We Interrupt These Proceedings For: Maya and Dante
Many of you asked and indeed you were right to do so. There’s no way we can keep a secret as good as this under wraps, and besides it would be cruel to hide these pictures from my most dedicated readers for too long.
So here goes…
Our next long-term adventure has started…
The introduction of two little fur-balls to our little family of paws….
Say hello to Maya and Dante, two little kittie cats born in the wild and now part of our lives for ever more.
Aren’t they just too darn cute?
How Did We Get Them?
Like all our animals they simply came to us.
In this particular case our neighbor down the way found four little kittens that a feral cat had given birth to and abandoned. They nurtured and raised them, kept two and asked us an innocent question:
“Would you like two little kittens?”
From which followed that one fateful response:
“Well….maybe I’ll just come have a look?”
HA! Yeah well, we all know how that story goes right?
Two days later they were in the house bouncing around, wrecking havoc and winding their devious little way into our hearts. Within a week they’d made themselves comfortable, a massive cat tree had been erected in the corner of our room, 24 aluminum foil balls had been made and mysteriously “lost”, a curtain had been sacrificed and they were most definitely a permanent part of the family.
Such suckers we are…..
Dante and Maya
For names for our new beauties we went towards the philosophical and literary this time around.
Dante for the more chill and reflexive ginger and white tabby, Maya for the bright and outgoing brown tortoise. We thought in fact we had a boy and a girl simply because the chances of getting two female ginger tabby’s in a lifetime (Taggart was also a girl) are infinitely small, meaning for all intents and purposes it’s just never gonna happen.
Also, for those not “in the know” it’s actually hard to tell in little kitties what sex you’ve got (really it is!).
So it was rather a shock when I took them to the vet this week and found out we have TWO girls. Inconceivable! Another full female fur-family, which I like to think is Taggart coming back to have her say.
Despite this little twist we decided to stick with the names. Dante had gotten used to her name, which means “enduring” or “everlasting” in Italian (Dantea technically being the feminine version, but who’s to say Dante isn’t just the shortened version eh?) and the two names together just had such a pleasant ring to them.
So yeah, Dante and Maya it is. Our two new little girls.
They’re Quite the Pair
Anyone who has ever owned cats know that their personalities are very individual, and you can already tell from kittenhood what they’ll be like.
Dante is a chill and lovely cat, her fur soft as a cloud. She’s outgoing, follows her sister in everything and doesn’t have much fear. She was the first to touch noses with Polly and just did it automatically, like it was the most natural thing in the world. She plays and eats like a champ and already has her favorite sleeping spots picked out. When she’s happy she purrs and meows in the cutest little voice. “More petting please, mom”.
Maya is crazy and crazy bright. She’s the most food-motivated cat I’ve ever met; I’ve already taught her to come, follow my finger, and high five. She’s wonderfully inquisitive too, but she’s also super cautious and will study new things from afar before deciding to join in. There’s no fooling this cat! When she gets into a crazy mood she runs like a lightning streak, but when she’s chillaxed she’ll lie on my stomach and purr so deeply you wonder how such sound can come out of such a little body.
And of course the two fight, and chase each other and love each other and fall asleep in each others arms like ying and yang when they’re all puttered out.
Polly Is Curious, And Getting Used To Them
Polly has definitely been very curious about these two new little squirmy things.
There was lots of watching, a few small growls at first, and then the first tail wag when I brought them back from the vet the other day….yes!
She’s also quickly realized (smart doggie that she is) that new cats means regular cat-food-bowl cleanup, something she has not enjoyed since Taggart and Rand passed. This has warmed her to the idea of these two new fast-moving things, even though she still isn’t always completely sure of them.
At this stage I’d say the cats and Polly are still in the “getting to know each other” phase. They’ve accepted each other (no growls, no cat hisses) and have even started to look for each other when they’ve been apart for a while. Plus I think Polly is quietly enjoying the new life in the house (she’s pepped up quite a bit recently).
Good signs that this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
So, We Are Once Again 12 Paws
Some things in life are fated, and I do believe pets are part of that. We’ve never gone looking for any our animals (they’ve all come to us), and although we’ve resisted for oh-so-long in getting more cats I guess in the end it was just destined to be.
So yeah, here we are once again with 12 paws and although I don’t know what my future will hold, I now know for sure that Dante and Maya will be part of it.