- Arabelle and her five kittens came from a shelter, on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area, where they added little Hamish to the litter.
- The litter theme is based on the movie “Brave” and suggested by Olivia.
- Their names are: Merida, Willow, Elinor, Angus, Harris, and Hamish.
- Angus and Hamish have been coming to work with me in order to get extra feedings.
- All the original five kittens are very affectionate. They swarm me and beg to be picked up and held. Angus is so insistent that he kept escaping the pen I made in my office (out of flat cardboard boxes) to come and find me. He’d throw himself — or dig — at a wall until he made a space at a corner to squeeze out! And I really couldn’t spend all my time at work snuggling him — could I?
- Hamish is definitely the “odd man out”. Poor little dude just seems resignedly accepting of whatever happens to him — whether that’s having his little butt bathed under running water or being left out of all the “reindeer games”. He’s not improving so we’re trying to get him in to see the vet.
- The girls are generally more outgoing and confident than the boys.
- Arabelle has pretty much given up mothering! All she wants is attention from me and to get out of the quarantine room — though she hisses ferociously at Claire when Claire peeks under the door. She seems to spend all her time either up on the desk or sitting staring at the door. I don’t think she feeds them at all while I’m at work. I watched her lie down, be swarmed, and as soon as everyone was settled, either nursing or snuggling, get up and walked away!
- Merida lives up to her name (and the theme) by being the first to make a break for it out of the quarantine room! Hold on little girl, you’ve got at least nine days left in quarantine. After that, Uncle Jonesy look out!