For those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you already know I did a “thing” on Friday and adopted an eight-week old kitten, who I have named Hoshi. She’s adorbs and a handful. I had forgotten how crazy active a kitten can be and Hoshi gets the award for living up to that standard. I dare you to try and pick her up when she’s in the heat of play…if you can actually catch her.
Hoshi means “star” and was a female character on Star Trek Enterprise. Not a big surprise given I’m a Star Trek geek, but it felt right. The other two choices were Elly (an NCIS character) and Lucy (because who doesn’t love yelling, “Luuuucy…I’m home!”).
Gibbs had a disjointed nose from the get-go, sniffing and hissing, sniffing and hissing, and pouting. Gibbs, though, is a gentle and laid-back cat, so there has been no physical response other that a couple of swats when Hoshi was trying to attack his tail. Sunday afternoon, Amazon dropped off a box of stuff and two opposing forces found some common ground.
The Cat Federation is drawing up a peace treaty as I type. It is not known if it will be accepted, but I have hope for the future.
Hoshi is going to be a handful for awhile. She runs and plays without thought about where she’s going or what she’s doing. Trying to keep her out of the kitchen is impossible, as is trying to keep track of her location. Hoshi is adept at climbing and already made it to the top of the large cat tree.
Considering this is one of the places Gibbs like to sleep during the day, he may be a bit put out. I see a future battle of wills with this one.
Hoshi is also vocal (oh boy!) and sassy. If I put her in the cat carrier or kitty playpen to keep her confined when I can’t keep an eye on her, she cries a pitiful cry until I release her or she decides to take a nap. Most often I have to release her because I’m just a softie who can’t stand the sound of sad kitty cries.
I have no idea how her eventual personality will be once the crazy kitten is out of her. I don’t know if she’ll be a lap cat, if she’ll be calm like Gibbs, be a favorite of visitors, or a willing participant in the clipping of the claws. Hoshi has one green eye and one blue eye and either they will be the sign of a beautiful, loving adult cat, or those eyes will be a sign I should buy the skull and crossbones cat collar, rename her Khan Noonien Singh, and pray a lot.
Have a purrfect Monday and as I have a busy morning, I will respond to your “she’s so cute” or “good luck with that” comments as soon as I’m able.