Checking in With Smudge

He’s still a kitten but he’s definitely not as small as he was two months ago, which of course makes perfect sense if you think about it. We’re letting him out on short, supervised trips since like the other cats he’ll be an indoor/outdoor working cat as well as a pet. He’s enjoying the outdoors, which makes sense because that’s where we found him, and anytime anyone opens a door he makes a mad dash for it. I suspect the other cats will also prefer him to be outside at least part of the time, because he likes to tussle, and they don’t like tussling nearly as much as he does. In all, a very kittenish kitten, still.

16 Comments on “Checking in With Smudge”

  1. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word fuck. He does care if you say f you or go f yourself. But a general adjective? Nah. I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. My mum, Nancy, is still with us and active in our lives. I love to read, I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black part machine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive more than a few miles at night. I don't know where this blog is going ... if anywhere.
    Jada

    He’s adorable. I wish my husband would let me get another kitten. It would be good for my Sam Sam to have a play mate.

  2. I’ve been looking at the size of his paws in some of the photos that Athena has posted, and if paw size is the same kind of predictor of feline adult size as it is for canines, then young Master Smudgington is going to dwarf the other three once he’s full-grown.

    And that whole mischief thing? Well, you doomed yourself the moment you named him Smudge (says the owner of an incredibly mischievous, intelligent, inquisitive, inventive and slightly older kitten named Smudgely).

  3. Dame Eleanor Hull – Fifteenth Century – Blogging as Dame Eleanor since 2007. That's definitely medieval in blog years. My pseudonym pays tribute to a late-medieval Englishwoman known for her translations. I'm a middle-aged American professor of medieval English literature. You can reach me at dame DOT eleanor AT mail DOT com.
    Dame Eleanor Hull

    Lovely! Thank you. What a handsome big boy.

  4. I think the puffy cat tail is similar to a dog raising the fur on its’ back. A heightened awareness, fight or flight thing.

  5. Oh yeah, he’s in adolescence, wants to be a Big Bad Cat. If he works some of that off outside he should be easier to live with inside.

  6. Do you use any special tools or techniques to help try to keep him from getting out the door? A friend has a new kitten and is trying to cobble together something involving a baby gate to keep hers in the house when she gets home from work.

  7. Cats are some weird critters. Its like someone took a bag of warm fuzzies and crossed them with a sociopath. Weird.

  8. A picture in your tweets made me realize I will soon need to actually pay attention in order to tell Smudge and Zeus apart. Could you post a side-by-side tutorial, for the lazy amongst us?

  9. @ Steve L – in my experience the baby gate works with kittens only until they realize they can jump over it. Works better with lazy old cats.

  10. love that tail

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