She-Ra take a bow

It struck me the other day that I’ve posted a couple of pictures of the newest addition to our family on here but haven’t written about her yet. Very remiss of me, especially as I think she’s going to  inspire a number of posts with the shenanigans she gets up to. Meet our new kitten, She-Ra!

She’s been with us for about a month now and life hasn’t been quite the same since. The things that Xander can’t reach to damage are now all in danger – the upper parts of the curtains in particular – it’s unwise to walk around barefoot and there is now a tray of poo in the corner.

Kate and I both grew up with cats and met while we were working for Cats Protection, so were always likely to get one at some point. We weren’t planning on adding a four-legged friend to the family quite yet though – that’s plans for you!

Our neighbour’s cat had a litter of kittens and you can guess the rest. She’s named after the 1980s cartoon character. Kate and I thought it was funny while under the influence and it kind of stuck.

She’s settled in very well and is very tolerant of Dylan and Xander who are still very excited to have her living with us. It’s bringing out their caring sides – now and then – and that’s great to see.

Kate is her favourite – well, she’s the one who feeds her most – and despite the fact that she’s showing some alarmingly early signs of becoming a crazy cat lady by insisting we’re her ‘Mummy and Daddy’, all is well. Well almost.

You see, She-Ra seems to have been sent to punish me. I’m not sure what for as I’m a kind and nurturing owner – note: owner, not father – and, having written so much about the subject at said charity, know loads about how to make cats feel welcome in new surroundings.

I let her do her own thing when she wants to be left alone, I make a fuss of her when she’s seeking my attention and carefully stop her doing stupid things that would compromise some of the fabled nine lives. But she doesn’t let me enjoy my hobbies…

If I try to write blog posts, she walks all over the keyboard and attacks the mouse. I suppose I can’t blame her for the latter though. If I have the temerity to watch the football, she gets up in front of the telly and attacks any parts of the screen in which there’s movement. Then there’s the ultimate insult… my sacred Xbox time.

I just got myself FIFA15 and was really looking forward to playing it. Thinking she’d go for it like the real football on the idiot box, I spent ages messing about with my line-up, tactics and transfers. She nodded off. Marvellous. I turned the volume right down and started my first match. Within 30 seconds, she was in her usual place, bopping the screen and causing me to fall to an embarrassing debut defeat to weaker opposition.

Let the battle of man Vs kitten commence!

16 Comments
  • ninjacat
    October 6, 2014

    She ra is an ace name ~ xx

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      Thank you! We like to think so. 🙂

  • Super Busy Mum
    October 6, 2014

    Haha this post was a great read. Good luck on the Man VS Cat battle, although I have this uncanning feeling that the cat will win, lol

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      There’s no two ways about it – I’m already a beaten man!

  • Tom @Ideas4Dads
    October 7, 2014

    Loving the name. She looks like a real cutey 🙂 Having a pet in the home is so important and really helps the kids. We have a 7yo choc lab who is as mad as a box of frogs but wouldnt swap her for the world 🙂

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      Yes, having a pet around is great for so many reasons – even if they do ruin your sacred free time!

  • Gerhard
    October 7, 2014

    Sounds like she wants to be the centre of your world! Just wants to join you in all your fun 🙂 She sounds really cute. Would love to hear more about your battle, blow for blow as it were.

    Best Wishes

    Gerhard

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      Never a truer word said – cats definitely want to be the focus of everyone’s attention!

  • Andy
    October 10, 2014

    Good luck. The name is funny and has so many possibilities. What’s next Snarf the hamster. I always like Battle Cat but sounds a bit aggressive.

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      Thanks! I think we may have to get a hamster now just to give it that name!

  • Kim Carberry
    October 10, 2014

    What a cool name….lol
    hahaha! Her trying to help you play Fifa….So cute x

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      Thanks! Interesting that you use the word ‘help’ there though! 😉

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
    October 10, 2014

    She-ra! Amazing name. I think you need to give her a game controller and you have now someone to play your Fifa with! #pocolo

    • Tom
      October 11, 2014

      That’s not a bad idea – at least I may actually win that way!

  • Verily Victoria Vocalises
    October 12, 2014

    She is lovely Tom 🙂 We sadly lost our beloved Muse to a heart attack and old age yesterday. I hope she gives you wonderful memories like our cat did for us. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo.

    • Tom
      October 22, 2014

      So sorry to hear this, Victoria – it’s never easy to lose a much-loved pet. 🙁

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