Introducing Carmelita and Rosalina!

I am happy to introduce you all to the two newest felines to be adopted into the Duck’s household.  Named after two gaming ladies (Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy and Carmelita from Sly Cooper), these two 9-week-old kitten sisters (predicted birthday June 23…though the papers say May 23…so are they actually three months old…?  I’m so confused!!!) are Lynx Point Siamese, which basically means they’re a mix of Siamese and tabby cats.  Carmelita (on the left in the banner) is the bigger, more beige one, while Rosalina (on the right) is the smaller, whiter one.

Up until recently, we weren’t quite sure yet when we were going to get cats again, but during our tentative visit to the pet store not so very long ago, there were a good number of cats, including two pairs of kittens.  We had been wanting siblings, and we have also always liked Siamese, so we decided to adopt this particular pair of kittens, though we didn’t get them into our home until 8 PM because their foster lady needed to microchip them and give them a few more vaccines.

Carmelita, with Rosalina peeking in the background

It wasn’t until the afternoon of the next day that they started to become friendlier, before being only interested in playing and running around the master bathroom, where we were keeping them until they got more used to us.  They have since gotten to explore the master bedroom, as well, though trips into the main house have been met with a bit of anxiety on their part.  In fact, they seem far more content to remain in a smaller part of the house, where their usual playful demeanor returns.

Both cats are fairly gentle and already pretty good about keeping their claws in when they play.  Rosalina is the sweeter of the two, however, and greatly enjoys climbing into our laps as often as she can.  She is also the bossier of the two and typically steals toys from her sister.  Carmelita is more cautious, but being bigger, she is also rougher and more adventurous.  Rosalina seems to study her and do whatever she does, including suckling on her sweater-bed when she saw Carmelita doing the same with a blanket.

Both kitties are also very quiet, but have slowly been starting to meow.  Carmelita’s first meow was when she was in the bathtub and couldn’t figure out how to get out.  I had to carry her out, only for her to jump right back in again.  When I opted instead to sit with her in the bathtub, the smaller Rosalina peeked over the side, quietly meowing a few times, as if she was upset that she was too small to join us.  During a subsequent trip into the main house, Carmelita meowed very loudly when she went into a dark hallway.  She only calmed down when I came over and picked her up to return her to the master bedroom.  Now long later, she meowed louder still when I remained in the master bedroom, while she was in the bathroom.  Rosalina doesn’t meow quite as much, but she has greeted Mother Duck a few times with a single meow.

Kinda dark, but here’s Rosalina, just chillin’

Thus far, both kittens have been very sweet, purring and “making biscuits” constantly.  They already seem to really like us, Rosalina especially, whom I’ve caught standing behind me, staring up at me.  They are also very playful and enjoy wrestling with each other and running around with a toy in their mouth.  Eventually, they’ll have the whole house to roam, but for now, I suppose the master bedroom/bathroom will be their home until they feel more comfortable exploring a larger space.  I’m sure I’ll have plenty more updates in the future, but for now, toodle-oo until next time!

26 thoughts on “Introducing Carmelita and Rosalina!

  1. Omg they’re beautiful and I love their names. I have a soft spot in my heart for tabby/Siamese combinations as my beloved, late Kin-mei was an orange tabby who was at least half (if not three-quarters) Siamese. They’re awesome cats. VERY intelligent so watch out lol. Kin-mei constantly surprised us with how good he was at getting his way (aka food). I have a video of him opening a plastic bin of cupcakes, one you’d think would be cat proof, but not for an evil genius. I still miss him…

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    1. Thanks! They’ve been great cats so far. Rosalina is super friendly, and Carmelita is rather shy, but she has gotten used to us and now headbutts us a fair amount. Rosalina has gotten very good at playing fetch and drops toys at my feet all the time, something our previous cats never really learned to do, as far as I remember.

      I still miss my Elsa, too, but luckily, I have some videos of her to remember her by. I’m trying to remember to get videos of our new cats, too. The cats before Elsa had very few photos and no videos, so I’ve been trying to make up for that with all of our newer cats. Losing cats is super hard, so it’s always nice to have some memories to look back on.

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      1. I still miss Elsa, too. I like my new cats, but they’re not close to me yet like Elsa was (which is sad, but totally understandable, considering I’ve known them for a much shorter period of time so far), but I still worry that they’ll never like me as much as she did. Elsa would sit next to me when I recorded YouTube videos, cuddle with me on the couch, and get worried when I was upset. Not sure if these two kitties ever will. They’re good kitties, but it’s hard to recover from losing a pet I was so close to.

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      2. That’s how Kin-mei was. I feel closer to Cid than I do to Garnet whom I of course love, but it’s definitely different. Cid and Garnet also don’t get along as well as Cid and Kin-mei, which makes me sad, but they are what they are. This is why I side eye anyone who says “It’s just a pet.” No. No they are not.

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      3. I agree, pets are so much more than “just pets”. They are family. Sometimes, they love us even more than people do. I get so annoyed when I’ve lost a pet, and people tell me to just get another one, as if I’m replacing an old pair of shoes or a broken toaster. It’s not that easy to “just get another one” when you’re mourning the loss of an animal that you’ve loved for years and is irreplaceable.

