New Banner Photo

I updated the photo at the top of this blog. Before, it was the three kittens of the J team. Now it’s the same dog bed, but it’s being shared by our 60 lb dog, Mandy, and our 24 lb cat, Jinx. Jinx is a lot older here, you can tell by his orange cape.

Mandy sharing her dog bed with Jinx, the very bold cat, both taking up about the same amount of space on the bed.

Yes, that’s the exact same cat, Jinx, above on the right, and below on the right. He was 99% white as a kitten, with tiny orange hints on his face, ears, and tail. His Siamese bloodline means his cape appears after age 1, and darkens over time. One of my old cats, Spooky, was siamese, but he wasn’t a “flame point”, he was a “seal point”, more grey than orange.

Right to left, Jinx, Jitter, Journey – the J Team

Yes, Jinx was nearly ALL white as a kitten. He stayed that way up until he was about a year and a half old. His orange cape developed slowly over the next two years, and is darker now where it first developed, down from his shoulders through his spine, but spread quite far down the sides. He looks Orange when lying on his belly, and white when lying on his back.

The J Team’s mother was a friend’s wife’s cat. She didn’t know kittens were at risk of getting pregnant at age 6 months, so she hadn’t yet been fixed when she got pregnant. Rosie was a sweet, under 10 lb white and orange female. Since Jinx is so huge (24 lb), and both Jitter and Journey are larger than Rosie (12 & 14 lbs), we can assume the father was larger than Rosie, and Jinx’s cape reveals his Siamese heritage.

If that ever happens to you, a friend’s cat gets pregnant, and you want a great set of cats, adopt two (even better, all) of the kittens. They will get along much better long term, but I guarantee you their personalities will vary in ways you can’t imagine. Especially if you have an older cat, because adopting a lone kitten means at least one older cat will become a target to get pounced upon, and hunted, and chewed endlessly. I’ve seen it.

When you adopt siblings, they are already used to playing with their siblings, so when an older cats rejects their playful pounces, they aren’t as offended, they just instead play only with their buddies. Sometimes the older cats enjoy the kittens, at least, at first. But as long as the sibling buffer exists, that older cat relationship will endure longer, with both of them. It takes a lot of pressure off the older cats, especially the ones that have a problem with the kitten’s existence.

But please adopt responsibly. If you can’t afford $200 yearly vet bills per animal, you really can’t afford a pet. If you aren’t able to commit the next 25 years to maintaining your family’s needs, you don’t deserve the opportunity to adopt one now. Maybe adopt an older animal from a shelter, before they can euthanize it.Pets aren’t disposable items, no one else will adopt them if you get tired of one and dump them at a shelter. 80% of adult animals left at shelters get euthanized. Sad fact.