On Saturday, August 23, 2003 I adopted a kitten from Safe
Haven for Cats
, a kitten rescue organization which was showing kittens at
the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. His name is Carter. He's a
gray shorthair and looks a lot like a Korat
He seemed solid gray when he came
home, but he has tabby marking that are becoming more prominent. He was 14 weeks old when I got
When he was four months old I took him to the vet for his first checkup. The
vet said he weighed 6 pounds! I figured I would end up with an enormous cat, but
a year later, he was only 12 pounds.
The pictures are in reverse chronological order. Click on any picture to see
a bigger version.
There is a feather duster in the adjacent closet. Carter really wants it.
"Give me the feather duster, already!"
I compromised: I got Carter a feather-toy, which he really likes.
Meiling relaxing in a sunbeam
And then Carter arrives
But most of the time they get along fine
Carter always has a lot to say
Carter has a new hobby: washing his food
Important lesson (relearned): never leave Carter alone with a feather duster.
Or a roll of toilet paper
Carter takes a break from chasing Meiling all over the house.
This toy vibrates when you pull a string. Carter has figured out how to pull
the string all by himself.
Carter is also getting into yoga
Just hanging out
Carter decided to investigate the blinds
And when he was done he told me all about it
Carter found yet another place to nap
Meiling and Carter hanging out on the front deck
Friends at last?
Not quite big enough to reach the rail yet (thankfully)
Meiling and Carter hanging out
Carter doing some more flying
They didn't tell me Carter could fly.
Meiling has been getting a lot of extra attention.
Carter decided to live in the closet for a few days, but he eventually came
out. He now spends most of his time under my bed.
He and Meiling get along better every day.
One day Carter found the feather duster. I decided this couldn't be good for
him (or for the feather duster), so I eventually took the duster away.
Here is is in the cage at the P.A. Festival just before I adopted him
Here he is arriving home.
Carter is rather timid. He spends most of his time in the closet in my middle
But sometimes I can coax him out
And, being a kitten, he really likes to play. His favorite toy is a bit
of string on the end of a pole (it used to have feathers on it, but they came
off; I think Carter prefers it without the feathers).
BTW, Meiling is not really happy to have a new cat in the house, but I think
she'll be friends with him eventually.