Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tom Kitten

This is the kitten who nearly ended it all for us as fosters before it really began- because mum wanted to keep him!! Mum chose his name, and named him after the Beatrix Potter character.

He wasn't the bravest of kittens- he wasn't too keen on me at first. I thought he would like me, because we looked similar! He is Dhoni and Nigel's little brother, but was a fair bit smaller.He quickly learned about games and toys, and looked oh so cute while he played. We call this Tom's "Oh my, you caught me" look.
He would get up to the silliest business. Hiding in shoes was a choice activity. Dad's work boots were his favourite targets. As Dhoni and Nigel grew, they started to gang up a bit on Tom, and he withdrew into himself.
So when mum took his siblings back for desexing, she brought a special treat home for Tom- four new kittens!! Not that he enjoyed his treat at first. Mum thought he would enjoy a chance to be the big kitten for a while. So she unloaded three little kittens, and an older girl, Trixie, who had just missed making weight to be desexed that day.
Clockwise from left- James Bond, Trixie, Pipi Saurus-Rex, Tom Kitten, Charlie Brown.
Trixie wound up being a great foil for Tom. She was a very calm, relaxed lovebug of a kitten. She was not at all bothered by Tom hissing in her face! She just continued to persist in her efforts to make friends, and ended up being successful.
He was a very playful little boy, and gave us lots of laughs. He loved to play with the wand toy, and even let Trixie join in!
The funny thing about Tom is that he was never a big eater. When the kittens first arrived, he would growl over his food, but didn't do that for very long. It always took a bit of extra coaxing to get him to really dig in. He also had a longer, leaner body type than Dhoni and Nigel.That meant the vet wanted him to weigh more than the kilo they usually want kittens to be prior to desexing them. Mum didn't mind- she was happy for him to stay for as long as possible.
After finally reaching his desexing weight, he spent a few weeks in the shelter before his Forever mum came along.

15 comments:

Aniemother said...

He sure was a cutie! Isn't it great to think of all those kitties that have a good life and home because of your and your mom's effort?

Bajas

Tom, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan said...

All the photos of Tom are gorgeous but that last one is extra special! What a cutie! And of course, it's a great name!

Your Friends,
Tommy, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan

Cheyenne -Millie said...

We think that photo of Tom in the shoe is so cute!

That story about Trixie and Tom brought a smile to my mom! Tom hissing!

Gandalf, Grayson and Whitey said...

Mom loves "You caught me" looks, and Tom Kitten's was no exception. What an adorable little fellow!

Parker said...

I bet his forever Mom is so happy that you made him such a wonderful cat!

Poppy Q said...

You are making us smile, telling us stories of all the itty bitty kitties you helped.

We hope Mr Tom is having a wonderful life, and has lots of love.

Cory said...

That last photo is just the sweetest! Purrs to Tom in his forever home.

Shadow / Molly said...

Tom is certainly a cutie! Yer mom does wonderful work fer all kittys dat need a home, our the mom wants to do that but we has no space right now either. She keeps saying someday ... Just as long as she doesnt fall in love wif all of dem and keeps em that is.

borisandgracie said...

Mom says she can see why you would have been tempted to keep little Tom. He's adorable.

- Gracie

Angel and Kirby said...

Tom was a cutie, too! Glad he made friends with new kittens.

Daisy said...

Ah, he's smiling in that last photo! What a sweet little guy.

The Island Cats said...

We can see why your mum would want to keep him! So cute!

MoMo said...

For that precise reason SS would be a definite failure as a foster mum - she would hate to have to let go and want to keep all the babies!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artangan Rumblepurr said...

Ohhhh, it looks like such fun times at your house!!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We think Tom Kitten is very cute too!! No wonder your Mom wanted to keep him!! Bet he is being spoiled in his forever home !!!!!!!!!

Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie