Here is a picture of Zeke taken a few weeks ago. I still haven't fixed the date on my camera, so this was actually taken about two or three days after we found him. The vet said he was six or seven weeks old then, so we figure he is about ten weeks old now.
Bonnie has been very tolerant of Zeke, as you can see from the couch shot above, also taken a few weeks ago. He wants to play a LOT, and he had been tending to attack Bonnie, Abby and Mackie. Our three older kitties have been saints, in that they aren't beating up on him constantly. They will let him grab on to them, kick them, bite them, etc. until they have had enough... usually within 30 seconds they are cuffing him or pushing him away. Anyway, he was pestering them enough that we thought he needed a playmate:
This is Ziva. I took this picture of her last night. She is about 4-6 weeks older than Zeke, and is about a pound heavier. We adopted her from an animal shelter in Emmett, Idaho where my sister-in-law volunteers, and brought her home with us on Monday. For the first couple of days she was very nervous. She growled and hissed at all the other cats... but within two days, she and Zeke have hit it off well. They have been chasing each other all over the house, knocking over plants, breaking things, etc. It is not uncommon to see them sprinting throughout the house, or frantically wrestling with each other. Ziva doesn't bother the three older cats at all, and Zeke bothers them far less than he had been doing because he knows Ziva will play with him.
What a sweetie!
Baby Mackie doesn't mind Ziva at all. He is being very patient with the kittens, although in the above shot he does look a bit pissed off. It is probably because he wants to finish either Zeke or Ziva's food. That's good restraint you are practicing there, Mackie Boy! But...
...just like any of us who should be dieting, temptation often wins out! If you compare this picture of Mackie and Zeekie to one from a few weeks back, you might notice how much Zeke has grown... but Mackie still outweighs him by about 15 pounds; Mac weighs 17-18 pounds to 3 lbs. 3 oz. for Zeekie.
We thought it would be better to introduce a friend for Zeke now, instead of after Mac, Abby and Bonnie are gone. I'm guessing that the older three cats, ages 15, 14 and 13, will be around for a few more years in some combination. It is easier to introduce cats to each other when they are small, and Zeke would probably be 4 or 5 years old when the others have departed, making the introduction of a kitten then less likely to result in friendship... so... we are cat collectors. The number will eventually dwindle to two, but for now we have FIVE of them!
Time to go put away breakable items and "toddler-proof" the house... which we should have done BEFORE we brought Ziva home!!!