The meeting with Bombay and Callas' adopters went very well. The young couple are very nice people with a genuine love for cats. They were excited about having the kittens over to see how they would respond to them and their house.
The kittens were having a good ol' time exploring this new playground filled with so many unfamiliar sights, so many exciting smells. Unfortunately, this meant that they did not show the same keen interest in their adopters. I explained to the couple that the kittens were just overwhelmed by the strangeness of the things surrounding them and a thorough investigation was in order. Only after their curiosity is satisfied and all the mysteries of the new place are uncloaked will the kittens then focus their attention on them.
The adopters were very understanding and stood back to enjoy watching Bombay and Callas zooming around underneath the table and chairs, and pawing at anything that dangled and swayed. At one point, Detective Callas knocked down a display made up of many small wooden elephants. The loud crash gave him a shock that lasted about 1/3 of a second and then he quickly shot off to scrutinise his next case.
I spoke to the couple about screening their windows for the kittens' safety and they are agreeable to it. This is excellent. Not only is the house large and clean, it will also be safe for the kittens.
I have a good feeling about the new adopters. They seem committed to loving both Bombay and Callas, and giving them a good home to keep them safe in. The trial adoption will begin very early in 2006. If Bombay and Callas are wonderfully settled in by the end of the trial period, the permanent adoption contract will be signed and Bombay and Callas will be successfully rehomed.
When it was time to leave, both kittens were visibly sad. They did not want to leave their new playground so soon. They hadn't had their fill of fun yet. Callas, the smart, observing one, saw Bombay being put back in his carrier and immediately went into hiding underneath a display cupboard where he couldn't be reached. So it's quite clear, the kittens are very comfortable in their new home.
Incidentally, I asked the adopters if they would be renaming the kittens. After some thought, they said that they would probably keep Bombay's name and change Callas'.
Suggestions for a new name for Callas anyone?