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I ran into this definition of kitten on Teh Intarwebs that tickled my funnybone:

    "Kitten: A small homicidal muffin on legs that; affects human sensibilities to the point of endowing the most wanton acts of destruction with near-mystical overtones of cuteness. Source: Anonymous"


It occurred to me that this definition also applies to Vienne, who is still very much a smallish muffin on legs.



Pom, as a baby cat, looked like a dust mouse,

Pom as a small kitten

but he has grown into a very elegant, long-legged creature with a jaunty manner.



Vienne, however, is still rather squarish and short-legged and made up primarily of fluff, despite being a fierce maraudress and a terror to unsuspecting geckoes*, spiders, and reservoirs of water**.



Baby Vienne


Big Vienne (not that much bigger)

So I have added "Muffin" to her list of epithets, alongside Princess. Because cats with personality need more than one nickname, and Pom already has several.

*(No, she doesn't go outside. She finds the poor creatures in the garage and brings them into the house for fun times.)
**(Well aware of Vienne's proclivities for knocking over any container that might possibly contain liquid, we now use large plastic cups--the kind you get free from barbecue joints--as water pitchers and try to remember to empty them before leaving the room.)

Date: 2016-07-28 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bulleteyes.livejournal.com
Pom has good breeding to that for that elegant look. With those enormous kitten paws and lush, long whiskers I would have thought Vienne would have been the one to be long and elegant. I like her smallness. It suits who she is.

I also use cups with good bases. Target has been good to me there. My boy, soon to be 5 loves to filch my water and has proven a wizard at appearing in a small puff of smoke to siphon a cup empty if I merely leave a room for a moment. I've grown used to carrying my cups into the kitchen and putting my reusable coffee grounds holder over it.

Sundance is also a mighty hunter. More than once I have gone into the kitchen in the morning to see some bug on the floor looking at me beseechingly to end it all now. Evidently is was played with to near death.

Date: 2016-08-09 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Pom has good breeding to that for that elegant look.

Aw, thank you! He was rescued at two weeks by our vet's receptionist--he's five weeks old in the picture, which was taken shortly after she gave him to us. So we don't know his parentage, but a friend of mine who knows a lot about cat breeds pegs him as an Oriental Shorthair, partly based on his looks and partly on his personality.

I like her smallness. It suits who she is.

It really does! And the first time she figured out that having a lower center of gravity means that she can knock an unsuspecting Pom off his feet--I don't know what was more delightful, her triumph or his astonishment.

My boy, soon to be 5 loves to filch my water and has proven a wizard at appearing in a small puff of smoke to siphon a cup empty

Hee hee! What a lovely mental image. I also like the image of the poor bug beseeching you to put it out of its misery!

Date: 2016-07-28 03:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cruisedirector
Muffins!

Date: 2016-08-09 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Kittysquee!!!

Date: 2016-07-31 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chorale.livejournal.com
Pom reminds me of a plaster statue of a cat my mom had when I was a child. The statue was _very_ well modeled to bring out feline elegance. 30 years later, I saw a similar cat statue for sale in Tijuana, but the molding wasn't as good and the ornamentation wasn't as professional looking as the one I grew up with, so I passed it by. Pom's fabulous!

Vienne is fabulous too, in that winsome style cats often have. I'd cuddle her in a hot second, if she'd let me. Pom I would pet until he got sick of me.

B and I used to call Taiki "Captain Gravity" because any mug left unattended by me would wind up in pieces on the floor. Taiki loved to hook his paw into the handle area and drag the mug over the edge of the shelf, table, desk, etc.

Date: 2016-08-09 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Vienne is winsome, isn't she? That's the perfect word for her when she's being good.

Pom I would pet until he got sick of me.

That would be a very long-term job! He loves pettings. If I pet him with one hand, he nudges the other until I'm petting him with both. :-)

B and I used to call Taiki "Captain Gravity" because any mug left unattended by me would wind up in pieces on the floor. Taiki loved to hook his paw into the handle area and drag the mug over the edge of the shelf, table, desk, etc.

Oh, that's just EVIL! I salute him! And what a perfect nickname, too.

Date: 2016-08-05 03:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
That's the perfect definition of kittens...and cats. *looks at Daisy*

Your Pom is one of the handsomest cats I've seen - just look at him! I bet you didn't expect such a cutie from the dusty mouse kitten.

Vienne sounds like a little terror. ♥ And a lot like my Daisy!

Date: 2016-08-09 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Your Pom is one of the handsomest cats I've seen - just look at him! I bet you didn't expect such a cutie from the dusty mouse kitten.

Aw, thank you! We really didn't know what to expect, and were astonished and delighted how elegantly he turned out! He is just a wonderful kitty and we love him to pieces.

Vienne sounds like a little terror. ♥ And a lot like my Daisy!

She is! And yet, thoroughly loveable--as I'm sure Daisy is, too!

Date: 2016-08-09 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimity-blue.livejournal.com
It's surprising how lovable these tiny terrors are! I have had a number of people comment that they'd love to take my Daisy home with them. And that's after she's run past and randomly attacked the wall because it Looked at her. *tries to pretend her cat isn't completely bonkers*

Date: 2016-08-24 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lionille.livejournal.com
MORE ADORABLE KITTY PICS! Gosh, they are all so cute. That one of Pom next to the owl figurine is really neat, from a photography standpoint. Plus 'milk mustache'. ^^

Date: 2016-12-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amedia.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you!

That one of Pom next to the owl figurine is really neat, from a photography standpoint.

Thanks! It came out extraordinarily well, didn't it? Every now and then a picture turns out much better than I expected. Most of the time, not so much. Like the picture of "Big Vienne" above, which is rather blurry.

"Milk mustache"--that's just the right name for it!

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