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It is amazing how two weeks can pass so quickly when you focus on things other than the passing of time and have responsibilities, especially new ones. BC is 2 weeks older than when Jamie first brought him/her home. He/she has already grown so much, physically and mentally! When we first brought him/her home, he/she seemed a little weak, maybe shy; now, BC has become quite adventurous and daring about everything, always ready for action.

Already, BC seems to have bonded to me and Jamie, and he/she is not content with staying on the floor when we are in a chair or on the couch! If the item in question is low enough to the ground, BC will attempt to scale it with the vigor of a professional rock climber. Sometimes, he/she will attempt to climb obstacles that would prove difficult for a cat twice his/her size. I have a slight allergy to cat dander, so I try to keep BC off the bed when possible. A kitten napping on your pillow can mean the difference between peaceful sleep and an all night sneeze fest! Despite the sniffles, I can live with such a slight allergy for a kitten that could make a stone statue crack a smile! Plus, over-the-counter allergy medications work well for me šŸ˜‰

PS: Sorry for all the “he/she” and “him/her” nonsense! BC is getting older, and we will be able to let you know what his/her gender is very soon!

I promised a proper introduction for the kitten of the month, so here is the kitten who is always dressed to impress, BC Junior.

BC on the bed

Hi, my name is BC.

The vets told us that BC is around 5 weeks old and in good health. He still has a long way to go and is becoming more acclimated to his new surroundings.

BC is giving us a profile pose.

This my good side.

At first BC was frightened of the camera’s flashes. As I sat by the side of the bed, BC would go into Attack Mode and get ready to pounce on the camera strap. I took a couple pictures as he ran towards the camera, and the flashes took him by surprise and sent him running back to the safety of the covers!

BC at the edge of the bed being curious

You fall down go boom?

Despite how tiny BC looks, he certainly has a healthy curiosity (we shall see how healthy it is in the coming months!) and will run about the room like a race car driver.

BC is curled up in my lap.

Can I sleep now? Please?

After a long day, BC was content with sitting quietly in my lap while I uploaded pictures. It wasn’t long before he started purring contentedly. Soon after, he nodded off, so I placed him in his bed in my closet with some warm blankets.

… so let’s start there. My name is Carter Bailey, and my girlfriend (who will introduce herself later) is Jamie. I am a software programmer living in the East Texas area. I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

There is one more introduction to make, and the little fella can’t make it personally. You see, on Tuesday Jamie rescued a stray kitten that happened across the street from where she works. The little guy (and I use “guy” very loosely, even the vets were undecided because BC is so young it is difficult to tell) was attempting to cross the street when a man rescued him from oncoming traffic. Phone calls were made, expectations were managed, and the decision was made to help the abandoned kitten.

Jamie took BC to a vet that day to make sure there weren’t any pressing health issues that needed immediate attention. The vets put him at 5 weeks old and gave him a clean bill of health but couldn’t determine his gender yet (poor guy… gender confusion issues so early in life!).

Jamie can’t keep him at her place, so we set up a box with comfy blankets, food, water, and an old shoe in my closet. A little frightened at first, he has become more comfortable with the room, the closet, and his new owners. He has a healthy appetite (and by “healthy,” I mean “voracious”) and high level of curiosity. He has explored the room and closet by squeezing himself into every little space possible; he especially enjoys hiding under the bed and waiting to pounce on any passersby.

As you might have guessed by now, BC stands for Basement Cat. This is an homage to the lolcat universe (check out I Can Has Cheezburger to get familiarized with lolcats). BC is a tiny, solid black kitten with dark blue-gray eyes (I’m told his eyes are unlikely to stay this color into adulthood). He is far sweeter than his name would imply, but he does resemble THE Basement Cat, so far be it from us to deny his lineage.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy the pictures, videos, and stories of BC Junior as Jamie and I raise him!

Until next time, remember to say, “Get behind me Basement Cat,”

Carter Bailey

BC Junior

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