Monday, June 18, 2018

More Kitten Floofiness, Because Omigosh, SHE'S SO FLUFFY

What do you call a cat who's fearless, derpy, and easily mistaken for a giant cotton ball drifting across the floor?


No, really. WHAT DO YOU CALL HER??
(Don't worry, we do finally have a name - keep scrolling.)

If you don't follow me on Instagram then you missed this adorable development:


Squeeeeeeeee!

It's amazing that they're only a month apart in age, but Eva already looks like a full-grown cat compared to this walking floof-tangle.

We keep narrowing down names and trying them out for a few days, but everything seems a little too majestic for a fuzzy marshmallow with spatial recognition issues:


She's still in her 'running-headlong-into-furniture' and 'easily distracted by ceiling fans' phase.  

At least, we hope it's a phase.

(That face. Omigosh.)



Our final name contenders were Eowyn from LotR (Wynnie for short), Pippin, and Piper. Nothing was sticking, though, and then our friend and FOE Karen came over and helped us brainstorm some more, and I think it was John who finally suggested Suki. Which is cute, fun to say, and also the name of a kick-ass Kyoshi warrior in The Last Airbender

SOLD!

It's been over a week now, and we *think* Suki is sticking. Or maybe Pookie, since John likes P names, and Garfield's teddy bear is definitely more on her level right now than a Kyoshi warrior. Bahahahhaaaa WHAT.


A few days ago I spotted a flea on Suki/Pookie, so BOTH cats had to get flea baths again:


It's OK, we think they've forgiven us. 

That, or they're plotting a tag-team situation for our grisly demise.

Eva continues to be my snuggly lil' muffin, and is learning to jump from table tops onto our shoulders, where she purrs and nuzzles and generally turns us into cooing fangirls. She didn't put her claws out once during that last bath; she gets a little more gentle and loving every day.

Suki, meanwhile, tackles her at every opportunity. Ha!

 If you want more of Eva and Suki just follow my daily Stories on Instagram; it's pretty much ALL cat videos lately, and the only place I feel OK spamming you with floofiness, since the posts disappear after 24 hours. :D

*****

Now, let's announce this month's art winners!

 The 2 winners of the Steampunk Octopus prints are Cheryl Gosselin and Alinore
The winner of the Doctor Who poster is Andy (of Unleash Your Inner WTF)

And my wild card winner is Becky Laparra!

Congrats, you four, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!

58 comments:

  1. Please, feel free to post as many kitten pictures here as you want. OMG, the cute!

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    1. I agree! Lots of kitten photos is not spam. It is adorable.

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  2. Cats can have more than one name. My roommate's cat was named Elbereth (another LOTR name), but we called her Bethie, Bessie, and Bessie-Wessie-PooPoo-Cat.

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    1. I have to second that. My Bagheera is also Mr. Bagheera Underfoot and sometimes Idiotstick and Thunderbutt

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    2. Idiotstick and Thunderbutt - they're cops!

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    3. If I may quote Old Possum a moment:

      The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
      It isn't just one of your holiday games;
      You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
      When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
      First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
      Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
      Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey—
      All of them sensible everyday names.
      There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
      Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
      Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter—
      But all of them sensible everyday names.
      But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
      A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
      Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
      Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
      Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
      Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
      Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
      Names that never belong to more than one cat.
      But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
      And that is the name that you never will guess;
      The name that no human research can discover—
      But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
      When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
      The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
      His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
      Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
      His ineffable effable
      Effanineffable
      Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

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    4. My brother usually adds a random word to his cats name. Like Daisy-Face, Daisy-Shakes, Daisy-Butt, or most often: Daisy-WHYDIDYOUBRINGACOCKRAOCHINTOTHEHOUSETHATWASNOTTHEDEALCATNOTTHEDEAL!

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  3. Just looked up the meaning of the name on Google and it says, "In Japanese, "suki" 好き is a noun form of the verb suku 好く, "to like, to love," and is very common in speech."
    What an appropriate name as you've fallen in love with the little fluff ball. And we have too! I always look forward to seeing the pics & videos on IG.

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  4. Aww, we have a dog named Suki. It means beloved in Japanese. Your kitty is so floofy cute and I am a huge sucker for black kitties - have one at home named Miso. Which is also a fun name - Miso hungry, Miso tired, Miso cute...

