I’m Maximus Palmer, and my Mom thought it would be nice if I blogged about my new little brother, Kit-Cat, today.

Yep. Apparently the kid is stickin’ around for good.

I’m not really sure why they wanted me to announce the news though, because…well…the dude sort of weirds me out. I mean, he’s craaaaazy hyper, and according to Mom, his claws are MAD sharp. What’s up with that!? He’s always purring and trying to rub up against me, and he acts like he wants to play with me too, but that is soooo not happening. No way, José. Not with those prickly little paws.

And get this- now that his leg is almost all better, he’s starting to act like he owns the place. Yeah…I know- total weirdo, right? He even took over my spot on the back of the couch for, like, two hours yesterday. The kids got no manners, I tell ya.

And to top it off, he’s even started playing with one of MY toys, too.

Mom says she doesn’t know why I care, because I “haven’t played with it one time” since they bought it for me. But still. It’s mine, and he doesn’t even know how to play with it right anyway. You’re supposed to have someone throw it for you so that you can go fetch it. Kit-Cat just attacks it…

…and lets it attack him.

And stares at it…

And stares with it…

And sometimes, he gets this REAL crazy look in his eyes, and just goes off on it…

Just watching him play exhausts me.

I mean, doesn’t he know that taking naps is where it’s at? Oh well.

His loss.


PS- Max’s Mom here… :-) Just wanted to add that since Max hasn’t been chasing Kit-Cat, and because we’ve got a great/pet-loving house-sitter that will take care of both of our pets when we’re gone, everything is working out just fine.

And a big thanks to everyone who emailed us about adopting him if things hadn’t gone quite as smoothly here with Max. We truly appreciate your kindness and generosity, and we’ll definitely keep you posted on how he’s doing!


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  1. Jan says

    Layla, I am avid reader or your blog and so enjoyed Maximus post today. I have laughed so hard I even cried! Such a cute post, and so glad that you are keeping Kit-Cat, it was meant to be :)


  2. kelly in georgia says

    too funny! That is soooo Max’s voice! I think you should let Kit-Cat write one about Max (just to be fair you know.) :)

  3. says

    Hilarious! I was ooooooing and ahhhhhing … your critters are just plain adorable! Love your blog, and love that you spread ‘Happy’! Thanks for sharing!

  4. says

    I’m So glad max and kit cat are getting along and you’re able to keep that little guy. Happy to hear he s healing up well and being a regular activity kitten :)

  5. tammy says

    oh thank goodness! i had hoped it would work out. kit-kat deserves a great home like yours! it was fate! bless you all!

  6. Lorrie says

    Great post. I think our golden retriever feels the same way about our kittens as Max does about Kit-Cat. Pets make life more entertaining!

  7. Norell says

    Thrilled to hear Kit-Cat has found his forever home. I know Max will end up loving him. Kitties have a way of making you love them before you are even aware of it. That’s my story and I am sticking to it, especially when asked why we have 2 dogs and 3 cats!!!

  8. Sherri Gordon says

    Love Love Love this post….. I tell you what Layla…. if you ever get tired of deco stuff, you could always write really great childrens books !!!! Please sent an autographed copy of the first book to the Gordon children in Niles, Michigan :) ~ sherri

  9. Wendy M says

    That Max is quite the story teller! Even my hubby enjoyed it. Glad to know things are working out and that you have a ‘permanent’ new addition to the family!

  10. Sherri Langford-Farrell says

    Knew you’d keep him!!!! LOL God sent him into your lives to be loved and to love you guys…even Max!!!!

  11. deborah says

    i really was hoping you would keep him. You needed a little fur baby of the kittah kind too. I bet max and the new furry one will end up being, oh let’s say accommodating towards each other. That’s not too much to ask for. Happy new kitty-kat parenting (and max parenting too). I am so happy for Kit-Cat.

  12. says

    Yah! such great news! We too, took in an injured kitten (yucky story, won’t go into details except to say Gangrene of entire hind leg, and starving). That was 3 years ago. There was just no way that our ‘foster’ kitty was ever going to leave after nursing her back to health (leg was saved, which utterly amazed me, and all she has to show for it is one tiny scar!). Bella, as my daughter named her, is our little soul mate kitty. I’m convinced they find us. My diva Lhasa Apso, also a cruelty case/foster turned adoption I daresay actually now quite enjoys her!

