Last Friday after a lot of anticipation and trepidation (on my part!! I was starting to think we must be crazy) the kittens, aged 8 weeks old, finally arrived.
And, here they are:
Archie, Reuben’s cat
Tommy, Gabby’s cat
I’d been busy the days before buying everything I thought we needed (Gabriella had given us a list):
- the bed (we got the Rosewood Luxury Cat Tunnel (£14.99) – which I want to get in and Reuben did but quickly regretted it – but the boys seem to sleep anywhere!)
- the carrier (we got the Trixie 39812 Capri I Pet Carrier (£13.99) and it did the job very nicely)
- the food bowl (we got the Trixie Plastic Dinner Tray (6.99) and I think it’s ace as it contains all the mess!)
- the litter tray (we got the Ferplast Prima Cat Toilet (£9.99) to contain THAT mess but as yet it hasn’t turned up, someone called Robinson apparently has it?!)
- the litter (I got this antibacterial stuff but it only lasted about 2 days!)
- the food (we got dry and wet)
- and some toys to play with, including a large scratch post thing (£45 – I know!!), which, thankfully, they LOVE. They play on it, fight on it and even sleep on it!
But you are never really ready, much like a new born, until they arrive and then you realise:
1) you’re going to be poop-a-scooping 12 times a day (at a minimum);
2) they are going to scatter litter everywhere; and
3) they will be constantly hungry (after which they’ll poop again – reminds me of the baby whisperer: eat, poop, play, sleep, repeat)!
But aside from that they are remarkably easy to look after (we were stunned when they both used the litter tray without any accidents!) and they have one major factor on their side: they are bloody cute!
Introducing kittens to a toddler
The other thing I was slightly nervous of was Reuben… and I was wise to be. He has been quite difficult to tame. The shrieking, the grabbing, the general overexcited clamour, all made the first night somewhat stressful for me and the kittens. Thankfully they found a safe spot under the radiator cover and hid there until his bedtime.
Since then he goes through phases of being rough and then being super gentle. His favourite ‘gentle thing’ is to tell them or read them stories. It’s quite sweet…
But then moments later he’ll be rampaging again and you’ll find him doing this trying to ‘coax’ one of the kittens out from behind a sofa or under a table.
He’s also not so keen on them sharing his toys!
The poor things!! So there’s been quite a bit of time out on ‘the step’ and his room trying to calmly talk him down and help him understand that they are just little and he needs to gentle and kind, etc.
He’s definitely calming down though.
Getting work done with kittens around
The other major thing I’ve noticed with them is they are really distracting!! We tried to watch a film the other night and they were play fighting and throwing themselves around the room. Hilarious to watch so I’ve no idea what the film was about.
The same goes for work. I’ll just get settled and then they will both wake up and starting climbing all over me/my computer and purring loudly – is it really time to eat again?!
Then they will play – again hilarious, so why would you work?
And finally they’ll get all cute, so you have to take photos…
…and maybe have a cat nap too?
For all the trepidation, poop-scooping and toddler watching, they are just lovely to have around.
Have you had kittens? How did you find the first week and introducing them to your toddlers or kids?
I’d love to hear your stories and any advice you can give!