Creeper is ten weeks old – he’s been with us in his “forever home” for a week and a half now. My ten-year-old, Dylan, got the privilege of naming him, hence “Creeper” (from Minecraft. According to my husband Ward, Dylan’s probably the only kid out there who thinks the creepers on Minecraft are cute).
Creeper is a Snowshoe cat, a mix between Siamese and American Shorthair. My daughter Hayley informed me that the famous Grumpy Cat is also a Snowshoe, and she insists that our cute little Creeper has a lovable angry look, just like Grumpy Cat. I don’t know. I don’t quite see it. Do you?
Creeper does have the beginnings of a raccoon-like mask on his face. It will be so interesting to see how he grows into adult cathood!
In most of the pictures we have of Creeper, he’s fast asleep (and very adorable, I must add). That’s because when he’s awake, he’s a ball of non-stop furry energy, and most pictures we take while he’s awake are nothing but creamy blurs of fur. He runs madly around the place, plays with all his favourite toys, tests our fingers out for teething purposes (his teeth are still coming in) and then, having completely exhausted his kitten store of energy, he settles down to nap – and these are long naps: kittens can sleep for up to 18 hours a day!
And he’s a talker. If he’s quiet, you know he’s either fast asleep, or too busy playing with a toy. When he gets up from his nap, he saunters into the living room and announces himself, always. When he’s bored with playing but not yet ready for sleep, he’ll keep up a steady flow of conversation with anyone within earshot. That’s the Siamese coming out in him!
Creeper is also friendly and sociable. He gets that from his Siamese heritage, too – a lot of people think Siamese cats are haughty and snobbish, like the ones in The Lady and the Tramp, but nothing could be further from the truth. Siamese cats tend to be very friendly, affectionate and sociable, and Creeper has more than his fair share of all these traits.
When we first brought him home, there was no running and hiding under furniture for him. No, he took his time and explored every inch of the place, and then played with us, and then fell asleep on my lap. When you pick him up, he purrs. And he loves to cuddle!
We haven’t had a kitten in the house for a long time. It’s been an interesting week, that’s for sure! Kittens definitely have that magical ability to crawl right into your heart and stay there.