Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Turkey Leftovers and a Surprise!

I haven't managed to post for a while due to a nasty cold which zapped all my energy (but I'm better now), and then Thanksgiving preparations kept me busy.
We had a wonderful day with most of the family here.
I hope all our American friends had a blessed Thanksgiving Day too.

This is 'Riley' gnawing on the turkey carcass after the meat had been taken off and stored in the refridgerator for those lovely leftovers. (Don't you love turkey and stuffing sandwiches with mayo!?) The carcass did eventually make it to the barn for the rest of the kitties to share, but 'Riley' had first dibs. I'm not sure where Jasmine was while this was taking place!! Posted by Picasa
Yes, this kitty has become a house cat, and there's an amusing story to tell about that :)
Our oldest daughter, Kylie and husband, Ko have moved to NY City, and they decided their kitty, Ilsa needed a companion to keep her company now that she's living in a 14th floor highrise apartment.
Riley became the chosen cat, being the bigger twin, and a bit more robust than his brother, Max.
we agreed to have him neutered, vaccinated, defleaed, etc. and get him used to being in the house. With this intention we took him to our local vet on the Monday before Thanksgiving. During the pre-op check the vet checked the...er...gender, paused a moment, then looking up with a small smile on her face, she announced, "This is a little girl!"
Oh dear!
The kids had wanted a male....
Well, not to worry, there was still Max at home, and we could bring him back the same day they said.
So....we had "Ms." Riley medicated and vaccinated, since she was there, and made plans to check Max's gender as soon as we arrived home.
You can probably guess what's coming, right?....
Yep, Max turned out to be a girl too!
They had a good chuckle at the vet's when I called to tell them :)
But now I had to break the news to Kylie......
She laughed uproariously when I told her the story and assured me that Riley being a girl would be just fine with them. Whew!
She'll have her 'op' in a couple of weeks and we'll take her to them at Christmas time.
They're still trying to decide on a name, and meanwhile we call her Ginger...or Miss Kitty, or Little One, or whatever comes to mind :)

I'm happy to report that Jasmine seems very happy to have a playmate.

After she's finished roughing 'her kitten' up.....

She gives her a wash......

And then they take a nap.

Jazzy even shares 'her' chair with Ginger (not so much her food!). She'll miss her when she's gone and so will we!

We may have to bring "Maxine" into the house! Posted by Picasa

You can imagine how much the little grandsons enjoyed having another kitty to play with. Here she was batting the ball back and forth with 'K', whilst being rough-housed by Jazz. She's a very patient girl :)Posted by Picasa
I hope you're all having a great week!
We have a very cold wind and snow here tonight!!
Time to hibernate....


Terri said...[Reply]

Glad you had a nice holiday and that you're getting over you cold. It's a doozy this year isn't it?

We had that he/she experience too! LOL Oh well, they are all wondeful animals, don't you think?

God bless.

Motherkitty said...[Reply]

Your kitties are soooo cute. I'm glad your little Miss Kitty is going to a good home.

I'm glad you are over your cold. Nothing more miserable than an early winter cold to get you down. The grandchildren were here for Thanksgiving and managed to pass along a nasty stomach virus to several of us. It's been going around the area like wildfire. Well, I'm feeling better and am now thinking about getting ready for Christmas. So much to do and now so little time.

I'm glad you had a lovely Thanksgiving and, yes, the turkey leftovers were delicious. Our cats enjoyed all the scraps also.

Have a great week.

clairesgarden said...[Reply]

the kittens are too cute!!
I would probably give in and have the whole lot in the house. I have two chairs in front of the television, one for each cat and I sit on the floor. . . . .

Giddy said...[Reply]

Glad to hear you're cold is on it's way out. Let's hope we all stay healthy for the remainder of this winter.

Too funny about the gender mixup, but with cats, it's pretty easy to miss things. I didn't realize Spike had been neutered until we took him to the vet.

So, with all your cute barn kitties, how does one become elevated to the status of "house kitty"?

Cris said...[Reply]

Oh Kerri, so sorry to hear you got sick, hope that during the holiday you were feeling better already. We had a typical Thanksgiving here with friends! I cooked all day, and it was so much fun! I am intending to post the recipes on my food blog. Posted pictures there already. These cats are adorable!

Alice said...[Reply]

Now, you know I'm not a 'cat person' but please, Kerri, could you send me a couple of your adorable kittens?

Those photos are 'calendar' material, for sure.

Such beautiful colouring and contrasts.

Re the sexing of the kittens - did you miss out on the 'birds and the bees' lecture. (Frankly, I have no idea what birds and bees have to do with anything anyway!...lol)

Kylie said...[Reply]

Well done Mummy! (On the Thanksgiving and the story and the pics.) We all had such a great time. Can't wait to take that little kitten home!

Linda said...[Reply]

Glad you're feeling better Kerri.
I had to chuckle over your cat story. We had the exact same thing happen - which accounts for the fact that our cat "Zeke" was a girl. Who knew?

