bailey + felix
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We decided to keep the kitten! Kyle took her to the vet last week and it turns out that SHE is actually a HE. Poor kitty, first he’s abandoned and then he has to suffer through an identity crisis! Before the ol’ gender switcheroo, we had tentatively decided on Chloe (in honor of Kyle’s favorite childhood cat) and then went through a laundry [...]
We decided to keep the kitten! Kyle took her to the vet last week and it turns out that SHE is actually a HE. Poor kitty, first he’s abandoned and then he has to suffer through an identity crisis!
Before the ol’ gender switcheroo, we had tentatively decided on Chloe (in honor of Kyle’s favorite childhood cat) and then went through a laundry list of boy names before finding something we liked. (Why are boy names so hard?) The kitten acquisition came on the heels (pun intended) of Kyle selling his motorcycle, so the name duCATi was encouraged by several friends. I totally nixed it. After some long discussions and an informal Facebook poll, we ultimately landed on Felix. Sure, it’s not exactly an original cat name, but it is the name of Kyle’s late grandfather (who I’m sure would be smiling to know that his great grand-cat was named after him).
So we’re pleased to introduce: Felix duCATi McZerbey.
Yeah, McZerbey. After Kyle and I were engaged, we considered creating a new last name from our two surnames, but decided it sounded more like a gimmicky product at McDonald’s. “I’ll take a McZerbey and a large fries please!” So we abandoned the idea for ourselves, but totally used it for our pets. Bailey’s is extra fancy because we were required to incorporate his heritage since he’s all AKC registered and what not. So ol’ Bails is actually ”Golden Ginger’s Bailey McZerbey”. I wanted to add “of Ballard” on to the end but we agreed it was a tad too ostentatious.
Right now we have the litter box and food in the bathroom, but that will need to change soon because Felix is a little litter-flinging hooligan! (Though as it turns out, the sliding doors make excellent cat doors since Bailey hasn’t yet figured out how to push them open .) We’ll eventually set him up with a nice little space in the basement, but he’s still a bit too small to jump up on the counter down there. Our two boys are warming up to each other (all of these photos were completely candid), but Bailey is now extra clingy to Kyle and me and still seems reluctant about the new situation.
Fortunately, he’s still puts up with Felix’s crazy antics. Begrudgingly.
Err…umm…I’m not comfortable with this.
No milk down there kitten!
We’ve heard kittens prefer to drink water out of anything besides their own bowl and this seems to be true with this kitten as well. Good thing Bailey isn’t possessive.
Finally, thanks for all of the FANTASTIC feedback last week! We’re a lot more comfortable with the responsibilities of a kitten now that we know what to expect, what’s normal, and what’s worked for others. Even though we’re still a little concerned with Bailey’s moodiness, we think it will pass given a little more time and plenty of extra attention.