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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Molly, 5 months

Molly is five months old now.  Sometime in the last two weeks she had another growth spurt and started looking like a mini-cat rather than a kitten.  She also suddenly became a lot better at jumping.  she is around 5 1/2 lbs, possibly 6, and is well on her way to being a large cat.  Her paws are big for her size, and her whiskers are long, and she is a total butterball. If she hits puberty early, that may change things, but thus far she seems to be a bit of a late bloomer.  I'll get her spayed once she is 6 months old, as recommended by her vet.
It's been a hot summer here, and Maine Coons don't always get very fluffy their first year or two.  She's got an extremely long fluffy tail, some pouffy belly fur and the beginnings of a ruff, but the fur on her back is still fairly short and sleek.  I am curious to see how fluffy she gets over the winter. Her fur has darkened up and there is more brown mixed in with the grey.
I started letting her out two weeks ago, after she had her rabies shot.  I was afraid I'd have to keep a close eye on her, but she is a homebody.  The first time I let her out, Lucy stayed close by and kept an eye on her.  She generally stays close to the house and comes when I call her.  In this regard, she is very much like Rugrat was.
Molly and Lucy are  best buddies now.  They spend a lot of time playing, which entails a combination of wrestling, pouncing on each other, chasing each other around the house/yard, having staring contests and ninja swat battles, and cuddling/grooming each other.  Lucy is usually the licker, and Molly the lickee, but that is starting to change.  When Lucy is not around, Molly likes to sleep near Luna, who sort of begrudgingly lets Molly into her personal space.  Surprisingly, Luna seems to really like Molly, and tolerates a lot more than she would've in the past.

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