Let’s take a break from serious (and, often, morose) topics to give way to an important announcement. Sam came home this weekend to welcome four new members of the family. No, we didn’t adopt. Pepper gave birth two nights ago and we have four new kittens who, we hope (Sam, especially), will all grow into full adult cats.
After all the uncertainties, at least we know now for sure that Pepper was indeed pregnant. Let me introduce the evidence, one by one. They are still nameless for the most part so suggestions are welcome.
Black and white. I’m hoping that Sam will give this one to Alex for her graduation gift.
This one is charcoal gray with gold-orangey spots. Gorgeous.
The only calico in the litter. I’ve been told that calico cats are almost always female so we likely have at least one female kitten.
Last, but not the least, Sam’s current favorite, the kitten that she calls “Gradient” because of its unique coloring.
Black head, gray tail and, in between, a gradient of gray that’s darkest near the head and lightest near the tail.
Now, the “shocking” part.
Who’s the father? Because Pepper very rarely ventures outside the perimeters of the garden, the father is most likely our other cat, still nameless after all these years so he is alternatively referred to as “Cute” or “Pssssst” depending on who’s calling him.
Why is that “shocking”? Because “Cute” or “Pssssst” is Pepper’s offspring, the only surviving cat from Pepper’s three previous litters. Alex calls it incest but I’m not all that sure if incest is natural among cats which really should remove the negative and “shocking” connotation.
P.S. All photos were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Lensbaby Composer (with the 5.6 aperture disc) and Lensbaby Macro Kit.