The kittens officially have full run of the house. 24 hours a day! This may not seem like news, but it is big news around here. Since we first acquired our surprise kittens back in July, we slowly introduced them to the other resident cats, along with different rooms in the house. Every night however, the kittens are rounded up, and tucked into bed in the office, so big sister Sofia can have a break, and we can get some sleep without fearing crashes in the night, paws in our faces, and general kitten-inspired anarchy in the dark.
Our schedule over the past few months has revolved almost entirely around the bellies of four cats. Separate food, separate feedings. Hungry little kittens needing 4 meals a day, hungry chubby adult cats, desperate to eat the high-fat kitten food. Now, we’ve given up the four feedings a day, as the kittens have grown out of those ferocious appetites, and fallen into an easier, less demanding meal routine. Now everyone is eating together, sharing bowls, sharing food, and we’re generally less constricted by the demands of a four cat household.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve tried without success to let the kittens sleep where they want at night. These experiments generally end quickly, because Intern doesn’t like his toes to be attacked in bed, and Sofia doesn’t like pouncing, purring kittens sneaking up on her at night.
This weekend marked our first successful full night of sleep with four cats roaming free. Yes, this is what our life has become, strategizing about four cats. No hissing, no crashes in the night, and only a few purring kitten pounces in my face. Mostly it was a pig-pile of kittens and people, with everyone trying to carve out a space to sleep in bed. We made it. We feel rested, we’re ready to take back the office. More on that later.