The title would probably have been more appropriate names for our kittens, who are now 8 months old and almost adult cats. When Abby and Ducky arrived in our home they were your regular sized kittens: 1.250 kilos for Abby, and 1.050 kilos for Ducky . . . perfectly healthy, normal weights for 10 week old kittens.
As the weeks turned into months, however, the difference in size has become more and more flagrant. A picture says it all.
We have one XS sized kitten, and one XL
Abby is the XS kitten/cat. She weighs in at just over 3 kilos which is actually quite a good weight for an 8 month old female kitten. I say kitten, but she’s already lost her kitten looks and really looks like a proper cat – albeit a mini version of a cat. Ducky, on the other hand just doesn’t seem to stop growing! He weighed 5.2 kilos at his latest weigh-in, and I fear his growth spurt isn’t over yet. He has also maintained his wide-eyed kittenish look . . . walks around with a swagger, just like Simba, the lion cub from Disney’s “The Lion King” and, a mischevious gleam in his eye. You just never know what he’s going to get up to next!
Usually something naughty!
We’ve been letting them outside so they’re both getting plenty of exercise, but that doesn’t stop Ducky from getting into trouble indoors. His latest game is: playing in plant pots. We had moved house plants to safety in the veranda to avoid disaster when kittens were small but with cold weather, my husband has brought some of the plants indoors. As a result – no sooner is my back turned than Ducky (and sometimes Abby) is having fun excavating, and I seem to have spent the last few days sweeping up and putting soil back into pots. Today I decided “Enough!”
I’m trying something new. Cut a plant pot cover from a piece of cardboard, and have slotted it around the trunk. I’ll be interested to see if this disuades any future digging . . . and if it does, I shall be making more for the other pots.