I think a ‘transition’ post is WAY over due. It’s interesting how very invested people all over the world were in our little Jitterbug, now Jujuba, who went to her new home this past Saturday. Many have gone into mourning, feel at loose ends, don’t know what to do with themselves, find themselves wandering around aimlessly…. To make matters worse, our little ‘singleton’ followed closely on the heels of the adorable “I” litter which combined to gave you all (and me) SIX SOLID MONTHS OF KITTENS! So, if you feel empty and out of sorts, rest assured you are not alone!
I’m asked again and again how I’m doing. Has it been more difficult for me to let Jujuba go since she was an ‘only’ kitten? Jitterbug may have been a bit more difficult for me to “let go” but it’s not a quantifiable thing. I’m fortunate in that my kittens have always been spoken for at very early ages so, as they are growing up, I’m constantly thinking of the families and how excited they will be. I find myself consciously, and possibly unconsciously, gearing my videos to instruct on care and how to play with the little ones. I’m thinking “won’t they love seeing their kitten doing THIS!” Consequently, I am not thinking of the kitten as mine, which helps. I admit that I can be a bit crazy until I know the kitten is settling in well and it’s very important to me that I hear about how special this kitten is to the new family. Some families give me minimal feed back only when I nag them, but most are wonderful about letting me know how things are going, and of course that’s why they are the happy new owners of a Mythicbells kitten! Jujuba’s family has kept me informed and I believe that this little kitten is going to add an element of magic to their lives. She’s doing SO well and has already met her new veterinarian and passed muster with flying colors and lots of attention.
As you can see, she’s off to a rough start. This photo was taken the day after she arrived at her new home:
The next question I’m getting frequently is “how is Sequoia doing?” The mother-daughter pair — Sequoia ‘power washing’ her little baby — captured the hearts of so many. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t worried about this — OH WAIT! I did lie… I refuse to allow people to get all maudlin about this, so when folks pop into KittyCam or email with this question, I lie like a rug. But, yes, I do think about these things. In general, the mother cats in my experience don’t seem to miss their kittens at all. I’ve been watching Sequoia and she seems fine. Is it my imagination that she’s a tiny bit more demanding than usual? Maybe. Maybe not. She’s always been a talkative, punky little cat. Overall, I think she’s doing quite well and is NOT breaking my heart by mewing about looking for her kitten – WHEW! She IS being something of a pest, however, wanting to play ‘fetch’ all of the time, or telling me to turn on the bathroom faucet so she can play in the water and run my water bill up.
As for me and all of the rest of the kitties….
I’ve been very busy with projects — decluttering the house and garage, grooming, cleaning, doing nothing. It’s amazing how time consuming doing nothing can be. I have, however, finished the drawers on the furniture painting project and am now back out in the garage when it’s warm enough to finish the rest of the project.
The rest of the gang in order of seniority:
Nugget is doing fine. Still neurotic. Tiny Bear was sick recently which had me worried. It’s not uncommon for kitties to catch a little ‘bug’ now and then that causes vomiting and/or diarrhea and sometimes lack of appetite and I assume this is what she had. Usually I end up at the vet just before they start to get better. Nothing like pouring a little (sometimes a lot) of money on a situation to make it miraculously go away. But this time she started to get better before I made the vet appointment. Still, it was about a four day illness. Next in line is Gypsy Rose who is MegaFluff queen again this winter. Then comes Simba Kahn. I keep swearing I’m going to give him a bath soon, but I haven’t worked up the courage. He’s been allowed to sleep on my bed at night recently and I think he loves that. Sahara is working on her winter coat, but is not as fluffy as the others. I DID give her a bath last month and THAT was an adventure. We both survived. Sirocco and Kalahari are doing well also. Have I missed anyone? I’ve chosen relatively recent photos of each at random: