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Bella and Cindy – the Kitten Years

On 1st December 2005, I brought home two tiny little balls of fluff.  They were 3 month old british short hair kittens.  The black one, we named Bella and the Black Smoke, we called Cinders, Cindy for short.  These two little sisters swiftly wormed their way into our hearts and even today, we will allow them to manipulate us in a way that we would never allow another human being to do so.

This is Bella. Isn’t she just beautiful?

Bella Big Head

This is Cinders, better known as Cindy. We’ve called this picture “Little Miss Grumpy”.  Cindy isn’t really grumpy – it’s just the white markings above her eyes that make her look like she is.

Little Miss Grumpy

Two little sisters.

Two little sisters

Did you know that the Cheshire Cat was based on the British Short Hair Cat? If you need further evidence, take a look at this picture of Cindy.

Cinders Cheshire Cat looking up

As for Bella.  Well, all I can say is that she is truly named.  She’s only 3 months old in this picture, but already, you can see she has a pout fit for a supermodel.

Beautiful Bella looking up

Being cute is hard work!

Sleepy Cindy Kitten

As a kitten, Bella always looked exhausted when she was asleep. Maybe it’s because she was always full of joie de vivre.

Sleepy Bella Kitten

Inquisitive kitten…

Curious kitten

Look how tiny Belle is!

Little Bella Kitten

At 6 months, we had the girls spayed. A friend of mine told me that I should have let them have at least one litter as it would help them mature.  Now I have no idea whether this is true or not, however, I personally had and still have no intention of adding to the number of unwanted litters of kittens that are born every year.

Cindy with cone

The operation itself went well.  However, keeping the girls calm and chilled to aid in their recovery was a whole another matter.  Being confined to the kitchen and being forced to wear elizabethan collars until their stitches healed, did not stop them from running around like loons.  In Bella’s case, her refusal to take things easy resulted in her having a sarcoma.  Cue another visit to see Robert and Raymond who drained the sarcoma and then bound her midriff tightly with a bandage to help her with the healing process.

Bella with cone

If you would like to see more photos of our beautiful furbabies, please visit the Our Cats page of my blog which is dedicated to all our girls.

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