catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (contemplative kitten)
It's now after Thanksgiving (even though we're actually doing our Thanksgiving tomorrow - Sunday), so it was time to put up the Christmas tree, and McKenzie just had to check it out for herself!
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (alley-oops)
This had been the kitten's scheduled spay-day, but since her digestive problems continue, I didn't think that she was in good enough shape for surgery yet, so we postponed the spay for two weeks. Her latest new food, Taste of the Wild grain-free, seems to be helping somewhat - she has put on a bit of weight, and her coat feels silkier to the touch - but it hasn't fully resolved the problem.

This morning the kitten particularly impressed me with what seemed to be logical thinking from a cat's point of view. She was watching me scooping out the litterbox. With clumping litter, I use little plastic poop-disposal bags. After observing what I was doing for awhile, she came up next to me, squatted and pooped right directly on a plastic bag. I guess she figured she was helping me cut out the middle step by delivering right to the destination! I gently picked her up and put her back into the litter box to finish her business. I hope she got the message, but I couldn't scold her for what probably seemed to her like a very helpful thing to do.
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (alley-oops)
In order to try to keep the kitten (and the dogs) out of the kitchen garbage, I have been tying up the half-empty bags, but that makes it difficult for Ken and Jess to use them, so this weekend we bought two tall, covered kitchen trash containers for the kitchen, the kind that are operated by a foot-pedal to open and close the top.

So, how well do they work at keeping the critters out of the trash?

When we arrived home after dinner this evening, Jess commented that she hadn't seen our little mischief-making kitten since she came in. Only moments after she left the kitchen, I heard a "pop" and I turned around to see the lid of one of the trash containers opening and the kitten shooting out. :-)
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (princess kitten)
Dear kitten: This is MY keyboard. I type words on it. I know that you find it to be a nice, warm place for you to take a nap. I have a keyboard blocker so that you can do that, when I'm NOT using it. However, I am using it now. MINE.
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (McKenzie)

McKenzie and Logan
Originally uploaded by catecumen
McKenzie and Logan - sitting peacefully together for a change!
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (alley-oops)

Background music by Kevin McLeod from his royalty-free music site at
catecumen: Ellen custom made by dhampir (alley-oops)
At seven to eight weeks old (we don't know her exact age), McKenzie is already a very accomplished jumper: she can make it from floor to lap, or from floor to top of baby gate, in one leap.

So far, at least, she does NOT seem to be jumping beyond her limits, the way that both Saavik and Katie did as kittens.

McKenzie and Logan are learning to tolerate each other in small doses, just a few minutes at a time. I'm hoping to be able to build that up, little by little.


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