Something fluffy this way comes...
|Photo by kitten cam viewer Cindy Forman|
Meet Newt, the princess of the litter and queen all things fluffy, from The Critter Room.
After a lovely morning drive up past Seattle, I arrived at Petsmart around 10am. I met Ash's new parents, who are the nicest and most lovely people you could ever hope to meet.
We were informed that John was running a little late with the kittens. I had not been able to watch the Kitten Cam at all since I was driving, but I knew the emotions must be running high for the thousands of people who have followed Ripley and her kittens for the past 2 months, and likely John was giving the kittens a proper goodbye.
|Kittens settled in for their last family nap|
Pretty soon, John arrived with the kittens! The darlings were nervous and a little shy to come out of the carrier, but after about 20 minutes, they all settled in to nap together.
I have to admit, I was a little star-struck seeing John, Chris, Ripley and the kittens in person. Look how tall John is! Did you have any idea he was this tall? Eat your hearts out, ladies, he is even more handsome in person, and Chris is just as sweet as you have come to expect of him. (And, he has the cutest girlfriend ever; I hope he doesn't mind me saying so.)
I really enjoyed my time with this crowd of well-wishers and adopters, oooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over the kittens. Ash's new daddy was kind enough to let me give Ash some proper snuggles before he went to his new home. He is so.darn.fluffy. Look at those eyebrow whiskers! I would have been in heaven to bring this special guy home with me, but I know without a doubt he will be loved mightily by his new family, and I look forward to keeping up with him on facebook.
|John giving away the bride|
After some kitten snuggles, paperwork, and shopping, it was time to start saying goodbyes. We learned that, despite some no-shows of applicants, all the kittens were spoken for, and someone might be coming down for Ripley. (Indeed, she was adopted shortly after I left.) John lovingly said goodbye to Newt and placed her in the carrier for me to take. It was hard to know that I was taking her away from the only family she knows, from John and Chris, her siblings and her mama. It must be scary and confusing.
The ride home was mellow and quiet for Newt and I. I was worried she would be uncomfortable or nervous but she sat still and slept most the time without showing any distress. I had time to think about how the kids would react to meeting her, where will she be most comfortable for the first couple days, what kind of bowls she would like best for sitting in, will she want a tiara or a crown... you know, the usual kitten questions.
Although my kids have been watching the kitten cam with me, I did not let on to the fact that I was going to try to adopt. Up until the last minute, the rule was "first come first serve," and although I was prepared to camp out all night to get the kittens I wanted, I knew there was no guarantee. I did not want to get their hopes up. Newt was especially my daughter's favorite, and I could not wait for her to learn that she was a part of our family now. They did not know where I was going that day, they were busy with their own Saturday activities, and so it was a true surprise for them!
In case there was any doubt that this kitten will be loved, you can see for yourself....
|Love at first sight|
After meeting everyone, Newt seemed a little anxious so I sequestered her to the bedroom with her litter box, some food and water, and spent some time calmly patting her before letting her hide under the bed. As a side note, if you ever want to torture children, introduce them to your new kitten and then tell them they can't play with it.
I checked on Newt a few times but allowed her the space and quiet she clearly wanted. I remembered that John enclosed her favorite purple fluff-ball with her things, and she immediately responded by smelling it and pulling it close to her. It was obviously a very comforting thing for her to have something familiar.
When I was ready for bed, I burrowed a cave in some blankets on my bed and Newt was happy to crawl inside. Throughout the night I would wake to find her slowly coming out of the cave and closer to me, and by morning, she was snuggled right up against me. When I woke up and looked at her, she was already looking at me, and started to purr. Her eyes were bright and alert and she had a frisky look about her, so I grabbed her fluff-ball and she bat it around a little, shyly. She still was not jumping around or running, but she let it know who's boss.
I gave her lots of pets and scritches and snuggles, and then reintroduced her to her box and her food and water. She used the box, and then had a few bites of food, and returned to her spot under the bed. She is still a little nervous when the bedroom door opens, and wants nothing to do with whatever is out there, so I will give her some more time to herself before bringing her out.
Overall, we are so happy with our adoption experience and want to express our most sincere gratitude for Purrfect Pals, and John and Chris, for bringing these special kittens into our lives! I know there are thousands of people who have fallen in love with the kittens, and I feel so, so lucky to have been able to give one of them a home.
Newt's facebook community page is Newt O'Ripley, which received over 3000 likes in less than 24 hours! We will probably eventually change her name to fit with our family, but she will always be Newt, Ripley's smallest kitten, from Foster Dad John's world-famous Kitten Cam, sister to Ash, Parker, Dallas and Bishop.
AKA The Observer, Newtie, Newtie Pie, Newtie-Patootie, Princess Newt, Newt Loop, Newt the Cute, and Bowl of Newtles.