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Whiskers on kittens

I have a cat.

Her name is Nymeria.

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This is not news to veteran readers of Rant and Roll.

But for all you newbies (WELCOME MY LOVES!) please let this post serve as a wee introduction to this little creature who takes up major real estate within the confines of my heart.

We adopted the little miss in February of 2008.

This was after five years of constant badgering on my part, to my brilliant (though long-suffering) partner Marc.

Writer’s note: Marc is now my brilliant (and longer-suffering) husband.

Seriously, I was unrelenting in vocalizing my desire to adopt a pet.

The first animal for whom I had ever before cared was a grey and white kitty named Sophie (named after the famed Sophie’s Cosmic Café here in Vancouver) who ruled my family’s roost for a number of years before she succumbed to her heart murmur at the relatively young age of eight.

Her death (which took place just before Christmas in my second year of my undergrad) was one of the most crushing blows I had suffered up until that point in my life.

I received the phone call mid-holiday party, and as I collapsed into a fit of tears, Marc ushered our well-meaning, though slightly confused guests out the door.

Wrapped up in his arms, I cried myself to sleep that night.

And the next.

My mum has since adopted two other cats – brothers Rufus and Simon who are as adorable as they are bonkers.

Simon is so sketchy, I often refer to him as a beetle, because anytime he is spooked, he will scuttle under the nearest couch, table, or bed.

Rufus is a consummate lounger – too cool for school, and utterly fabulous. Whenever I put on makeup in the bathroom, he’s right there in the sink, trying to massage his cheeks up again my blush brush.

And I love both of them, truly.

Like her cousins back east, Nymeria is also completely mad.

A calico, she speaks all the time, but especially as feeding hour approaches.

Sometimes I feel a little nuts, because I start to make noises in response her to mewls and meows, and before I really know what is happening, I’m engaged in a very strange conversation, without any idea of what it is I am hearing (or in fact saying.)

This is very similar to when I speak Russian with anyone beyond proficiency level 1.

(Babushkas man. They just love the chance to talk to anyone!)

Nymeria’s brilliant for the fact that she doesn’t destroy our furniture, but less so because she does a fabulous job of managing her stress on the carpet that covers our stairs.

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She will sleep with me up until Marc gets into bed (he always retires much later than I) but then will return around 4 a.m. to sleep on my legs.

She loves to be brushed.

A giant ‘fraidy-cat, she will hunker out on our balcony, until she scares herself, and runs back inside.

She has such tiny feet, that more often than not, I will refer to her as Little Paws.

Other nicknames include: Beauty Cat, Big Eyes, Little One, Kitten, Douce Baggins (only used after a very, very stinky bathroom break), Duck (because when she sits a certain way, she looks like a duck riding the waves), and Dragon Cat.

I really, really like it when she’s Dragon Cat.

Anytime she hears a bag opening she will immediately run to the kitchen in hopes of a treat.

Anytime we come home from a trip she will shower us with the softest of kitten kisses.

Anytime I think about her, my little heart smiles.

Because she is, quite simply, our little gal.

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66 thoughts on “Whiskers on kittens

  1. For some reason, I really like other peoples’ cats, but have no desire to have one of my own. I tried once to keep one in order to help a friend, so I agreed to try it for a weekend. It would sit on my face as I slept and if I closed the door to keep him out, he’d make some god awful noises until I’d open the door so he could sit on my face again.

      1. our “kitten” (alas, becoming an intransigent ‘teenager’) would do that: the face-sitting. i’ve gotten into sleeping with my face buried into the pillow, or under it, ’til this phase is over …

  2. Great pictures. I too am a huge cat person, and I can’t wait to move into a place that will allow pets (not many apartments here in Vancouver). Your mention of kitten kisses has me yearning for a little kitten to call my own though.

    1. They really are the best aren’t they? Pet restrictions can be so tough. Nymeria was an illegal tenant for her first year with us. We knew that we would be moving, and also that so many people in our building can pets, so we just chanced it. Now she is free to roam as she pleases (which isn’t far due to how easy she scares!)

  3. With a cute face like that, what’s not to love about this sweet kitty! And I’m not even a cat person! Yet, one look at Nymeria’s sweet whiskers, and I was a goner! The photos are stunning! I especially like the one with her in the laundry basket. Even Roxy thinks she can be friends with this lovely lady! :)

  4. in the alternate yoonimultiverse, where our respective catz haven’t had, eh, ‘a bit of surgery’ — doancha theenk our Milli and Nymmerz would make a great couple? imagine the offspring!

  5. Yay Nymeria!!! She seems like such a darling. If you were here (or I there), our kittens could have playdates. I imagine them as the sort who would sit around properly sipping tea and making witty retorts and observations a la Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey (omg, I just started watching that and now I’ve watched all three seasons in the course of 6 days).

    Speaking of Nymeria and TV, did you watch Game of Thrones tonight??? We did. It’s going to be a good season.

    1. Haha! I want that so, so much! (Although Nymeria doesn’t play the best with others – she might be a bit of a mad playdate!) Although I do love the idea of the two of them as Duchesses, discussing the daily gosspip!

      Holy moly, that is a lot of DA – you should win some kind of award! I haven’t yet seen it (GOT)…but that sounds good to me! x

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