03 Feb The Spare Kitty (a NEW kitten moves in)
a true story
Rrrrruff! My name is Sherlock. Sherlock Bones. You may remember me as the dauntless treasure hunter of chewable goods from my comrade Kitty Poppin’s famous stories, and the Kitty Poppin queendom’s private dogvestigator (specializing in scary situations such as moving days and other human shenanigans). And the story I’m about to tell you is about a new kitten, moving into our world.
For personal reasons, Kitty Poppins refused to write the following true story. But not to worry! Because I am here to cover for her and share the tale with you. If you ask Kitty, this is a horrific, mind-boggling account of a petite, mischievous, and unpredictable creature, who—out of the blue—bounced its way into our lives, rocking Kitty’s queendom —and not in a good way. But if you ask me? Well, the day The-Spare-Kitty-named-Mini entered our little world may be the woofiest, pawesomest day of all days!
The Creature Moves In
Just a typical Saturday morning, that’s what it was supposed to be. Once the humans left the building, Kitty Poppins and I had a late brunch, licked our paws clean, and went on with our day as usual: me, chasing my tail around the living room carpet, Kitty clawing her way into the antique bureau under the staircase.
That’s when the queendom’s front door opened. Kitty heard it first: the faint squeaking sound of a pet carrier, and a scrape as it lands on the kitchen table. Vet’s clinic? Another moving day? It seemed too soon. And then I noticed Kitty Poppin’s little face, filled with horror, and offered my assistance:
Woofvestigate? I go.
Imagine my surprise when greeting my humans, all gathered around the pet carrier, I saw something move inside the box.
Holy pig ears!
It was a mini-sized Kitty. Same brindle fur, same annoyance-filled face. But smaller, tiny, petite. The box door opened. What looked like a microscopic fur ball walked out the box and onto the kitchen table. It stretched its teeny body, sat down and started licking its miniature paw. So I ran back to Kitty Poppins to give her my full dogvestigating report.
Kitty, Kitty! a new kitty! Smol kitty in kitchen! Mini-kitty sized kitty-cat-cat-kitty, Kitty!
Her tail quickly flicking from left to right, Kitty Poppins tilted her head and squinted her eyes. Her annoyance made me realize my report was lacking information.
Yes box. No needle-pokey doctor. No shaky wheel-box. No moving day. No cat out. New cat in!
Kitty Poppin’s meow sounded more like a huff. Lazy and flustered, she leaped off her bureau, walked toward the kitchen, but then stopped on her tracks. This time her meow sounded like a question. A horrified, terror-filled question:
Dear Sherlock Bones… In the name of catnip, why is there a mini-me bathing on our kitchen table?
Breaking the Ice
In the days that followed, Kitty Poppins sulked on her bureau, refusing to interact with the newbie. To be honest, I have no idea what her problem is; this little bundle of clumsiness is woofing adorable! One second it’s on its four legs, and the next it bum-slides down the couch or the stairs (sometimes with a bit of help from my poking snout).
So our humans call the creature “Mini”, but I call it “The Spare Kitty”. But Kitty Poppins calls it nothing at all. I’ve asked Kitty Poppins to come down from her bureau-tower several times, but she refuses to join us and “lower herself to our level.” So, The Spare Kitty and I play, sliding down furniture and booping each other on the nose. It’s great fun to have a new friend.
The humans seem to bully The Spare Kitty more than I do. Every day, they make loud new noises, bring in their human friends for meet-and-greets, sometimes they even bring other cats to play with Mini in our back yard! I’m woofing exhausted by just witnessing all the new things my little friend gets exposed to. Because couch-potatoeing is more my style, poking the cats is all the activity I need to fill my days. Who knew that dogs and cats are wired so differently?
Our New Herd
This morning it finally happened: Kitty Poppins came down from the tower. As a result, the Spare Kitty bounced right to her, stopped and wobbled on its spot. So I rushed over. One poke and The Spare Kitty landed on its bum. As a result, it made Kitty Poppins purr out of happiness. The newbie’s clumsiness seems to entertain Kitty Poppins almost as much as her daily catnip.
Together we head toward the kitchen. And in front of the food and water dishes, The Spare Kitty lands right into its delicious Kitten-Chow. As a result, it makes Kitty Poppins purr even louder. Kitty Poppins toots around the new litter box, approvingly pushing her face on its plastic, swinging doorway. She then strolls to the living room and jumps up and down the new scratching tree, half-heartedly clawing the toys our humans have hauled in on a daily basis, ever since The Spare Kitty moved in.
So I’m not 100% sure whether it’s all the cool new things our new friend’s arrival has brought along, or the entertainment value this miniature creature has. But Kitty Poppins finally walks over to us, circles around, and pushes her body against ours. It’s a sign of affection and approval. Woof could have known? Our little herd grew by one hilariously clumsy creature. And this makes me as rrrrruffing excited as the great and wise Sherlock Bones can be!
(Kitty Poppin Queendom’s Private Dogvestigator)
We Have a New Kitten – Check List
- Chewing and scratching
Yes, it’s true — kittens love to scratch and chew (read: destroy) stuff! Do you have scratching posts, toys and healthy treats available for your new kitty to chew and scratch on?
- Baby gates and play areas
For active and happy kittenhood, does your kitty have a safe place to practice its motor skills? A small-ish secured area will help the youngster to settle and be comfortable at its new home.
Put away or cover all electrical cords, yarn, string, medications, poisonous plants, and toilet lids. Lock your kitchen cupboards so your new kitten won’t have an encounter with bleach, detergent, dental floss, or other household goods when exploring their new home.
- Leash / Collar / Harness
Does your kitten’s collar have an attached I.D. tag with your updated address information?
Dry food, raw food, or wet food — is the formula specifically designed for a young cat / kitten?
- Pee and Poo
Do you have a litter box around and available for your young kitten at all times? Cats generally use litter boxes by instinct, but you can help by placing them in the box after a meal or play session. Is the box cleaned frequently?
Comb or a brush, shampoo and detangler… is your kitten’s grooming kit ready to go? Aptus Derma Care Soft Wash (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-derma-care-soft-wash/) is purrfect for gentle and loving kitty-baths.
- Dental Care
Did you know that all kittens (and adult cats) need proper, regular dental care? Aptus Bucacat Gel (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-bucacat-gel/) is an easy way to keep your kitten’s teeth clean and healthy.
- First-aid Kit
Accidents happen — are you ready for them? We recommend filling your kit well before you need to crack it open. Add Aptus Nutrisal (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-nutrisal/), Aptus Aptobalance (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-aptobalance/), and Aptus Attapectin (https://www.aptuspet.com/product/aptus-attapectin/) in case your kitten has stomach issues.
- Socializing & Training
Did you know that the amount of socializing and training during kittenhood plays a huge role in the cat’s adult personality? Expose your kitten to other cats and different kind of situations as often as possible: loud noises, walking on a leash, strangers in and outside their home, grooming… the list goes on. Remember: a confident cat is a happy cat!