A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

No Longer Kittens

I haven’t talked about the kittens much (and I’m sure you’re thankful for that!) but I thought I’d give you an update. We’ve had Henry and Ella for almost a year already and they have quite the little personalities!

Despite the fact that she loves to lie on her back, spread-eagled, Ella is very much a girly-girl and still petite while Henry is a big, loving (and needy), yet very naughty boy.


I’ve been using our wooden tuna box as their toy chest, and they know to help themselves to it, either bringing toys upstairs, into the basement or even into the bathtub to play. The box gets emptied in no time and I have to sweep them out of closets or from under the refrigerator all the time (what is it with cats deliberately shoving toys under doors and places where they can’t reach them?).

I’m confident that if a mouse ever found its way in, Ella would catch it in no time. She is definitely our little mouser, always chasing mouse-like toys and presenting them to me. She’s very quick and nimble while Henry is much lazier and prefers to watch on the sidelines.

Henry is very loving but can also be very needy, meowing when he wants to be picked up. He usually jumps on my lap every evening to “make muffins” on my stomach.

He also loves to be up high, which Ella has no interest in. He always announces with a funny little “Mmmmm-meep!” when he’s about to do something naughty, like jump on the kitchen counter. I run in there and instead of jumping down he crouches and tries to hide in the back.

He also loves to shred cardboard. He doesn’t eat it, but just tears it into little pieces. I’ve been thinking about putting him to work to shred cardboard to add to the compost for our “brown” ingredients.


He’s lying here amidst the door hardware that we have ready for the carpenter for the finishing details in the attic, which unfortunately has been pushed back a couple weeks. We were missing a few door parts, so in the next post I’ll offer resources that helped us in replacing those.

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Gayle on October 23, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Henry is a typical boy kitty!

    Did you know that about 80% of orange tabby cats are male and only about 20% are female? We have no idea why this is, but cat vets have noticed it.

    • denise on November 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Yes, he IS all boy! I did find out not too long ago that the majority of orange tabbies were male. My friend had a female orange tabby, so they are out there!

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