Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm a proud mama!

I've got two new babies! I'm very happy! It has been a while since we have had any pets and I just LOOOOVE kittys!

So this proud mama is very, very proud to introduce our new members of the family:


Aren't they beautiful?? Ok, so like any parent, I may just be a little biased! 

We chose them from Lort Smith Animal Hospital on Sunday. They were in a cage together and I didn't want to split them up so we took both! (Poor Popeye is allergic to cats, but we are hoping that he will get used to them). I was under the opinion that they were brothers, but I think I must have made that up as their DOB differs on their documents.
Popeye named Biggles, after the famous literary aviator. We all agreed on Trim's name. One of our homeschooling stories was about Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim, who was a very intelligent cat. We are hoping our Trim is as smart as the cat he is named after. So far, he is very shy. He jumps at the slightest noise. Biggles, on the other hand, is very friendly and loves the attention. It's good to have that balance of pussy personalities I think.

Fortunately for us, both cats are toilet trained. They will also be exclusively inside cats mainly because we live on a VERY busy road with a VERY busy car wash business as our neighbour. Cats and cars are not a good combination. Also, I have a bit of an issue with cats killing wildlife outdoors. so inside cats they are.

Baby can't keep her hands off them!
YM can't wait for them to settle into our house so he can play with them!

Now having two gorgeous additions to our family has produced a DILEMMA for me. As a vegan, I am having a hard time having animal products in my house for the first time in over 2 years. I do realise that cats are not really made for vegan eating but I would love some ADVICE from my fellow vegan blogging cat owners - What do you feed your cats? 

My initial, uninformed thoughts that I should continue feeding my kitty's on kitty food until they are 1. Then I was hoping to be able to introduce a bit of vegan food into their diet and maybe mix it in with their food. Something to research.

On a change of topic, my two home educated babies (the human kind not the kitty kind) have started a blog page called 'Adventures of our homeschooled superheroes'. Their first post was about the kittens and it is fabulous for their writing skills. I'm sure they would love it if you checked it out and left an encouraging comment (this will also help their understanding of writing for an audience).

Meow for now (oh, I feel a Super Troopers moment coming on meow)



Rose said...

Your new babies are adorable. Congratulations!

Vicki said...

Gorgeous kitties! Unfortunately I have tried feeding my cats veganpet quite a few times & they flatly refuse to eat it so I feed them normal cat food which makes me really sad :(

Tahn said...

Another friend of mine also said the same thing, Vicky. Try as they might, the cats were on to them about trying to introduce veganpet into their diet and refused to eat it. :(

steph said...

Congratulations! Those are some adorable kitties.

Miss T said...

Welcome Biggles and Trim!

I also feed my boys meat because I think Tom at 10 years old is too old to change, and all the boys eat the same food from the same dishes so it's not possible to feed Sam (a dog) different food from the cats, even though dogs are omnivores and it's theoretically much easier to feed them a healthy vegan diet.

However, Mandee at Cupcake Kitteh feeds her kitties VeganPet successfully, and she is a vet nurse I think, so perhaps ask her how she made it work!

(Vicki ... I think I'd have the same problem. Tom, Bertie and Sam won't even eat certain brands of cat food or particular varieties in brands they do like and will actually not eat all day if I give it to them, so I understand picky, stubborn cat palates!).

Johanna GGG said...

they look gorgeous - I sometimes wish our Zinc was an inside cat because she burns if we let her out in summer and I don't like her being out at night but we got her as a 6 year old and she loved the outdoors - we have just fed her cat food from the vets which she was eating when we got her from a friend. I have heard that cats are carnivores so haven't tried zinc on veg food but she did seem interested in my soup tonight!!!! Love the names!!!

Anonymous said...

personally if I had a cat I would feed it meat. Cats are carnivores. There are good sources of organic cat meat :)

Amy said...

I also have a problem with feeding my pets meat pet food. I buy high quality no by products and add veggies to their food to cut down on the amount of animal food they are given. This is done more with the dog than the cats. The vet recommended filling half of his bowl with green beans to help him lose weight. He loves them! I will be interested in the research you do and what you decide.