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      4. I have zero tolerance for that kind of attitude, and I’m really happy no one did that with me and Kin-mei. I STILL miss him and still tear up if I look at pictures of him for too long. They’re all individuals just like humans, and that’s how we love them, so when they leave us, it’s a major loss ;_;

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      5. Quite right, not only do our pets all have unique personalities, but we have a history with them, as well. Elsa and I had various experiences together, and we grew closer, and I would think sometimes of how irreplaceable she was for that reason. When we get new pets, sure, we have an opportunity to form new bonds and make new memories together, but we’ll never get back the experiences we had with the pet we lost. I remember all the times Elsa would put her paw on me when I was upset (or she thought I was upset). With Arwen, there was a time she wasn’t feeling well, and I put a blanket next to her for her to lay on, and she seemed so grateful for it. Alex was a gentle, sweet boy (but also a bit of a coward), and I would often have to save him from Arwen’s clutches when she was too rough with him. I can’t help but feel sometimes that our pets are more than just the animal we grow to love, but all the memories we gather with them. Elsa was so young when she passed away, and I thought we would have so many more years together.

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      6. Exactly. Kin-mei used to comfort me when I was having anxiety attacks late at night. He’d lay on my chest and knead it. It may be anecdotal, but you can’t tell me he didn’t know/sense something was wrong. You nailed it: they ARE more than the animals we grow to love; they’re the memories we gather with them, which is similar to anyone we love/care about.

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      7. Elsa was the only cat who really got concerned if she thought I was in trouble. When I first played Five Nights at Freddy’s, I screamed a lot, and she ran over to the table behind me and kept putting her paw on my shoulder. She did stuff like that a lot. It was so cute. It was one of the biggest things I miss about her.

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      8. I came to a realization that Kin-mei was probably killing a lot of creepy crawlies in our apartment because I realized their appearance happened after he died. My other two cats, (God bless them…) are TERRIBLE at catching anything lol. Cid I had low expectations for, but I’m very disappointed in Garnet :p

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      9. None of our cats have been very good at catching bugs. They usually just play with them. Many years ago, Alex caught a fly, however. He walked into the living room one day and spat out a fly onto the floor right in front of us. It was still alive, though, and we had to finish it off.

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      10. Mine can’t even catch them! Well…Cid did catch a bee once. My husband found the poor thing with one wing ripped off and Cid smacking it around because cats are sadistic little monsters hehe. I think because bees are bigger and slower whereas flies and gnats are small and quick. They’ll swat at them, but they’re just not good at catching them.

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      11. Poor Arwen was once playing with a spider, and she put her head down to it, and it climbed onto her nose. She got scared and somehow got the spider off. Poor kitty! (I saw the same thing once with a frog. I found a frog in this pool we had a long time ago, and swimming beside it was a spider. I was trying to get the frog out of the pool without touching the spider, and at one point, the spider got on the frog, and the frog got scared and shook it off. After that, I was able to get the poor frog to safety. I did not save the spider, however….)

        It’s weird how kitties have no fear of creepy bugs. I think a remember a big centipede in the house once that our cats weren’t afraid of, either. We’re always having to get rid of these bugs before the cats play with them and get hurt.

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      12. They see them as lunch or a toy hehe. I wish I weren’t afraid of creepy bugs, but they terrify me even if they’re not harmful. I’m getting better with some like moths and mantises, but I wouldn’t want to touch them or for them to touch me lol.

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      13. I used to be a bit better with certain bugs, but now I can’t stand touching any of them. I used to be okay with catching crickets with my hands when I was younger, but in recent years, when we get a cricket in the house, even if I know it’s harmless, I can’t bear to touch it. Instead, I just do my best to catch it in a container and put it outside. With spiders, I can’t even stand to squish it with a shoe most of the time because I have to get so close, so I use this long thing we use for mopping the floor to squish them so that I can keep my distance. Bugs freak me out!

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      14. That happened to me, too! I used to be able to catch or even squish them manually if I had a paper towel or something, but just the thought of that skeeves me now. Speaking of which there was a bug in my cup this morning and I screamed, so my husband took care of it. I’m not that type of person either when it comes to most things, but with bugs, I can’t handle them, even if I know they’re harmless.

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      15. Years ago, we started getting big hairy wolf spiders and these spider/scorpion hybrids in the house called sun spiders. It was the most horrifying thing ever! We haven’t gotten them in years, so I’ve finally calmed down, but for the longest time, I was always checking my bathroom ceiling in the mirror before entering the room because that’s where the sun spiders kept showing up. I was terrified that one would drop down on top of me.

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      16. o.O my face when you mentioned spider/scorpion hybrids. THOSE EXIST??? I want to google sun spiders, but i don’t want to google sun spiders. I’m considering leaving the planet. That’s HORRIFYING. I wouldn’t even want my cats to try to fight one of those. I’d be afraid for them.

        WHY DID I GOOGLE THAT D:

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      17. Yeah, they’re one of the most horrifying creatures in existence. They’re so creepy, and they can apparently run really fast….

        Since my last comment, my smaller kitten Rosalina attempted to battle a huge earwig. It was really gross. She’s always trying to eat weird things, so I saw her playing with something and was about to grab it out of her mouth. Then I realized what it was and retreated back a step. It was the biggest earwig I’ve ever seen. She kept alternating between batting it with her paws and holding it in her mouth. I finally managed to get it away from her and throw its carcass in the trash. Cats are too brave for their own good.

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      18. Earwigs aren’t usually that bad. Most of the time, they’re small and kind of shy, and they’re one of the few bugs that I try to get onto newspaper and put outside instead of killing. (That’s how I know they’re shy. Other bugs will walk right onto the paper, like beetles, but earwigs cower if you get near them.) This one was huge, though. It was really horrifying!

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