Random Flickr Blogging: IMG_5929

This is an unusually ugly kitten. But not the ugliest kitten I've ever seen. The ugliest kitten I've ever seen came to live in our house about 4 years ago. She was not quite 3 weeks old, and we saved her from the husband of one of my co-workers who was going to run her over to "put her out of her misery." Sick bastard.

We brought home this almost 3 week old kitten, and I was not sure we had done the right thing. She had no hair on her face. She had worms. Sio was awake around the clock, getting baby formula into the ugly kitten's body. And then we realized she was sinking fast. We took her to the vet, and $400, she was all better.

Loki, notorious cheapskate that he is, called her $400 for a while. She grew into a tiny cat, and didn't grow any hair on her face for almost a year.

$400 was eventually named Madouc, after a character in a Jack Vance novel. Madouc was a changeling the fairies left with the evil king Casimir. She was mischievous and a bit of a troublemaker. The name fit the cat.

We all adore Madouc now. She is a little piglet, and if there is no food in her dish, we will sometimes see her tail poking out of the cat food container. She has a little rubber ball that she carries to the top of the stairs so she can drop it and chase after it. She is learning to be less skittish around us, and it's a delight when she pushes her head against yours, purring.

I don't have any pictures of Madouc, but she looks almost exactly like the calico cat in the foreground of this picture.

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