Here are some pictures of our new kitten, Romeow. I discovered him, his three siblings, and his mother in a window well at work. The mother had given birth to her kittens on a pile of leaves down there, and she would climb a nearby drainpipe to go hunt for food. Once I found them, my coworkers and I partially covered the grate over the well to shelter the little ones from rain, then placed bowls of food and water inside for the mother. We immediately got in contact with a woman who runs an adoption center for cats, and she came to take them all once the kittens were old enough to move about on their own. For about a month, the mother and her kittens lived in a comfortable bedroom where they enjoyed the safety and care that was provided. Finally, last weekend, our little one was ready to be adopted, so my wife and I welcomed him to our home on Sunday night!
Asleep in my wife's lap:
Here he is witnessing the outside world for the first time. We had just pulled him and his siblings from the window well:
This is one of Romeow's sisters who is being adopted by one of my coworkers:
Here they are in the cage after being lifted from the well:
And here's the mother milking her babies before we got them all out:
My wife gets the credit for choosing that name, and I agreed that it's really cute. I joked that if we also got a female cat, her name would have to be Mewliet. But one is about all I can handle with my allergies!
He was a mischievious kitten today. I had to squirt him a couple times with the water bottle when he went near Chicken's cage. Chicken was perched on my finger, but I don't want the little kitty thinking he can go over in that corner whenever he pleases.
That's actually not a bad idea, having the bird bite the cat hehe. I'd consider letting Chicken do that, but I'd feel bad doing that to such a cute little kitten. Heck, I sometimes feel bad when I've nailed him with the squirt gun a few times. Perhaps when he's a sturdy adult cat I'll introduce him to Chicken's beak. Chicken seems pretty interested in Romeow's whiskers, though...
That's what I'm hoping, at least! Sometimes Romeow seems fascinated with Chicken, and he just sits there and stares at him. It worries me sometimes, cause I have no idea what he's really thinking. My guess is that he wants to play with him, but that'd be game over for a little conure! Hopefully when Romeow reaches adulthood, it'll be like you say - Chicken being the boss! For now, Chicken is only out under my constant supervision.
And btw... I moved Chicken's daytime cage into our bedroom near the window, and we keep the door closed when we're not home so that Romeow can't get in to bother him. I figure it'll be more peaceful for both of them to have their separate areas when they're left alone.