I know you’ve all been waiting to hear how things are going at my house since the arrival of my new little sister Allegra last week. Yup, she’s been here an entire week now. Guess she’s here to stay. The first couple of days, I was kind of thinking maybe she was just visiting, but oh well. I’m starting to get used to her. Mom is making sure that I get plenty of attention, and that really helps. In fact, I’m writing this on the laptop – and I mean that literally. I’m on top of Mom’s lap, and typing away on the computer. It’s the best place in the world to be, and for now, it’s all mine. Allegra is taking an after dinner nap in the chair across from us. She hasn’t figured out how to be a lap kitty yet. I know she will sooner or later, and then I’ll have to share again like I did with my sister Buckley, so I’m enjoying this while I can. I’m showing Mom how much I love it with a huge purr while I’m writing this.
Anyway – it’s been interesting having this youngster around. It doesn’t take much to amuse her. In her world, everything is a toy, whether it’s the shadow on the wall, the reflection of a prism on the floor, or a Q-tip. As you can see in the photo above, I’m exhausted from just watching her – always on the move, always running around. Unfortunately, she actually thinks she can make friends with me by pouncing on me. I think not! I just hiss at her and if she gets really obnoxious, I swat at her. Mom says she just wants to play and get to know me, but I have to tell you, she better find a less annoying approach to get on my good side. For now, I’m focusing on making sure she knows I’m in charge – make no mistake about that!
I can tell that she’s starting to calm down a little, though. The first few days, she was on the go constantly, exploring our house, playing with all the toys we have all over the house, and looking out the windows. She’d barely slow down long enough for Mom to get in a pat or two. The last few days, she’s been more relaxed. I think she’s finally starting to believe that this cool place is really her new home. I know how she feels – I couldn’t believe it either when Mom first brought me here almost ten years ago.
There is one very annoying problem, though, and I sure hope Mom figures out a way to make it better. I’m talking about feeding time. Now mind you, I love my food, and I’m a hearty eater. But I like to savor my meals and extend the pleasure by eating a third or half of it, and then come back a little while later to finish the rest. Allegra has no culture whatsoever when it comes to meal time – she just inhales the kitten food Mom puts in front of her. I’ve never seen a cat eat so fast! The bad thing is that when she’s finished with her own dish, she goes after mine (not while I’m eating, though – at least she has more sense that that!). Mom’s been trying to stay on top of things and puts my dish out of reach when I’m done with the first part of my meal, but it’s a problem when Mom can’t keep an eye on things. Like the other day, Mom went out for a while. She said she’d be gone past our dinner time, so she fed fed us before she left. What she doesn’t know is that the second she was out the door, Allegra went and finished everything that was left on my dish. The nerve!
But all in all, it’s not so bad. I can tell that Mom is already in love with Allegra, and that makes me happy for her. I know Mom’s heart is big enough to love both of us. I think once Allegra settles down a little bit more, and once she understands that I’m in charge, no if’s, and’s or but’s, I’m going to like having her for my little sister. I know I have a lot to teach her, and I’m not just talking about manners.