Catting around

>>>Catting around

The salesclerk looked dubious. “Have you gotten one of these in this car before?” he asked.

I’ve never GOTTEN one of these before,” I replied, and he started shoving a ginormous cat tree into CherryBaby’s back seat and out the window.

“Well, I got one of these in a lady’s car last week, so I can probably get it in yours, too.” Ten minutes later, with many helpful hints from passersby, he slammed the door shut on my latest adventure, while I wondered the what heck I’ve gotten myself into this time.

The stars aligned, or Bastet the cat goddess got tired of waiting, or something, because tomorrow my friend Shelby and I are heading down to pick up my latest houseguests. They’re 5- and 6-month old kittens I’ve tentatively named after Nikola Tesla (one of my heroes*): Nikki and Lola. Or maybe Nikki and Tess. I’ll see what they think.

They’re something a bit different as far as cats are concerned, and I’m hopeful that they’ll overcome some of my pet barriers and become roommates instead of houseguests. More about that later.

Right now I’m prepping the house, shopping for cat stuff–and resisting the inevitable temptation to load up on cat toys, cat beds, cat collars and harnesses and brushes and cute little Martha Stewart (MARTHA STEWART?) catfood bowls. I’ve never yet had a cat who’d give any of those things a second glance unless there was tuna in it for him.

I splurged on the cat tree. After trying two different cat tree constructions of my own–neither of which are safe for human habitation, let alone feline–I broke down and bought one tonight. it’s six feet tall and tacky as heck but with any luck these kittycats will have no taste at all.

Wish us luck.

*For those of you living under a rock, Tesla was the father of AC electrical power systems and motors, radio transmitters and wireless communications, and he influenced everything from x-rays to VTOL aircraft. He also died a penniless 86-year old virgin in a New York hotel, obsessed with pigeons, hygiene and eugenics, so my hero worship only goes so far.



  1. Valerie Adams September 22, 2011 at 8:06 am - Reply

    OH! I’m in love too! Savannahs are some of my very favorites. As for the cat tree, I must have the same 6-foot monster but mine is well-shredded from years of use. Finally moved it out of the family room because I couldn’t take it any longer. Now it’s in the office, up against the sliding door with a bird feeder at tantalizing eye-level; better than TV!

  2. Shelby September 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Congrats on your newest family members! Beginning are always scary (for both human and cats), endings are usually sad….it’s all the stuff in the middle that counts the most. Nikki and Lola are a perfect addition to you life, to your family.

  3. Dee Janssen September 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    so, hopefully they adjust in a few days. and we have the “taj mahal” cat tree here that at this point only one of 3 cats uses and due to the grand kitchen remodel is going downstairs with that one cat. remember cats – other than ernie – take a bit to settle in to a new home.

  4. Cynthia September 17, 2011 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Well, they’re here and installed in my laundry room with the tacky cat tree, brand new cat beds, food, water, a litterbox big enough for a human and about 50 cat toys. They naturally slept in the windowsill, but everything else shows signs of use.

    Except me; apparently vicious kittennapping humans are to be avoided at all costs.

    They are Savannah cats, they are probably always going to be too small to be of much use to real Savannah enthusiasts, but I’m kinda falling in love already. So we will see.

  5. Monika September 17, 2011 at 10:00 am - Reply

    should red “like” and not “lie” sorry …

  6. Monika September 17, 2011 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Wow, they look lie Bengals – are they?
    Beautiful –

  7. Carolyn September 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Wow! Somehow I got distracted by your description of Tesla. An 86-year-old virgin?! No wonder he had so many inventions…he must have had a lot of time on his hands to be creative!

  8. Suzi September 16, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Yeah!!!Yeah!!! Kitties are coming!!!! Time for a visit!

  9. Linda Dean September 16, 2011 at 8:55 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! What kind of kitties are these. And you do need to post a pic of the tacky cat tree!

  10. Cynthia Oliver September 16, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This is good news for you and the kitties, bad news for the mouse.


  11. Linda Steider September 16, 2011 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Gorgeous new roommates! Looking forward to your new adventures with them.

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