Freckles The Tortie is 4 Months!!!

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Freckles @ 14 weeks.

TIME FLIES. Freckles the lil’ girl is coming 4 months in two weeks time. In terms of cat years, I think she is nearing puberty?!! Though still very much a sweetheart, Freckles is becoming increasingly defiant (PMS!!). Sometimes after a scolding, she deliberately commits the wrongdoing AGAIN + shoots us a glare. :/ :/ :/

As a female teen, Freckles is learning to appreciate the finer things in life such as…smelling flowers.

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LOVE FLOWERS. SNIFFFF.

Thankfully Freckles is not at the boy crazy/raging hormones stage yet. Heard that female cats give out LOUD SHRILL PERSISTENT wails when they are “in the heat” which can last all night long. Sorry Freckles, but we have decided to sterilize you. It’s for your own good really, please understand your parents’ heart.

Freckles recently went for her second vaccination, exactly one month after her first. Her third and last vaccination + rabies jab is due end of September, after which we can proceed to spay her.

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Freckles’ health booklet. 2 vaccinations down, 1 more to go!

According to Dr. Osye, Freckles’ weight has increased from 1.2 kg to 1.8 kg in just one month (no wonder my hands are getting sore after holding her for a couple of minutes!). She’s growing too fast. 😦

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Poor Freckles running a fever after her second vaccination.

Before heading to the vet, Agent D and I put her in the bubble bath and gave her a good scrub. (She’s not allowed to touch water for a week after getting vaccinated.)

Freckles is reacting much better to water now. Two months back when we first bathed her, man was it a nightmare. She would – CLAW. CRY. SCREAM. BITE. CLAW. CRY. SCREAM. BITE – up to the very moment she got out of the bathtub.

Recently, I lugged back 2 new toys for Freckles all the way from Singapore — a cat tree house and a cat bed. BOY WERE THEY HEAVVVVY!! Because of them, I had to pay for 20 kg check-in luggage space on Jetstar.

I’m so glad she’s lovin’ her new toys. Makes all the effort and $$$ worth it. Here’s Freckles enjoying her new tree house.

 And here’s Freckles in her new crib. She loves to laze in it and watch the world go by.

Like all growing teenagers, Freckles has been napping a whole lot less compared to when she was a baby kitten. Missing the times where she napped on my lap for hours. 😦

I love taking photos of her asleep. That’s the only time when she is an absolute angel (VS absolute tyrant when awake).

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SO FLEXIBLE.

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AWWWW.

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Little manja just waking up from a short nap in my arms.

Dear Freckles, I hope you continue to eat and grow well + transform into a beautiful lady. I don’t think boys are going to like your hyperactivity much (correct me if I’m wrong).

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BEEG slurpy kiss for momma.

Till the next update! x

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Our 3-Week Mark With Freckles

So it has been 3 weeks since we adopted the little girl, Freckles the kitty. She’s now 8+ weeks old and is longer, taller, heavier, and ROUNDER (*horror of horrors* she actually looks preggers at certain angles).

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Freckles @ 8+ weeks.

Conversation I had with Agent D a few days ago…

Agent D: Are you sureeee you’re not overfeeding Freckles?

Me: Of course not!

Agent D: How often do you feed her?

Me: Whenever she meows. (Just like how a baby cries when hungry right?!!)

Dang. So I guess I’ve been overfeeding the little one. No wonder she’s PERPETUALLY TIRED AND ALWAYS SLEEPING. Because her body is digesting all the food that momma is giving her.

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Photo credit: Healthline.

Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. Eat. Sleep. Story of her kitty life.

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Freckles using her paws to block out the sunlight when sleeping.

Then again, she’s an ADORABLY CUTE ANGEL when asleep (and a naughty little devil when awake – scratching our furniture and curtains, biting the wires, pulling the toilet roll down until the entire roll is sprawled on the floor, prancing out of nowhere and tripping us, etc – you get the drift). We can never leave Freckles unsupervised for anything more than erm 10 seconds. Crossing my fingers it’s a kitten-thang and she’ll outgrow this bullish behaviour soon. :/

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Just look at her devouring Mister Chilli Crab for brunch.

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And now guarding it with all her life.

I must say her little antics have brought much joy to Agent D and myself though.

Being an optimist, I choose to see the sweet angel in her (which is why I take so many photos of her ASLEEEEEP). Peace reigns in the household when she’s sleeping really.

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Good night, world. Sweet Freckles dreams. X

Our First Weekend with 6-week Old Freckles

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Hello, nice to meet you. My name is Freckles!

Our first weekend with Freckles the tortie was surprisingly less traumatizing (and sweeter) than expected. When I first brought my 2 dogs back home (on 2 separate occasions), they peed and shat ALL OVER the house — on the carpet, at the sofa, on the dining chair leg, beside the bed, in the toilet…EVERYWHERE & ANYWHERE POSSIBLE. Hence it came as lovely surprise that Freckles was potty trained, even at 6-weeks old. After her first night with us, I checked every nook and cranny in her room on Sunday morning – ALL CLEAR. Phewwwww.

Here’s a rundown of what happened on Saturday – the day we collected Freckles. (Read about Freckles’ adoption story here: Our Kitten Adoption Story in Jakarta | thediplowifey.)

We picked up Freckles from Jo’s house on Saturday afternoon, after buying all the necessary cat supplies (e.g. litter box, dry and canned cat food, nail clipper, shampoo, scratching pole, food bowl, toys, etc etc) earlier in the morning. Having been taken away from her momma and siblings, the little kitty was really scared initially. She was shaking all over when in the car with us. Poooor baby.

