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14 December 2007 @ 11:05 pm
As readers of this journal know, I’ve had my eye on a certain one-eyed tortoiseshell kitten for a couple of months. Said eye was not acquisitive; rather, it was concerned. Compassionate. A bit sad.

Some back story: when Don and I were engaged, he gave me a lovely ring and two kittens (the former because well, it’s traditional, and the latter because of a story I told him about my parents when they were newly married). We were in a teeny NYC apartment at the time; even after we moved to a slightly bigger place, and then a comparatively palatial apartment in New Jersey, we felt two kitties was a good number. But we did talk about the possibility of someday getting a third, and so in the summer of ’06 when the opportunity to adopt an abandoned kitten arose, Don left the decision to me. Quite suddenly, we found ourselves with two ten year old cats and a wee sma’ kitten. They’ve all settled in rather nicely, at long last. Zinda might wish the older girls had a bit more pep, but they get along well enough.

Thing is, there’s a ten year age gap between them. At some point - may it many years away, thanks! - Zee might be on her own. We could get another cat then, but better that she has a companion that she knows, one close to her in age. And lest you think I’m rationalizing, this train of thought comes from my husband.

My husband. He who is made of awesome. He’d planned on surprising me with the one-eyed kitty for my birthday, but wanted to be sure I really wanted her, and that I’d be okay if she was my gift. Also, there was mad paperwork he hadn’t known about, but still... the sentiment was there.

Even with all of this, I was still unsure. Yeah, yeah: I have three, what’s one more? Only it’s a big deal, bringing a new personality into the house. It’s a new set of vet bills, more to juggle at feeding time (and more of a pain in the butt when I ask someone to look after them when I’m away), hoping and praying there are no kitties going on strike from using their litter boxes or exhibiting other behavioral protests.

But then the tech at the pet store offered to let me hold her, and she kept butting her head up under my chin, and she purred so hard I feared she’d phase through my arms** and that was that. I put her back in her cage and started filling out the adoption paperwork. I left my name and number, and when I came home I had a message waiting for me from the woman in charge of ‘Angels for Animals Network.’ I’d neglected to write down the name of the cat I was interested in; when I told her it was Bebe, she was delighted. “I’m so glad to see you already have cats!” Gisela said. “We tried to place her in a home with no other animals and she was desperately unhappy. She needs company.” The adoption process may not be as stringent as I had feared; still, I’d provide references and be more than happy should they want to do an in-home visit. 

So. After kickboxing class tomorrow morning, Don and I are going to go to PetSmart. If all goes well, we’ll be bringing the baby home with us. Then it will be all about acclimating them to one another and - just as important! - deciding on a new name.*

* If we focus on the one-eye thing, and I’m not saying we want to, something like ‘Una’ or ‘Winky the one-eyed Wonder Cat’ or ‘It’s all fun and games...’ might do. But then, we’re partial to book, comic book and movie names (note: Jilly, Zinda and Isabeau, respectively), and what with the news about Pterry we’re sort of inclined to name her Esme or Magrat. But we’re open to suggestions!

** hmmm. that begs a Flash name. Jesse (as in ‘... Quick’?). meh. not doing it for me.
I feel: hopefulhopeful
Cattomincloset on December 15th, 2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Mazel tov on the new baby! If only that cat with the eyepatch in The Last Unicorn had a name!
If you do go with the one-eye thing and aren't concerned with being too femme-y, there's always Mad-Eye, which at least you should call her til you decide.
And apropos of nothing save that I watch Muppets all day long, a little known Muppet character is Gaffer, the Backstage Cat, who come to think of it also sports an eyepatch.
But I'm sure she'll name herself soon after you get her home.
Kelladyjoust on December 16th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon!

I totally thought of calling her Moody, but then thought that was just begging for trouble. Gaffer is sort of awesome, though.

But yes - a name will make itself known and 'right' once we get to know her.
Andrewquueer on December 15th, 2007 05:26 am (UTC)
I vote you name her Bray. I had a funny convo with libba bray and her lack of left-eye. It cracked me up.
Kelladyjoust on December 16th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
When Don and I were out to dinner last night, I actually suggested 'Libba.' hee!

the_wild_bunny on December 15th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
Awww! That's so cute. :)
Tart Tartuberlibra on December 15th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
I think Esme or Magrat would be an excellent name for a cat (esp as Nanny Ogg is too long/awkward, etc).

Your phasing comment makes me want to suggest "KP" for Kitty Pryde...which *does* fit in with the comics theme, though it's awfully literal.

I can't wait to hear what you decide on.

Kelladyjoust on December 16th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
think Esme or Magrat would be an excellent name for a cat (esp as Nanny Ogg is too long/awkward, etc).

We could call her Gytha, though. hmmm.

So far, I'm leaning towards Magrat; don't know that Don is sold on that. Today he suggested Selena, which might suit her beautifully. I'm hoping a name just feels right by Monday. I really want to get her in to the vet, and I'd feel a right idiot saying, "Just list her as Baby Kitty Kilcoyne."
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on December 15th, 2007 12:19 pm (UTC)
I am so happy for you!
That kitty is so lucky, going to such a wonderful home with the best kitty parents ever!
Aifacat: Purr...aifacat on December 15th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hee hee...I *knew* she was going to come home with you eventually (yay Don-husband-full-of-awesome!!!)

I like Esme...and that can also refer to X-Men!

There's always "Mad-Eye" Moody-Kitty, but she'd look awful silly with a fake strap-on eye rolling about. ;-)

Is there a femininized version of "Odin?" 'Cuz that'd work, too!
Vampcurse: Kitty Squeevampcurse on December 15th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh that is most wonderful! Congratulations on your future adoption!
Jared: Fizzgigcrimsontom on December 15th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Well,aside from what's been mentioend prior; there's always Patch (Wolverine's alter ego), Fury (as in Nick), Elle (from Kill Bill), and I can't quite remember the name, but Don would know...The emerald eye of "?" from the 52 DC series.

Kel: power girlladyjoust on December 15th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
We ruled out Patch first thing. :P

And it's the Emerald Eye of Ekron. Don't think I didn't suggest that! *is a geek*