Moustache Mario or "M&M"
Yes, that's right, we have a new kitten. He is named "Moustache"(by Rachael) because he has white fur under his nose, with a line of black fur that makes him look like he has a little Charlie Chaplin moustache. His middle name, Mario, was given to him by Aaron. I prefer to call him "M&M". He is 9 weeks old and has adjusted to life at our house very well so far. He was already litter-box trained and has done a good job of using his own personal litter box. We bought him a cat bed but so far he prefers to snuggle up in a nook of the couch. Last night he slept mostly ON Rachael. His first couple of hours here yesterday were pure kitten entertainment: he explored the living room from top to bottom. He pounced on a rolled up sock, he tried to chew on a Hot Wheel car, he batted at the phone cord, and he followed us everywhere.
Moustache has not yet officially met our other cat, Butterball. Everything I read online about introducing a new kitten into a house with a cat said to let them "meet" from a distance first. Butterball is aware of M's presence but the kids believe she is pouting, by hiding in my room. It was so funny to watch her watching the kitten from a distance, like "What the hell IS that?". Butterball came out of hiding yesterday afternoon while M&M was asleep on the couch, and she gave me a look like,"I hope you're happy. You have brought that thing into MY house and I'm not talking to you anymore" and she stalked away into the boys' room. I hope eventually that Butterball will be glad to have the company.
I am sure more than one of you thinks I'm crazy for letting the kids get a kitten with everything we already have to juggle this fall. Some people, like my dad and others (hint: Steven) have already told me this is the last thing I need, with school about to start. But I really felt like the time was right. Besides, when our other cat got hit, I promised Rachael that someday I would let her get another cat. We seem to have gotten really lucky with this one. He's very affectionate, social, sleeps well, eats well, and most importantly, does not cry all night.
Keep your fingers crossed!