Merlin is a Seal Point and White Sphynx. He's 15 weeks old. He's absolutely adorable, very friendly and active, and has a wonderful loud, rumbling purr that starts the minute you pet him.
Sorry I didn't have time to post an introduction yesterday. It was a long day. We had to pick Merlin up at his breeder's place, which would normally be about a 2 hr 45 min drive, but because of highway construction and the accompanying slow traffic, the drive each way took just over 4 hours. Plus an hour spent at the breeder's getting to know Merlin and filling out his paperwork, and it made for a long day.
So yesterday we drove to Merlin's breeder's place, where we met the little fellow. The breeder put him in my lap, and he just curled up there, and after a while gave me a little purr. Once we were in the car on the way back home, he slept the entire way, curled up in his sleeping bag and under a fleece blanket (that had Dragonheart's scent on it).
We brought him home and placed him in the spare room, which we turned into a kitten nursery. We let him make his own way out of the carrier, then showed him his litterbox and food and water.
Merlin started exploring the room, looking into every nook and cranny, smelling everything, and playing with several of the toys in the room. He especially likes ball tracks and feather wands.
We briefly let him and Dragonheart meet each other. There was some hissing going on, and much to our surprise, Dragonheart seemed scared of Merlin!
The door to the kitten nursery has a large window in it. Dragonheart spent most of the rest of the evening standing at the door, looking in the window at Merlin. At bedtime, my husband slept in the spare room with Merlin, and I slept in our normal bed with Dragonheart.
This morning we let Merlin and Dragonheart meet again, and they hissed at each other, and Merlin growled at Dragonheart. We started playing with a feather wand toy, and Merlin had a great time playing, while Dragonheart just watched. Occasionally, Dragonheart would get ready to pounce, but he would just come close to Merlin, whap him with a paw, and then retreat. Merlin didn't seem fussed, he just kept playing!
So this morning, Merlin is having a great time, running through the room, playing with his toys. Dragonheart spends most of his time looking through the window into Merlin's room.
I know it will take some time for them to become friends, so we aren't rushing anything. We are very surprised that Dragonheart seems scared of Merlin though, and that he just sits at the door, looking in!
Merlin is very friendly. The minute you start petting him, he starts purring with a loud, rumbling purr. He doesn't have much of a meow yet, just a little squeak.
Here are some photos of the new little guy.
On the cat tree:
Next to the mouse track:
Using the scratching post:
Checking each other out through the window: