Katy is the more quiet of our two new five month olds. She sleeps at the foot of the bed as opposed to on my head, as Pastel does. Her motor is more subtle. She often stands just out of reach. But she is a beauty and very smart. So we have one academic and one little spook.
They were raised in a Humane Society cattery, so especially with Katy, we don’t expect her to come to us all the time. And she doesn’t. Pastel (aka: Little Spook, Inside Out Girl, Patches Kittens (yes, plural), Skeleton Girl) is much more actively loving.
Having been with us for about a month, everything is new. Outside is new, wind, bugs, sunshine is new. Laying in grass, potty only in certain places. All brand new. People food is an entirely overwhelming concept in which we do not engage too much. But enough that they must be outside when we are cooking.
Last night they were, and also for dinner and clean-up.
Huge screaming started out in the dark as I finished up. We bolted out the back and saw the form of a big dark cat and blazing eyes (it was after all Halloween). Pastel was nowhere and Katy was bolting around like a pinball in a machine. We chased off the bad guy, and tried to get Katy inside, and then look for Pastel. Stumbling for shoes, flashlights, and cursing, here was something else our young ones had to learn about. So frustrating.
Katy wouldn’t come in. She acted they way they both did the first afternoon we introduced them to the outside. On that day we would get close, and they would jet away. They both were so quick. To end our first introduction to outside, we had to trap them to get them back into safety. That was a month ago and Katy was acting the same way, like she had lost her understanding of our back yard. Like she had lost her mind.
It felt like we would never get her in so we could start the search for Pastel. Katy ran to the big tree by the barn, Glenn following with flashlight. Then he heard Pastel, way up in the great tree, thirty or forty feet. He got the longest extension ladder, put it out all the way and tipped his body to capture Pastel like her mama did, on her neck. Need I say climbing a tree was also a brand new experience for Pastel?
Glenn brought Pastel in the back door, and Katy followed silently in. Mission accomplished.