Thursday, April 17, 2014

Effie Does the Cornelius Shuffle

Years ago, we dubbed the springy, sidewinding, arched-back kitten move the "Cornelius Shuffle".   It was named after Cornelius Bouvier, a spry little fellow from one of our earliest litters. You can see a clip of Cornelius in action HERE.

Effie and Hazel are just starting to master the Shuffle (see the clip below) and a few new dance and wrestling moves, too.  They're so much more active and agile now.

They still spend a fair amount of time in their big house, but we have increased their time in the exercise yard.

We're slowly beginning introductions with Wylla.  She's been in the basement and has seen the kittens  from a distance, but hasn't gone nose-to-nose with them yet.   We're proceeding with caution and trying to be sensitive to all parties involved. We want to do this right, and keep stress to a minimum.   She's been curious about the kittens,  but very cautious and during once basement visit, she did get a little bit growly.  This is a big change for our little girl.

Charlene got an up-close view yesterday.  She was her usual nonchalant self.   Effie got a little hissy,  which is often the case with the little ones, but I'm sure she'll work past that once she realizes that Charlene is not a threat.  




17 comments:

  1. Kittens playing always makes me chuckle! And this was no exception! They are adorable. And Miss Wylla, you have nothing to worry about. Just follow Charlene's lead, and you too will embrace the kitten-rearing lifestyle! :-)

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  2. I'm curious - was Charlene always so nonchalant about the itty bitties or was she a little more hesitant like Wylla when she was introduced to the first fosters?

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    1. She was really curious about them from the start, and never hesitant.

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    2. Interesting! I'm sure Wylla will end up being okay, since she has such a good role model.

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  3. ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!! I just love this stage of kitten hood!

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  4. They're so silly! I love the slightly wobbly wiggle-butt pounces. Adorable.

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  5. Aww...

    One of the kitties I had growing up used to leap up and do the 'shuffle' (I forget what we called it) all the way back through the 20 or so foot hallway. We never did figure out why, but I'm sure he had his reasons!

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  6. So cute!! Any interest in toys yet?

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    1. A little bit, but mostly they just like playing with each other.

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  7. Effie is a sissy! She plays all rough and then, when Hazel busts a move, Effie starts crying and threatening, "I'm gonna tell Charlene on you!"

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    1. I know, right?

      "It's go time, Hazel. Come on, what ya got? Let's rumble. Wait - what the - mommEEE!"

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  8. Are you bring Bean and Wylla down together or one at a time? Some people have been saying Wylla should follow Bean's lead, but if the two aren't there together then there's no one for Wylla to follow. Well you know how to best handle things. I hope it goes well.

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  9. Love the Sidewinder action! Thanks!

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  10. Aw I never saw the Cornelius shuffle before! Totally adorable.

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  11. They have grown so much since they're arrival with you, I love their little round tummy's the Cornelius shuffle is very very cute

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  12. Ohhhh man that clip of Cornelius just melted my heart! He has always been my favorite kitten so a surprise reference back is such a treat :)

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