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Shivering on my lap in the car.

We brought her straight to the vet for a full body check-up and to get her dewormed. At first glance, Dr. Osye (the vet) commented that she looked a lil’ funny. Upon further inspection, she went OH DEAR YOU HAVE NO WHISKERS!!! Why (??) and how (!!) her whiskers were missing I have no idea at all. Perhaps Jo’s little boy snipped them off while playing with her. Anyhow, I am hoping they grow out soon. :/

On the way back home, Freckles got a little more comfortable with us and took a nap during the car ride.

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Curled up like a ball fast asleep.

To get her acquainted with her new home, we took out her toys and played with her. We also taught her how to use her scratching pole (and NOT our furniture). She’s SUCHAAA FRISKY little thing! Agent D and I could hardly keep up with her as she pranced from one corner of the room to another. *signs of growing old*

For now, we are confining her to the laundry area at night and when we are not at home.

After close to 10 rounds of “catch the mouse”, Freckles fell into a deep slumber on Agent D’s lap. Apparently, kittens are like babies and need about 15 to 18 hours of sleep a day!

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Totally knocked out after playing.

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Drooling on daddy’s lap to mark territory.

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Aww.

I woke Freckles up for a short photo taking + selfie session. She was visibly annoyed at first but kindly accommodated me. What a sweetheart.

I may be biased but Freckles is a really smart kitty. PINTAR SEKALI! Without any training/teaching from us, she climbed up the high walls of her potty aka litter box to pee and poop. Looks like she’s living up to the name of being a Tortoiseshell cat.

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SHY. She turns her back to us when taking a dump.

As Freckles is not entirely weaned off from her momma’s milk yet, she sometimes snuggles up to my tummy and tries to find the non-existent nipples there. SHE MUST THINK I AM MOMMA CAT. Meow.

Milk aside, she’s been eating independently – a mixture of dry kitten food + wet canned food + water. As her stomach is still very small, I feed her 4-5 times a day depending on my schedule.

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Eating all by herself.

Freckles has started marking her territory around beautiful things at home. She has taken a liking to flowers (just like me), especially flowers that are from daddy.

Here are some of my favourite pictures of the little one:

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Say CHEEESE.

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I’m a black furball.

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Sleeping on my side.

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Are you sizing me up, handsome?

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Sweet dreams are made of this.

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Momma’s arm makes the best pillow.

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Sleeping belly up.

Ooopsies sorry for spamming you with pictures. BUT isn’t she just adorable?!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

If you haven’t got enough of Freckles, here are more sleeping pictures of her.

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Even as I type this post, she’s snuggling up on my lap.

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We hope you like your forever home, Freckles. Please don’t grow up so fast.

Good night, world. xxx

Our Kitten Adoption Story in Jakarta

Last Friday, on the “Expat Jakarta Garage Sale #1” Facebook group, a lady by the name of Jo posted that her cat had given birth and 4 of her kittens were up for adoption. She attached the picture below:

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Please help us find a home!

How to reject those cute lil’ faces right. Well, for some time, Agent D and I were thinking of getting a dog/cat to keep us company in Jakarta. We toyed with the idea for a while, went to visit pet shops in Singapore, looked at adoption websites online – but we couldn’t find THEE ONE.

When I first saw the Facebook post, my heart melted. I forwarded the picture to Agent D on Whatsapp (he was at work at that time) and he replied, “Let’s go see them this Sunday”. We fell in love with all of them at first sight. One thing led to another and…YES one of them is coming home with us!!! 🙂

Here’s what happened…

We dropped by Jo’s house (way down in South Jakarta) on Sunday and she introduced us to momma cat and her 4 babies. Momma cat was very protective over the kitties and kept looking at us suspiciously (well I guess I would too, if I were her). As the kittens are only four weeks old, they’re not weaned off from their momma yet.

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Yo Wassssup.

A Japanese lady had earlier adopted the 2 white kitties, who happened to be also the males of the litter.

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Brothers who were adopted together.

That left us with 2 choices – the grey tabby or the black tortie. Both were females and equally cute in their own special ways.

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This grey stripy lil’ one has a snowy white underside and white socks.

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This black cutie has patches of colours all over her.

Jo and her husband tried to persuade us to adopt the 2 of them together. But being first time cat owners, we thought it was better to start off with one.

Agent D and myself spent the next half hour or so playing with the kittens to see which one would bond with us best. It was such a hard decision to make as both were simply SO SO SO ADORABLE.

We eventually decided on…*drum roll*…the black tortie. From our short observation of the kitties, she seemed more responsive to our touches and liked to be cuddled in our arms. There was one instance where she crawled up onto my leg and remained there for a good few minutes. AWW.

Although she can only come home with us in a few weeks time (when she’s about 7-8 weeks old), we have already thought of a name for her — FRECKLES.

Jo taught us how to pick up the kitties by the skin fold around their necks (just like how momma picks them up). Agent D managed to do it successfully whilst I couldn’t bring myself to “pinch” them!

And I know I look like I’m strangling poor Freckles in the last picture. :/ Both Agent D and myself have loads to read up on how to care for Freckles and provide her with a warm, loving home environment.

BTW does anyone know where I can buy a scratching post (sisal covered) and cat tree (for climbing) in Jakarta?!

Counting down to 3 weeks time! XXX