And Now, This Important Kitten Update

Yeah, we’re gonna keep him.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

104 replies on “And Now, This Important Kitten Update”

Like all the other posters who had the Exact Same Thought: Now THERE’S a surprise.

My household tends towards historical names, which does not fit with your household’s naming conventions, so I will simply wait to see what y’all come up with.

Have the other cats started to like (or tolerate) him? When I got my second, my first cat hissed and clawed at her under the door, but after a couple of days when the door was accidentally opened, they sniffed each other and seemed happy to meet.

I recently rescued a young calico from the porch if a boarded up (foreclosed?) house. She was healthy but starving. Also pregnant! We, too, are keeping our rescue and likely at least one kitten when they come. Suckers we all are – hearts even softer than brains!

Oh, I’m so happy for us– I mean you! *cough* I selfishly wanted continued kitten updates, so I’m thrilled he’ll be sticking around your camera. Of course, selfishness aside? I’m just thrilled that a homeless kitten is now going to have a loving home.

You all do good.



Good on ya! He’s a cutie.

The world is on fire, and this week has pretty much broken me.

I really needed a dose of good news so I appreciated hearing that you’d be keeping the kitty (although, like most of the previous folks, it was pretty much a done deal in my eyes).

Thanks for the smile, John and family. And congrats on the new family member!

Steve Thorn for the win! Great name suggestion lol. Although his wide-eyed expression begs for a name with a ! at the end of it

Add me to the “SHOCKED!” club, welcome home little guy!

@bruceauthurs – I once had a black cat with a distinct white exclamation point mark on his nose and forehead. Being a computer hacker, I named him “Bang” (the slang name for ! )

Big trouble – he often wanted to hear his name word – usually in expensive glass stemware off the kitchen counter. I once saw him climb onto the mantle, wait until we were looking directly at him, then push a one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass ornament off.

Congratulations, little piebald tuxedo boy, on successfully worming your way into the hearts of the Scalzi household! We await the announcement of your name with great eagerness, and send wishes for many happy years of pouncing, chin-scritches and tuna. Long may you purr!

Thank you. In the county where I live (Raleigh, NC area) over 1,000 cats/kittens and dogs/puppies were surrendered to the county shelter this month. It’s nice to hear of someone accepting a new responsibility they weren’t looking for rather than making it someone else’s problem to deal with.


I’ve wrestled with myself everyday since the little one arrived & you said “Anyone want a kitten?” I’m not far from your burg and really, really wanted to offer my home but my 5 cats kept giving me the stinkeye every time I said “How about a new kitten?”

Congrats to all!

Knew it from the first shoulder kitten picture. Will now patiently wait while Athena works through her pet naming process. Smart kitty, lucky Scalzi clan.

Oh, Thank the Gods! You have NO idea how close Tammy was to saying, “You can stop off in Ohio on your way to ConVergence in Minneapolis next week to pick up Scalzi’s new kitten, yes? Our other ten cats could use the company…”

I’ve seen two pictures of that kitty, and I so anthropomorphize The eyes. So expressive, so yearning, so utterly mesmorizing! What a cutie…..but watch out, You’re already wrapped around its paw. “Master/Mistress” may be the logical name choice…. or ”yes Sir/ No Ma’am:” how could you ever say no to that face? What a cutie!

tsk tsk. EVERYONE knows the number of pets in a household should not exceed the number of humans. [uuuhm: 3 cats 1dog 4 ferrets 2 humans here–why do you ask?]

(Also, Rorschach wouldn’t have occurred to me, but I’m jumping on that bandwagon. Shocker for everyday use.)

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