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  5. I see Suki, and I think "Sookie" from Gilmore Girls - that graceless, spatially-challenged, lovable derp. Totally suits the kitten!

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    1. RIght! There is a Sookie on that show. But when I hear "Suki" I think "Sookie" from True Blood. Well, that character is full of gumption, can read your mind, and can tell a vampire where to go. As no doubt is Suki the floof.

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  6. Suki is also the name of the baby elephant in the Golden Book, The Saggy Baggy Elephant - one I loved as a kid!

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  7. Wait...is that me??? *This* Andy?????

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    1. THAT IS ME EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Emailing now, thank you thank you!!!!

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  8. HI SUKI!!! Welcome to Epbot!! SO happy to meet you. I hope to see more of you and Eva being friends and having adventures. Pookie is a great nickname.

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  9. "Floof-tangle" is my new favorite phrase. :) And I totally want to boop little Suki's nose in that first picture! They're both seriously so dang cute! You just go right ahead and post as many floof pics as you want. I know *I* love seeing them! ♥

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  10. Cats can have as many names as they want. Case in point: Baroness StormHammer DeathClaw Pikachu Munchausen III Beeezus, and Professor Petri von Doomenshmirtz MacFluffypants.

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  11. As the mom of Sakura, I LOVE Suki! Her floofiness is addictive. Glad she and Eva are becoming friends.

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  12. Tsuki (same pronunciation as Suki) is Japanese for Moon. (So yes, BOTH of Sokka's girlfriends were the moon...) You have a star and the moon! Love it.

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  13. I have a Suki kitty too (from beloved in Japanese), she's a calico. Your little marshmallow is adorable.

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  14. I’ve loved all the stories on IG. I grew up with a cat but found out I was allergic when I went to college. I still wish I could have a cat again. I love the kittens they’ve been a good escape for me lately. Please don’t eveee feel like you’re spamming us. You posts make me very happy. We had a tree fall on our house in a storm (no one was hurt - we’re just dealing with insurance and renting a house while ours is repaired). But the reason I’m telling you this is those kittens have kept me sane the past week or so! Thank you for sharing them!!

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    1. Agreed - kittens will never be considered spam unless there is a new category that’s the antithesis of the nasty-gram and we call it Floof Spam that we send to help people feel better! Wait, that could be open to interpretation by ornery minds... whoops.

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  15. And I love the name Jen! We had a Siamese when I was young who was also Suki - my earliest kitty-love and baby pictures include that regal puss.

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  16. Oh my gosh! Unless there was another Cheryl Gosselin, I am super excited right now! Trying to figure out where to send my email. Thank you so much!!!! Gah! So excited!!!!

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  17. They are absolutely TOO cute! Suki's a cute name for a cute kitten. <3

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  18. OMG so cute!! Thanks for sharing, Jen, really brightened up my day!

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  19. Kittens are not spam!! I love seeing them and hearing about their antics!

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  20. Your kitties are adorable and Suki-pookie is an adorable name for your new floof ball!

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  21. My dog's name is Tsukiyomi, Tsuki for short. Japanese for a moon god and moon, respectively. She's a girl so don't tell her she's named for a boy.

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  22. She looks like a "Snoot" to me, with that little gray sooty snout. Plus it's fun to say Snoot. And you could pretend she was a kitten/tree hybrid and make her say "I am Snoot"

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  23. You've Got to be Kitten me... (pun intended)
    ...I've avoided Instagram for THIS long; and now I'm being tempted to the dark (as in time-sucking) side so I can see all the kitten floofiness...? Like there isn't enough kitten cuteness on the interwebs...? Argh. Don't. Know. If. I. Can. Resist. the FLOOOOF

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    1. Me too! Is it weird that I want to start an Instagram account just to keep up with Jen's kittens?

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  24. *High-pitched squees for days*

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  25. Given my Maine Coons are 13 and 11ish - MORE KITTEN PICTURES. The world can not have too many floofy baby pictures. And for the record, all my cats have nicknames. Dudley was Fuzzy Wuddums or Noodle Roni. Finn was The Bad Monkey. Badfinger was....just Badfinger.

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  26. Kitteh spam is ALWAYS welcome! They are both so adorable. Eva is quite the beauty!

