This week we introduced a precious new addition to our family — Archie (named after Archibald Henderson). Never did I ever think that I’d own a cat in my lifetime, much less two of them. But Matt and I had been talking about getting Dexter a companion for awhile now. With Matt being in school as well as having a part-time job, plus my long work hours, Dexter ends up at home by himself for the majority of the day. We were starting to feel like Dexter wasn’t getting enough playtime interaction. I mean, really — he was starting to chase shadows on the wall. Sad, I know. The solution? A kitten comrade.
Since this week was fall break for Creighton, which meant Matt would have some time off, I decided to take some vacation days (WHAT?!) off from work. Matt had been up in Sioux Fall for the first part of his break and came back a little early so we could stop by the Nebraska Humane Society and check out the kittens. Out of about ten little ones, we choose Archie (originally named Boscoe at the NHS). We knew he’d be playful enough because he climbed right up on top of Matt’s head once we were in the room. One of his favorite spots is sitting on our shoulders. Let’s just hope Archie never gets outside — he’d be the cat to head straight for a tree and climb it.
Archie’s a domestic shorthair, who was found on the streets, cold, wet and sick, much like his older brother, Dexter. He weighs less than a pound and is only seven weeks old. But for as scrawny as Archie is, he’s certainly got some spunk and is quite an adventurous, brave little guy. He holds his own against big brother Dexter. It seems like he’s the perfect personality match.
As for Dexter, well, he was not a happy cat at first. He was mad for about the first 24 hours, but with some tough love, he warmed up. And in all honesty, Matt and I feel like parents to two small children. We take turns showering. We take turns eating. We hold this tiny kitten while he sleeps (and he sleeps a lot). We play music for him, which oddly helps him sleep better. We make sure one of us is home all the time to watch them. We make sure they get enough food, take turns in the bathroom. The first night, Matt slept on the couch in one room with Archie (and of course he was up every few hours) and I kept Dexter happy by letting him keep his napping spot on the bed. By the next day Dexter had warmed up enough to give Archie a little bath and playfully chase him around — thank goodness because keeping them in separate rooms was exhausting.
Today, they started snuggling together. I about died. It was the most adorable thing ever.