there is a lot of work to be done. Since bringing home Elsa from the shelter on Sunday she has been doing better. She confused the living daylights out of me for a while (and still is to some extent) because she has started vocalizing. Somewhere between a muffled meow and a growl. At first I thought it was because she was in pain - still thinking the worst about that twist tie - but she is eating and pooping normally and having fun playing with Ella (and eventually the rest of the kittens) so we are still doing that very delicate dance you do when the being in front of you speaks a completely foreign language to you and may very well hurt you badly if you accidently say "hey lets play" instead of "you really should calm down" that you meant to say.
Ella, what can I say about Ella.. How do you solve a problem like... oh wait, sorry. :) Ella is so darn adorable. She has a bit of her mother's excess energy, so she is not into being cuddled. DH was in the kitten room with me and he tried to cuddle her but she was trying to be all teeth and claws. He thought he might 'teach her a lesson' about biting first and asking questions later by offering her own tail. Well of course she chomped down on it and seemed to enjoy it (and looked freaklingly adorable doing it) He laughed and laughed. I tried to hold her and give her kisses, which also causes her to go into teeth and claw mode. DH started speaking for her.. WHY OH WHY does everyone want to snuggle me.. don't they know I'm ferocious!! see my teeth?? It was cute. She is also working on her "floof suit" and doing the arched back and doing that sideways hopping thing that is just so cute.
The newbies are making some progress. The boy the most. He still is not a fan of my hand coming right at him, but once I touch him all of the flinching is gone and he is a gonner. He starts purring, leaning into the patting, and really enjoying himself. The girls would much prefer I not handle them at all thank you very much. Fortunately they just hunker down and accept my picking them up, and don't fight to get down once I have them. They have come to accept that when they can't stand it and try to make a break for it that I will put them down safely. I decided to name them after painters, seeing as they are white and splotched with color much as a painter would be. The boy I am going to name after Jackson Pollack. I'm not quite sure if I am going to go with Jackson or Pollack. I'm leaning to the latter, but I'm not quite sure that is going to stick. I wanted to name one of the girls Georgia after Georgia O'Keeffe, but my first set of kittens had a Georgia (actually my sister ended up adopting her) so I think I am going to go with Evelyn (Evelyn De Morgan) and Frida (Frida Kahlo) but I haven't decided who is who.
I have been leaving them in the cage and working on helping them understand if they let me touch them good things happen. When Jackson Pollack let me pat him, I let him loose in the room to play. Once he relaxed a little, he LOVED it. He loved chasing and pouncing on Ella. He loved having Ella chase and pounce him, and he loved trying to pull one over on Elsa. Elsa was very good too. She has a tendency to go overboard when playing with Ella and I've been working on helping her understand limits.. she would "go after" the kittens but when they would over stimulate her (the point when she normally would go all out) she would remove herself from play and go sit in a box. I almost cried with happiness.
I didn't know if the long haired girl or the short haired girl would be next. Each would take a step forward then one back. SHG would eat in front of me, but wouldn't play. LHG would play but wouldn't eat unless I put the food directly in front of her. Somehow LHG got out first, and she started playing and running around, it was adorable to see her do something other than sit there not moving. She is so going to rival Ella with adorableness once she loosens up and lets her True Spirit shine
Last night I needed to go vote once I got home, so I went downstairs and let them out of the cage. I opened the door then picked them up and put them down in front of food in the middle of the room and left. When I got back they ran and hid - except Jackson Pollack.
She has a pretty short tail. Maybe it is just an optical illusion, but it does seem quite short.
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