It is our absolute pleasure to introduce the new additions to the family. Meet Arlo and Willow. They are the most adorable tuxedo kittens and we are the proudest cat parents. Even though they’ve only been with us for a few short months, we are completely smitten with our kittens.
Meet the Family: An Introduction to Our Tuxedo Kittens
As many of you will remember, we lost our beautiful boy Milo a few days before Christmas in 2018. We were utterly heartbroken with the suddenness of it all. We couldn’t imagine our home or life without him.
We also couldn’t imagine our life without loving another animal again. But we also couldn’t imagine bringing another cat into our home so soon after Milo. It was too painful.
Whether it was in one, two or five years time, we knew we wanted to rescue another cat at some point. We had two much love to give.
Fast forward 18 months and we began to speak seriously about another cat. Then COVID-19 happened and many rescue centres weren’t operating.
There was no rush, so we decided to keep looking and when it was time, it would happen.
Then one day out of the blue, a friend contacted us to let us know of kittens looking for an urgent forever home. We couldn’t say no.
May the force be with them
Arlo and Willow were born on 4th May 2020 along with two other siblings in their litter.
Our girls were very young, eight weeks old when they came home with us, but they made up for their tiny size with their big personalities and characters. It didn’t take them long to come out of their shells.
Double the cuteness, but double the trouble!
A funny, but slightly embarrassing moment happened when Allan took them for their first vaccinations at the vet. From day one we were told that our kittens were two boys. We thought it was cute we had two little brothers and we were bracing ourselves for constant boisterous play fighting between them.
However, upon examination, the vet quickly informed us they were in fact girls.
We wanted to continue the four letter name ending in O to be like their big brother Milo. So we originally had Arlo and Otto, but we didn’t think Otto was a good name for a girl so we had to come up with a new name.
We slightly broke the rules and picked Willow. I love Willow trees and she loves to climb so we felt it was perfect for her.
Arlo is our tuxedo kitten with the most white fur and whiskers. It was the only way we could properly tell them apart in the beginning. Now we know who is who even when their backs are turned from us.
Arlo has the cutest white whiskers above her green eyes and the side of the mouth. She also has thicker fur with two white back legs and two white front paws.
She appears shy and timid, but is in actual fact brave, confident and has incredible hunt instincts.
Her favourite toys are wands with feathers on the end. She will chase and jump all over the place for them. You should see her in action.
Arlo loves to sleep either cuddled with Willow, in her tunnel, under my wheelchair or on their cat tree.
Arlo has a few nicknames including
- Boots – it looks like she is wearing white boots
- Silence assassin – don’t be fooled by her timid exterior, she is the bravest and most confident compared to her sister.
Willow is our tuxedo kitten with the most black fur and whiskers. Willow has a quirky look as she only had two white whiskers above one eye and all black on the other eye. The two white whiskers soon became one when she lost one, we assume when she was playing with Arlo (the playing can be rough at times). She now has lost both white whiskers.
At first, Willow came across as the most dominant of the two, but we soon noticed that although she is the most cuddly and first to jump in and play, she is actually the one who is warier of new noises and situations etc.
Willow is incredibly gentle, loves to cuddle up beside us and fall asleep. She is the sweetest little thing.
Her favourite toys are laces that she can chase, crinkle balls and feather toys. She loves the hunt.
Willow loves to sleep on the sofa next to the sloth pillow, cuddled up with Arlo, in her cat bed or on their cat tree. Sometimes she will jump on Arlo, wrestle her until she gets fed up and steals her spot on the cat tree.
Willow has a few nicknames including
- Wills – short for Willow
- Two – we used to call her Two because of her two white whiskers
Tuxedo Cat Adventures with Arlo & Willow – The Tuxie Sisters
2020 hasn’t been a great year for the world, but Arlo and Willow have really made it special for us. We’ve loved nothing more than having them and spoiling them. It is adorable watching them interact with each other. They are great sisters and love each other so much.
They are a special pair and who knew tuxedo cats were so awesome! Just look at them – ADORABLE!
Arlo and Willow have their own Instagram account that you can follow at TheTuxieSisters – please check it out and follow them for all their cat-antics, cuteness and some Tuxie-tude’.
Want more proof that tuxedo cats are the best? Here are 8 Pawsitively Fascinating Facts About Tuxedo Cats.
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