Kitten update. First things first, the all-important name. We had three names in the running and a self-imposed deadline of a week to decide and ultimately felt that this little fluffball was none other than Opal Bebe. Opal is actually my great-aunt-in-law's name (get that?!) who always had the coolest hairstyles and an oval rug in her house. As a child, I was obsessed with the fact Opal had an oval rug. Anywho, since our little Opal is full of various colors and markings, the name worked well to represent her changing hues. We added Bebe for two reasons - when she first came home, that's how I would call her which meant that's what Rio also called her and since Opal sounds very similar to apple, it gave it some distinction for Rio.
For the first few days, she lived in our bedroom, mainly under the bed but it sure didn't take long for her to begin exploring and become accustomed to our crazy household. You rarely find her under the bed anymore. We currently have her wearing a teeny-tiny collar with bell on it so we can keep track of her so whenever Rio hears the bell, she perks up and says "Is that Opal?" in Rio-speak. It's pretty much the cutest thing ever. Seriously. And when she sees her, there is often a great squeal which Opal is slowly getting used to.
One thing that I have been most surprised by is that she sleeps with us all. night. long. I was always under the impression that kittens did their craziness during the night but I was wrong with this one! Remember, I have very, very little kitten experience. Back to sleeping. Little Opal prefers to catch her z's between mine and Brent's heads until about 7:30 in the morning. Precious. What's not so precious is that when she awakes, she is a holy terror. Any body part is her target and I have the scratches to prove it. All part of kittendom though. There is a sweet side to these sharp antics though. While these shenanigans are happening, she's randomly bringing us her toys to bed. She's grateful, as are we.
She's truly a sweet, sweet kitten which makes me so excited for our future with her. Her purr is louder than all of the other cats' combined and she loves a good petting. Brent even noted how there are many similarities between her and Pimmy. From stealing the warm spot to squeaking and from bunny-kicking to crazy antics, it's like Pimmy is giving her directions from time to time. Having her around has been healing for me in that arena.
In regards to the rest of the herd, they've seen this song and dance before. There have been some hisses and slaps but that's all part of getting to know each other. Mondo has been an absolute gem with her which is no surprise to me. She's already taken to rubbing all over him and yesterday, she was even biting his toenails! He just takes it all in and watches the crazy happen. ;) We have had a few dietary issues which have since been straightened out. Let's just say that I've dealt with my fair share of gross things over the past few weeks and now feeding rituals take three times longer than before. But I do what I have to do.
Unrelated to Opal, Mondo and Sammie have had a few medical issues that we've been dealing with. We believe Mondo got kennel cough while waiting for his vaccination FOR kennel cough and poor Sammie had an acute pancreatic attack last week which left her at the vet's for three days. It's her second bout with this and I truly hope her last. She's doing SO much better now and is back to chasing me around the house and chowing down nonstop. To say it hasn't all been stressful (and expensive!) for me would be lying but I couldn't imagine a life without a fuzzy family.
Kittens, man. Cuter than cute. We're sure happy to have little Opal Bebe in our world. For sure.