Our New Family Member

Emily has been pining for a kitten of her own for years. I’d always disallowed cats because I’m very allergic cats. Plus, Dylan and Anna are both allergic to cats and have asthma. Owning a cat for them can be plain dangerous for their health. However, their mom has allowed Dylan to have a cat for almost the entire year and he and Anna seems to be doing quite well.

Based on their experiences and the fact that I extracted a promises from Emily to wash the cat weekly and keep its litter box very clean, I decided to go ahead and let her take advantage of a new opportunity…
We’d had a semi-feral cat last season out in the yard that we fed and helped through the hard winter. Last fall, her brood of kitties grew into adolescence and, this spring, one of them returned to take up residence under our deck. This new mommy kitty was even more shy than her mother, so we hardly knew she was there. But it turns out that she’d had two babies of her own and as soon as Katie and Anna found out, they were under the deck – and managed to snag one of the two.

So now, the little critter is Emily’s new pet and, after two weeks, is working out pretty well. Katie and Anna are totally in love with our new Pikey. And I have to admit that his fun and playful nature has won me over too.

On the other hand, cats are NOT simply small dogs. He has his own behavior and ways that are very new to me. He also loves to attack my feet and hands, pouncing on them at every opportunity. It’s funny and fun, but those little teeth hurt!


  1. he’s a big, fat, toe-chewing turdhole now.
    man i can’t wait till he gets dem claws removed and his harbles chopped off.

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