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A week of cute trouble #kittens


So last week I mentioned I probably wouldn’t get much writing done this week because we were going to be cat-sitting for my son’s 2 kittens. And I was right. I did, however, manage to get some baking done (kittens napping on one’s lap interferes with writing, but not baking šŸ™‚ )

What a pair! The little black one, Nyx, is the troublemaker. I think they have her picture next to the definition in the dictionary. And I swear she’s part monkey as much as she climbs around. We have a rickety old Chinese laundry that’s been glued and rubber-banded together for years. Nyx spent time using it as a jungle gym (she managed to tip it over twice, but didn’t get hurt).

Steady …

Tibbers is the chill one, as long as he’s not being skittish. He’s not one to brush against your legs as cats do, but he’ll walk right past you then plop on the floor and stretch.


Zoey was NOT happy about the interlopers, and hissed at Tibbers on a regular basis. Tibs, on the other hand, followed her around. She would stop and hiss at him, and he just sat and waited until she started moving again, then followed.

Another thing about Nyx is that she loves being high up. I suggested to my son that he get a cat tree (his girlfriend is getting him one for Christmas).

Not only does Nyx like to climb, she is incessantly curious. The rule at our house (and my son’s apartment) is cats do not belong on counters or tables. Ever. My son has been trying to train them with a spray bottle and water, which works fine for Tibbers because he doesn’t like it. Nyx, of course, doesn’t mind the water. We had a spray bottle we had to refill while they were here. Nyx would get up on the counter where she wasn’t supposed to be, we’d scold and spray, and she’d jump down, lick off the water, and jump right back up on the counter.

On the bright side, because we’re home all day and consistent, she knew not to jump on the counter by the end of the week. Not that she didn’t try, but we didn’t have to spray as much. Curiosity is strong with that one!

We got to watch the usual kitten antics: play wrestling (Tibbers is bigger, so he could smack Nyx down, but Nyx is quicker), zoomies (they had a lot more room around here than at the apartment), and a fun cat toy consisting of a miniature fishing rod with a pair of feathers fastened to the end on a line (my son called it a “bird”).

Tibbers, being the less-energetic of the pair, liked to take a break on the stairs and watch his sister’s antics.

You know cats are comfortable in a strange place when they find your lap the ideal place to take a nap. Usually the kittens disappeared in the afternoon, finding nap places somewhere in the house. Nyx is less shy, and more affectionate than Tibbers (to make up for the trouble she causes?). And she’s a purr machine.

Tibbers warmed up by mid-week, and he’s bigger than Nyx, so a lapful of Tibbers was a true lapful. Just look at the size of this handsome boy (he’s about six months old, I think). My chair is oversized, so that gives you a little perspective.

He hasn’t quite grown into his paws. I’m pretty sure he has some Maine Coon in him.

Ready for my close-up

My son and his girlfriend came and picked up the kittens last night, so Zoey has the house to herself again. And I got my dose of kittens. No writing, though. I’ll try to make up for that this weekend.

Two weeks until Christmas! Eek! Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re not doing any in-person family gatherings this year, though one of my brothers suggested a virtual gathering via Zoom. We’ll see how that goes.

Write on!

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, four chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

18 thoughts on “A week of cute trouble #kittens

  1. Oh, they look so adorable, Julie! And I love your descriptions of the way they interact with you and with each other. I’ll bet if Miss Zoey could write, she’d have some interesting stories to tell about what those Interlopers were like!

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    • I’m sure Zoey would have have a lot of stories to tell (and grievances to air šŸ™‚ ) Those kittens are adorable! They were definitely getting comfortable here before my son and his girlfriend came to pick them up. Then again, the kittens were excited to see him (in their kitten way šŸ™‚ )

      Have a wonderful week, Margot!

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  2. I love the cat pics!

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  3. I think you had a lot of fun being cat-grandparents, Julie. I remember reading that there are certain varieties of cat that love to climb. It look likes Nyx is one of those cats. The cat-tree will be put to good use. Enjoy the quiet time and get back to writing. Merry Christmas.

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    • I had no idea there were varieties of cats that love to climb, I’ll have to look that up. I know cats like to climb in general, but Nyx seems to like climbing more than most. And yes, after they left, it was quiet. And Zoey came out almost right away to survey her newly-kitten-free domain.

      Hae a great writing week, Diana! And Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  4. I can imagine that kittens would be quite distracting, Julie. It sounds like a great week.

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  5. Maybe Tibbers is attracted to older women. Zoey should be flattered!
    Sounds like so much fun!!

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  6. You went through a whole bottle? That’s a tenacious cat. Sounds like you had a busy week. Bet it was fun, though.

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    • I couldn’t believe it. My son said Nyx didn’t mind the water, and he was right. In fact, after we sprayed her (practically until she dripped) she would lick off some of it, then want to be held (to dry off the rest on someone’s shirt šŸ™‚ ) It was fun, and I got my kitten fix for little while.

      Have a great week, Staci!

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  7. It’s always fun to have kittens in the house:) Nice when they camp out on your lap! I hope you get a lot of writing done.

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