New Ginger Kitten In The House

Last week, Wuan went to the market and came back with more than groceries and breakfast. She brought a stinky and dirty ginger-coloured kitten back as well. She gave him a thorough bath after which he looked adorable with his fur clean and smelling nice. The intention was to clean him up, feed him and put him up for adoption.

After being with us for one week, we decided to keep him instead. Three felines is about as many as we can manage at the moment. Fei Por had not taken a liking to him. They both would hiss and take swipes at each other whenever Wuan brought them close together. That was the least of our concern. Fei Por stays outside. We did not want him running around outside anyway and would be keeping him indoors.

Cute ginger kittenGinger kitten that Wuan rescued from Pandan Perdana bus stop near the wet market.
Photo by Wuan.

The real test was whether Cheeky would accept him. They both would have to share the same room and same space indoors. I was skeptical. Cheeky was aggressive whenever other cats came into the compound. He would look out from the grille door and growl. The fur on his tail would become puffed. Wuan and I would not want to anywhere close to him during those times.

There were a few anxious moments after Wuan let the kitten into the house. Cheeky approached him cautiously and both stood frozen in close proximity, sizing each other up. True to his fashion, the kitten took a swipe at Cheeky. My heart skipped a beat. I was sure Cheeky would retaliate. It was not a pretty sight the last time Cheeky jumped on me and sank his fangs into my elbow.

Cute ginger kittenCute ginger kitten.
Photo by Wuan.

Cheeky took a few steps back and scooted off. What happened next surprised us. The kitten crouched behind a stack of old newspaper. Cheeky hid behind the coffee table. They then approached stealthily, pounced on each other and then ran away helter skelter in the opposite direction. This they repeated countless times. They were having fun! We finally breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing them warming up to each other so playfully.

We have yet to give him a name. That responsibility falls on Wuan again as she was the one who rescued the kitten. As for me, he has been keeping me occupied. He likes to climb onto my lap. I could not do much with him clambering all over and had to keep pushing him off. He would jump right back on again. I hope he outgrows this antic soon. My thights are now full of fine scars from him clawing his way up.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

5 thoughts on “New Ginger Kitten In The House”

  1. I have 9 cats at home currently. 5 kittens + 1 neutered female which we keep indoors, the rest are only allowed up to the front door (but they still manage to slip into the house sometimes). It’s very therapeutic to watch the kittens play with each other. The older cats chase each other around the house, which can be amusing too. Lately have introduced toy mice to the kittens (training for rat catching in future).

    1. 9 cats? I am impressed. While our 2 older cats don’t bother us much, the new one is a live wire. He needs to be constantly monitored as he scampers all over the house and generally makes a mess of everything.

  2. I have 3 cats too. The older 2 cats don’t get along with the recent adoptee. So, we separated them to different areas around the house. I saw a lot of stray cats in KL during my visit this year. It is sad to see so many unwanted animals. I hope they are more animal lovers like you guys who are willing to adpot strays.

    1. Luckily Cheeky and the kitten is getting along very well. They both sleep in the same room, eat from the same bowl and hang around together a lot.

  3. there are always stray cats hanging around my house. must be some cat gossip network going round that my house offers free food, lodging & love. so there’s always a constant supply of cats. i don’t mind being surrounded by them, they’re fun to play with & watch.

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