Chapa, the new kitten.

After Gremlin died, I felt widowed. A few weeks later, a model from eight years ago reached out to me to offer “Drifter”, a little abandoned kitten found by her friend and bottle-fed by Kirsten.

I wasn’t sure about taking on a new kitten, so Chapa returned for another visit.

Having made up my mind, I adopted the kitten, naming him Chapa after a toy bear I had as a child. The little furball resembled a clumsy bear in form and movements.

Since then, the beast has grown a bit. He commands my attention and that of everyone else. Chapa is a remarkably friendly cat, heavily imprinted on humans.

Sometimes, he purrs and cuddles. Other times, chews on fingers, but never to draw blood. He is remarkably good about keeping claws sheathed when playing with people.

He’s rather less restrained with mice. He’s an indoor cat, but the one mouse that managed to get into the house died quickly.

Chapa is a great companion. I still miss Gremlin.

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8 Responses to Chapa, the new kitten.

  1. David says:

    Beautiful, sir.

  2. Beautiful and a good mouser. Excellent.

  3. Tatyana says:

    A lovely friendly kitten found a great friend in Oleg!

  4. Brannick says:

    Glad to see you posting again, Oleg! Was worried about you. I hope your new kitten is a blessing.

  5. Bob G. says:

    You have my deepest sympathies over the loss of your friend, Gremlin. Cats leave their paw prints on our hearts.

    What a beautiful cat Chapa is! I love those eyes! Chapa’s lucky to have such a devoted friend. I wish you many happy years together.

  6. SiGraybeard says:

    I’ll echo Brannick in that it’s good to see you posting again. It’s also good to see Chapa, and him see him growing like a weed.

    I’m currently living with cats numbers six and seven, just in my adult life. They all leave unalterable imprints on our hearts. They’re all individuals with distinct personalities, but a few things in common. It’s hard to imagine a life without them around.

  7. Followed your 2A work for years, Oleg. I know Gremlin’s loss is terrible, we greive with thee…. I hope Chapa helps ease the pain. God bless.

  8. Karen says:

    Here via Bayourenaissance blog. I am so sorry for your loss of Gremlin. Even though we know we outlive them, it never gets easy. And bless you for taking this little guy on board. What a truly spectacular little man. So much love there. It’s wonderful.

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