Way back in January, I posted about my mom getting a new kitten, and asked you guys for name suggestions. She finally was able to take him home in late February, and I haven't posted about it until now because I didn't have any good pictures of him. Last weekend, I finally got some great pictures of him by way of having my boyfriend take them with his Sony Cybershot. This is an excellent way to get great pictures. I'll loan him out for a nominal fee.
ODeck, meet Reggie. Or, as I like to think of him, Sir Reginald Mimsy-Porpington Fluffybottom, Esquire. He's a cream-coloured British Shorthair, and has a wonderful personality. He is curious, cuddly, and sociable. He loves being around people but is totally cool with it if you need to lock him in the office when visitors come over.
He recently went to the vet to get tutored, and Mom was worried that he might need some time to recover. Not so. He was happy and active the moment he got home, and seems to be doing perfectly fine. He gets along great with my brother's cats and doesn't seem to be at all territorial. He's an absolute gentleman around my niece, who is almost two. She grew up with cats, so she knows how to interact with them nicely, for the most part, but she's still a toddler. That can be hard for cats to tolerate.
Mom got Reggie from a reputable breeder, who has a policy of not allowing kittens to be adopted before they are at least twelve weeks old. The breeder made sure he and his litter mates were exposed to a variety of experiences when they were growing up, so he's well-socialized.
If you are in the market for a pet (cat or dog or whatever), be sure to think carefully about it. It's better to rescue animals that need homes if you possibly can, and there are breed-specific rescues if that's what you're looking for. If you decide to buy, do your research and make sure your breeder has a good reputation. This is especially important if you're looking for breeds whose defining characteristic is a genetic mutation (like Munchkins or Scottish Folds) - irresponsible breeders may not pay attention to guidelines that are intended to prevent birth defects and health problems.