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New Kitten, New Lessons

Meet Tenacious C.

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I’d never been a cat person, but if we don’t have a cat around we get a lot of mice from the corn field behind our house. Since then, cats have grown on me.

Even though they tend to be assholes.

Our first two cats, Ninja and Ghost, were pretty cool, but they had that feline aloofness many of you are familiar with. Ninja showed an “I own you” rather than “I need you” attitude. Unfortunately she wasn’t ninja enough to dodge a car in the street. Ghost, meanwhile, fought everything that moved, and he killed a whole lot of birds. He disappeared, and I assume he picked a fight out of his weight class.

Then we adopted an older cat from my in-laws, and she was a crabby old lady. She made a decent lap cat, but she couldn’t be bothered to chase things anymore. We figure she was about 21 when she died in June, so she had a good run.

A local shelter offered free cat adoptions (including neutering) in July, so we got the little guy pictured above. So far, he’s a little different. He loves being around us, being handled, and sleeping on or near us. He played a lot when he came home, but once he got over a cold he’d picked up at the shelter, he turned into a coked-up toddler.

I’m sure I could regale you with standard tales of kitten cuteness, but here’s what’s been different for me with this guy:

  • We’ll hear something scurry behind us, then turn around and there’s nothing there. Then we’ll hear it behind us on the other side. Again, nothing. It’s like living in a horror movie.
  • If something moves, he’ll attack it. If something is stationary, like a chair leg, he’ll attack that, too.
  • Eating is now take a bite, drop the cat on the floor. Take another bite, drop the cat on the floor.
  • Cooking is now stir what’s in the pan, block the cat from jumping on the stove. Stir what’s in the pan again, block the cat from jumping on the stove again.
  • We’re dicks for not sharing whatever’s in the cup we’re drinking from.
  • Nothing tests your power of concentration like a kitten attacking your toes on the third rep of a heavy bench press set.
  • “He won’t be able to climb that.” Yes he will. Except my barbell tree. That’s his Kryptonite.
  • Onions are toys. (I’m waiting to see if this changes after he bites one.)
  • Cats learn from their mistakes after all. After one disastrous leap, he knows to make sure the toilet lid is down before he jumps up on it.

We’re going to try to keep this guy indoors, see if he outlasts his predecessors. Our vet agrees. He says, “Letting a cat outside is like letting a teenager out after midnight: nothing good comes of it.”

Fair enough. Here’s hoping he’ll be teaching me new things about cats for a long time to come.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Photo Friday: Ghost

This week’s Photo Friday subject is our new kitten, Ghost:

Ghost

Naptime!

After our last cat was hit by a car last weekend, we thought it would be appropriate to rescue a kitten from an animal control facility. This little guy was part of a litter of five gray tabby cats, and one of many kittens up for adoption there. It’s not a no-kill shelter, so I hope his brothers and sisters find homes soon.

Sure, he’s cute now, but he’ll grow up to be a cat. And then he’ll have a job to do: kill the field mice before they can get into the house once harvest season starts. He may be a little small yet this fall, but next year he should be ready to go.

I used my long telephoto to capture the pic as he napped on the edge of the couch beside my middle son, mostly because I didn’t want to spook him. I zoomed to 96mm and let the camera handle the rest. No flash, no crop, just a B&W switch and a little bit of vignetting in post.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.