Monday, December 17, 2007


Not that kind of nacho.

Instead of buying each other gifts this year, Andy and I decided our christmas would be better spent adopting a cat. We decided to do this before my parents came to visit, but decided to wait until after they left. Then we realised we needed real estate approval, since we rent and hiding a kitty in our place wouldn't be successful. Friday, we finally got an approval letter in the post, so we raced off to the RSPCA and tried to choose between the 25 kittens they had available. 25! Plus a few who were just desexed and weren't quite ready, and three grown up cats (one of whom was adopted while we were there).

We settled on this little girl, a quiet, sleepy kitty who doesn't use claws when she plays. Her name is Nacho.In her first night at home she refused to be shut out of the bedroom--she meowed and meowed whenever she thought she was alone. Then she woke up every 2 or 3 hours and meowed in the middle of the night. She made up for it by taking lots of naps the next day.
She often lays like superman--back and front legs spread as far as they will go. We think it's either because it's been quite hot, and she likes the cool tiles on her belly, or her desexing scar (which got the stitches out just before we got her) is a bit sore. Either way, it's cute.
When she's falling asleep, she alternates between clenching and stretching her paws.
I've never been much of a cat person. I grew up with dogs, and was always a little nervous around cats. During my week in Canberra with Anna and her three cats, I realised I quite liked them. Still, a kitten is a completely different story. I'm surprised at how quickly she bonded to Andy and I, how little she eats, and some of her mannerisms.

Adopt-a-Cat christmas is so much better than Buy Nothing Christmas.


ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh she's so precious! What a great, noble "gift"!

Veganista said...


The heart explodes with the cuteness!

Thanks so much for the email today too. :)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

oh my god. she is soooo adorable. congrats. i have a great cat who talks a lot, cuddles and hops (which is too cute).

Vegetation said...

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! She's adorable! And look at how she lies on her belly, that's SOOO cute!!!!

Congratulations on now being owned :P

Liz² said...

!!! nacho is cuteness incarnate!!

and I love love love the superman thing. LOVE. your cat's gonna save metropolis, she will. :ooooo

Anonymous said...

Cats are the best!!!! Great idea.

kristy said...

She is super cute!

And it's not just kittens who you can develop a bond with. Molly was fully grown when she come to live with us and she quickly developed a huge bond. I think it's just a living together thing.

Just please learn from my mistake and get her micro-chipped.

VeggieGirl said...

Nacho has got to be one of the most (if not, THE most) adorable cats I've ever seen - kudos to you and Andy for giving her a second-chance at having a great life :0)

Melody Polakow said...

She's soo cute!

Ashasarala said...

That is too adorable! I can't to adopt a kitten. I'm waiting until I get my new place. Aren't kittens the greatest?

Minnie said...

Awwww!! Lovely.

You do know that the cat owns you and not vice versa?

We have 5 and one of ours is similar in looks to Nacho. They're all lovely, have different characters and we wouldn't be without them...even when they want to play at 2am....when the dogs, budgies and us mere humans want to sleep!!!

Give some thought to getting her micro chipped. There's nothing worse than losing a pet. We got one of ours back due to micro chipping, so it does work. It's worth the money..but it's not that expensive over here in the uk. Wish you all the best:O))

bazu said...

Awwww! I'm a little late, but I want to congratulate you and Andy on the new addition to your household! Nacho is adorable- that photo of her napping, with her little belly exposed is making me melt. Might I add, awwww!

Emmie said...

WHat a lovely little kitty! Congrats! Cats make me so happy :)

vko said...

She is adorable. Congrats on the adoption and looking forward to plenty of posts on Nachos because she is too precious!