Moi said...[Reply]

haha....you must have had quite a laugh at the gender confusion!!!! :)

and i totally love the last pic....

glad to know that you are doing better.....that nasty flu better not come back to trouble you :)

verobirdie said...[Reply]

Glad your cold is over.
Nice picture and funny story.

LindaD said...[Reply]

Those kittens are SO tempting! I think all pets ought to come labeled. Our first abatch of chickens had one little chick we named Mathilda who loved to sly up into our little girl'
s arms... until she grew and grew into matthew... and our dog dDaisy - a stray 'male' who wandered into our yard and we found being bred the next day... She stayed and gave 9 homes very happy 11" beautiful Beagles... Don't feel bad about it.. my husband went to college for animal husbandry. LOL

judypatooote said...[Reply]

What a great story Kerri....your pictures are so darn cute....you can tell those kittens love each other....I call my Maxie by many names too....Macie, macaroni, what ever comes out.....well hope your keeping warm....it's freezing here... I'm going to Indiana tomorrow for a couple of days to visit my daughter Lori....and they keep predicting freezing rain, etc...but when we listen to the weather man, it turns out quite nice out, so we are taking a change and hoping for the best....it's only a 2 and 1/2 hour drive...and i'm going with my daughter linda.....well enough about me.....your little grandson is quite cute.... judy

Isabelle said...[Reply]

Oh... lovely kitten pictures.

Going from your wonderful garden and views to a 14th floor apartment in a city... . What a contrast! Can't imagine why anyone would, but I suppose jobs are useful things.

Judith Polakoff said...[Reply]

I so appreciate your cat stories, Kerri, and the pictures never fail to warm one's heart. I imagine that even non-cat lovers must think twice after getting to know your lovely kitties. What beautiful winter coats they all have! I miss having my sweet girl around, but we now have two strays that we're feeding outside. I wish we could get them in out of the cold, but they're feral and afraid of us. In any event, we'll keep trying.

I'm glad you're feeling better, Kerri, and that your Thanksgiving was a happy one. Stay warm and dry and healthy, and keep those kitty pictures coming! :)

Sonia said...[Reply]

I am so glad you're feeling better Kerri!

Love all your photos! They are beautiful as always!

Have a nice weekend!

Dianne said...[Reply]

Oh, I don't feel too bad when I thought my stray neutered male was a female and had to be told that at the vet. He was small, so I thought I had a Chloe and he turned out to be a Cosmo! Glad your daughter is taking her to the big city. : )

Robin's Nesting Place said...[Reply]

Glad you're feeling better, Kerri. I enjoyed hearing about your kitty tales and seeing the fun pictures too. I can't believe I even thought for a second that it might be fun to have another kitten in the house as a companion for our Libby. No more pets...no more pets...no more pets...

Hillside Garden said...[Reply]

Nice that you feel better now! I wish you and your cats and the familiy a happy 1. Advent!


kate said...[Reply]

What adorable kittens ...I can only imagine how much fun your grandsons had playing with the cats. You'll miss Riley when she leaves!

Inland Empire Girl said...[Reply]

I love the Riley story. We had a similar experience, but it was a rabbit. Fortunately we found out before we had a rabbitry on our hands! I am ready to hibernate too. We had about a foot of snow early today, but now it is raining. Such is our weather at this end of the states.

Barbee' said...[Reply]

what beautiful and healthy looking cats! Love your story!

CountryGirl said...[Reply]

Sorry you were under the weather but I'm glad you are better. Your story made my day, that was great! I love the photos of Jasmine and "Miss Riley". It was fun catching up a bit with your blog.

Midlife Mom said...[Reply]

What a great story!! I just love it, made my day!!

We're getting a big snow storm today, tonight and tomorrow. I've enjoyed watching it and putting a few decorations on one of the Christmas trees.

Glad your cold is better. Cute picture of kitty getting first dibs on the left ocer turkey!! Love it!

Midlife Mom said...[Reply]

What a great story!! I just love it, made my day!!

We're getting a big snow storm today, tonight and tomorrow. I've enjoyed watching it and putting a few decorations on one of the Christmas trees.

Glad your cold is better. Cute picture of kitty getting first dibs on the left ocer turkey!! Love it!

AmaryllisBulbs said...[Reply]

I like the first photo. Reminds me of when I was a kid and my cat XuXo (pronounced ShoeShow: I was a weird kid) ate a whole raw chicken off of the table.

Annie in Austin said...[Reply]

Hi Kerri,

Someone once told us that cats only hear the vowel sounds in their names when you call them, so that if you keep those sounds the same, you can change the consonants and the cat will still come when you call - a Sacha became Natasha that way.

Since there was something sneaky involved in this unveiling of gender, should Riley become Wiley? Cute cat - no matter what name!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Val said...[Reply]

I tagged you for a meme on my blog. I hope you can find the time to play.

JunieRose2005 said...[Reply]

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! We did- and I have pictures up to prove it! ;)

I LOOOVE coming here to see your great pictures of that beautiful place where you live! And your cute cats and kiddies too!

Happy New Year!