Introducing ….

Here he was at just over 2 weeks.

At 6 weeks.

Then at 7 weeks.

And here …

… is Baxter!! We brought him home last night and have been fascinated watching him explore his new surroundings. He’s a blue/silver with white tabby Maine Coon kitten who is now 10 weeks and 2 days old.

He is unbelievably tiny, only about 2.5 pounds, but he purrs like a big kitty already! After we got home with him, the evening seemed to be nothing but watching Baxter and watching Smudge watching Baxter. It’s going to be so much fun watching the little guy grow and grow. It can take 3 or 4 years for a Maine Coon to reach their full size, which can go as high as 25 pounds, so we’re in for some fun watching the changes.


Smudge is interested.  When we got home, we let Baxter out of the carrier and watched as Smudge immediately came over to sniff Baxter. There was no hostility on Smudge’s part at all.  In fact, he seemed rather bored by the whole thing. Was really interested in the kitten food, though.

And now my blog feels normal again.  Two kitty pictures to post each day instead of just one.

Smudge says it feels more normal around here already!

46 thoughts on “Introducing ….

  1. Yes!!! How exciting!! For you, for Baxter, for Smudge..and Mr. Q. O! You’ve started my day with a smile with your announcement. Baxter is adorable and I am delighted for all of you!!!!Congratulations!!

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  2. Welcome to normalcy. Welcome to Baxter and thank you Smudge for being such a good boy. Be sure to let us know – from time to time – how you feel about your new little ankle biter. 🙂

    Cathi – Baxter is soooooo handsome and looks like he has some good, healthy size on him for his youthful age. LOVE the photos you’re sharing and gosh – check out those ear tips. Awesome.

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  3. Sooooo cute!! Love the eyes! How fun to bring a new kitty home and so glad to see that Smudge is taking it well too. Congrats. Looking forward to seeing more of Baxter. Love the name.

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  4. Welcome to Baxter, cute kitty !!
    Smudge has a new friend to play with. Hoping we’ll soon have pictures of both cats together. Hugs from Belgium.

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  5. Welcome to blogland Baxter!! We will all enjoy watching you grow up. I’m sure you will manage to get Smudge to play with you eventually :0)

    Crispy

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  6. Baxter is stunningly gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more pictures of him and Smudge! I wonder if Smudge will be so complacent once Baxter decides Smudge is the toy of choice! LOL! Kittens are amazing.

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  7. Baxter is a very handsome boy! No doubt Smudge will put him right as to the house rules. Every household needs two kitties, one is not enough. Our girls send welcome wishes to Baxter!

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  8. Baxter is beautiful. His eyes are stunning and it looks like he is going to have huge paws! He will soon learn what a lucky kitty he is. Congrats to all!

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  9. Oh Cathy, I’m SO HAPPY for you. I’ve wanted to ask if there was going to be a new addition to your family but it’s a touchy subject.

    I’m sure Baxter will fill your heart with lots of JOY!

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  10. Welcome Baxter..he’s a gem! Such fun you’ll have now watching a new kitty personality
    blossom. Hugs to all the “O’s”…happy kitty antics and happy stitching!

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  11. Oh what a lovely young man. He looks so gentle. Well they both do. When I visited a friend in Maryland she had a Maine Coon. Nearly jet black, Amazing cat, he would just sit by me and rest his head on my lap as though he just knew he was too big to climb on up!
    Cheers
    Linda
    Taupo New Zealand

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  12. Oh, how wonderful! He is soooo cute! Nothing like a kitten to keep you company and keep you entranced! Smudge will love having a little brother to play with, I’m sure! So happy that you have Baxter! Can’t wait to see how they get to know each other! Happy Day!

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  13. Congratulations! Every house needs a kitten or two (or three) to shake up the dust and keep things from getting too settled. I’m sure Lester approves of Smudge’s new little playmate. Rusty and Ginger send their best wishes!

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  14. Congratulations! We are so happy for you, Mr. Q.O. and Smudge!~ Baxter won the lottery when he was chosen to come home with ya’ll! 🙂
    What a cute kitty! I mean, just adorable! So fluffy and look at him already stretched out on the sofa, he knows where he belongs. Just precious. Yes, it feels like normal again for us too. Two kitty pictures are great! Keep them coming for us all to see!!! Gosh, had no idea it took that long for a Maine Coon Cat to reach maturity! Amazing. Have a fun day!

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  15. I can’t help it but I keep looking at your blog to see those little BLUE eyes! He is just so cute!
    Better get to work here, but I’m sending your blog address to several of my friends who love cats so they can view Baxter!

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  16. I’m so happy to see your blog back to normal with two darling kitty photos! Baxter is absolutely adorable, and I am looking forward to hearing about all his antics. It’s nice that Smudge has a companion again.

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  17. Baxter is so sweet! I wonder if he’ll start drinking like Smudge? Congratulations on your new addition and have fun getting to know him.

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  18. Congrats! He’s a darling. I’m sure he will do much to fill that hole in your heart. Can’t wait to see the daily escapades of life with a kitten……

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  19. All three of our kitties, my grandson and I are so glad to see your new kitty friend!
    I know you will give him a most loving and fun home and I will bet Smudge will be a seriously wonderful big brother!
    Can’t wait to see pictures as Baxter grows! It’s a way of getting a kitten fix without having my own kitten to deal with! LOL Now if I could just pet him and feel that silky soft baby kitty fur!

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  20. Hi Cathi,

    What a lovely little kitty. I’m sure you all will get hours of enjoyment from him.

    Have agreat holiday weekend.

    Dianne

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  21. Lovely to see Baxter. He is very beautiful and I am sure you will just fall in love with him, and Smudge will too.
    So glad you have another Kitty treasure to fill the void.

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  22. So happy for you on the addition of a new fur baby! He is soooo cute and I’m glad Smudge is taking the new addition so well. I’ll look forward to seeing pictures of both kitties! Pat McDonald

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  23. Oh Cathi I am so happy for you and Mr. QO and Smudge. What a little cutie. I don’t think there is anything in the world cuter than a kitten:) Smudge is such a good boy for not making a fuss. Big hugs for him and little squish for the Baxter.

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  24. Oh, he has the most beautiful, blue eyes! Welcome, Baxter. I’m always catching up with my blog list. I’m sure there are many new adventures in store for Baxter and Smudge.

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