Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Frank is earnest

I got word yesterday that Frank would need a home sooner than I had thought. We went over to the shelter, where I made arrangements to foster him, until it is time for him to be, as my mother would have said, altered. At that point, I can fully adopt him. If I had left D at home, I would have come home with another cat and perhaps a dog. But D wasn't having it.

Frank had been staying with my friend, who has a dog and three other cats. The shelter had put out an emergency call for help, so she stepped in and fostered two 3-kitten litters, bottle-feeding them. So Frank is quite well socialized.

I had thought I could pick Frank up from B, but the shelter is pretty strict, keeping tabs on all the animals they foster out/adopt out, so we had to go there. Yesterday, they had many, many cats, the majority of them black or Tuxedos (they even had a top 10 list of reasons to adopt a black cat; if you can, please do so!). They also had a rabbit and a ferret, cohabiting a cage.

Frank fits in immediately:



A miracle! They all enjoy and share!!

but watch the video for true sounds emanating from a couple whose noses are squarely out of joint. They also gobble up the kitten chow, as if doing so will eliminate its intended consumer.

31 comments:

Kurt said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwww.

Steve said...

Awww. Poor kitty, being subjected to such scary cat sounds! They'll chill out over time, as you know -- it's funny that they would perceive Frank as any kind of threat!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

frankie is soooo cute! the big cats are doing quite well adjusting all things considered! they say it always takes a week when a kitten is introduced into a house with other cats.

among our family of cats here on avenue c, we have one all black cat (rosie) and tsuki who one might consider a long haired tuxedo....markings of a tuxedo but with incredibly long hair! I don't understand black and tuxedos have a hard time getting placed.... but even though I don't understad it, I'd be curious to see the top 10 list.

congrats on frankie! there's not not much that can bring greater joy than having a kitten about!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Not a cat lover, but cute post and pix.

citizen of the world said...

That is one adorable and tiny kitty.

Betty said...

Oh, sweet little thing!
(I think we need Edward to give him a few tips on coping in a big-cat world.)
What is it about black cats & tuxedos that make people not want to give them a home? When we got our 2 (black & white) from the rescue shelter we were told that they were the least popular colour.
They're my favourite. My first cat, when I was a child was a tuxedo.

poppy fields said...

I wish the sound on my office computer worked!

Gledwood said...

how tiny and cute!

i used to have a cat like that: looked like a little black imp...

Reya Mellicker said...

He's adorable!

Love the vid.

Welcome home, Frank!

Joanne said...

Too cute, especially when you see him in size relative to the others. You just want to scoop him up!

knitwithcats said...

you forgot to mention why his name is Frank - his eyes are a beautiful blue! wonderful blue eyed boy!

JGH said...

Frank is precious, and I'm sure his siblings will come around. I'm always amazed at how complicated cat relationships can be.

The Liberator said...

Frank! I thoight you were talking about a human Frank before-- hey Frank! he's adorable. Bear and Soul aren't much bothered by him either. A little, for form's sake is all.

Hissing isn't because they perceive him as any real threat, and too early for much jealousy. it's more due to wariness --a new smellin' thing-- they're ticked that a new thing is here, but curious too--soon he's gonna be their baby! and he's going to give them some cardio exercise!

Squirrel said...

It took about a half hour before any of the other tuxies started grooming Eddy. First I "washed" them all off with the same wet cloth, then applied a tiny bit of the same perfume to each on the fur , near the tail, and they soon figured they all smelled the same, (all Dior. ) then the comraderie began. I think the cats hiss at the frightening smell of the shelter more than at Frank

edward said...

i love frank! i wish he was my neighbor. people misunderstand cat play fighting--sometimes we do get too rough, but we love to wrestle and make noises. express ourselves.


frank is still fluffy fuzzy.


"kittenhood is a short sunny season."~ eddy chevalier

Coffee Messiah said...

I lost my train of thought once I saw the cats! ; )

MotherPie said...

How precious. I just love the name Frank.
So matter-of-fact.
Which is nice, for a black cat.
I had a black cat as a child and never thought about how they would be harder to adopt out.

angela said...

I don't have any sound on this computer(grrh) but those photos are adorable..a real dose of cuteness..

DineometerDeb said...

Frank is adorable but B is a bad influence! Hang around her long enough and you will have not only Frank but Sammy, Peter, and the rest of the rat pack.

Gledwood said...

dur!! I hadn't seen the vid before: how charming!!

PG said...

He is adorable - I am always impressed at how adult cats somehow hold back from lashing out at a little kitten, even when they are sorely tried!

Janelle said...

aaaah how is frankie doing? loved the video! you're getting mighty clever on this blogging malarky! did you see the pic of my five wee kittens, born on 17 sept? toooo sweet...they are just starting to open their eyes now... lots love TT xx janelle

d. chedwick said...

Kim is socializing nicely with all us cats here. Even Dennis has accepted her.

Linda said...

I have a tuxedo kitty. He's a sweetie. (Hey, it rhimes!)

lettuce said...

what a sweetie, and he's moving so slowly and cautiously... i bet he'll be spronging about in no time.

our mice are getting bolder, we've been seeing them in the lounge lately.

this is good news actually
:-)
i think it means we will HAVE to get another cat
:-D

carolyn said...

Adorable and black cats are my absolute favourites, although we seem to have adopted a ginger cat. More about him some other time..
For now remember Wells 1997? Some Wells pics on the blog now, enjoy.

Middle Ditch said...

Poor little thing. It's as if the older cats have completely forgotten about their own youth. Never mind they will get used to each other soon enough.

Shammickite said...

My dad's name was Frank! :-)

d. chedwick said...

we had a blue jay that hung around our garden named Big Frankie.

Frank is having the time of his life right now, all that energy and getting to know Bear and Soul. After 3 months of Eddy I can say we have all changed for the better. We get along better and are more active.

Eddy now allows us all to sleep through the night, too.

d. chedwick said...

I ate Eddy's kitten chow too! But then he ate my food. Oh well.

MotherPie said...

Your comment on my post on media studies for this crisis was most interesting.

You need a new post up, by the way, on how you are doing w/ Frank.

But I realized a huge change in how I did comparative studies w/ major national media in the 2004 election cycle versus now how the media is just a flood. The NYTimes online came out with three front page story presentations -- visually -- as I tried to capture it.

Well, not the "cat's meow".... and yes, the market... groan. What intensity. I wish I had a cat to sit on my lap and relax with right now.