As an incentive to get caught up, I told her she could get a kitten. To do so, she would have to complete grade 11 on time and with decent marks. Well she pulled up her socks and buckled down. Every time she started slacking off, or complaining about homework, I would just say "MEOW" and she soon got back to work. She got all caught up and even achieved the Honor of top Science 11 student in the whole school!
So yesterday, we went to the SPCA shelter. There was a litter of four kittens, five weeks old. Heidi chose a friendly, spunky little cat, the black and white one. But while we were looking, Keith was cuddling a shy , timid, all gray one. It nestled into him and hid its cute little face into the crook of this big mans arm. He suggested that Heidi choose this one instead. But she had already made up her mind. Being the tough guy that he isn't, Keith couldn't leave this shy guy behind. So, we came home with two kittens. They are good company for each other and play together so nicely.
Our resident cat, Tabby, is not amused and hisses every time she walks past them. Right now they are being kept in the bathroom with a baby gate in the door. That way they stay safely confined, but can see out at the occupants of the house. Tabby has to walk past the bathroom to get to where her food is in Heidi's room. So she is being forced to pass by them so she will soon get used to them. For now, we will keep them out of Heidi's room, so Tabby will still have that as her safe haven. We made the mistake of taking them in there for a while and Tabby was really upset and was hissing at us for an hour after wards.
The dog lays at the gate quietly watching them. They have sniffed each other through the gate and seem to be getting to know each other. He wags his tale as he looks at them, and hasn't barked at them once.
Tomorrow they go to the vets for their checkup. For now, when I need to find Heidi, I just need to look in the bathroom and there she is! She is going out of her way to give Tabby lots of attention and love. Hopeful it wont be too long before they can co-mingle!
A word of advice, never take your husband with you to pick out a kitten!