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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok, I have already explained the story of how we are getting kittens in a couple of weeks (I would be happy to relate the tale again if anyone wants). Anyway, by the time we get them, the two kittens will be litter trained and ready to go.

My wife received a call from a co-worker asking if we would be interested in two more kittens. They are the same age as the ones we are already getting. My question is this: If we agree to this, and get all 4 (two original and two from her work), and IF we get them all on the same day, can we treat all 4 the same with introductions to the house? Does it make a difference that the kittens are coming in pairs, and already "know" their sibling but not the other two?
post #2 of 18
OK, so in order to avoid confusion *grin* let's call the first two kittens Pair A and the second two kittens Pair B.

It is still a really good idea to keep Pair A separate from Pair B until it is known whether or not anyone might be incubating a little bug ... it is easier to treat a lesser number of sick kittens than a greater number of sick kittens and better to be safe than to be sorry.

Kittens are pretty accepting at this stage ... if no one gets sick after a decent amount of time, then you can go ahead and introduce them to the others.
post #3 of 18
Once again, excellent and wise advice from gayef and gosh, I couldn't have said it half as well! Do keep us posted, won't you? And THANK YOU for caring so much to save FOUR precious lives at once -- you are in for a LOT of excitement, fun, love, and loyalty!
post #4 of 18
You are going to have so much fun with 4 kittens running around ........ since you have never had cats before and are starting off with a bang ..... make sure you keep this site close by
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Turns out the other two have already been adopted, so we will be starting with the two original. I added some new pics to the pics part of the forum. Can I add them here too, or is that double posting?
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by kapmeister View Post
Turns out the other two have already been adopted, so we will be starting with the two original. I added some new pics to the pics part of the forum. Can I add them here too, or is that double posting?
I dont think you could post too many pics of kittens on this site.
post #7 of 18
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post #8 of 18
Oh my goodness they could not be any cuter ............ how precious!!! You and your wife's lives are not going to be the same ........ you are going to LOVE loving kitty cats
post #9 of 18
Fasten your seatbelts because as Pami says, your lives are about to change irrevocably. I can't wait to read some of your future posts. *wink*

All kidding aside, those are very handsome cats. Have you thought of names yet or are you waiting to get to know their personalities a bit better?
post #10 of 18
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The names came from the story of how their Mother was rescued. I would be happy to repost that if you have not seen it. The girl is named MIMI and the boy HOROWITZ. Because of how they were found, they are named (sort of) for my Brother. Let me send the story again...
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Ok, here is the story.

As I mentioned, we had a dog for 14 years. Like most of you, we spoiled the heck out of her and blurred the line between pet and child. When she died, it took us a while to even consider another one. When we both felt we were ready, and made it known to members of out family (siblings mostly) my brother and sister-in-law started to talk to us about considering cats. They were dog people as well, but made the decision a few years ago to try cats, as they (correctly) believed cats are more independent and better fit into their work schedule. Needless to say, with 14 years of dog history, we were not convinced.

At about the same time, this little white cat started coming near the house. Over a period of time, she came closer and closer but did not allow us within 5 feet of her. Against my wife’s wishes, I started to feed her and give her water everyday. She really gobbled the food, but we could not catch her.

On July 4th, my brother and SIL traveled the 250 miles to our house and they both fell in love with the cat when they saw her. A neighbor suggested we try an animal cage with and place some tuna in it. We did, but nothing happened. At the end of the day, my brother drove home, his parting words were, “if you catch the thing, we will take her (they have 4 cats already)”.

A few hours after he left, she sprung the trap and we got her! So, at 10pm, we started the 5 hour drive to Chicago. Getting her out of the cage at his house was a challenge, as she clawed and bit everyone in site. She was taken to the vet the next day and found to be very healthy, and PREGNANT.

My wife and I talked it over and felt this whole thing was a sign from our late dog that we should have a pet again, but it should not be another dog!

To wrap up the story, Mother and kittens are doing great and we expect to pick the kittens up in about 2-3 weeks.

We have named them Mimi and Horowitz. That is a story in itself, but we wanted to somehow name them after my brother in thanks for helping save the Mother. Those two names sound awfully like two words he could not pronounce when growing up, and we just told him to say “Mimi” and “Horowitz” as both are close enough to what he was trying to say.
post #12 of 18
Thanks for reposting the story ... honestly, I did read it when you first posted it, but forgive me, I am evidently having some short-term memory loss issues at the moment. *wink*

Now, which two words couldn't your brother pronounce that sounded so much like Mimi and Horowitz? Enquiring minds want to know! By the way, I adore the name Horowitz. It reminds me so much of a dear friend, now passed away, who was a stand-up comic and had a character, an old Jewish man, named Moshe Horowitz. Whenever he did that character, I would laugh until the tears were just pouring down my face.
post #13 of 18
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It is the end of a Hebrew blessing. I do not know how to spell the Jewish words, but it is something like "Mi'in H'aretz". Whenever my brother would get to that part, he could not pronounce it. So, I told him to just say "Mimi Horowitz" and no one would know the difference.
post #14 of 18
Oh *LOL* yes! I think I know the blessing you mean! If it is the one I am think of it is called HaMotzi and is sung before meals where there is bread:


Hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz
We give thanks to God for bread
Our voices join in song together
As our joyful prayer is said:

Baruch atah adonai,
Elohaynu melech ha'olam
Hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
That's it!

So, a few years ago, at our parents 55th wedding anniversary, in front of 300 people, my brother had to do the blessing. He said "Mimi Horowitz" and not one person batted an eye.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by kapmeister View Post
That's it!

So, a few years ago, at our parents 55th wedding anniversary, in front of 300 people, my brother had to do the blessing. He said "Mimi Horowitz" and not one person batted an eye.
*chuckle* That's cuz they all say it that way too!!! Well, either that or the champagne was flowing freely ...

Thread Hijack over.
post #17 of 18
You know, if you really want 4 cats, I bet you could find another pair of kittens in a local shelter! (Leave it to me to suggest that, right? )
post #18 of 18
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We already talked about that idea and I have done some looking in shelters around here. Unless we "walk into" a situation where we are offered another two, we are going to start with the original two. I am convinced we will have two more within a month or two, and they will be from a shelter.
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