Whew, I feel dirty after that last dog post! Time to clean up with some awesome kittehs.
We have a handsome pair this time: Millie and Huxley (who, I’m, told, is named after Thomas Henry Huxley). This is the entry of reader Gayle Ferguson.
Pictured are Millie (left) and her step-brother Huxley. Millie purrs like a little machine and displays the slanted eyes of contentment. She’s supposedly the progeny of a pure-bred Abyssinian mother and a wandering stray (whoops! somebody left the door open!) though I see nothing but Abyssinian in both her appearance and personality. Sharp and inquisitive, with much to say, Millie is an extremely accomplished hunter of birds, mice, rats and skinks, which she brings to my bed as frequent offerings. She loves her step-brother and cleans his filthy self at every available opportunity, though only half his size. One of Millie’s many quirks is to growl at any visitor who approaches my front door; another is that she refuses to drink the water beside her food bowl, instead preferring to take her water from an identical bowl placed at the plug end of the bath.
Huxley is the worrier of the pair. Coming from a ‘disadvantaged’ kitten-hood, he is timid and has love only for his mother (me!), the arrival of any other person sparking a state of panic. Like a true Mummy’s-boy, Huxley loves his cuddles and is the most passive and malleable cat I have ever come across, being happy to lie in any position you put him in! Not a hunter, perhaps as a consequence of his generous lower end, Huxley once presented me with a cicada on a stick. One of his quirks is that he will only acknowledge his love for me when within the house — in the garden I am a stranger to him, and a stranger to be feared. Recently we have began to increase the number of zones within the garden where he can love me. Patience and time. Not liking to wait for his breakfast, Huxley will punch me awake in the mornings, with his little accomplice sitting neatly behind him. Though both well over a year old now, M and H still play chase in the garden every evening and love to stalk each other in the house too!
I think they deserve to win because they’re so damn pretty!