We weren’t really intending to get kittens, but I took the kids to an event at the animal shelter where adoptions were free and one thing led to another and here we are.
I have to say that so far I’m pretty happy about our decision. Having always had dogs, it’s amazing how low-maintenance cats are in comparison. And kittens – oh, they are just SO adorable! The workers at the shelter actually recommended kittens for us (instead of a fully grown cat) because of our young children. Kittens aren’t scared of kids yet, and they can be trained. Plus they are way more tolerant of being picked up and grabbed and squeezed. It makes me happy to think about these little ones growing up together.
We got two because everyone says they are happier having a friend at home, and we told Meredith one is hers and one is Liam’s. Of course, I consider them both mine. ;)
Ziggy is the black one. He is tiny, barely a pound, and he was born with a crooked tail. It literally looks like a zig-zag, at right angles, when you hold it out. Shout out to my brother for coming up with the name. We brought him home first (by two days) and he is super sweet and cuddly. He is more tolerant of being held and easier to be found.
River is a beautiful black and white. He doubles Ziggy in size at two pounds which makes him extra squeezable. He’s a lot more playful so far, but also more likely to run away when you try to pick him up. His name is shortened from RiverRun which is what he was called at the shelter. He technically belongs to Liam, which is appropriate because Liam is also chunky and wild. :)
Both of them follow us from room to room and sleep on our pillows or laps at night. They are already best friends. We are animal lovers and having them around increases my quality of life.