  13. Marcia says

    I just had this “feeling” that you guys were going to keep thus sweet baby!
    Such a great story!LOVE RESCUES!!!!

  14. Shannon says

    I am so glad Max decided you guys could keep Kit-Cat. I was hoping this is how it would work out. They are both so cute and will be fast friends before you know it.
    Loved this post. Max is a great writer :)

  15. Christine Aldinger says

    YAY………..i felt it!!!! Great pics- mine is on my lap right now just kneeding away.

  16. Sherry Ann says

    Soooooooo Happy you are keeping Kit Kat ! It is so difficult to find a proper home for a creature you have nursed back to health. Hah ! I have 3 cats that started as kittens I had to bottle feed, a mini horse, a one eyed full grown horse, a one eyed toothless pug dog and 2 goats. Not to mention the feral cats that depend on me to fill their dish with food daily and chit chat with them while I feed and tend to the other critters on this Funny Farm of ours ! It is all love, peace and harrmony and I wouldn’t have it any other way ! Enjoy your new family member !

  17. says

    just start snipping the sharp ends off the nails now…and meowzers will become used to it. do it often… saves the furniture!

  18. says

    Layla – what a cute post! My cat’s names is Maximus. Maximus Cat, if you please. And Kit-cat is adorable. I wondered how long it would take before he wormed his way into your hearts and home. Not long, as it turned out! Congrats on the new fur-baby!

  19. says

    Ah yea! Both your dog & your kitty are so adorable. I love the picture of kit-cat going crazy on the toy. I literally laughed out loud :) So nice that you were able to save her & now you get to keep her!

  20. says

    Della in for a test weekend 5 years ago. She’s been here ever since. And… Suzzie joined us a few months ago because Momma didn’t want her to go to the pound. Thank dog! She snores louder than me & the stinky farts aren’t blamed on me anymore.
    <3 Annie

  21. says

    Fantastic post. And that last photo is priceless. Glad Kit-Cat gets to stay; he and Max will be the best of friends – in time.

  22. wezzy says

    Such a lucky cat. And Max looks like he’s just trying to be cool…bet he and Kit Cat will be curled up together in no time.
    And having a house, pet sitter all lined up makes it Purrfect!

  23. Deb Kelly says

    Kit Cat could come and live with Jack and Sally (named after the Nightmare before Christmas characters). Kit Cat has almost all the same markings as Jack and Sally. We can only tell them apart by their faces, Jack has a white stripe between his eyes, Sally doesn’t, but she makes up for it by being the talkative one. We love our kitties, who are brother and sister and fight like all brothers and sisters do. Oh wait they just insisted they were playing.

  24. says

    So glad to hear Kit-Cat is staying with you! He’s a lucky kitty that you were in the right place at the right time, I saw a kitty on the road last week that was not so lucky, and it just makes me so sad that we can’t always protect them.

  25. says

    I completely LOVE this post, and all the pix, and my favorite is the last pic of both you and Kit kat looking at the dog. LOVE. IT.

  26. Barbara F. says

    Gosh, a post that made me laugh out loud, brought tears to my eyes, and had me “oohhhhing and ahhhhing”, all in a very short period of time – well done Maximus!!!

  27. Tanya says

    I’m so glad you chose to listen to fate’s not so gentle nudge! Kit cat definately belongs with you. I lost my beautiful 15 old dog, my best friend, this week so this truly warms my heart.

  28. says

    Aww congratulations on having 2 fur babies. They are both completely adorable. I miss having my little Frisky (cat). However allergies just wouldn’t let me keep him. So I have a sweet little Pom that I adopted from the shelter.

  29. Tery H says

    That’s great. I thought from the beginning you should keep him. What a lucky cat. Best of luck.

  30. Donna says

    I am SO glad you and Kevin kept him after saving his life and all….it seemed like he was meant to stay with you! I know he will be loved!

    • tracyo says

      I agree Donna! I was getting a little bit upset that you were planning to find him another home Layla! I knew he belonged with you.

