeping doors and toilet seats closed and putting breakable things on the highest shelves.  Even so, Bert has a knack of getting into mischief.

Bert Surfs the Web

They really are so much fun – nothing like having kittens in the house again!


Sis and Bert

Sis and Bert

We are close to deciding on names for our new kittens – Siskel and Ebert – or Sis and Bert for short.   Sis and Bert are Hemingway Cats or polydactyl cats – they each have seven toes on their front paws.  Very cute.  We are thinking of calling them Siskel and Ebert  after the “two thumbs up” rating used on their show.  Yeah…corny…I know…but cute. 

Sis and Bert are settling into their new surrounds quickly, though Sis has an upset tummy today.  If she doesn’t improve by tomorrow, off to the vets office!  BTW – Sis is the mostly tabby kitten while Bert is the mostly white one.

New Members of the Family


I have been a ‘cat person’ for years.  My Mom kept cats as pets and I have always been very fond of them, too.   My favorite cat, Molly, passed away a couple years ago at the ripe old age of 21.  More recently, my stepson’s cat Boots passed away after nearly 20 years.  We agreed that it would be appropriate to wait a few months before deciding if we should bring another cat into the family.  

The question was answered this weekend with not one, but two beautiful kittens.   We adopted them from the local SPCA and as far as we know they are litter mates, brother and sister.  They both have extra toes on their front paws and the male lost a little bit of his tale during some unknown accident.  They’re both full of energy, wrestling around the livingroom at every chance.  It is great to have kittens in the house again.