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Festive Gothmog kitten

Not the best time of year for photography what with all the rain, but I did manage to get some photos of Gothmog kitten today.   She went in for her post-spay checkup and first vaccinations, and was very good.  She's very much at home and getting more cuddly by the day!
   Still no sign of poor little Fankil, who has taken up residence behind the printer in Pp's study and sneaks out furtively to eat when we aren't looking.



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heartofoshun
18th Dec, 2018 23:41 (UTC)
What a beautiful kitten! Is she totally black? I love all black cats!
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 16:27 (UTC)
She is indeed entirely black. I've never had a completely black cat, so I was pleased too. It makes her a beautiful little silhouette.
lindahoyland
18th Dec, 2018 23:56 (UTC)
She has such a sweet face. I hope Frankil stops being scared soon.
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 16:43 (UTC)
I think all we can do with him is give him time to come out when he chooses.
timetiger
19th Dec, 2018 00:58 (UTC)
She's darling. Lucky you getting to cuddle her!
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:00 (UTC)
She is completely adorable. Pp and I keep saying 'she's so cute when she is asleep!'

'... and when she is awake!'

and similar inanities.
puddleshark
19th Dec, 2018 07:49 (UTC)
What a sweet girl - and it's wonderful to see her looking so at home!
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:01 (UTC)
We were expecting her to be more flighty, but she has settled with astonishing speed!
anna_wing
19th Dec, 2018 09:11 (UTC)
She looks as if she's going to be quite large.
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:02 (UTC)
I don't know. She has been spayed quite young, so that might keep her a bit smaller, possibly, but then a lot of the cats from that area seem to be quite large round puddingy animals, so who knows!
chainmailmaiden
19th Dec, 2018 13:03 (UTC)
Awww, she looks gorgeous! And so relaxed with you too. Fingers crossed Fankil gets a bit braver soon.
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:03 (UTC)
If she was much more relaxed, she'd be asleep. Which currently she is, though she knocked over my pot of paint-water earlier, presumably in order to uphold the Honour of the Kitten.
howlin_wolf_66
19th Dec, 2018 14:35 (UTC)
Such cuteness! <3

I hope Fankil is overcome by a sudden fit of bravery, soon. :-(
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:04 (UTC)
We thought it would take a while for Fankil to come out, but he really is being very secret at present... Fingers crossed!
angelica_ramses
19th Dec, 2018 16:29 (UTC)
She looks like my Ramses reborn in a girl! He had the sweetest temper I've ever found in a cat and pretty Gothmog (sounds strange!) seems just like him! A really pleasure. I hope that Frankil starts feeling more confident soon too!

bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:06 (UTC)
I think she's going to be pretty clever. She's quite a problem-solver, which makes a change from the Bungles, whose idea of problem-solving was more to charge at whatever it was headlong and assume whatever it was would get out of the way.
pixel39
19th Dec, 2018 16:36 (UTC)
From my experiences with Tybalt, who had been born in a feral colony and had about 3 months of very limited human contact before he moved in with us:

Tybalt mostly hung out in the office, because there were places to hide there, so I spent a lot of time in the office sitting on the floor working on my laptop or sewing or whatever. I talked to him a lot too, mostly narrating what I was doing, because it really didn't matter what I said just that he got used to people talking to him.

With feral or really skittish cats, the cat behaviorists say don't make eye contact. The recommendation is to look at the top of their head between their ears, so you can see their facial expressions but you're not making direct eye contact.

Standing people are extremely scary. Quietly sitting people are generally much less scary. Treats also help. Tybalt was particularly fond of chicken.



[Sadly, he had been born with FeLV and succumbed to the associated leukemia a year after he came to live with us, but in that year he became socialized enough to come up and snuggle with people, because pettins were AWESOME. Standing people were still pretty scary, though.]
bunn
19th Dec, 2018 17:09 (UTC)
Good advice... It's difficult with Fankil, because the spot he has chosen behind the printer, you can really only look down on him. And of course we do want to check occasionally that he is still there...

Talking to him might be worth a try though, we haven't done much of that. He took treats at the rescue, but since we got him home he really hasn't touched anything when we're in the room. He just sits crammed behind the printer and doesn't move.
scripsi
20th Dec, 2018 07:37 (UTC)
How lovely she is! And I hope Fankil will feel more secure soon.
bunn
21st Dec, 2018 20:31 (UTC)
She's a little monkey! Trying to keep her in one room has proved impossible, she darts at open doors with incredible speed!
r_blackcat
20th Dec, 2018 09:20 (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful cat, and a natural actress it seems. One of the bottom photo could be used as a New-year postcard picture.
bunn
21st Dec, 2018 20:33 (UTC)
She's definitely going to grow up to be a big personality!
ylla
20th Dec, 2018 11:37 (UTC)
Oh dear - I hope you don't need to print anything!

Gothmog looks beautiful and adventurous - I hope Fankil decides to emerge into the wider world before too long.
bunn
21st Dec, 2018 22:52 (UTC)
The printer is on top of a cabinet, so he's behind the cabinet, really, and not too close to the printer. I wish he'd venture out though!
ylla
23rd Dec, 2018 12:31 (UTC)
That's not so bad, then - all the printers I know make startling noises at times!
alitheapipkin
21st Dec, 2018 11:47 (UTC)
She's gorgeous! The advice about sitting in the study and just talking to Fankil sounds promising, I hope he starts to thaw to you soon.
bunn
21st Dec, 2018 22:53 (UTC)
I went and read my book aloud to him earlier. I don't know if he enjoyed it!
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