      • Layla says

        Upset? No! We just wanted to make sure our little crazy little dog didn’t terrorize him and that he had a nice, peaceful life! He certainly deserves it! :-D

  31. Cindy says

    Layla and Kevin: Kit-Cat could not be in a better home. I love the picture of Maximus napping..priceless. Cindy

  32. says

    They seem to find us; don’t they? Your new baby is sooo- cute! Lucky Kitty! I have three inside and care for two ferals outside. I love them all! This is such a cute post!

  33. Kathleen says

    Oh I”m so glad you’re keeping Kit-Cat.You’re such a good mommy and I look forward to seeing posts on your two fur babies.

  34. says

    We have a purebred lab named Jenna and chihuahua/dachshund mix named Max. We love our furry family members! We can’t have cats, my oldest son is allergic but your Kit-Cat is sooooo cute! I’m glad everything worked out. :)

  35. Judie says

    What a happy and purrfect ending to this saga. I am so glad it worked out this way – lucky boy that Kit-Kat!

  36. says

    So nice to see you’ve kept the little cat you’ve saved. Now you and your husband are ” twice” heroes to him: first saving him on the road, and now for giving him a home. I just lost my sweet cat, had to put her to sleep… I just did a post on her and while my own heart is breaking, it’s nice to see your heartwarming story.

    • Jen Glamour says

      I am in love with your Kit-Cat, reminds me of my crazy little Lucy Lu who has sharp claws and attacks everything too. Maximus is taking it so well! lol

  37. says

    We just got a new kitten and our dog is still not sure what to make of her. Your post just cracked my up. I’m sure Norman is thinking the same thing

  38. Jane H says

    Love the pic of you with both of your “kids” – espeically the loving way that little kitty is looking at you! So glad you are able to keep it, it was meant to be!

  39. says

    That is an excellent picture of the three of you. They’re both cute as a bug’s ear. We’ve had cats & dogs in the past who have been best of friends so I think it’s just a matter of time before they’re inseparable! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  40. Lin says

    Oh so happy for all of ya’ll! I just fell in love with Kit-Cat and would have loved so much to have him. We have 2 Senior pets…a cat and a dog, so not fair to them to add another at this time, He is the cutest cat and your little dog is also. So glad it is all working out. Little animals seem to find us even when we are not looking. God Bless Ya’ll.

  41. GinaE says

    Great Post Layla!! Perfect words with perfect pictures. So glad to hear you are keeping Kit-Cat. I always knew you would. Pretty soon he and Max with be best buds.

  42. Deb G says

    Umm, I knew from your first post about this furry guy that he was not going anywhere. He was meant to be yours! He must have had human contact because otherwise he wouldn’t be so friendly and purry. He’s one lucky kitty cat. Bless you for taking such good care of him.

  43. travellingdiva says

    Awwww what great photos – I just love your poochie – he is the cutest thing…..

  44. Sheila says

    I’m soooooooo glad you decided to add Kit-Cat to the family. I’m sure Max will be a positive influence on K-C as he grows up! Congrats to the whole family!

  45. charlottekady says

    great post, glad you are keeping kit cat! love love the picture of Maximus napping! great blog BTW.

  46. says

    I have always been a believer of “Everything happens for a Reason”. It was mean’t for you and Kevin to be at the right place at right time to save him. You’ve become parents of a lovable kitten that will love and treasure both of you and Maxx. Congrat’s !!

  47. JANE CRAWFORD says

    I’m so glad you decided to keep Kit Kat. We had our Oreo 14 years. He was wonderful with our children and then with the “intruder”, our mini-doxie, Bo. They ended up loving each other. So happy for the addition to you precious family.. And I really love hearing from Maximus. You have a good “voice” for him.

  48. Leone says

    Cats, especially kittens are soooooo crazy. A lot of fun but man are they mischievous! The picture of Max napping made me LOL. All he needs is a cape. :D

  49. Amanda says

    My chihuahua/terrier mix (Emmett) and orange tabby (Max) play together all the time – one chases one, then they turn it around and switch. Jump and tackle. It took awhile, but they’re pretty good buddies now. I hope your Max and Kit-Cat end up with the same kind of friendship. Congrats on the new furbaby!

