Fireworks: New Kitten

“We fooled around and fell in love.” We have a new tortoise shell calico kitten.

“She’s of feral origins,” they said.

“Oh, but she’s so cute,” I said.

“We’ve had feral cats before and tamed them,” he said.

But we forgot about the Queen at home, a 10-year-old calico who has her own wild streak. It is my theory that cats allow us the illusion that they are domesticated. They hang out with us because, frankly, humans attract mice.

We separated them at first, like the experts say. The kitten had been recently spayed. Plus, we wanted to gain her trust before trying to get the two cats to bond.

Being feral, however, the kitten escaped into the whole house and hid in a place we really couldn’t reach her. Did you know you had such places in your house? We didn’t. The big girl waited patiently with an occasional yowl. When the kitten came down, she made her move before we could blink. Instant fireworks. We thought the older cat was fat and slow. Let’s just say kittens breathe new life into everyone.

Since then, we’ve had a divided house: one cat in one part, one in another, with occasional attempts to bring them together. They stare at each other, the kitten anxious to play, the cat anxious to put an end to this intrusion once and for all.

“Have you called the behavior specialist?” the animal rescue friend asks.

“Have you consulted with an animal communicator?” my meditating friend asks.

“Squirt guns,” says the vet friend.

We’ve gotten out the old spray bottle we used to help our cat understand the rules in our house in her kitten days. No, you may not put your claws into me. No, you may not climb the curtains. A small squirt will disrupt an impending attack. If you can get there in time.

Cats are fast.

Let’s just say it’s been a month of intermittent fireworks punctuated by long periods of stalking and sulking. But peace will come, even to the most devious feline heart and maybe even to the most thorny regions of the globe. “Hope is the thing with feathers.”

No, wait. Please don’t kill the bird.

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Author: Theresa Crater

Award-winning author Theresa Crater brings ancient temples, lost civilizations and secret societies back to life in her visionary fiction. In The Star Family, a Gothic mansion holds a secret spiritual group and a 400-year-old ritual that must be completed to save the day. The shadow government search for ancient Atlantean weapons in the fabled Hall of Records in Under the Stone Paw and fight to control ancient crystals sunk beneath the sea in Beneath the Hallowed Hill. Her short stories explore ancient myth brought into the present day. The most recent include “The Judgment of Osiris” and “Bringing the Waters.” Theresa has also published poetry and a baker’s dozen of literary criticism. Currently, she teaches writing and British lit in Denver.

14 thoughts on “Fireworks: New Kitten”

  1. Oh. My. Gosh! I love your observation that cats tolerate us because we attract mice! Cats are insidious creatures. 20 years ago a Siamese-torti kitten adopted us and completely took charge. 7 years ago my daughter’s feral kitten moved in “temporarily” and is still here. The cats never bonded, although they tolerated each other, as long as the newcomer realized who was in charge. Have fun!

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  2. Thanks, all. She certainly got me to clean out some things–a few corners where she hid and the dust was of epic proportions, then the garage. The garage has been on my list for maybe five years. I’m picking away at it, but making good progress.

    Yes, please come visit, Diane.

    I think I’ll revise my hopes from cuddling together to tolerating each other. Things improve every day. Knock on wood.

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  3. My only comment – hope springs eternal. We have eight – all rescues. The last ones came in a group of three – mama and two kittens. That completely upset the balance of the house. Things have been getting better (it’s been nearly two years) but one of our 10 year old cats, Zoe by name, still Hates (capital H) the ‘newcomers’ and she’s not adverse to letting them know – when the humans are on a different floor.

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    1. How great of you to take card if them all, Kait. I’ll bet life is lively at your house. My friend in Egypt had 24 cats in a five story house, sort of apartments on each floor. No spay and neuter clinic there. Some got taken to the dis market while she was away in tour.

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      1. Oddly enough each enriches our life in different ways, but 8 is definitely enough. All are fixed – I used to be president of a spay neuter organization so I believe in that. Going to the fish market does not sound like a good thing. Hopefully it’s better than what could happen to them in some oriental cultures I’ve heard about. My last 3 are part feral, but calming gradually.

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        1. Eight is a lot. The fish market is not great, but there’s food to fight over. My Western friend was unprepared for the realities of cats in Egypt. I’m sure I couldn’t handle it. There are the very beginnings of animal welfare organizations there. May they prosper.

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  4. Oh, my. Good luck! My first two cats took to each other very well, and easily for the first eight or so years (the older one was very motherly). However, I got them when I was in grad school, and we moved a lot. After the last move, the older one took a dislike to the younger, and although they reached some sort of feline detente, it was never the same. Now we have a 7+ year old cat and a new puppy. It’s not going well. In fairness to the cat, we didn’t introduce them properly as the puppy was ill for the first two weeks. But, I have hope for a friendly future! Best wishes for your kitties to find their way to a comfortable co-existence! (Kait–EIGHT?!? Wow. How lovely of you to rescue!)

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    1. Eight – believe me, it wasn’t intentional. But life is what happens while you are making other plans . No more – I’m certain of that. We too had a cat dog issue at one time. The two critters solved it between themselves. The cat ended up being top dog!

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      1. You’re right. Each cat has her/his own special gifts. We’re making little tiny bits of progress. When the kitten gets bigger, she’ll be able to stand up for herself much better.

        Cats are often top dog. 🙂

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