Monday, March 14, 2016
Hanging with the kittens
I'm still working with Wryn and Sprite and getting them used to me and things. It doesn't take them long to get over the 'OH NO!" reaction they initially have, Wryn more so than Sprite, when I walk in the room or when I do something 'new' like pouring out some dry food, or getting out a plastic bag to scoop the litter boxes.
This weekend I went down and played with them for a while. I was clicking my fingernails on the ground, which most kittens love, but these two were very concerned about. Fortunately, Sprite decided to give me the Paw o' Doom to try to get it to stop.
I have to say, getting your foot slapped by a wee baby kitten is a freakin riot.
I then lounged on the couch and covered myself in the afghan, and then this happened.
Yup, Sprite climbed up on me for a nap. Wryn thought Happy Bear was a better place..
But then I think she got a little lonely and this happened..
She wasn't coming up, but she would lay on the blanket.
She is so skeptical, it is fascinating watching her and getting used to her personality. For example, she spilled the water bowl and the water spilled out and it must have splashed on her feet, because she ran away, went a fair distance away, then turned around and hid behind things in the room looking at the water bowl as if she expected it to vomit water all over her all over again. She slowly walked back over towards the bowl and the water spill and still looked at it like it had betrayed her. I had no real idea what happened, but because I was watching her I knew something was wrong and thought maybe we had a fly in the room, so I got up and saw all the water. Even after I wiped it up, she was quite skeptical about the water bowl - as if expecting it to spit on her.
I have heard several different experts in the field of kittens talk about kitten personalities. I've heard that kittens get their personalities from their father. To me this would explain why kittens who have had little to no human contact are very friendly and outgoing, and why kittens like Wryn - who were born to very friendly mothers are so fearful. I've also heard that while we young feral kittens can be tamed sometimes, when there has been feral cats that go back several generations, it can be hard to tame them. I can only take this information and wonder about Wryn and Sprite's father.