Mama Zuzu and her Niblet

We’ve always wanted a mama and offspring pair. You might guess we’re pretty jazzed about having Zuzu and her Niblet, Viola together in our family. But here’s the thing: While they get along just fine, they rarely pay any attention to one another! They pass one another without an ounce of recognition. They don’t eat, play, or sleep together. Viola snuggles up to everyone else while Zuzu, when not snuggling with one of us, the Dad in particular, sticks to herself.

Except the other day…

Clean ear check! - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Clean ear check! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

… when someone needed their ears checked for cleanliness! First, one side…

Now the other ear - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Now the other ear – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

… then the other.

This ear needs some work - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

This ear needs some work – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Oh dear, I swear this one’s so dirty, potatoes are growing in there!

That wasn't so bad now was it? - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

That wasn’t so bad now was it? – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

There now, mama. That wasn’t so bad now was it?

Kitten ear wax. Blech! - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Kitten ear wax. Blech! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Blech! Kitten ear wax!

23 responses to “Mama Zuzu and her Niblet

  1. Mama’s gotta keep an eye on things…
    Angel and Chuck are littermates, but they ignore each other most of the time, except when they pick a fight just to let their human’s know that they want to be fed! They’ve never cuddled, or did the lickey thing. But they are very lovable, each in their own right and we’ve got a great thing going on here!

  2. If you don’t want your Mom licking your ears clean again Viola you’d better start giving them a better wash!! BTW we loved this sequence of pictures.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. It’s interesting that they mostly ignore each other. Our human has no experience with a mom and kitten or even with two litter mates. We wonder if that’s standard/typical, or is merely the relationship between Zuzu and Viola.

  4. Once a mom, always a mom!

  5. Once a momma, always a momma. Such cute pictures!

  6. too funny….we have never had a mom and kitten that long so it is interesting to see their relationship 🙂

  7. I LOVE any followup on those two sweet girls.

  8. So cute …

  9. viola…..a werd oh caushun….watch out when de skewl yeer startz…zuzu will bee chekin yur earz, yur teeth, asked if ya did yur home werk….itz end less !!! heerz two a wild whitefish week oh end ♥

  10. I’m not surprised they don’t hang out. Gramma had Sissy’s son Chizzy. The peeps brought Sissy to see him after several months. They hissed at each other. She didn’t know him at all. In those last 2 pics, Zuzu looks like a twin of my mancat Buzz.

  11. Very interesting. I wish I had been lucky enough to have adopted Annabelle’s kitten. She had one with her at the initial time of adoption. Just would have loved to have kept them together. But, things happen for a reason I suppose.

  12. Bwahahah, blech indeed! Though not related, we sometimes wonder why Willow doesn’t hang out with the boys… but she told us it’s because boys have COOTIES!

  13. How sweet. Maybe there is more to come. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  14. We had a Mama and her baby who were inseparable, but they were the only cats in the house at the time. It was funny because he would still try to nurse and he was almost as big as her! Our vet told us, when she is ready for him to stop, she will make him stop 🙂

  15. Terri and Jenna

    Zuzu thinks her baby Viola is doing just fine! She only notices Viola when something needs attention–like dirty ears 😉

  16. I like to think my mother would still be my friend, but I rather doubt it.

  17. It’s really interesting that Zuzu and Viola don’t pay much attention to one another. But we’re glad those ears got cleaned. 🙂

  18. Is that normal behaviour for mom & kitty cats not to have a bond after the breastfeeding period is over? The photos are so sweet.

    Emma and Buster

  19. The only time we had a mother cat and offspring in the household,that’s exactly how they behaved. The sibling cats remained close, though!

  20. Aw, that’s so sweet. So glad you got that delightful Mama-Daughter interaction on film!

  21. The Swiss Cats

    We love the sequence of pictures ! Potatoes, MOL ! Purrs

  22. Awww that is so cute,xx SPeedy

  23. We have an even more multiple-cat house than yours, Zuzu and Viola, and it includes siblings and parent/offspring combos.

    Our Momma Pearl was an incredibly wonderful parent to her four kittens, but when they turned about six months old, she tried to chase them out of “her” territory and has ignored them ever since (they turn 12 this June). The siblings absolutely do not get along…

    On the other hand, we have two brothers who were nigh inseparable (you couldn’t take one out of sight of the other when they were younger) through and beyond their kitten years. At about 9 yrs old they have relaxed a bit and will now go their separate ways without complaining, but they are also the only two cats who will reliably and consistently seek out and put up with each other.

    Cats are cats: They do not confirm to any known (human) rules!