Something new… well one new thing in our lives that I have not really talked much about on this blog, if at all, is our new Kitten, Boudreaux! About 3 months ago, a friend of mine posted a photo on facebook of 2 little kittens that he had found near his house–they were about 3 weeks old. Unfortunately, since Hurricane Katrina especially, there are a LOT of stray cats and dogs in New Orleans who need homes. If you are interested in adopting any of them, there are two great places in particular that I would recommend: Animal Rescue of New Orleans and Zeus’ Place.
This friend has 2 families of cats that are under near his house, and he and his wife have made it their goal to catch the mama cats to have them spayed, and to catch the kittens so that they can be spayed or neutered and then adopted by loving families. So… this picture of the kitten that he posted was possibly the cutest photo I had ever seen of a kitten and I immediately had my heart set on making him ours, but I first had to convince Ken. Knowing Ken, I knew we had to make sure that the kitten was healthy before he would even be willing to consider anything. So this friend of ours took the kitten to the vet and found out that it was a boy, and that he didn’t seem to have any health problems! So I asked Ken if we could just go over to play with him… well we went over to play with him and we ended up taking him home with us!
The first few weeks that Boudreaux was with us were very difficult… he had some sort of intestinal parasite that caused him to have diarrhea, so we had to keep him in a carrier for a few days while that went away. He was also too small to clean himself, so we had to clean him off with baby wipes. Here’s a photo of him during that first week when he was still so little:
Then, for a few weeks before he could be vaccinated, we had to keep him and Penny separated by keeping them in separate rooms because he was so small and she is so much bigger than he is that there was a concern that she would hurt him really badly. But now that he’s grown up so much (he really has just about tripled in size!) they live together in harmony… well, as an older sister and a younger brother would–he terrorizes her, she gets pissed off and hits him, then he thinks it’s a game so he goes after her tail and tries to make a game out of it. But every now and then we see them cuddling together on our bed or grooming one another. Boudreaux is very loving and he is definitely a people-cat (you know… like a people-person, except he’s a cat so he’s a people-cat!) He loves to be around people. If he could, he would be in someone’s arms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He loves to get cuddly and snugly with us, which is something we have never been able to do with Penny.
People ask how we introduced them, and I can honestly say that we followed all of the advice that we found online… basically we kept them apart and then introduced them to one another very very slowly. It was about 5 or 6 weeks before we ever left them alone together while we were outside of the house, but now they seem to get along just fine, as any cat and kitten would. I imagine as Boudreaux gets older and is not as energetic, they will get along even better because he won’t constantly see her moving tail as an object to pounce on.