THE BIG THING:
I've given the name a lot of thought. I had come up with "Iza" and "Cat Ballou", a friend suggested "Midge, because New Kitty sticks close to me like Skeeter did and a midge is like a mosquito (a skeeter) in that regard. The name Heather was suggested because of her color (and I really considered that one).
There is also a matter of tone. I think it helps cats to recognize their names by tone patterns. Skeeter was Skee-ter, first syllable a high note and the the second a low note. LC is first letter a low note and second a high note. Ay-la is 2 high notes.
So I decided that New Kitty should have a name that followed the Skee-ter pattern (high to low note) pattern. Midge and Cat Ballou don't work that way. And I looked at 100's of names on a "cat name site". None really seemed to fit New Kitty.
So her name is Iza (pronounced EE-za), high note to low note... Iza Spencer to be exact. I'll think of a middle name soon, though Iza Meezer Spencer (pronounced EE-za MEE-zer) seems cute. Because of her shape and voracious appetite, I am nicknaming her "Pudge". That might even become her daily name...
If any kitty thinks of a better middle name by Jan 31st, I will send them fresh catmint, a toy, and some treats... ;)
Iza is an applehead Blue Point Meezer. I think her colors will become more pronounced in the next year.
Ayla and Iza are starting to get along. Ayla has stopped hissing and has even groomed Iza briefly, and they have chased each other around a couple of times. I think it is going to work out fine. They ate dinner right next to each other last night.
She sure loves playing with toys!
Iza loves to sit high up on my chest when I am sitting in a chair. How she stays there is beyond me. She purrs automatically on any contact with me, and follows me around from room to room. She is definitely a lapcat!
Iza eats anything! Mom Heather, the cat-breeder, says she grew up on primo dry food, so is probably experiencing taste-overload with all the canned stuff. I'll have to watch her weight, as she is already way plump for a kitten (9 months). Heather tells me she was an inside cat, but she sure is interested in getting outside with LC and Ayla. I will be keeping her inside for 2 months (until March when it is warmer and she has a complete smell-sense of where her house is). I've done that with all my cats.
More pictures of Iza tomorrow! And I will have to Photoshop Iza into the header picture soon... :)