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Saturday, July 24, 2021

New Mews Update

 TBT HERE:  A slight delay, which is OK because Laz has been getting so much better socially lately and I was a bit concerned about how he would respond to a new kitten.  So about him, first.  

He got up on my lap 3 seperate times Thursday!  Unfortunately, he is still learning how to get off calmly (he simply LEAPS) and I have some wounds to prove it.  It's OK, I heal fast. 

Yesterday, we were both outside.  He has learned to enjoy "outside time" more when I am out there too.  He comes running up and then flops down for some belly rubs.  He even follows me around these days and I haven't had THAT pleasure since Iza left us.  Before, he would just be outside on his own doing his cat-thing alone.  The outside companionship is nice.

Peace generally reigns in the house.  In fact, the last time I heard Ayla hiss was when MARLEY got a bit too playful.  Ayla is still cautious around Laz, but I've noticed that they come in together and sniff each other.  Things are GOOD these days and I think Laz has "settled".

So...  I talked to the Tonkie breeder yesterday about the adoption schedule.  You may recall I mentioned "early August" previously.  Sadly, there was some sort of miscarriage.  But the breeder (there are 2 in combination actually) says that both hers and her friend's Queens have recently had healthy litters of the colors I associate with Tonkies..

Apparently, both litters are of the general type as Iza was.  I am thrilled!  Not that I'm looking for a clone of Iza (she will always be unique in my heart) but I do want the general platinum/mink coloration and the gorgeous blue eyes.  Sometimes I feel guilty about being so specific, but this next one will probably be my last kitten (I've had so many at "just adult" stage) so I am indulging myself.

Anyway, the schedule is 11 weeks from now.  That makes it about the middle of September.  Just about a whole year since I originally inquired about adopting one.  It has been a long wait...

Not to say it hasn't been an interesting year.  Ayla has always been a wonderful kitty even with the hard start of being spayed twice before the 3rd time worked.  Marley came from a happy but allergic home and has been a peaceful mancat all his life.  Laz sure took a lot of attention, but it has paid off.

I've usually had mostly womancats before, so having 2 mancats around has been "educational".  I used to think "two" was enough (and I could be happy with 2), but Laz needed (and deserved) a calm home so then there was 3.  The new female Tonkie will be named Lorelie Lee to go with Lapis Lazuli (from Heinlein).  I like book character names (though Marley came with his own and I liked it).

I can hardly wait.  

There is some karma involved here.  If the Tonkie breeder had had a kitten available right after Iza went over The Bridge, I never would have experienced Laz.  OK, sure, MAYBE he would have gotten adopted into a home LIKE mine and been "purrfectly" happy somewhere else.  But it would have meant that *I* would not have experienced his socialization and adjustment.

I will always treasure that experience.  Yeah, some of you do that routinely.  And I admire that.  But Laz  is unique for me.  I've had a long line of "happy-from-the-start" cats and my time with Laz has been an education I needed.  

I don't mean that I want everyone to have a "difficult" cat (both for the human and the cat), but it sure teaches you a LOT!

The Tonkie breeder says she will send pictures when available.  When I get any, I'll post them.  


  1. Thanks for the update TBT. I had been wondering about the kitten. And the latest developments with Laz are so exciting. I'm pleased for you and am tickled to think that he is now happy and relaxed and getting into the Mark's Mews way of life. Yaaaaaay.

    As for being specific about the kitten - don't be embarrassed about it. You know what you want and why. My last cat was a kitten (even though we went looking for an adult cat). I knew that I wanted a de-sexed short-haired male tuxedo. 'Everyone' said that I was just trying to replace the cat who came before and that wouldn't be fair on the new cat. Phooey to them. As it turned out, we ended up with a kitten and the amount of work involved in the first couple of months was incredible - non-stop! And his personality was very very different from that of the cat who came before, so even though he had similar colouring, that was about all he had in common with his predecessor. LOL

    Sydney, Australia

  2. I'm really looking forward to the new kitten! People who want Somalis like me often have to wait a long time too.

  3. Oh, It will be an interesting time when 'new kitty' arrives!! I can hardly wait!

    And I do hope it will work out to be a fun and rewarding experience...towards a great furmily!

  4. We hope everyone adjusts nicely to having a kitten around!

  5. Ouch on the wounds! I am glad you will be able to get the kitten you want. And I believe everything happens for a reason and you were supposed to be Laz's dad. XO

  6. It is worth the wait to get the kitten you want. It is nice that Laz like to follow you around. He is showing you he loves and trusts you.

  7. Just that much more time for Laz to settle even more.

  8. I’m glad Laz is doing better and feeling more comfortable. And I can’t wait to meet the new Mew.

  9. Laz is so sweet! I hope he learns to get down without the 'burn out' because that looks ouchie! Can't wait to see the new kitten!

  10. Laz really is responding to your great love of him and that is really what cat-human bonds are about. When I hear people say "Cats are not friendly" I always ask them if they have tried to be friends with the cat. This brings quizzical looks as they just don't get it. We are so happy the family is working well and growing together. When ours started out it took time but after a year or so what a joy. Yeah then there is Rumpy Bump *sigh* there is one in every home MOL

  11. Laz has gotten used to your love, and that's why he's come so far. He's a lucky kitty.


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