Saturday, December 19, 2009

Serving kittens

Our new Ocicat kittens have thin coats and get cold easily. At night they sleep in our bed, under the covers. There's no better feeling that falling asleep with a warm purring kitten against your stomach. In the daytime, though, while we are at work, they get cold. We've given them a small electric blanket on the platform of their climbing structure, but it's clearly not warm enough.

The other evening, I came home to find Lily, the brains of the kitten operation around here, in a cast-iron skillet I had left on the stove to dry. Our antique O'Keefe-Merritt stove has pilot lights that keep the stove top warm even when it's not on.



I thought it was a brilliant idea, and so I helped them out a little. The next day I left out two skillets and lined them each with a soft towel.



It was a hit. But Husband had this silly idea that one of the towels would come in contact with the pilot and burn down the house.



So he went out the next day and bought them what we have dubbed The Apartment. He has installed heating in the downstairs, and sun hits the lanai (the middle) nicely in late morning.

But still, sometimes there's no keeping a good idea down. I came home yesterday to this:



Don't tell Husband, but when we leave for the mountains tomorrow, I'm going to leave out two skillets (without towels, probably). Because our kittens like to be served.

18 comments:

december 3rd said...

This post is too cute! Your kittens are also adorable.

Tanya said...

The one of two kittens on the stove is about one of the sweetest pictures Ive seen in a long time!

Jill Anderson said...

Very cute indeed. Thanks for sharing.

Kristin said...

I can see the towel concern, but hey! if they're happy with bare skillets, more power to them!

KatieGirlBlue said...

I'm struck dumb by the cute. You should send those pics to the cats in wigs people....maybe you can write their new book, cats on stoves.

HAVE FUN in the mountains! I'll wave to you from the Sierra!

Betsy said...

That is hillarious! Made me smile for the first time since yesterday's annual "Mother's Xmas Meltdown" :)

carolyn said...

how about a pot holder inside the skillet. then rename kittens to skilletkats!

Hobo Mama said...

So awesome. I'm glad you're so generous to your kitties. I am playing warm lap to one right now.

adozeneggs said...

THAT is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!
One of our cats sleeps under the covers with me, so I concur that there is not much better than a soft warm kitty against your belly.
I know they make heating pads specifically for pet beds, Jake and Mica blog has links somewhere.

TC said...

The kittens in the skillets really is the cutest thing EVER.

The Food Librarian said...

Hilarious! Have a great holiday season! - mary

Lily said...

They are so cute! And apparently very intelligent as well! Who would have thunk??? Thanks so much for the great pictures!

Impoverished Preppy said...

Such cute kitties!

Took a look at your pile o' titles for the trip... be forewarned: The Road and We Were the Mulvaneys are depressing. Good thing you'll have lots of wine and skiing to take the edge off after reading those.

Merry Christmas!

mangocheeks said...

This is such a lovely and heart warming post. I got all fuzzy reading it and seeing the little kitties in the skillet pans. Thank you so much for sharing and a Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Oh my goodness! Love the cat in the skillet!!! I sure hope this doesn't give our kitties any ideas.

jilly said...

That is the funniest thing, ever!

Callie Grayson said...

hah, that is awesome!!

lisagh said...

That is brilliant, adorable and fantastic!

(I do not understand, btw, why your blog doesn't update on my blogroll and then all of a sudden I get an update and see how much I've missed. GRRR!!!)