Tuesday, January 02, 2007

meet jabari!

here's the exciting news: we got our second bengal this weekend! i wasn't sure if it was going to happen until the last minute, there were a couple of other possible adoptees that didn't happen, so i didn't want to get my hopes up. but it worked this time and now i can make a post about it. the new kitty, "jabari", comes from the same breeder as tigerlily (that's how we found out that he needed a new home), but he was living up in seattle. karl and i got off of work on saturday night and drove up to his parents place near yelm to crash for the night. jabari's old daddy was on a tight schedule, so he wanted to meet us as early on sunday morning as possible. we agreed to meet at 7:30 am at the space needle. karl and i got up early and hit the road at about 5:45; we are both night people, so this was not a pretty sight. our saving grace was a nice selection of drive-thru espresso stands.
there was no traffic to speak of and we made it to the space needle by 7:15. the sky was still completely dark and i got some wonderful, if blurry (no tripod, as always), pictures of the needle lit up in the pre-dawn. we met jabari and his dad and drove back to portland. the road was quiet and jabari was quite good in the car. i got a couple of shots of mount st. helens when we stopped for gas.
we arrived home by about 10:30, which is about the time we would be getting up on a sunday morning (or later...ahem), so lily didn't get the chance to miss us too much. we set jabari up in the bedroom with a full set of kitty accouterments (hence the lovely new litter box featured in the following pictures...not my idea of a picturesque background) and lily stayed in the rest of our apartment.
jabari is gorgeous! he is a silver marble (his sides are spotty, but his back is marbled) bengal, so his pattern and color are different from tigerlily's--i think he looks like a little snow leopard:) we are not 100% sure if we are keeping his name (i'm not sure if i am spelling it right either...javari? jafari?). if he was named "snowball" or something like that we would definitely change it, but i like "jabari" pretty well. karl is not convinced (last night he tried out "manfred"--i shut that one down fast).
we let the kitties growl at each other briefly from a distance a couple of times on sunday and yesterday we left the door open most of the day. they are doing pretty well. there has been lots of growling, chasing and foxy boxing. but there has also been sniffing and playfulness between the two of them.they seem to be getting used to each other pretty quickly and the aggression is minimal. jabari is quite a bit bigger than lily and she is generally being more submissive, but whenever he turns to walk away, she runs up and swats him in the butt. it is highly entertaining. they are both trying to act tough and it is very cute.these pictures are of jabari on sunday night, he seemed tired out from the long day. he didn't want to eat and i think he missed his other people. he is very playful and has demolished one of those sparkle wand toys already (he is a really good jumper). he likes different toys than lily does, which is handy because we had quite a few things that she ignored and he loves.lily is currently stalking around behind him wherever he goes--he turns around and chases her off and when he turns away again she is swatting at his behind. quite a show. i will try to get some shots of them in action. so anyhow, there he is!

18 Comments:

At January 02, 2007 2:37 PM, Blogger Raven said...

Hi, you don't know me at all but I found your blog by following a link to a link to a link and .. anyhow, I've been reading for a while now. I just wanted to wish you congrats on the new addition! He is gorgeous. :)

 
At January 02, 2007 5:19 PM, Blogger Derby said...

what a cutie. And a smiley boy like me. Glad that everyone is getting along so far.

 
At January 02, 2007 6:11 PM, Blogger Linda said...

What a beautiful fuzzy guy! Jabari might prove to be a good name for him since it is Swahili for brave. Hope to see lots of pics of your "kids" in the future.

 
At January 02, 2007 7:08 PM, Anonymous Solange said...

love him! what a trek, but kitties are so worth it... congrats and looking forward to many more updates :)

 
At January 02, 2007 8:51 PM, Blogger Nika said...

thanks guys!!
raven--i follow link after link online and wind up at some very interesting places. that is one of the beauties of blogging; you get to "meet" so many different people. i am glad you found me:)
linda--i thought his name sounded like swahili, but i didn't know what it meant! thank you for letting me know!!

