Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Bertie update

Back in July, I told you about a new addition to our household - a tiny kitten that had turned up under mysterious circumstances in our driveway. We never learned where the kitten had come from but no one claimed the little mite and so we took her in. 

Bertie, about a week after we found her.


And, yes, it was her, although our first impression was that "it" was a boy, thus the name Bertie. Truthfully, at 12 ounces, there wasn't much to work with in determining gender! When I took her to the vet, the estimate was that her age at the time she came to us was probably four or five weeks. She was also full of parasites - not unusual for a feral kitten - so we had to deal with that. But Bertie took it all in stride, made herself at home, and set about putting us, including our two other cats, very firmly under her paw. 

Bertie, considering one of her humans.

Well, here we are three-and-a-half months later. Bertie is around five months old (estimated) and weighs in at 4.1 lbs. Things have settled down a bit in the household. Bella has come to an understanding with her new sister. She still hisses at her at times, but she also plays with her and Bertie knows there is no real malevolence in her hisses.

Beau has been slower to come around. He was used to being treated as the baby and he resents having someone smaller and cuter stealing his attention. He still chases her - in earnest, not in play. But she isn't afraid of him and she sometimes challenges him directly. He is slowly, very slowly, reaching some sort of detente with her.

Bertie at five months. She's sort of grown into those ears.

Bertie is very much a people cat. After all, people have been her universe since she was a tiny baby. She always wants to be in the middle of whatever we are doing.

That includes helping me with my blog. Actually, I think she may be plotting a coup in order to take over the blog. I'm sure she would have plenty to say! 



10 comments:

  1. This post is adorable, Dorothy. And you are right, she's grown into those big ears. She is a cutie!

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    1. She's been a wonderful addition to our family, although Beau and Bella might not agree!

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  2. She is so cute!!! Cats that adopt you are the best kind of cats:) Looks like she found the perfect home.

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    1. I can't disagree. Over the years, most of my cats have adopted me and that's turned out well.

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  3. She is beautiful, the ears did look rather odd when she was tiny! Well done for rescuing her, she is rewarding you now.

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    1. Having her as a part of our lives is pure pleasure!

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