Who's Who; Case of Mistaken Identity

This is Theo @ 4 months
This is Theo @ 4 months
This is Alvin @ 4 months
This is Alvin @ 4 months
This is Simon @ 4 months
This is Simon @ 4 months

A Mothers Dilema

I have always taken pride in knowing my cats. I can tell each one of them, without seeing them, just by their meow. I know what each likes and dislikes, it's moods and eating habits. I may have 17 cats, but they aren't barn cats i see and feed but never interact with...they are all like my children. I would have said you could put any one of them in with a hundred others and I could pick mine out...That is until back in June when I took in a mother cat and her six kittens.

Three of the kittens were so close in looks that I had great difficulties telling them apart. I was giving them kitten formula along with their nursing because they and their mother were underweight. I had to keep each finished kitten separate or I would not know who I had done already, of those three. I never got around to naming those three because I could not tell them apart. Finally, it came down to the wire when I planned on taking them to the spay neuter clinic and knew they would need names. So, while trying to think of names, the three chipmunks popped into my head. I thought, for that day at least, they would do. Even the interns had difficulties with those three. Especially between Simon and Theo, because Alvin was just a little lighter in color. We all studied and studied those two to see what patterns or markings would make telling them apart easier, but every time they were put down, we lost track of who was who.

As I was leaving One of the interns commented on the cute names. I told them they were only temporary names I had come up with that very morning, and would most likely not last...They all agreed I should keep the names...somehow they fit. So, I did. I also decided to buy collars that matched the Chipmunks shirts and put them on the matching kittens. As you can see in the pictures, Theo is the only one who deigned to keep his collar on. But it still works, so long as he is wearing his, because then I can tell the difference between him and Simon. However, there are days I can't tell the difference between Simon and Alvin.

Although Alvin is lighter in color, when they are up close, they both look the same shade and their patterns look very similar. I will call one of them Alvin, then look over at the other only to wonder if that one isn't Alvin. Or vise versa. Then I feel bad that I am confusing the poor kids. Now that they are bigger, perhaps they can keep their collars on and it is time to put them back on. As they grow older, Theo's pattern stands out more and it is becoming easier to see the difference between him and the other two. But now Alvin and Simon are looking more and more similar.

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Susan S Spencer 5 years ago from UK

So cute. Great hub. I'm following.

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

Thank you Susan, I am glad you liked it, and I thank you for the follow, though you might want to rethink that, much as I want you to follow, it is only fair to tell you my writing for awhile will be sporadic at best. i am bipolar 2 and am just now entering what i call the dark side of the moon. i was actually surprised by this hub. i do not know how long before i am back to writing, but for the sake of those who follow my hubs, i will do my best to write something at least.

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crazycatman 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

Those are such cute kittens! They are hard to tell apart. I'm lucky, my cats all look different.

I noticed that you said you are bipolar. I'm sorry to hear that. I was diagnosed with a form of depression that can't spell. I know it can be difficult, but hang in there! My cats have offered me lots of company, love, companionship, and a reason to get moving again when I can.

I'm looking forward to reading more.

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oposar2012 5 years ago from Philippines

Wow.... similar in my cat, but my cat more bigger than yours, i love pet or cat lover people, lets make whole world a family lover cats and encourage people to adopt cat..God bless us All!

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

CrazyCatMan, thank you for the encouraging words. Like you, I receive great comfort, love and inspiration from my feline friends. they are a never ending source of joy, and their love for me often overwhelms and humbles me.

Oposar2012...i to love to discover other cat lovers...somehow you just know if someone loves cats, they are pretty good people. and I agree, i am all for encouraging people to adopt pets. there are so many out there desperate for a good home.

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Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

how sweet!!! I love cats.......

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What a dilemmma, tim...

Maybe a tattoo artist could tattoo the first letter of their name on each kitten's belly. Whatcha think?

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Sneha Sunny and Drbj. thank you for stopping by. yes they are incredibly sweet kittens. Drbj...i think i'll pass on the tattoo...that sounds to painful to me. color coded collars seems the best route. but thank you for the suggestion and thank you both for coming by...have a great night...

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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Ahhh...Tammy..I just love this hub...I know how you feel...all my kitties are my kids, too. These babies are just darling..and you are a sweetheart. Of course, you know how much I relate...crazy cat ladies..UNITE!!!!! Up Awesome Useful and Funny and BEAUTIFUL!!

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tlmcgaa70 5 years ago from south dakota, usa Author

hello Lucky Cats... Yes, i DO know you can relate...of all the people i know, you and i seem to share the same boat. i bet if we sat down and compared kitty stories, we would find more than one story would be almost identical. it is good to have such like minded, like passioned friends in this world. bless you, Al...and all your kitties.

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