AIN’T HE A CUTE BEAUT!
Kittens used to sleep on blankets, in laundry baskets, in dresser drawers left open, on top of corduroy house shoes ... But that’s all so last century. What you see here is what happens when you nod off with your iPad on and your creative kitten demonstrating an appreciation of the artistic ambience of a napsite.
I don’t think I showed off this many photos of my twins back in 1971 -- of course, in those days you took a picture and waited a week to see if it "came out OK." Nowadays, well, a phone is quicker than a Polaroid. It’s immediate.
This is the official 2017-18 Readlarrypowell.com Adventure Kitten, young Simon Mycroft Holmes.
Originally given a girl’s name, upon further review by a profession-al, he was quickly boy named by his catmom Martha’s alternative British literate personality. Kittens can be tricky.
Simon is our focus in this weekend’s Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap, our long-running feature presentation.
On Thursday night, I was reading in the bedroom and nodded off before the 10 p.m. news. When I woke an hour later, this was what I saw on the glowing screen of my iPad. Literally on the screen.
Simon is beyond cute. And, yes, he’s learning the nuances of “paw swipe” in one of those photos. And, as the third photo shows, sometimes he enjoys watching movies on the Kindle.
We’ve had him about six weeks. We rescued the little abandoned rascal from our beneath our unkempt front yard shrubbery when his mom and three siblings vanished. He clearly and loudly announced that he was hungry -- we made sure Mom wasn’t coming back. So, taking him in was a joyous event.
And, in case you wondered, we had to bottle-feed him for a couple of weeks. That’s Martha holding the incredibly tiny kitten in one hand while he buries his teeth into the rubberized “puppy nipple” on the bottle.
The pet store had run out of “kitten nipples” so I bought “puppy nipples.” It has not stunted his growth or appetite. I suspect the year-round Dallas Kitten Season explains the 2017-18 kitten nipple shortage -- and there’s a descriptive phrase I never thought I’d write.
At readlarrypowell.com, we love Simon. He comes when called and he has made friends with the dogs and is congenial with the cats. He is particularly enamored of my castaspellonallcatsspouse Martha.
We don’t know how Simon’s mom came to be living in the shrubbery at our house or where the dad might be or where mom went. But we do see her as an example of why Dallas cats -- the girls and toms -- need to be spayed and neutered. Dallas has plenty of cats already. What the city needs is more cat homes (not more cathouses, of course) and fewer kittens who are born just to wind up in a bad spot.
Simon is in a good spot -- but he got lucky and we got blessed. [LARRY ASIDE: That's me and Simon at work on The Lesser American Cat Novel.]
That mutual rescue can’t happen every time a kitten is born in Big D. It’s up to the humans to “fix” the situation. Cats pay no attention to the advice in feline population explosion handbooks -- unless they’ve been tended to, their attention is diverted.
Need a place to fix a cat? Google Dallas/Fort Worth spay/neuter services. You’ll see free and bargain services - you vet will help you out, also. You and your cat will sleep better knowing your girl cat isn’t yowling loudly every now and then and your boy cat isn’t trying to bolt out the door to go “tom-cattin’ around.”
[LARRY REMINDER: Send photos of your slumbering dogs and cats to email@example.com and we’ll post them in our weekend feature Let Sleeping Dogs Lie & Napping Cats Nap. You’ll be inspiring people to give a good critter a good home. And you’ll be demonstrating to the growing community of insomniacs that they, too, can catch some sleep if they can just find the right glowing screen to use as a napping platform.]
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