 
At January 03, 2007 10:38 AM, Blogger Jen said...

Congrats on your addition! He's beautiful!

 
At January 03, 2007 11:53 AM, Anonymous Snorglit said...

SqueeeeeeeEEEEE!!! TWO bengals!! Heart 'sploding. You're going to have some good times. I thought this blog was superb (thanks to the beautimous TigerLily), but now I super can't wait for your updates with this pair. They are so stunning, I can barely stand it. Oh Happy New Year!! (and congrats on the new addition)!

 
At January 03, 2007 1:14 PM, Blogger lms said...

nika, this is hysterical. you really met the guy in the dark early morning outside the space needle? did you hand him a large manila envelope? did he open up his trenchcoat to reveal jabari hanging there, like so many hot watches? it all sounds so carmen sandiego! and in terms of re-naming, i think you have to go with something that rhymes...or sounds something like jabari so he knows you're talking to him...i vote for charles barkley.

xo

 
At January 03, 2007 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi nika, i've been checking out your blog since i spotted lily on dailykitten. your new guy is likewise beautiful. we love our two: sale and pepe (think: salt and pepper). they're great companions for each other and quite the entertainment. (i tried to attach a photo of them, but couldn't work it.) keep the great photos coming...
-rachel in CT

 
At January 04, 2007 3:44 PM, Anonymous Oola said...

Hi, I've been happily checking in at your site regularly ever since you were posted on Cute Overload, I really enjoy your pics of Tigerlily and I'm looking forward to more of Jabari in the future. I was just wondering, are they related? I know they have different markings and coloring, but they come from the same breeder and have the same smile, so I was thinking maybe cousins? Anyway thanks for all of the posts, and also that's very cool pic of the space needle, it looks like something from a 50's space alien flick.

 
At January 04, 2007 4:01 PM, Blogger Cecilia, The 2Bs & LT said...

Oh, he is sooooo beautifull. What a cutie!

 
At January 04, 2007 9:30 PM, Blogger Pet's are 4 Life said...

So glad that you were able to adopt the snow leopard, Jabari. He is absolutly stunning!
As you can tell I still have a thing for Bengals, but I've my two indoor kitties and my two outdoor kitties...so I'm gonna just have to put the brakes on the kitty mania before I become "that cat lady"...lol.

 
At January 04, 2007 11:18 PM, Anonymous Jenny said...

I'm a bit like Raven in that I found you by following various links and have also been reading for a while.

Your cats are gorgeous! My husband and I would love to get a Bengal cat, but since the two cats we have are only just starting to get along after 3 years, I don't want to go through that all again!

 
At January 05, 2007 6:37 PM, Blogger Colin said...

I also found you through dailykitten. Congratulations on your new companion; he and Lily are both gorgeous.

That's a great photo of the Space Needle, too.

 
At January 06, 2007 3:15 PM, Blogger Blog de Jean-Marie Gall said...

Bonjour,
Votre chat est magnifique, j'adore les chats et les chiens, si vous visitez mon blog,vous pourrez voir mes 3 chiennes, la mère et ses 2 filles.
Meilleurs voeux à toute votre famille pour 2007.
Jean-Marie Gall

 
At January 08, 2007 10:37 PM, Blogger Pete "Music" Sayek said...

What a handsome boy - and so regal looking! The old adage is true: the best toy you can get for a cat is...another cat. Our new (third) boy is finally happily coexisting with his brother and sister - although he's like a small furry tornado!

 
At January 11, 2007 9:23 PM, Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Wowza! What a handsome little devil he is!! Just gorgeous is his coloring!

 
At January 20, 2007 5:25 PM, Blogger Sugar Baby said...

Wow, I am so sorry it's taken me such a long time to send along my congratulations on your new baby!! What a GORGEOUS boy he is!!
I hope they are getting along swimmingly by now!

 

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