    • wilma swank says

      I have never responded before but thought I had to tell you we had a cat that looked just like that and we named her kit cat. To me it just fit her .
      I so enjoy your blog. You are so talented and beautiful besides. I’m interested in how your adoption plans are going. I hope you comment. on that someday.
      Wilma Swank

      • Layla says

        HI Wilma! Thank you for the kind comment!
        We’ll definitely post an adoption update when we have some news to share! :-D

  50. says

    Just wanted to pop in and tell you that our kitty came back. Remember, I left a comment on the last Kit-Cat post telling you she had gotten out and had been missing for 2 months. Well, someone found her and called.
    She is pretty skinny, but we are fattening her up quickly. We are all so happy to have her back!
    Thanks for starting off my Monday with a smile and a little chuckle!

  51. Beverly Palmer says

    I had a feeling you were going to keep him! I mean, you actually gave him a name instead of calling him “the cat”! ha ha

  52. Nancy Luebbers says

    I had a funny feeling that Kit-Cat would be staying! He’s got a wonderful home! We aquired our “CAT” about a year ago. She was a stray that just wandered up to our front door and wasn’t the least bit afraid of the four barking dogs looking out at her from inside! She now runs the show! Aren’t pets wonderful.

  53. Lisa says

    I’m so glad to hear it worked out for all of you. That’s one lucky Kit-Cat ;)You guys are awesome…

  54. says

    This post and your furry kids are adorable. The pictures made me smile. :) So happy things are going well! I can totally relate to those cats that stare at AND with things!

  55. says

    For those sharp little claws check out Softpaws nail caps… they just glue on over the claws and you replace them when they fall off. It’s super easy. They totally changed my life with my little scratcher.

  56. Barbara says

    Awww. I was hoping it would work out this way. Dogs and cats are meant to be together. Isn’t that weird? But it’s true. Congratulations!

  57. Jane says

    How cute they look together. I wish my Chi would snuggle with me like that. He’s always too busy causing trouble!!

  58. Claire says

    Hey dude. Cats are for barking at. That’s what we three dogs do at this house. Bark Bark. Love, Copper, Todd and Hershey

    • Layla says

      Dear Copper, Todd and Hershey,

      Thanks for your advice. I’ll have to try that more often. Right now I just try to stay out of his way. Those claws are crazy and they freak me out!


  59. Krista says

    You guys rock! I am so glad you get to keep Kit-Cat. Thank you for being such kind, loving animal people. If only all the world were as good as you both. Best of luck and fun with your newest addition.

  60. says

    Congratulations! We rescued a sick kittent that our dog chased into a tree and they get along just fine now. May I suggest teaching your new kitten how to have his nails trimmed, once his little leg is healed of course. I started trimming our cat’s nails when he was little and it really helps with damage control to keep the sharp hooks cut back. Good luck!

  61. Stellastarlite says

    Tuxedo cats love to roam, so if Kit-Cat goes outside, he will be exploring. If you read Chez Larsson, her black and white cat, Bonus, goes away for days at a time. Such lucky pet babies you have!

  62. Chrissy says

    Hi Kit – Cat looks exactly like my Buttons, whom we adopted at the shelter cause she was as cute as a Button. (I guess – she came with the name) we liked her and her name – We have Baylee (cocker spaniel) and Bella (a wild kitty who we saved along with siblings – they all were adopted) but Bella hates Buttons and moved out….: ( makes me Momma so sad. But I just wanted to say Kit-Cat has an actual twin up here in Pgh., PA.
    P.S. I love your Blog, so glad I found you and hubby.

    Take Care and Good Luck with the kiddo’s…If I can send a picture of Buttons I will…I’m not that saavy here with electronics…only decorating and one day would love to start a blog. (bucket list)

  63. says

    I came over from Ree’s site and read your post on her re-do ofthe stairs. Very lovely!!! Decided to scan thru some of the rest of you site and came across this post. Well, I am an animal lover and have 3 cats of my own, so of course I applaud you adopting Kit-Cat. Looks like he has landedin a lovely home with great people, and a brofur to boot!

  64. Amber, This Little Bird says

    Awww, Kit-Cat reminds me so much of the tuxedo kitten we rescued 4 months ago in our bushes, Cleo. His facial markings are different but the video of him and Max looks exactly like how she plays with one of our other cats. Glad everyone’s happy together!

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