Friday, November 27, 2020
I read an article that said the average time it takes to introduce cats to each other is 21 days. Sunday will mark the 21st day since Alias and Norma moved in. Theo seemed more himself today overall...
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
About names... Both my new housemates were given names at their foster home (which happens to be my boss’ home). They were named by his young daughter. Norma was named Norma but Alias was named Billy. When I first thought about adopting a male and a female cat I wanted to name the female Billie after Billie Holiday. Theo is named after Thelonious Monk and Ms. Holiday is my favorite female jazz musician...
But it seemed extremely odd to rename her the same sounding name as her brother even though Billy fit him well. I kept the name Norma because she’s blonde and blue eyed just like the most famous Norma Jean. I decided to change Billy’s name to Alias in a nod to this whole difficult naming choice. It’s a reference to the character Bob Dylan played in the movie ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,’ where Kris Kristofferson’s Billy the Kid asks Bob’s character his name and Bob responds, ‘Alias.’ Billy the Kid asks, ‘Alias what?’ To which Mr. Dylan responds, ‘Alias anything you want....’ So there was a connection between a character already named Billy and a deference to my all time favorite artist.
There’s also a nod to a long lost love whose last name was Elias. So there’s that.
Norma is living up to her name by being curious about the images appearing on the large TV screen. Show biz was her namesake’s (Ms. Marilyn’s) salvation and downfall. Alias has already been scolded and responded when he got into places he shouldn’t get into... And he’s gained a middle name that I considered as his name, ‘Kenta’ the Japanese pitcher who shares the same last name as myself who happened to be acquired last year and had a great season this year with the hometown squad.
And Theo? He was the first cat I changed names in welcoming him home. His original name was ‘Dribble,’ for obvious reasons and that seemed to fit him well. His name got changed on the rescue website to ‘Stevie,’ when there was someone stalking him. I consider keeping that name because of Stevie Wonder and Theo has always been full of wonder, but I wanted him to be the first that I gave a name to (I kept Diego and Thompson’s foster names....) I briefly named Theo ‘Cecil,’ after the jazz pianist Cecil Taylor but Theo seemed to fit him better.
And I did consider for a brief moment to keep Alias’ name ‘Billy’ and rename Norma ‘Billie’ but that would have caused problems when they, as they undoubtedly will, cause problems in this house....
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
I’ve noticed that Norma and Alias might be in another room making a racket between their buffalo herd chasing each other to knocking things over and crashing into walls. Theo doesn’t react to any of it. I don’t know if his hearing is really an issue- he’s always been a spacey cat in his own world. When I first adopted him I wondered if it was possible for a cat to be autistic. Still, if he has lost his hearing I could see why it would be even more stressful to have two strange cats in the house that can pounce/attack him with his defenses down.... Just a theory....
Monday, November 23, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
We had a small breakthrough yesterday. Theo was in the living room at the same time as Norma and Alias. He walked by the sofa they were sleeping on and didn’t even notice they were there. We he turned around a walked by again, Norma got up and the two of them came close to touching noses. Then Alias got up and Theo ran away. This led to Norma following Theo to the kitchen but she moved too quickly and startled him. He hissed and growled. Today Theo was more curious about his new siblings sniffing areas they have played in but when he saw them he hissed and ran away. Baby steps.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Monday, November 09, 2020
Meet Alias (the dark tabby) and Norma (the blonde). It’s hard to get good pictures of either since they are constantly in motion. They had been fostering at my boss’ family’s home for the past three months. They were in a litter of six and were the last two to leave because Norma got an infection after her ‘surgery.’ My boss’ wife said she was glad I was adopting the two together since from the start they had bonded and were the closest of the siblings.
I’ve never lived with kittens before and they have crazy energy. I cleaned out a room that hadn’t been used for two years (Thompson peed on the carpet and I just threw boxes from my time in Minnetonka in there so it has been a big closet) for them to stay in the first few nights. While cleaning the room I found a toy my dad had bought the boyz several years ago. It’s a fuzzy ball attached to a wire. There’s a battery base so when it’s turned on the fuzzy ball moves in a random jerky fashion. The boyz would play with it for a minute or so and then grow bored. Alias played with it for 20 minutes straight without it even being turned on, let his sister have a turn and then resumed.... Theo’s freaked. I had many good years with the boyz. I hope to have just as many with the pride.
And it’s my birthday today. They might be the greatest birthday gift of all time.