November 5, 2010

Introducing: Ember!

Posted in Look tagged , , , , , at 1:33 pm by onetinyacorn

With some trepidation, we visited the local animal shelter recently. We were still reeling from the loss of Argento, but Mars seemed lonely, so we wanted to find a playmate for him. We spied a four-month-old kitten named Button, who was reaching her little paw out to us from between the wires of her cage. She was very playful and cuddly, which is exactly what we were looking for. I had read that female cats tend to be less affectionate than male cats, but our interaction at the shelter seemed to refute that.

So, several days later, we incorporated a new kitten into our lives, renaming her Ember. She came from the mean streets of Jackson, Wyoming (fun fact: Teton County, where Jackson is located, is one of the richest counties in the U.S. It is also one of the two Wyoming counties that went for Obama in 2008—the other being Albany county, which we live in). Her owner picked her from a shelter in Jackson, moved her to Laramie, and then decided that he or she couldn’t keep her. She’s a punk rock kitty: she has two tiny green dots tattooed in her left ear. Apparently, they do that in Teton County when their shelter animals are spayed or neutered.

After a few days of hissing and pouting (Mars), our two cats became the best of friends. So far, we’ve had really great luck with that, even though we never manage to follow the “rules” of introducing new cats (one cat always escapes and meets the intruder). Enough babbling. You want to see photos!

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