These are the first foster kittens of the new year, and it's so awesome to have them so early in the year. We noramlly don't get any till May. These two girls were a little older, about 8 weeks, when we got them a week ago. They had already reached weight for getting fixed, but need a lot of love as they were pretty feral. The black one spat and hissed and even tried to bat at us. And the grey one hissed and cowered. Neither wanted anything to do with us. That has all changed. In just a week they have become playful, affectionate and happy kittens. Both girls are still learning and will occasionally hiss if startled and sometimes hide in a corner if intimdated, but they have made amazing progress and keep making more every day. Most everything they do lately are good omens that they will easily turn into wonderful house cats and even lap cats, in for happy lives with a lucky person.
Naming them seemed a little harder this time. Nothing seemed to fit them just right. The same week we were trying to name them, we were also reading about another kitty on writer Neil Gaiman's blog. His cat Zoe had developed a rare kitty cancer and he wrote some very touching and passionate posts about what he was going through and what she was going through. Kevin had the idea of naming the kittens in memory of Zoe. Only down side is we already had a Zoey over the summer and we didn't want to name another with the same name. The grey kittens name came to us pretty quick after this idea, we would name her Coraline after one of our favorite Neil Gaiman books. Naming the black kitty was harder. I looked up the meaning of the name Zoe and it turned out to be Greek for life. That seemed perfect since we were going to name her in memory of the wonderful kitty life of Zoe. Still it needed to be different. So I looked up other names that also meant life, but I still couldn't find anything that fit. Finally I came up with Zora. It mean Origin. Origin and Life, Zora and Zoe... it all seemed to fit. Like most foster kittens, it is not likely they will keep their names when they get adopted, but for now these two kittens are full of life and a beautiful tribute to the life of another happy devoted house cat.
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