    I'm still trying to get rid of the fleas from my last fosters (who knew two tiny kittens could wreak so much havoc?). At least they're flea-less and in their furever homes now.

    Please boop some noses and rub some bellehs for me!
    -Zippy

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    1. Fleas are the bane of our kitten-fostering existence! We had two precious fosters who brought fleas into our home 3 years ago, and we've been unable to get flea-free ever since. We have 3 adult cats who are permanent residents, and we just cannot get them or the house completely flea-free. Even worse, two of the cats completely freak out any time we give them flea meds, trim their claws (and they've got extra toes, so it's even worse), or give them new collars! It's horrible - I can't give those two flea baths at all. We've paid big bucks to have the vet do all that, and we still have fleas. Ugh.
      Sigh. The things we put up with for our fur babies and fosters!

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  27. Bring on the kitty pics! My husband and I were going "AWWWWW" really loud in IHOP last night...
    We do the muliple name thing too...Pharaoh is PKitty and Googer Goo (I have no idea why), Moses is Momo, Meemers, and Meemee, Licorice is Icker and Crackpot.

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  28. Oh my! Suki looks just like my youngest at that age! Logan is a blue-point Birman and Suki could totally be his clone. She even has the total unmade bed look that he sports when he first wakes up. Your girls are adorable and its fantastic that they get along as well as they do.

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  29. Seeing them together, all I can think of is Salt & Pepper.

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  30. Nothing is stopping you from naming her Suki-Pookie with a hyphen. Except maybe Eva, who might get jealous of her sister's fancy-schmancy name. ;-)
    And diddly-darnit, I want Instagram now, just so I can see all this floofieness!

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  31. I agree with Pinkie - name her Suki-Pookie.

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  32. Jen/John (thoJ) There is no such thing as "too many kitteh pics" Doesn't exist. Love the name, but as all cat people know, it may morph into something else. Our Buster is 'Buster Brown Man About Town Clown"😂
    MaryO1230

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  33. Jennifer PinfoldJune 20, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Oh my gosh. I was already teary at all your kitty posts, both sad and happy and now you've gone and named the new floof the name of my childhood kitten. She was the most lovely little siamese and I still miss her. So lovely to know there is another Suki in the world being loved as much as mine was.

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  34. Awwww!!!! I know what I would have called her! What a beautiful floof!!!!

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  35. I have heard from relatives who live in the south about putting bowls of water with Dawn dish soap in them on your floors, then having a light shine into the water. Fleas jump to get to the light and fall into the water and drown. I googled this method and found a website that recommends this:

    How To Make The DIY Flea Trap (Two Simple Steps)
    Here is the exact trap that has worked very well for me in the past. It may look too simplistic but I have had great results and I am sure that you will as well! The best part? You can have about 10 of these up and running within about 10 minutes as I suggested earlier! The only expense is the purchase of a couple battery operated tea light candles. You will need one per trap that you make but since you can usually grab about a dozen of these for a couple bucks at your nearest grocery store, this will hardly break the bank. ;)

    STEP 1: Fill a couple bowls with water and mix a two tablespoons of dish soap into each one. Dawn dish soap is a great flea killer, and it will get rid of them in minutes. You will need one bowl per flea trap. The best type to use is ones that are fairly wide with low sides as this gives a higher chance to catch a leaping flea. I have had a few readers suggest the use of large plates or pie dishes and I am happy to say that after trying it, this works very well! (Thanks Andrew!)

    STEP 2: After mixing the soap into the water, carefully place a single battery operated tea light candle into each one, place it in areas where you are having the highest concentration of fleas. Simply repeat this process for a number of other traps and place them in key areas. This entire process should take you about 60 seconds per trap, making it one the fastest methods for combating fleas!

    Flea Trap Intro ImageAs previously mentioned, since you want fleas to be drawn to the trap, its best to put them in place before you go to bed at night. Once the lights are out, they will be a shining beacon of death for those pests. After some reader feedback, I have been told that this trap isn’t as unique as I thought it was but regardless, it’s the one that I have used for the past couple years with excellent results so it has my stamp of approval. Please also remember to empty the water in each trap in the morning to keep things hygienic, you definitely don’t want your pet drinking from this water! ;) Combine this with a decent flea treatment for your pets and a few other flea infestation home remedies and this will help you get rid of a flea problem quickly.

