Welcome to TCS! I'm new, too.
I've got five (
) kitties at the moment. They're not all mine--I'm doing in-house kitty-sitting (but I don't think I'm giving the 'kitten,' Winslow, back!
). I know how the kitten-loving goes, I was planning on fostering kittens this summer until things happened. You're lucky.
As for talking.. if you have talkers, watch out! Never a dull moment. I have three--none of which are Siamese--who won't shut up. If they think I have food, think it's time for food, want to go out, want a door opened, want attention, want to hear themselves.. you get the idea. It's nice, though. We yowl and "mrrt!" back at each other. I do want to add, though.. if you reward them for "talking"... by giving them food/attention/whatever, you are reinforcing the behavior and they will only do it more often. We've had some problems with this at my house, with opening doors and such.
I also have had an awesome experience with two females. They get along very well with each other, and are best friends. It really depends upon the two cats themselves, although if you only have two and they are raised together you're stacking the odds in your favor. Call the vets in your area, and see what age they do speutering (spay/neuter). If it's younger than six months, I would feel safe getting a male and a female. It's something to consider, though, because dealing with a queen in heat isn't very fun, and it's even less fun when you have a tom who's interested. They'll wake up the block, and you'll probably have spraying.
Name your cats whatever you feel fits them. If anyone ridicules you, ask them how many people they know who have their
We all get to go a little crazy with names.. don't let anyone tell you that you can't name your cats something.
The reason you need to clip claws is because they get as long and sharp as your average pin. I haven't clipped Chili's claws in 3 weeks or so, and she was kneading my leg today.. the end result was me jumping out of my seat with a yell, her giving me a hurt look and hopping onto the desk. Poor kitty, it's not her fault mom hasn't brought out the claw-clippers lately. The claws not only hurt, but also get stuck in things around the house, and this can be hurtful to your clothes/pillows/fabric as well as frustrating and/or painful to the cat.
Get special treats that they love that are only doled out at paw-touching time. First start with touching their legs, and give them treats for gentle little strokes. Then start rewarding them only when they hold their legs still for the strokes.. then move down the leg slowly, praising and treating the whole way. Over a few days (depends upon you & the kitty and the frequency of short sessions) you'll move down the leg to the paws and get them used to holding paws, then holding claws, then start gently scratching their nails. From there you go on to scratching their nails with the clipper, then getting teensie tiny bits off the ends, and then clipping more and more. This is just a rough guide... someone else who has done this many times can refine it for you, or you can adjust as you go along. You just have to make claw-clipping fun for both of you, don't end things on a bad note.. stop while you're ahead is my rule for myself.
And now, someone mentioned pictures.. LOL kidding!
Sorry for writing you a whole book, here. I'll stop while I'm ahead.