Things I’ve Learned Since Getting a Kitten

Getting a kitten Well, it’s been almost 4 weeks since we brought Bosley home and I thought it was high time I introduced him properly around here! If you’ve been following my Instagram Stories (is it just me that’s obsessed with them? Sorry Snapchat!), you will have had an almost daily dose of him and his cute (and at times, crazy!) escapades. Plus, y’know…THAT FACE.

In a short space of time, he’s truly become one of the gang and it almost feels like he’s been here forever. That being said, every day there are still new things I discover about him and need to consider as he grows bigger.

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So, as well as the opportunity to show off a few snaps of the little guy, I’d love to also share a few things I’ve learned since getting a kitten…

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Spending time together is good for both of you

My mornings used to be a bit manic to say the least. I’d tear through the flat like the Tasmanian Devil, and I’d be out and about before I’d really had a chance to wake up properly. Now, I have a new routine and it’s all down to Bosley.

In the morning, I’ll get up and spend twenty minutes with him before I do anything else. I’ll sit by the window and he’ll come sit by me, purring madly and we’ll have a wee chat. Our morning bonding time is something we both look forward to (when I get out of bed he now runs at top speed to our spot!) and I start my day feeling really content. Playing together is also great fun and we’re starting to see his personality shine through a little more each day.

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Kittens are smarter (AND sillier!) than you expect them to be

It didn’t take Bosley long to figure out a few things, like where his litter tray was, where his food is kept and what it means when he sees us putting on our shoes. It turns out he’s taking a lot more in that we were originally giving him credit for!

HOWEVER. He is also as daft as a brush and sometimes his curiosity gets the better of him. I give you Exhibit A, Your Honour…

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Yep. Right in the toaster. Even he looks a bit embarrassed here, right? Luckily we already knew that keeping all appliances switched off that we aren’t using at the time is the best idea, so there was no risk of having a toasted kitty.

NEVER underestimate how high they can jump

We assumed that as he is technically a baby, Bosley wouldn’t be able to get very far by himself. Oh, friends – how naive we were! We thought it’d be months from now until he could leap onto the kitchen counter tops. We stand corrected. It’s not all mischief though! On the flipside, he will unexpectedly jump up next to me on the sofa or on top of the bed and snuggle in. Ahhh!

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The love is real

As a lifelong animal lover, I knew that I’d be smitten with any pet we were able to give a home to. I just don’t think I was mentally prepared for how much I would love him and how hard it would hit me. Ouch, my soul! The first time I met Bosley and he lay in my arms purring like a tiny speedboat, my eyes filled with tears and I thought my heart might burst!

Now, a few weeks on, I am still utterly smitten. And I can tell because when I am doing the not-so-exciting jobs like cleaning his eye goop, researching insurance and emptying his litter tray, I do it without as much as a grumble. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is!

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And one final thing I’ve learned: Bosley is more than just a pet, he’s a purr-fect new addition to the family and the happiest little chappy you could ever want to live with you (even if his sassy RBF suggests otherwise sometimes!). Making sure he stays that way by giving him the best care possible, spending time together and taking a moment each day to appreciate his little quirks is all part of that.

These are just a few things I’ve learned since getting a kitten and I’ll be sharing more Bosley updates soon. In the meantime you can keep up with his antics by searching #exoticbosley on Instagram!

Do you have any kitten stories to share?

With tiny paws and kitty claws,

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