The funnest thing about having a baby — including a baby cat — is seeing the world new through their eyes. When you watch a child do all the things you take for granted for the first time, like lying in the grass or catching snowflakes on your tongue or the first taste of ice cream, you suddenly remember what it was like when those things were new and exciting.
We’re estimating Cleo the horrible kitten will be a year old sometime in May, so this was her first winter and it will be her first spring. Here in Missouri, we’re having a crazy winter. We got snow, and then a couple of weeks later we’re getting days in the sixties and seventies. So Kitten got to experience her first snow and her first “spring” day.
She was fascinated by the snow on the ground. She sat for hours at the sliding door trying to catch the snowflakes that swirled into the glass. I love the way she pats the glass over the snowflakes. When we took her outside to see it up close, she was less sure, but she liked to taste it!
She was really freaked out when she first got outside on her leash. She wouldn’t walk — she’d just soldier crawl — and every little noise scared her. Eventually she started pouncing on leaves, and then she actually soldier-crawled to the garden and started poking around under the bushes. I have two tall bushes on either side of my office window, and the birds fly between them, so she was enjoying seeing where the birds live close up. Now she wants to go outside every day and sits in the windows all the time. I can’t wait for spring!
First ant (on the wall): She hates ants. So do I, so this pleases me. I have these ants pop out in the middle of winter if we get a warm day or two, and kitten will hunt them down and eat them. Having a crazy, brain-damaged cat isn’t all bad.
First hat: Yeah, she wasn’t happy about the first hat. But it suits her.