Righty got her name since she has a patch of white fur on the right side of her face, as opposed to the left side like her formerly-identical-but-now-twice-as-big-sister. All attempts to come up with a more descriptive rhyming nickname failed. We thought of “Bitey,” but she doesn’t, so that’s that.

Righty is the bravest of her siblings, and enjoys sprinting around new spaces as fast as possible. That puts her underfoot more often than not, so be aware (beware?) of small grey furry things while you’re walking around the kitchen.

She very much likes having her head stroked, and remembers how much she likes it whenever her sister Ocelot (the striped one) is getting any attention. Then she’ll come over and shove sister out of the way to take her place.

She’s also extremely talkative. She likes to remind you when to feed her. She likes to give you advice on how to prepare the food, and let you know you’re not doing it fast enough. (These two are pretty normal.) But she also likes to wander around after you telling you about her day. It’s all monosyllabic so far, but we expect her to be quite the eloquent orator when she grows up. Perhaps she’ll even be a scriptwriter?

She’s the most litter-trained of her litter, and is one of the few kittens we’ve had (out of 23) that never had an “accident” anywhere. And she likes both wet and dry food, which is also good.


3 Responses to “Righty”

  1. Sarah Says:


    I just thought I’d drop you a quick line to let you know that Righty – now renamed Lyra Hwaet, in accordance with her adorability and tendency to make that “WHAAAAAEEEOOOWWWW” sound, respectively – has become a much-beloved part of our household. She shares a comfortable space with two huge nerds and a pair of rabbits – the latter of whom still aren’t sure what to make of her, but who seem to accept her as an ill-formed cousin.

    Oh, and “monosyllabic” is definitely not a word I’d use to describe her these days. She’s the Shakespeare of talking cats, not so much in terms of content but because she manges to emit ten iambic feet per breath. She’s hearty and getting bigger at an alarming rate:


  2. Sarah Says:

    I’m so sorry, just saw your most recent post – and I hope you don’t think mine was too flippant, given how today has gone for you. 😦 I can’t imagine how tough that must be, though it makes you all the lovelier for opening your heart to so many little ones. If nothing else, please take this as a reassurance that most of the time, your efforts help kittens into very happy homes – and when that can’t happen, you’ve still made their lives better. Thank you!

  3. jz Says:

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you so much for your kind words! Your comments couldn’t have come at a better time. When I first found out about Stubs this morning I was having doubts if I can foster again. However, no matter how hard it is, it’s all worth it when we hear news from the new parents!

    🙂 We figured Lyra would move pass the “monosyllabic” stage pretty quickly. She used to chat to me ALL the time. Does she still love to be petted on her head? Does she get jealous when you pay attention to your bunnies? 🙂

    I’ll be uploading more pictures of her to my flickr account soon, sorry for not posting about Lyra right away, I was falling behind but spending the time to update the blog and the pictures has been good for me.

    Thanks again for your comments, please please feel free to update us on her progress, we love to hear from you again in the future! You can always email us at kittenfoster08@gmail.com too.

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