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Cats Dream

May 26, 2015

IMG_2920On Saturday we brought home a six-week-old kitten. He’s an orange tabby and we’ve named him Pippin.

Sabrina and Tristan are not too put out about this, as he’s just a tiny mite of a thing and so far he has stayed in our bedroom. We are trying to keep their meetings at a distance. It helps that they go outside a lot during the day, this time of year.

For the first three days we haven’t had to leave Pippin alone at all. There are a few hour-long periods this week that he might have to spend some time alone in our bedroom, though, while we are at work. We’ll have to do our best to tire him out so he’ll sleep through it. He is so young that he sometimes falls asleep upright and gradually slides into a reclining position. Mostly, though, he folds himself up for sleep with immense dignity. He has a nice little purr and chirps like a bird when he wakes up and wants to know where we are.

Cats Dream by Pablo Neruda

How neatly a cat sleeps,IMG_2925
Sleeps with its paws and its posture,
Sleeps with its wicked claws,
And with its unfeeling blood,
Sleeps with ALL the rings a series
Of burnt circles which have formed
The odd geology of its sand-colored tail.

I should like to sleep like a cat,
With all the fur of time,
With a tongue rough as flint,
With the dry sex of fire and
After speaking to no one,
Stretch myself over the world,
Over roofs and landscapes,
With a passionate desire
To hunt the rats in my dreams.

I have seen how the cat asleep
Would undulate, how the night flowed
Through it like dark water and at times,
It was going to fall or possibly
Plunge into the bare deserted snowdrifts.

Sometimes it grew so much in sleep
Like a tiger’s great-grandfather,
And would leap in the darkness over
Rooftops, clouds and volcanoes.

Sleep, sleep cat of the night with
Episcopal ceremony and your stone-carved moustache.

Take care of all our dreams
Control the obscurity
Of our slumbering prowess
With your relentless HEART
And the great ruff of your tail.


One day it will be a great ruff, but right now it’s a tiny little tuft.

It’s fun to have a baby in the house. At first his legs were a little wobbly, but today he has been galloping around and pouncing on anything that’s not bigger than he is.

He has tiny little claws, but you can tell by the serious way he uses them that he thinks they are wicked.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2015 7:06 am

    😀 Both this post and the pictures you’ve been posting on Facebook filled me with delight. He’s gorgeous. Enjoy!

  2. May 26, 2015 7:07 am

    If there is any baby animal more adorable than a kitten, l have yet to meet it. So sad that I’m INSANELY ALLERGIC. *sigh*

  3. May 26, 2015 7:32 am

    Has he learned to spit yet? I think the day a kitten learns he can and then goes around arching his back and spitting at EVERYTHING is the cutest day of his life.

    He is lovely.

    • May 31, 2015 12:56 pm

      The first day, Tristan walked up to Pippin and sniffed his nose politely. Pippin then jumped back, hissed, and gave an insanely loud screech. Tristan turned tail and ran, and ever since he and Pippin hiss at each other. So we’re hoping he will hiss less soon. He does hop around arching his back and it is very cute, especially when it’s because he’s pretending to be threatened by someone’s hand moving toward him.

  4. May 26, 2015 8:07 am

    He’s got HUGE paws! Also utterly cute (which you knew I’d think, right??).

    • May 31, 2015 12:57 pm

      We are hoping he’ll grow into those huge paws. We like big cats. This one has a leg up in terms of good nutrition, since his mother weaned him at 6 weeks and we’ve been feeding him high quality kitten food since.

  5. May 26, 2015 8:21 am

    Adorable! Love the Neruda poem too.

    • May 31, 2015 1:05 pm

      I have not been a fan of Neruda in the past, but this translation of this poem really captures something about the spirit of a cat.

  6. freshhell permalink
    May 26, 2015 9:35 am

    So cute!

  7. May 26, 2015 2:27 pm

    Pippin is adorable! I got my current cats when they were 8-weeks old and my husband and I laughed frequently at Waldo who would suddenly fall asleep and tumble over in mid play. Enjoy your time with your new little guy!

    • May 31, 2015 1:03 pm

      He’s doing that less now, but it’s still funny when it happens.

  8. May 26, 2015 3:48 pm

    That is one seriously adorable kitty. Congrats!

  9. May 26, 2015 8:52 pm

    He is adorable! (I’m partial to ginger kitties.)

  10. May 26, 2015 8:55 pm

    Oh the little teensy baby guy! If I were there with him, and if I still had long hair, I would dangle it in front of his tiny kitten face. Kittens love that. (It’s not great for my hair, but on the other hand, KITTEN.)

    • May 31, 2015 12:59 pm

      The last two nights he has gotten on my pillow and made a little kitten nest in my hair. I wake up and it looks, to quote Ron’s grandfather, like “a stump full of granddaddies.” Evidently, fishermen see daddy-long-legs on stumps out in lakes sometimes, and it looks like really messed-up hair.

  11. May 27, 2015 6:18 am

    So cute! I love all your cats’ names, too. I hope the older two warm up to the little one soon. We have allergies in the family, too, so no more kitties for us here. 😦

    • May 31, 2015 1:02 pm

      Pippin is named after the hobbit and the musical. Just so you know.

  12. May 27, 2015 8:54 am

    I so badly want a kitten! We think our old, grumpy cat would eat it. Pippin is completely adorable, please post lots of photos so I can enjoy the experience vicariously! 🙂

    • May 31, 2015 1:00 pm

      Surprisingly, our old grump cat (Sabrina) is tolerating Pippin well. She seems to be amused by his antics as long as he doesn’t try to touch her.

  13. Jenny permalink
    May 27, 2015 10:51 pm

    Oh, what a sweetie. Pippin is a wonderful name for a cat, too.

  14. May 31, 2015 11:52 am

    Our new cat is doing well. He still spends most of his day sleeping in the cardboard box we put behind the easy chair in the library. Turns out, cats love being inside cardboard boxes. 😉

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