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Feline Introduction (LONG, photos)

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I was politely informed in my introductory thread that I needed to inform the nice folks at TCS about my kitties. I hope it is okay to put the information here.

This is Mithril, in my husband's arms. The white spot under her chin and her little white toes were the best.

She liked to pose.

And she liked to play. You can see the amazing color of her eyes really well here.

And she liked to make silly faces!

Attack kitty, prepared to pounce!!!

I had been planning on adopting cats for many years, basically since I moved out of my parent's home (7 years ago!), but I have always lived in dormitories or no-pet apartments, until now. So I paid up my pet deposit and made a few visits to the animal shelter. And I met Mithril. She was so affectionate and her little white toes were perfect, so naturally I brought her home with me. She purred as soon as I walked into the room, every time I came in to pet her! She purred when you picked her up, she purred while she ate, she purred while she played...!

You can see how much I fell in love with her... Mithril had Panleukopenia, and I only had her at home for 5 days. She had a vet appointment scheduled already, and we took her in after she spent the weekend feeling icky. She had diarrhea a little, and vomited once. We hoped it was just the stress from the shelter and everything. After a somewhat misleading original diagnosis (Her white blood cell count wasn't low on the first blood test), she spent most of the next week with intensive fluid therapy and antibiotics... By the time we took her to the hospital in Ft. Wayne, she was so sick that she could barely move. We should have known then that she wasn't going to make it, but how do you just let a cat die? We lost her at 4:00 am on Saturday morning.

So, obviously I was devastated, and I researched everything I could about Panleukopenia. I guess it survives in the environment for a really long time, and the only thing that kills it is bleach. And you can't bleach your carpet, really... We were afraid that we weren't going to be able to have another cat until we moved away.

But, a ray of light - What if the kittens or cats were properly vaccinated, and we were sure that they were properly vaccinated before we brought them home? The obvious solution! Originally, we had wanted to adopt from the shelter, but the folks at my local animal shelter were not even concerned when I called them to let them know that Mithril had Panleukopenia. They should have considered it an emergency and taken care to check all of their kitties! Anyway, I didn't much trust them to go out of their way to help me, so I started doing some research and I found an Applehead Siamese breeder who lived about 45 minutes away from me. I had a lynx point CPSH throughout my childhood, and I have always wanted another one. One of their queens is a lynx point soooo....

Long story short (this story isn't short, is it?), I am soon to be the proud meowmy of two Siamese kittens! The breeder is going out of her way to ensure that they receive an extra Panleuk vaccination and they are getting an extra checkup before they come home! The seal point is a boy and the lynx point is a girl:

Four weeks old

Four weeks old

This is last week, at almost 8 weeks old!

Almost 8 weeks old! Can we come home yet mama?
post #2 of 18
they're adorable! tell everyone the names you've decided on for them... [hint, hint, nudge, nudge]
post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well, like Laureen, I am a BIG fan of Robert Heinlein, and I love Pixel from A Cat Who Walked Through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset. Even though Pixel in the books is a boy, I want to name the little lynx point girl Pixel. I think Pixel is a great cat name!

My husband picked out the name for the boy. His name is going to be Bamf, which is the noise that Nightcrawler (our favorite of the X-men) makes when he teleports. It is fun to say, reminds me of a cat, and is an acronym for something that my husband thinks is really funny. So naturally, it will probably stick.

This is assuming that the names fit them, of course.

Pixel & Bamf, yep.

They have different momcats, but their daddy is the same. They were born two days apart. The breeder said that when they merged the two litters, Pixel and Bamf became instantly friends, and started playing and sleeping together, and ignoring the other kittens. They must have known that they were coming home together!

She says that Pixel is all energy, very excitable and a bit of a troublemaker, and Bamf is pretty laid back and lets her walk all over him.

I can't wait to bring them home!!!
post #4 of 18
I am so very sorry to hear about Mithril, she was such a beautiful little girl. I hope you always feel her close by.

She sent you not just one kitty but two kitties awwww and they are so so so adorable

I was wondering why Laureen was nudging you for the names
post #5 of 18
Hello & welcome to tcs. It was very sad to hear about Mithril.
Your 2 new kitties are gorgeous. Look forward to hear all about them when you finally get them home.
post #6 of 18

I am so sorry for your loss of little Mithril.
She will always be with you in your heart.

Congrats on your newest family members, they are cute as can be.

As you continue to learn your way around our site, if you have questions, I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me by clicking on my user name, then send a Private Message.
I will get back to you asap.
post #7 of 18
I am so sorry about Mithril

Congrats on those 2 beautiful Kitties

post #8 of 18
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)
what a beautiful kitts do you have!......thanks for share the pics!
See you on the forums!
post #9 of 18
Welcome to TCS. Sorry for your loss. Congrats on your new kitties though!
post #10 of 18
Mithril was adorable - I love the white toes too! I'm so sorry she's gone.

Your new kitties are too cute for words!!!
post #11 of 18
post #12 of 18
mithril was a beautiful girl, that must have been so hard for you and your husband.

your 2 new babies sound like they will help to fill the silence that has been left. they are absolutely gorgeous and it seems like you are all destined to be together!

we look forward to seeing lots of photos of your kitties!
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for all the kind words and wishes everyone. I am sure that as soon as I bring them home, I will be crazy camera happy!

I just noticed this afternoon that Pixel has a little M shape on her forehead. Since my name is Monica, I found this to be especially cute. It would be funny if Bamf had a little S shaped spot somewhere. My husband's name is Steve.

Nice to meet you all!
post #14 of 18
Hello, my name is John, welcome to the site
post #15 of 18
Welcome I'm so sorry about your little Mithril. Poor thing.

We expect to see lots of pics of your new additions when you get them home!
post #16 of 18
Welcome to the site! I am very sorry to hear about your shelter kitty...I know how quickly you can fall in love with these little babies! I lost Zoey after having her only 5 months...she was a shelter kitten as well, and I too lost faith in adopting from a shelter after her. I'm glad you have opened your heart up to 2 new little kittens! We did so a month ago, and it has helped us move on after Zoey!

Good luck with your 2 new little ones! They are adorable!
post #17 of 18

Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

So sorry to hear about Mithril RIP
Please update us all when your two new beautiful kittens come home!!

Best Wishes! Enjoy the forums
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everyone! I really appreciate the condolences about Mithril and the nice wishes for my two new kittens.

I will be sure to post photos and tell you all about then when I bring them home.
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