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Melvin's 2½ now (years) and Choupette's 3 (months)
In February 2019, we're packing up the worldly goods in Switzerland and disturbing our little kitty's nap.
No one knows how he gets up there . . .
. . . but it's a safe vantage from which to oversee the packing-up process.
Out of harm's way
The Guardian always puts Melvin to sleep.
Choupette joins the team
We're in Staunton, Virginia, now, and we've just brought tiny Choupette home, a 3-month old Burmese from Roanoke.
We've been instructed that it will take a week or so of carefully planned handling to acclimate little Choupie to his new home, and to his fellow cat.
In fact, it took less than five minutes.
This is the 'getting to know you' phase, a short one.
Choupette, in her exploratory glory, casing out the joint . . .
. . . and just ten days later, engaging Melvin in a spirited battle royale, 14 April 2019
At 3½ months old, Choupette has perfect the flying kick.
And the staredown
More views of the 10-minute battle are here.
Developing a working feline relationship
Which still includes frequent ritual skirmishes, or dogfights
This one was taking place on Hartwell Lake, South Carolina.
Two small cats sharing sentry duty as huge Hudson walks by
A little nap of togetherness, which . . .
. . . quickly descends into chaos
Melvin is snoring.
At the sound of the elevator in the corridor, we line up by the door to make a break for freedom.
Matching accusatory looks as dinner is coming along a little late (23 May 2019)