“Is a group of kittens really called a kindle?”

The other day, while cleaning out The Nine-Year-Old’s room, I came across her Top Secret Cat File. In it was a supply list with two items: “1 kindle of kittens, 1 clowder of cats.”

Seeing this, Mommyo’s mind had a question: “Is a group of kittens really called a kindle?”

Yep.

A kindle of kittens on the prowl. (Photo via PetSafe Brand @PetSafe)

A kindle of kittens on the prowl. (Photo via @PetSafe on Twitter)

The Nine-Year-Old was right about the clowder too.

A clowder of Howell cats on a desk. (Mulberry & Cozy, circa 2012. Photo: Either Michael or Shala Howell.)

A clowder of Howell cats on a desk. (Mulberry & Cozy, circa 2012. Photo: Either Michael or Shala Howell.)

All of which prompted a few more questions:

  1. Did Amazon know this when they named the Kindle? Has The Nine-Year-Old stumbled on to Amazon’s secret plan to rule the Internets?
  2. When did my daughter’s vocabulary surge past mine?
  3. And what is she going to do with all those cats? (hands clasped together in glee) Is she shopping for my birthday?

Speaking of, shelters are always overrun with kittens (and puppies) in the spring. If you’ve been thinking of adopting a pet, now’s a great time to check your local shelter to see if any of your future friends are waiting for you there.

While you’re there, don’t overlook the grown-ups. The sweetest cat I have ever known, Cozy, I adopted as an adult. Never bit anyone, ever. Even other cats. When Cozy pinned Mulberry down in one of their wrestling matches, he simply started grooming her. A very fine cat, indeed.

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to “Is a group of kittens really called a kindle?”

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