Over the weekend our little family grew by four paws and a set of whiskers! The Hubs and I had been talking about getting a kitten for a while and had looked at several online but nothing had lined up just right. Then he spotted an ad online for someone rehoming kittens from an “opps” litter and one was an adorable grey tiger female.
We called and confirmed she was still available and made arrangements to see her later that day. She purred while I held her, cuddled, was talkative and seemed interested in both me and the Hubs. Just like our other fur babies it just felt right and she came home with us that evening.
Her previous home had several large dogs and other cats so we figured she would adapt well to our pack quickly. For the dogs it was love at first sight. Tequila follows her around just hoping she will play with her. Brinley enjoys her sprints up and down the hallway and even a playful swat on the nose when she gets too close. Stoli has been a bit more reserved usual, letting Stella come to him as she pleases. She’s got them all wrapped around her little paw. In fact, she can walk right up to any of them and rub her face against them anytime she likes.
Luna on the other hand is not impressed with her new sibling, voicing her thoughts with several hisses and grows. Stella has respected the message by keeping her distance. She’s got plenty of interaction with the dogs and a whole new house of things to investigate instead, while Mom follows her around with a camera. Luckily she quickly got used to that too.
Her previous home called her “Miss Thing” just as a way to distinguish her from her almost identical brother but we decided to rename her Stella. It’s the perfect bridge between our alcoholic doggie names and the Latin roots of Luna’s name which means Moon. Stella is Latin for Star, so the cats have celestial names, but it also can be short for the Belgin beer, Stella Artois which continues our alcohol theme on that side.
Since she’s arrived it’s been cuteness overload. From the perfect kitty pose & stare to that adorable little tongue.
All that play and investigating makes for a tired kitty. So little cat naps are frequent and just as adorable.
She likes to cuddle and has snuggled with both of us quite a bit, purring all the while. While the Hubs was watching the Olypmics, she discovered the corner of the couch is the perfect spot size for her to curl up and still be close to Daddy while also providing a great view of the tv.
That is until she falls asleep. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more of her in the coming weeks as she continues to establish her place in the pack. We plan to keep her inside for a while and will introduce her to the yard when she’s a bit bigger and spring begins to arrive. Then she’ll have a whole new territory to investigate – including meeting the chickens and learning to mouse so she can earn her keep with more than sweet snuggles and purrs.