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Tea with Tycho

11 September 2010

Actually, the title should be “Tea while Tycho hides under the bed.”

We’ve adopted a new kitty!

This is Tycho, who is from South Carolina and is probably a little over a year old.  When he languished, unadopted, in a humane society shelter, he was shipped to Pennsylvania along with other unadopted animals and turned over to TreeTops Animal Rescue.  One of my colleagues at school fosters animals for TreeTops, and she and her husband had been caring for Tycho for about three weeks when school started and I told my department the sad news about Buzz.  We made a date for us to come meet Tycho in his foster home, filled out an online application, and welcomed Tycho into our house on September 9th.

He’s part Maine Coon cat and part something else (listed as Domestic Longhair, but I doubt it), so he has furry paws, long ear hair, and an incredibly soft coat.  He’s also tiny compared to Buzz, just a little scrap of a thing (which is unexpected, since Maine Coons are known for being large)!  Tycho loves to cuddle, but he’s still pretty skittish around us.  He spends a LOT of time under the bed.  I was able to get a better photo there than when he was in a corner behind a chair.  But he does explore and play also!  He is very active at night.  The first night he was with us he woke us up at 3 AM with a couple of loud meows.  The second night, he discovered the TOP of the bed.  Any hand not under the covers should obviously be petting him and scratching under his chin!  Happily, he declined to sleep on my face.

We are enjoying getting to know Tycho, and it is hard to be patient.  But we know we have to let him get comfortable in his own time.  So far he enjoys our loft, has found some of Buzz’s old toys and also some items not originally meant to be cat toys.  He hasn’t clawed the furniture or had any outside-the-litter-box accidents.  And when he cuddles, he purrs and purrs.  PrRrRrRrRrRrrrRrRrRrRrrrRrRrRrRrRrRrRrRr…..

I hope Tycho will help me get back on track with blogging.  I apologize for the lack of forthcoming information!  Meanwhile, if you are curious, I have started a specific-to-teaching blog: The Virtual Image.  This is intended to be about what I am doing in the classroom, how it went, and how I might do it better next time.