“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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