MEET HANA'S FIRST LITTER
Here are all five kittens at 13 weeks of age. Left
to right, they are Elton, Barbra, Simon, Carly and Garfunkel.
All five kittens are affectionate and
people-oriented, and are very gentle and tolerant. They do sometimes get
intimidated by loud noises or wild movements (for example, a six-year-old
dancing and singing at the top of her lungs); but even so, these kittens are
really good with our kids. Our six-year-old daughter Katie likes to pick them up
and haul them around, and they tolerate this very well: they generally go limp and look resigned.
I had assumed they really hated this and were just putting up with her, but they
all come running whenever she comes into the room, so I guess they don't mind
the "hauling" that much.
||Simon is the bravest kitten in the litter. He's always the first to demand attention, check out
a scary noise, or explore new territory. He loves water and particularly
enjoys it when we leave the faucet dripping for him. He likes our kids
very much -- that is, as long as Katie doesn't make him play dress-up with
Garfunkel is a real purr-box,
and likes nothing better than a good lap and a cuddle. He is more cautious
than Simon, especially about sudden loud noises; but he's pretty good with our kids (even
though they are the noisiest things in the house).
||Elton was the smallest of the
litter at birth -- in fact, he was so little we weren't even sure he was
going to make it at first -- but he is such an enthusiastic eater that he
has pretty much caught up with his littermates. In fact, Elton is
enthusiastic about nearly everything. (He doesn't like the vacuum or
playing dress-up either, though.) Elton loves to be held, and
becomes a limp purring rag whenever you pick him up -- hence his nickname
Elton's permanent name is Pinecoon's Oliver,
and he lives in Vernon, B.C. with his owners, Carolyn & Barry
Hay, and three other Pinecoon kitties (Jenny, Lily, and Tugger).
|Barbra is so named because her
expression is so similar to Barbra Streisand's (you can't see the likeness
much in this photo, but take our word for it...) She is a very gentle,
sweet girl who loves to be petted and held. She is a very large girl,
nearly as big as her "big" brothers and bigger than her
"little" brother Elton. Although Barbra is cautious at first with
strangers and loud noises, once she is feeling
comfortable, she blossoms into a funny, spunky little girl with a purr
that won't quit.
||Carly is the flashiest kitten in
the litter. Her favorite spot
is my lap (when it's not full of her obnoxious brothers, that is). Carly
absolutely refuses to play dress-up, and has developed the ability to make
herself invisible whenever our daughter enters the room carrying doll
clothes. (But otherwise, she likes Katie very much. I even caught her
relaxing in Katie's lap one afternoon...)