Introducing the newest members of the family - Milo and Daisy

@boiboing (12868)
Northampton, England
March 14, 2017 4:43am CST
On Sunday we made a four hour round trip to Norfolk to meet the breeder from whom we'll be buying our new kittens. I have a colleague who recently bought a fancy kitten and wasn't allowed to visit until he was 8 weeks old and then wasn't actually allowed to touch little George. Her breeder also insisted the little fella had to be neutered at 13 or 14 weeks before she could take him away. I was a bit nervous that we might come up against similar issues. No fear of that. Our breeder sent her daughter up to the bedroom to bring down the four kittens. Mummy cat was strolling around their farm acting like a 'proper cat' - no cages or crates, she was a real family pet. The kittens came down in a basket, mewing for their mum who soon came in to supervise. From the very beginning it was clear that the little boy was to be ours. Mum, Juno, had only 4 kittens and they knew we wanted a blue boy. Fate smiled on us and the breeder and the only blue kitten turned out to be the only boy. The task for Sunday was to choose his sister. There was a 'chocolate' (it's a cream colour with darker brown markings on the face and tail) or a 'brown' (yeah, take a guess!). I really couldn't choose between the two. Mummy Juno is a brown and is the glossiest little cat I think I've ever seen but on the other hand, the little chocolate was really cute at 4 weeks but I knew I wouldn't like the markings when she grew up. I did the cowardly thing and made my husband choose. He opted for the brown girl because she seemed the most feisty of the three girl kittens. Little blue boy was attempting to beat her up and she was giving as good as she got. A like a cat with some 'oomph' not just a living sofa cushion. And so Milo and Daisy were confirmed and deposits were paid. They will be available for collection in 2 months time and until then, the breeder and her daughter post photos for me on Facebook. The kittens will come home and stay indoors for the first two months, then go for neutering, and after that they'll be able to go out and play.
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 17
Oh my, they are both so lovely. How can you wait 2 months to have them at home? I know it is necessary, but the waiting will be horrible.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
It's part of the time we need to mourn the loss of Baloo. It would be disrespectful to replace him too quickly.
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@LadyDuck (163770)
• Switzerland
14 Mar 17
@boiboing You are right, the fact that you have found those two cuties, cannot make you forget your Baloo.
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@nanette64 (17711)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Mar 17
It truly takes that amount of time for the kittens to be completely weaned from the mother @LadyDuck .
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• United States
14 Mar 17
Two months to prepare!! Do you get to visit the again before that time?
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
It's a two hour drive each way and the place is in the middle of nowhere. I really don't think we'll have time.
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• United States
14 Mar 17
@boiboing Maybe they can send you video!
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@Happy2BeMe (75118)
• Canada
14 Mar 17
Milo and Daisy are precious. Congratulations I am happy for all of you.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
Thank you.
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@Happy2BeMe (75118)
• Canada
14 Mar 17
@boiboing you are welcome!
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@JudyEv (126354)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Mar 17
How cool is that? And what a wonderful start in life these little kittens will have. They are just gorgeous. I'm so jealous.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
They are growing up on a farm surrounded by fields and with all sorts of animals around them. They're having a great time.
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@amadeo (67784)
• United States
14 Mar 17
they are so sweet.there.Thank you for sharing
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
You are SO welcome Alfredo.
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@amadeo (67784)
• United States
14 Mar 17
@boiboing I loved them.Must keep us informed as they get older.
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@ilocosboy (34405)
• Philippines
14 Mar 17
Oh they're so pretty. I hope they grow well
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
They will get darker in colour over the next two months and the differences will be more apparent. She'll be a rich mahogany and he'll be a steely grey.
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@ilocosboy (34405)
• Philippines
14 Mar 17
@boiboing that just getting prettier and prettier
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@tzwrites (4951)
• Romania
14 Mar 17
They are adorable. I like the names you chose for them.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
We had lots of fights and were not telling people the names we'd chosen - then the breeder posted the picture on my FB page with the names so the secret is out. Milo Blue and Daisy Moomin.
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@Morleyhunt (19856)
• Canada
14 Mar 17
The animals need a good start with mum.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
Very true. She's a sweet cat.
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@nanette64 (17711)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Mar 17
Your colleague should have told that breeder that spaying and neutering an animal at 13 or 14 weeks is absolutely wrong @boiboing . That would be similar to having a child given a hysterectomy at age 11. Where you are getting Milo and Daisy is much better and how you are going to handle things is correct.
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@JohnRoberts (60125)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Mar 17
Cute kitties. It would be fun playing with them.
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@celticeagle (118615)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Mar 17
They both sound like cats with great personalities right away. They are cute!
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@allknowing (66699)
• India
14 Mar 17
Big plans for the home coming of the VIPs I see
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
Very Important Puss-cats
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@Fleura (7195)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 17
They are gorgeous, so glad you found such lovely new feline friends.
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@boiboing (12868)
• Northampton, England
14 Mar 17
Thank you - I'm very smitten.
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@Corbin5 (109663)
• United States
14 Mar 17
They are adorable! So glad to hear that Daisy can hold her own. Quite a pair those two will be!!
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@Freelanzer (9368)
• Canada
14 Mar 17
They are so cute. I can image how excited you are. Enjoy them.
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@bluesa (13538)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
14 Mar 17
They are too cute @boiboing ! My dog, Daisy, is a joy. Milo and your Daisy are going to be a delight, two cats and they are going to be regal. :)
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@amandajay (18071)
• North Shore, New Zealand
15 Mar 17
Wow. So so sweet.
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@youless (92268)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Mar 17
These two kittens are so adorable and I really wish I could touch and hold them in my arms
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
14 Mar 17
They're so cute! I can't wait to hear of their adventures! I no longer let my cats go outdoors. Any of my cats that ever went outdoors lived shorter lives. One was poisoned or got into poison.. others just managed to die at a young age. I've yet to personally own a cat that has lived past 10. The 4 I have now have never been outside. The oldest are brother and sister, they're 6 now.
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14 Mar 17
They look cute.
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