28 February 2011

now we are seven

badass burmese

Pardon the delay in announcing the winner of the knitting book giveaway, but I've been somewhat distracted by a wee brown satin-soft bundle of [evil] deliciousness.

badass burmese

This is Yuki, a two and a half year old chocolate Burmese, on trial here for a week. He came to us via the Burmese Cat Rescue Service and is rather bitey and "headshy" as they say. He had been dumped and probably not well treated prior to that either; certainly he hadn't learnt all the social skills a modern young housecat needs these days (ie. do not bite the hand that feeds you). However he's come on in leaps and bounds so far and it's only Day Three. He is biting less often and with less intensity (or maybe we're just getting used to having shredded wrists), seeks us out for cuddles and lap time, rubs around our legs continually and last night, to the mister's mild terror, decided our bed was the best place to sleep. (Mr Soup sleeps au naturel except in the depths of winter and did I mention the cat is a little bitey?)

He's very beautiful.

The dog is being brilliantly nonchalant about the whole thing, even when the cat perpetrates fly-by attacks on his ankles before skittering away, back legs hopping maniacally sideways in his glee. (Also did I mention the cat is a tiny little Burmese package, and the dog is an enormous greyhound?)

Anyway, I have turned into one of those women who talks incessantly about her cat so you may wish to head elsewhere until the novelty wears off. I believe some people blog about knitting somewhere out there? Quilting? Or culinary experiences? Me? I have a Burmese to bore you with now.

(Oh yes, we have a winner! The virtual hat Random Number Generator pulled Kate's name out of its nether regions and so Knitting at Home will be heading off to live on an organic farm as soon as I've photocopied that bird mobile pattern that is. Is that illegal? If so, then I'm not doing that at all. Oh no).

Did I mention my cat is rather beautiful?

33 comments:

Janet said...

Your cat is indeed rather beautiful - in the second picture the light is quite ethereal and he looks like one of those chocolate box cats.

Let's hope he soon realises that he has come to a Good Place. I would take sleeping on your bed as a sign that he wants to hang out with you.

Tania said...

Rather a bit too much about nether regions in this post for my comfort.

Trust you to find an entirely photogenic puss who does ethereal light to perfection.

louisa @ TheReallyGoodLife said...

Oh what a beautiful kitty!

We were adopted by a semi-feral cat a few (well, 11) years ago now and during his early days with us, he bit my finger through to the bone and regularly left scratches that scarred (he would enjoy stroking sessions for a while then flip out). Last night, he slept curled up in the space between my chin & my boobs, the biggest, softest boy in the world.

Glad there is dog & cat love a'happening too!

Elizabeth said...

He IS a beautiful cat. Burmese are always top of my breed list. However, I've never had to go anywhere to pick a cat out, they come right to my door- quite regularly!

Jess said...

He's GORGEOUS. I thik soon he'll have the Mister wrapped around those long, satin paws.

rachel said...

Oh go on, be a cat bore! I need to share that responsibility with someone else.

He is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. More, please.

christinelaennec said...

I'm very happy to read about your new kitty and to see how beautiful he is. I'm sure he will come to be less bitey. Thanks for the laugh about Mr. Soup!

Serena said...

He is very beautiful, and good for the dog for tolerating him. Thank you for the wonderful laugh concerning Mr Soup.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Don't worry about becoming a Cat Lady .... he is a very beautiful cat and you must give us all progress reports or Rachel , for one , will pine .
P.S. As a playgroup worker , I can testify to the non-bitethroughability of jeans , if Mr. Soup continues to feel nervous about teeth marks .

zephyr said...

We love reading about your cat/animal friends. and i'm so glad to hear that he is less bitey already. He is very handsome/adorable.

ellen said...

Oh, he is certainly a beauty.
If Mr. Soup is lucky, winter will be unseasonably early...like by tomorrow.

Ali said...

We've got a bitey rescue cat too! At least yours poses (beautifully) for photographs!

alice c said...

My babies discovered that biting and breastfeeding did not mix. I am sure that your cat would learn quickly too in similar circumstances.

Thimbleanna said...

He's gorgeous Suse! And he looks VERY happy to have found that nice, soft red place to rest. The photo is beautiful -- you could have an animal photo studio! ;-D

Mary said...

Now of course I am going to spend my day wondering if I have room for another animal ..

x

Harriet said...

He is the most beautiful cat. I'm sure he'll be around for a long time.

