Who's Who; Case of Mistaken Identity
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.