These five rascally little critters are creeping upon nine weeks old. Which means they are jumping; skipping, side-sliding and scaling EVERYTHING. Take for instance my legs and my need to wear two pairs of pants because each and every one of these kitteries has taken a running jump onto my calf and attempted to crawl up as far as the fabric would take them. They are like little lumber jacks, or ice climbers. They selectively use their claws in unimaginable ways.
Recently they have taken this skill to a whole new challenge with similar height restrictions, but a broader playing area: my back, while cleaning the litter box. There I am all hunched over feces, making sure everyone is feeling confident about their next poo when one or more of them take a running leap at my back. I mean, obviously claws are involved in this, they are learning the the “running-jump and cling”. This may or may not be a problem for me on any given day on account of what shirt I am wearing and the surface area that it covers plus thickness of material or lack there of. “Lack of material” immediately inserts a negative into the question which = claws in skin which may be multiplied by the depth of penetration.
I never thought my body would be a playground. I never knew that someone should recommend wearing Carharts, gloves and denim in order to deal with furry, sharp-sharp furriness.
Here is the juxtaposition that makes it even harder… They can be SO gentle and sweet; it is selective and you have to pay attention and the less you pay attention the more likely you are to meet some sort of feline wrath.
Perhaps you are a seasoned kitterycat enthusiast/ companion; for me this is my third instillation of “learning experiences” that have been growing more intense over time and as I’ve mentioned before, my first “hands on from birth of the feline species” experience. I really didn’t know what to expect and what people told me to do, I kind of bounced it around and felt it out, ultimately disregarding it to the degree of augmenting it and seeing what worked in my situation.
I am by no means disappointed, in fact this whole thing has been amazing but not always perfect.
You know how I was saying that one needs to pay attention to the feline signs? Well I do, over all; certain calls for food or new litter (and in Quantum’s case, to go outside or the fact she is tired of her kin), the kittens are in the experimental hunting phase of looks, eye connection (or lack thereof) and “mad-dogging”.
Here is how it usually goes down: I want to lay down and primarily settle down for the night but the minute I walk through the door everyone wants attention and they are fired up. When they are fired up they wrestle and run around and jump on everything or claw anything until their tiny little muscles say “STOP!”
I lay in bed and they treat me like some Kittery CrossFit that includes; running laps, using my bun like a weighted rope, high diving off of shelves and stealthily trying to bite/lick my eyes, ears, nose, mouth and chin. If I was more invested I would come up with proper names for the crazy events this clan of Kittery participates in, daily.
My least favorite event, is “Stare Her Down With Looks Of Love And Then Take Swift Bats At Her Face.” A kittery will get all close to my face hole; all big eyes and looks of curiosity. Then they start bobbing around a little, probably because they are focusing on a place on my face to plant a claw (if they are ruthless) or just a paw (if they are somewhat scary yet playful) and then it is “GAME ON”. My hands already look like I not only cut myself (for fun, of course) but also as though I have experienced the “stigmata”… raisin’ kitteries ain’t easy.
Admittedly I have had to learn to retaliate from this physical abuse. Some of the events in my height and weight Cat-agory are ” Shake ‘Em Off Like a Dog”, Human Earth Quake, Kittery Toss, and Quicker Reflexes.
I think “Kittery Toss” is fun for everyone.
When I walk through the door, they know my gait coming down the hall. They not only swarm but also they try and escape. I suppose it isn’t appropriate to kick them around like soccer balls, so, I pick them up one by one and gently toss them (American Quaterback Football Style) onto my bed. If one goes, they all watch and they jet quickly to greet their tossed sister or brethren on the landing pad with some good ole fashion kitty wrestling. I just keep tossing them up there and they just keep coming back for more. It’s the one event that seems to leave me uninjured and the kitteries highly entertained.
If you want to read about the first two episodes click here Quantum Express~ A Kittery Tale and here A Kittery Tale: Sleep Deprivation and Emerging Personalities.