    NOTE: I have had some people tell me that you can use tea light candles instead of battery operated LED ones. While this is true, I don’t recommend it, as even though it works, it can be a potential fire hazard. You can feel free to try whatever you want though, just know that I don’t suggest you do it, especially if you have pets.

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  36. Is it just me or does just bathed Suki look a bit like Falcor?

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  37. I LOVE the word “floof-tangle,” like others here! It also perfectly fits my Kitteh #4 (Berenice Kitteh). She is a mini Maine Coon cat (no, she wasn’t bred to be small or anything, she just didn’t grow as large as most Maine Coons are). But she is MUCH floofier than my other two cats (Annabel Lee and Ligeia).

    I wonder if Eva has some Siamese cat in her heritage? She looks a lot like my former Kitteh #1 (Lenore, RIP) and my current Kitteh #2 (Annabel Lee). They were/are both black cats with green eyes. I know for sure that Lenore was half pure-bred blue point Siamese. One of my partner’s neighbours bred Siamese cats and a tomcat jumped their fence one night. They gave the litter away to their friends and family. We got Annabel Lee from a shelter, but my partner swears that she looks like she has some applehead Siamese in her. Apparently when Siamese cats mate with other breeds of cats, the kittens have a high probability of having black fur. Also, their ears tend to be a little larger than those of other cat breeds - like Eva’s are. And they are VERY “talky” - my Lenore-kitteh was *always* meowing at me and Annabel Lee has a very quiet meow, but she “talks” a LOT (especially whenever she can see the bottom of her food bowl!).

    I personally love black cats and am sorry there are so many superstitions about them that can keep them from being adopted. (Berenice, my Maine Coon cat, is also pure black.) And the black/white contrast in your photos of your kittehs is wonderful! :)

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  38. OH - and regarding fleas, I had a really bad flea problem in my old apartment (and this was before I met my partner and he brought Lenore kitteh to live with us). Apparently the previous tenants had multiple pets; fleas had infested the carpet in the bedroom (I didn’t realize this until I noticed I kept getting itchy bites on my ankles while I was doing work at my desk and someone I knew looked at my legs and said, “You’ve got fleas.”) I don’t know how anyone here feels about bug bombs, but I bought some and set one off in every room in the apartment, and that took care of the flea problem. You do have to be careful, however - I had to cover everything up and be out of the apartment for several hours. (This would involve taking the kittehs elsewhere are well.) I also washed all my dishes and glasses and utensils afterwards (even though they were in drawers and cabinets) just to be safe.

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  39. How about Pookie Su since she is a southern girl she needs 2 names.

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  40. Suki is a fantastic cat name. My boyfriend's cat is called Suki. His parents bought the cat for him when he was a teenager and his older brothers left home, so that he wouldn't be lonely :D Once they had Russian visitors to the house who informed them that Suki in Russian means, essentially, "b*tches". I'm not sure if they were kidding or not! Anyway, it's a great name, and those beautiful kittens look super happy with their names!

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  41. I am firmly in the "Kittehs Can Haz Lotz of Names!" camp. My little starving-stray-turned-house-panther, a short-haired Tortoiseshell who MIGHT have tipped the scales at six pounds at her largest, started out as Seven (of Nine...Lives...). She was also, at varying times, known as Itty Fitty, The Evil Cat-Beast, Fittens, House Panther, Fuzzbutt, and Stinkpot, in addition to a couple that I don't repeat in polite company. The name she came-when-called-to was Itty Fitty (but only when called in a voice like Schmoo). I guess what I'm saying is A) Add on a few more names! and B) Floofins will let you know which name SHE chooses to acknowledge!

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  42. *Vampire Bill voice*: SUKIiiiehh

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  43. I also like the name Suki better :D
    I am stunned to see Eva so big oO she looked like she could enter a shoebox on the last picture I saw of her on this blog and now she's a panther oO

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  44. I didn't read the other comments, but Suki seems apropos if you're a Gilmore Girls fan. Suki was lovable but clutzy and a bit ditzy.

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  45. Our little Sadie Baby looked just like that fluffy marshmallow (same markings and all) but her fur turned taupey-grey at about six months (after her little girl surgery). So now we have taupey-grey flufferballs all over the house!

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