Thor, Loki and the hectic start of great things

Thor on the left and Loki on the right enjoy sleeping on this couch instead of the beautiful bed we bought them.

Hello, internet world.  My name is Sara and I recently adopted two domestic shorthair kittens from the Indianapolis, Indiana Humane Society.  I named them Thor and Loki, though Loki is a week older than Thor.  They’re both about two months old.  I’ll use this blog to document their behavior, growth, adventures and how their presence affects my journey as a recent college grad, newlywed and transplant to Indianapolis from a small town in southern Pennsylvania.  Hope it’s interesting!

A preliminary look at each kitten’s behavior and personality

This is really for my own records as I’m trying to figure out ways to train them and get them adjusted to living in a new place.

Thor: He meows and cries a lot.  He’s very dependent on Loki, as well as Steve (my husband) and I, to entertain him.  He will cry when he wants to be held, much like a baby.  Although he’s very outgoing and friendly, he needs a lot of positive reinforcement and scares easily.  However, he can usually pluck up the courage to jump around and play if he sees Loki do it first.  Thor needs more guidance when it comes to eating, drinking and eliminating in his new home.  Also, he sneezes a lot!  Additionally, Thor enjoys riding around on my shoulder and crawling on the upper half of my body to lick and snuggle me; when he does this, it usually means he wants something.  Thor enjoys being handled and held. Thor is still a bit reluctant to play with his cat toys.  Judging by the fact that he loves to lick, lightly scratch and nibble me, I think getting him some kind of textured toy or stable post would be good.

Loki: He is extremely independent, adventurous and playful.  He never shies away from spirited play with any toy or seeing how high he can climb.  He needs no guidance in terms of feeding or elimination.   He is good about fulfilling his own needs independently.  He’s also very fast and likes to jump around my feet.  He also loves to nibble and chew the rough parts of my body, like the sides of my toes and my feet in general.  I believe getting him a toy with a rough texture and a “challenge” toy would work well.  Interestingly enough, he is aptly named — he loves to cause mischief for Thor especially.  He likes to grapple with Thor, trip him, bite his tail and roll around with him for long periods of time.  He will also hide in corners or in Steve’s shoes to pounce on Thor when he doesn’t expect it.  Loki strikes me as an effective predator.  Though Loki loves to play and run around, he’s very quiet.  I’ve barely heard him meow at all since we brought him home.  He will only let out a small cry if something annoys him, like Thor biting his ear.  Loki doesn’t like to be held and handled as much as Thor does.

Traits/behaviors in both kittens: Both love to hide and explore around the apartment.  They enjoy slipping under low tables, weaving around chair legs and chasing each other behind the couch.  More, they both like to snuggle against Steve or I when they are tired out.  They rarely sleep alone and would rather sleep on the couch instead of in the bed we got them.

Thanks for reading!  More to come… and hopefully I’ll be able to post some pictures today!

Thor sits around as usual and Loki gets ready to pounce on the dangling feather toy.