We have a new family member. Popper comes to us as a rescue cat from Craigslist via the secret machinations of our youngest son, the third of three. He's nineteen. He didn't consult us beforehand. Because of some allergies in the home we haven't had furry pets for the past 20 years or so. And because of some backstory issues that our youngest is enduring there ensued some negotiations. (It's not really fair to him to discuss what those issues are in a public forum, but they're rather common ones that many families endure.) I've written before about him here on OS, praising his accomplishments. He's a genius, or nearly so as a young member of Mensa and the author and illustrator of two books so far. But those gifts sometimes come with attendant costs. It'll be ok, I'm not worried when I look at things long term.
So, for now, Popper is staying. I'm not sure why she's named after the greatest 20th century philosopher of science, Karl Popper, but it seems to be ok. She hasn't objected at any rate, or not in any way that I can understand. She seems to be gently interrogative in a lovely small voice. She doesn't talk much, and when she does it's in the form of a delicate half purring question—purrrrrRow?
You can see her pretty eyes in the top photo above in a larger version here.
Popper's beginning to earn her keep in a couple of ways. It appears that she's a very good watch cat, alerting us when the mail carrier or flyer distributors come by the front door.
Keeping watch on the front door.
She doesn't care for stray cats or leashed dogs pulling their owners either. When they come by she lets loose a deep throated rumbling growl.
A stray cat! Get away! (I love this pic of her...see it larger here.)
I think the following series also indicates that she'd be good at getting rid of vermin. Especially if their little mousey guts were replaced with catnip.
you can see her mighty huntress toothy fanginess in a larger pic here.
Catnip stoned and wore out
Popper also shows some facial expressions of contentment and affection on occasion, which is one of the rewards of having a cat share her home with you.
Oh! Update: I found this hilarious!
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