The Christmas Kitten-Cat–Beth Trissel


Pabel the kitten-cat at Christmas siamese tabby mix‘Tis the morning after Christmas and not a creature is stirring–well, Pabel’s up seeking for that which he can get into. There lives among us in this old farm-house in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, a mischievous little sprite known as the kitten-cat. Yes, technically Pabel is a big kitty now, but pesters the dickens out of the two older cats–no, they don’t want to wrestle–and he’s still at the emotional level of a kitten.  I suppose Pabel would really enjoy having another kitten to play with.  Perhaps we should have gotten him one for Christmas, but I’m already keeping up with litter boxes for three cats. However, if anyone discovers my longed for orange and blue kitten (not sure they actually exist) please let me know.

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby Mix.jpg 2But back to Pabel. Last year we found this unlikely and minute runt among the tabby litter of a tabby mother barn cat belonging to my daughter-in-law. Without our intervention and adoption, it’s likely this tiny specimen of catdom wouldn’t have survived all the competition with litter mates twice his size, even though Charity gave him extra food. It was too rough and tumble a world in the greater barn for such a small kitten. But here in the house, he’s thrived. Even rules as a young prince.

Christmas Tree with Dr. Seuss  StarLet it be truly said that Pabel loves Christmas. The first couple of days after we (finally) got the tree up–a few technical difficulties involving the size of the stand versus the trunk and lots of needles and boughs covering the floor–Pabel smelled strongly of pine and was rather sticky in spots from the sap. Of course, he stole some ornaments and had vast fun helping decorate the tree, and wrap–also unwrap–the presents.  I suspect he’s going to be quite sad when the time comes to take the tree down. Come to think of it, so will I. It’s a lovely tree with a star in the tradition of  Dr. Seuss. Daughter Elise’s idea.

And of course, we need a few great cat quotes.

“For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.”
– Christopher Smart

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby MixCats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.
– Lillian Jackson Braun

The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal.
– Sir Compton MacKenzie

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
– George Eliot

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby Mix with bowIf you want to write, keep cats. – Aldous Huxley

“There is nothing in the animal world, to my mind, more delightful than grown cats at play.
They are so swift and light and graceful, so subtle and designing, and yet so richly comical.”

– Monica Edwards

***Images by daughter Elise.

15 responses to “The Christmas Kitten-Cat–Beth Trissel

  1. Wonderful post and photos, Beth! Sounds like a happy cat’s life!

    Our boys were spoilt rotten and loved their playthings and tidbits. And the empty box! 😉

    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Sweet pictures Beth. Cats are such good company. I think they are great teachers of patience for kids, and great comfort for adults. Love the quotes!

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  3. Ha! Pabel sounds like a handful! 🙂 Thankfully, Mr. Dorian Gray is too aloof to bother with the tree and ornaments beyond a bit of smelling to check it out. Our two deceased cats (Shamrock and Bam Bam) that arrived and left before Dorie made his appearance were quite another story. Especially Bam Bam. She was a bit of a monster. Love the pictures!

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  4. Aww how sweet. He loves Christmas. Usually mine steal the bows too but; not this year. My youngest likes to bat a the ornaments so each morning I put them back on. I swear he must sit in the tree as the branches are bent too. I have a fake one. You can hear him in the middle of the night playing with the tree. LOL. This year they got lots of new toys and a cat tree so that is keeping them all busy. The little one was rescued from outside and loves to climb so I got him a tall one. Funny thing is the older cats like it more. LOL. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
    Sue B

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    • How fun, Sue. Aren’t you clever to put a cat tree. We don’t need to get Pabel anything, he just steals whatever appeals to him from the grandbabies toys, etc, although he does have official cat toys. 🙂

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  5. You always share the cutest stories. Loved hearing about Pabel. Happy holidays to you, Beth.

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  6. Such a sweet looking kitty!

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  7. Enjoyed reading about Pabel, Beth. Cats are such individual characters. We were catless for some years, between travelling in a caravan (trailer to you in the U.S.), and then living between a highway and the bush. When we finally settled here, Smokey’s stray mother had the wisdom to leave him on our doorstep. He is fat, a great mouser, fussy with his food to the extent we have to drive to the next town to get the only meat he likes (!) and has the thankful habit of never going further from home than our place and next door.
    He doesn’t like anything to be changed around the place and each year sniffs out the Christmas tree and parcels with great suspicion. Very staid character. Love him – even if does love my hubby more than me!

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