Kate said...

cat, cat, cat, eeeeeeeep was that really my name??
like I said, last knitting giveaway..not so interested...this time..HUGELY SO!!!! Do you think the random generator knows stuff?? Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!! Please take your time sending it. I am rather over the moon and you made my day and hooray!! and thank you once more. And yep, that is one gorgeous and photogenic pussy cat and let's hope the bitting stops soon and he can on with his real bed function ofwarming your toes.
XX

Kirsten said...

He is exquisitely beautiful. I hope he settles in and gives up the biting. I grew up with a Burmese who was delight.

Stomper Girl said...

I think him deciding to sleep on your bed is a very good sign, and all my cats soon learned to sleep anywhere they liked on me (one thought my head was the ultimate sweet spot, luckily I am a heavy sleeper) but to keep away from Mister Fixit's side. He is gorgeous, and I love a bit of a badass kitty, hours of fun.

Stomper Girl said...

Oh and hark and *snort* at Tania, whose nether regions have been all over her own blog lately!

Jacqui said...

Oh I could tell Mr. Soup a story about a friend, a bed and a bitey scratchy kitten that would make his hair stand on end ;) Burmese are meant to have lovely natures so I'm sure Yuki will come round in the end. Our SPCA cat slept on our bed the first night we had her, so I'm sure it's a good sign. And yes, your cat is gorgeous :)

Tish said...

We have a black cat who is both affectionate and bitey and likes to lie in wait on a chair so that he can swat the unsuspecting dog on the head as she passes. We have found that when he is in a bitey mood, it is kind of fun to put a heavy sweatshirt (jumper?) on and pull the sleeve over your hand (carefully tucking in and protecting the tender fingers). You can then tickle the cat's tummy and he can attack the sleeve to his heart's content, getting the biteys out with nothing more than the occasional stray claw poke going through the sleeve. Good cat toys are anything felted with catnip inside (they feel "mousey" in his mouth) and bouncey balls with feathers that he can stalk and "kill".

tamara said...

Gorgeous. Cat.
Hope he stops the bitey business soon; less by Day 3 is a Good Sign... *snort* at Mr Soup letting a cat give him the willies, so to speak ;)

shadygrey said...

Thanks to you, Mrs Soup, I now have cat envy to add to my knitting envy.

Mindy said...

Heh, as someone close to me could tell you, you have not experienced fear until you wake up with a kitten using your scrotum as a pillow. Don't do what I did and dissolve in a useless giggling heap, it really isn't helpful. Besides that adds to the terror -that something like your partner screeching with laughter might startle the kitten and bring out the claws.

fiveandtwo said...

Oh goodness, serious cat love!
Very good that the hound is accommodating the new arrival.
When we got the first cat in this family (Pip) he bit my husband on his nose one night! Much muttering and, "If he wasn't your cat I would have killed him". Now he really likes our cats. Pip, especially, is a favoured animal.

victoria said...

Soooo handsome. Burmese's always sound like the most entertaining and interesting cats. A cat is the one animal my husband cannot abide by so I have serious cat envy of all cat-photo-posting-bloggers and I will always sincerely appreciate you cat photos and reports.

Rose Red said...

Oh he is indeed gorgeous.

I hope he stops with the biteys. I'd hate for him to contain traces of nuts too...(oh groan, I couldn't help myself - sorry).

Lilli boo said...

talk about being late to the party, I rather belatidly commented on your giveaway post and now having gone through your latest posts realise, how ridiculous I was. Anyway I have decided that the book looks great so will purchase regradless. Oh your cat looks lovely too :)

Jane said...

As a blogger & a Steiner parent I'm eagerly anticipating your Steiner education story - which appears to be connected with your Unbloggable Issues...Ah, the many Unbloggable Issues! - mine go into the Secret Diary, which is like a sort of Shadow Side/Dark Twin of the blog...

Fioleta said...

He is gorgeous. Hoping you are going to post more photos of him :-D

Jaime said...

Congats on the newest member of your household. I am sure it wont be long until you cant imagine life with out your little shadow. He is very blessed to have found such a loving home with plenty of reasons to purr.

catundra said...

Just been led to your blog and I imagine I'll be visiting regularly, especially after this post - I'll want to see his progress! We have an identical male chocolate Burmese. He is affectionate, cuddly and companionable and I imagine that with TLC your cat will be the same in the fullness of time...