Thursday, September 11, 2014

Knightley.


So...we have a new kitten.

Several weeks ago, my mom and sister-in-law heard a noise coming from the motor of Mom's car. When they looked inside, they found this kitten. (The skin on his chin was pulled down a bit, as you can kind of see in the first picture, but other than that he was fine.) After asking around if anyone was missing a kitten or wanted one, we realized we'd be keeping him.

His name is Knightley. Yes, that Knightley. (He showed up the day after "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more," on Emma Approved, so it seemed fitting because my head was full of Emma and Alex.) I didn't want to sound too much like Mrs. Elton, but adding the "Mr." is just a little too pretentious for such a tiny kitten. So Knightley it is.

This is the first time I've ever had a kitten (and been able to choose a name for a cat!). My parents got my childhood cat, Annie, before I was born. Our other two cats came to us in random ways when they were a bit older. (Jack was my grandma's cat and we took him after she died...Ollie was left behind with us after my brother moved out.) I don't think I was prepared for how incredibly adorable and mischievous kittens can be! Knightley can be curled up in my lap sleeping soundly one minute, and the next minute he's tipping over my trashcan or trying to eat tissues.

As for the other cats...Jack has handled the new addition really well. He basically ignores him. (Accepts him? With cats, I don't think there's much difference between the two.) He'll put up with almost anything, unless Knightley tries to chew on his tail- then Jack gives him a few hard swats on the head and the matter is settled. Ollie hasn't adjusted quite as smoothly. For the first few days, he would hardly leave my room. By this point, he'll get within a foot or two of Knightley...they've touched noses several times. But if Knightley makes any sudden movements towards him, Ollie hisses and makes the most awful growling noises. And occasionally they swat at each other. Still, this is progress. :)

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  1. So sweet & LOVE the name! Absolutely inspired! =) Hope Ollie stops the hiss/growl.
    Blessings & Love,
    -Bess-

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    1. Ha, thanks! I've been wanting to name something or someone after an Austen character for a long time. :)

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    1. He is, isn't he? An adorable little scoundrel. :)

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  3. Oh congrats!! He is such a cutie. :)

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  4. Knightley is SO precious! And he looks like he's a Russian Blue - my favorite kitties. :)

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    1. Thanks! I had to go and Google Russian Blue cats, because I'd never heard of them. :)

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  5. He's adorable and so's his name!

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  6. That sounds much more peaceful than our cats now. We have had Sugarplum since she was 6 wks, I think (she is 8ish), and we had an older cat then, I think, but she is timid so she left the older cat alone. She would leave Mumford (not our name choice, and we took him when he was about 4 months old; he is over a year now), but he just LOVES to bug her, so their fights get pretty loud at times.

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    1. Ha, it's funny to watch the younger cats want to play with the older ones, and the older ones just not having any of it. I really do think Ollie wants to play with the kitten, since he's still fairly young himself (3-4 years maybe?), but he keeps acting grumpy.

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  7. KITTEN!!! Knightley is the best name. How adorable :)

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  8. Could there be a more perfect name to bestow on your unexpected new friend? :)

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  9. Awwww! So cute! Knightly is the perfect name.

    Makes me miss my cat who went missing last week. :/

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    1. Thanks! Oh, I'm so sorry about your cat! I hope he turns up again soon.

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