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By Popular Demand

orange kitten on floor
It really is all about me.

“It really is all about me.”

I was a little concerned yesterday. Everyone likes a lovey kissy kitten, but a ten-week old kitten is typically a tornado and not a loverboy. He must have been tired, hungry, traumatized and took yesterday to recover because he woke up last night to play solo hockey in the tub with a tiny plastic whiffle ball.

Today he’s been busy destructing my bathroom, but that’s what I designed it to be used for, aside from my own unimportant personal use.

orange kitten with wooden knob
Let’s see what this does when I bite it.

We played a little ball in the sink where the light is a little better and he managed to keep the ball moving. I think it’s funny to compare his size to, for instance, Giuseppe, who fills the sink half full without any help. G and Jelly Bean together nearly fill it to the top.

orange kitten with ball in sink
Ball in the Sink

But today he owns the sink.

orange kitten in sink
This all is mine.

Of course, most of my photos look like this.

blurry orange kitten in sink
I’m going to turn into orange marmalade.

Proving again that I really am just a big cat toy, he discovered my toes first thing this morning; this reminds me of God giving Adam the spark of life from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling, and indeed a little claw in my toe did give me a spark of life.

Look closely at his hip—that little gray spot isn’t a shadow, it’s actually an small area of black fur. I thought at first it was dirt, along with the black spots on his nose, but he has black freckles and that small area of black hairs mixed with the orange. That doesn’t make him a tri-color, that’s actually called “chimeric color” because, in a way, it rubbed off from the kitten next to him when they were in the womb.

orange kitten with blue toes
I really am just a big cat toy.

Follow his progress through my household:

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  • Actually, I used the wrong term for his little black spots–I went back to collect the link to chimeric color and realized I should have said “mosaicism” or “somatic mosaicism”. I know, that’s not any more clear than “chimeric”. But if you read about halfway down on Messybeast: you’ll understand how the black spots develop on orange cats–early in cell division the genes didn’t divide up properly, one cell had three chromosomes by mistake and divided as cells tend to do but the three chromosomes were only passed on to a few cells before they corrected themselves, so just that little patch of cells has three chromosomes resulting in a small black spot on an orange cat.

    Chimeric coloration results when two individual embryos actually merge into one kitten, each bearing their own coloration.

  • What a sweetheart. It looks like that black spot is heart-shaped – how special!


    WHAT IS HIS NAME? LOVE HIM! KEEP HIM! OMC! If i had a proper home i would have so many i would be totally the crazy cat lady (not that i am not now of course!).
    How does the smudge happen? I like thinking about it rubbing off from the kitten next to him but then i get sad b/c i wanna know where that kitty is now 🙁

  • Orange boy… with black. Jay? Jay!! JAY!!!


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