Pia Counters. And Niblet Names.

While Mom's away - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

While Mom’s away – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

While Mom is paying attention elsewhere, namely at those other cats things upstairs, guess what I do? Anything a Ginger Princess sets her mind to, that’s what!

You won’t tell, will you? Good! I knew you could keep a secret.

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The Niblets are becoming more active and if possible, more adorable! And we have names! But… we don’t have sexes yet, at least we’re not one hundred percent sure we have sexes yet. We completely fail at this, this seemingly simple thing. One of us will say, “Yep, that’s a girl!” while the other assuredly says, “Uh, not unless girls come with extra parts!” followed by, “There’s no extra parts there! Oh that! Everyone has one of those!” And then the discussion and arguing starts and meanwhile, kittens are mewing and Erinn Zuzu is all like, “Um, hello? I’d really like my Niblet back now!”

The Niblets 10/8/2013 - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

The Niblets 10/8/2013 – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

That said, we “think” we have sexes. So onto the names (which will change based on how wrong we were, but hey! It can only be one or the other, right?)

Many of you had GREAT names for the Niblets and we added them all to our Kitty Names book. Then, we ran each one through the shelter database and discovered so many duplicates! Mr. Colehaus decided he didn’t want anyone to have to be known in the records as Candy #65 or Frank #1,017. He wished them to have unique names not yet used by the shelter, yet individually picked to match each sweet Niblet.

Therefore, allow us to announce Niblet One, the dark Tortie/Torbie with a tail, is a girl and is named Illy (like the dark Italian coffee and rhymes with Lily).

Niblet Two, the dark Tabby bobtail, is a girl (probably) and will be called Viola.

Niblet Three, the light/dilute Tabby bobtail, is a boy (probably) and will be called Robbie.

And Niblet Four, the orange Tabby with a tail, is a boy and is named Russell.

Congratulations, Niblets! We hope you like your names as much as we love them. And if not, when each of you turn 18, you go right on out and change them to something meaningful to you, like Rainbow, Rubber Wedge, Alain-Henri or Porcupine.

We also think we’ve solved our protective mama Erinn Zuzu versus grumpy Maxx fighting thing with the addition of expanded fencing around Erinn’s cage. And she loves it! It’s like she lives in a gated community now! But don’t get the impression we spoil cats or anything…

Erinn's 'Gated Community' - 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Erinn’s ‘Gated Community’ – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

This is actually fencing from the Small Pet Play Pen, a product we bought a couple of months ago for foster kitten use. We’re not using the waterproof floor mat or cover here but undoubtedly will once the kittens are up and about and need lots of room to play and explore and learn about how cool it is to have this thing called a litter box to pee in instead of pee pads and the floor!

The Play Pen is pretty sturdy and only time will tell if Erinn decides she wants to jump the fence (she’s not much of a jumper, thankfully). But for now, it works to separate her and grumpy Maxx perfectly!

37 responses to “Pia Counters. And Niblet Names.

  1. We love the names, especially Russell. 🙂 A gated community, LOL, but at least it makes mama happy.

  2. Mom loves the name russell. Really nice. They’re so very cute!

  3. some nice names for the nibblets ,very cute to,xx Speedy

  4. Those Niblets sure are cute.

  5. I named a cat Russell once. I met him while on vacation in DelMar CA. I named him after a jockey. Always loved the name. They are all so cute.

  6. Russell was a Siamese staying at the same condos. Can you guess which jockey?

  7. Oh we are so in love with Viola! We wish we were closer it would be hard to stop Mom from adopting her. What sweet babies!!!

  8. Lindos nomes! Mal podemos esperar para ver essa turminha correndo e fazendo poses para a câmera hehehe

  9. Spoiled? Maybe Pia just a teeny, tiny bit. We have expressed before how Mom has fallen in love with Niblet #2. She thinks the name you gave her (?) is wonderpurr. You seem to be about the best human pawrents a kit could ever have. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  10. Good for you Pia. Are you guys jealous of the ones they call the Niblets? They’re cute now but will grow up soon and be, um, cute just like you.

  11. Pia, you deserve to do anything you want. We’re not telling. 🙂

    And we love the Niblets names! The mom wants that orange niblet…Russell…but I told her one cute orange cat around here is enough! 🙂


  12. Great names and we sure are looking forward to some more niblet charm. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. You guys are much better at picking out names than my human is! The only reason I lucked out is she was trying to be generic because she knew I was going to be an internet kitty. Binga was not so lucky. Boodie actually named herself, so she has no one else to blame.

  14. Mommy still bear the scars from being mauled by a very protective Mamacat (she was at the porch with her kitten and Cosmo came over to sit by the door with a gate separating them and she went nuts, wanting to kill Cosmo and Mommy had to hold her back and got mauled in the process).

    We love the names given to the Niblets!

  15. da tabbies o trout towne

    pia…we dunno nothin N thatz noe lie sew noe feer oh uz spillin beanz bout counter surfin !!! N erinn…we loves de wee kittehs names…but trooly ……porcupine rocks….noe doubt a bout it…porcupine…. rocks !!! 🙂

  16. psssst… Pia… while their busy looking at the niblets… maybe you could teleport over and I could show you our counters… I mean cat tree…

  17. You chose great names for the little Niblets! I love them all.

  18. We love, love, love those Niblet names. They are so darned cute!

    And Pia, don’t worry … your secret is safe with us!


  20. Thanks for coming by:-)

  21. Yes, your secret is safe with us. 🙂

    Those are nice names for the Niblets.

  22. Darling…you may be a Ginger Princess with NO worries at all. By the way, Mom and I love the Niblet names.

  23. We won’t bell anybody, Pia, we promise. Everybody else is busy looking at those adorable niblets anyhow.

  24. Fabulous names! I didn’t realize you were taking name suggestions, I must have missed that 🙁 Anyway, love the names! Stop by our blog there is another surprise.

    • We didn’t ask for name suggestions; they just came in anyway 🙂 Mr. Colehaus was in charge of naming the Niblets since he’d gone his whole life without ever naming anything.

  25. I think the names are purrfect! Thanks for the well wishes, I appreciate them and I appreciate you so much!

  26. You choose great names for all the niblets. And I’m sure mama Erinn Zuzu appreciates the extra bit of privacy for her and the kittens.

  27. Aw, such great names and hopefully no one will change theirs to “Porcupine”, we got a chuckle out of this and the gated community comment!

  28. oh a whole litter full of cute kitties. how adorable.

    Emma and Buster

  29. Russell!?


  30. We love your Niblet names! Especially Robbie. Our mom had a Robbie many years ago who was the sweetest, most handsome tabby mancat. She was heartbroken when it was his time to go, and its lovely to see his name again.

  31. Those are lovely names for the Niblets. The gated community is a good idea too.

  32. Great names and that cage is perfect. Yeah Dad doesn’t spoil us either. Well not that much, most of the time

  33. Awww… they are cute and now they all have cute names. Pawkisses 🙂