Whew! So much has been going on here in preparation for Christmas and we have a lot of catching up to do to bring you all up to date on our news.
But… In the meantime – amidst all of the candy making, party planning, guests, and shopping we also had a call from a friend who found two small kittens on the roadway. These little ones were obviously separated from their mother too soon and our friend was busy trying to nurse them back to health. She had gotten them to the point where they would lap up milk and use a kitty litter box and now she needed some help.
We had been on the lookout for a new kitten to replace Jacinto’s kitten who had passed away and Mary was looking for something small, warm and cuddly to sit with at night, so we told our friend that we would take both of the kittens. Last Saturday morning these two beauties were delivered to our care and keeping. Bonnie:
Clyde is a male who closely resembles Jacinto’s former kitten, so we will keep him for a few weeks until he is old enough to eat solid food and then give him to Jacinto. We plan to get them both down to the vet as soon as they are old enough to get vaccinations so they do not fall to the infections that afflict so many local pets. Bonnie (which means beautiful in Scottish) will be our little cuddle-bug.
We took them both out on the patio yesterday for some exercise and exploring time.
Bonnie checked out every little nook and cranny and got pretty playful chasing small bugs and attacking leaves.
This will give you an idea of their small size!
Bonnie is checking out one of Mary’s flip flop shoes. Later I got this shot of Bonnie showing off her feline instincts stalking and attacking a leaf!
Clyde did plenty of exploring himself, but preferred to chase after a small piece of rope Mary was dangling across the patio.
We suspect these kittens are only three or four weeks old, but the hunting instinct is clearly in place already as Clyde demonstrated remarkable dexterity subduing the elusive rope.
Still, after a good meal and a half hour of romping about, the little ones both started heading for the door.
Mary brought them upstairs to where we have a bed prepared. By the time I came upstairs in few minutes later the siblings were cuddled up together dreaming about their recent discoveries.
After leaving our pets behind in the United States, it has been too long since we were actual pet owners. We look forward to many years with Bonnie inside and Clyde romping across the parking lot here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!