They are Alex Hamilton (the gray one, who talks a lot, is hyper, and gets into everything) and Erin Burr (who alternates sitting back and waiting for it with beating up Alex and stealing his food). They are two months old, tiny and adorable, small enough to be picked up in one hand and to sleep together in my lap, which they do often.

They are my former cat-sitter's neighbor's cat's kittens (neighbor pictured). [I forget if I mentioned it, but my other cats died of old age last year. No condolences necessary.] I told my cat-sitter it wasn't really a good time for me to get more pets - I'm too busy, I'm not home much, I'm trying to save money, etc. She texted me that photo with the caption, "Get two, they will keep each other company. Otherwise they go to the pound."

Erin Burr is currently living up to "feline disaster" expectations; when I took them to the vet, I was informed that the bald patch on one ear was ringworm and given a pamphlet recommending quarantining them for a month, washing hands after touching them, and scrubbing the entire house with bleach. Luckily I already had confined them to the bathroom and the hallway to make sure they'd use the litter box.

I then googled ringworm, which I should know not to do for any medical condition, and found an amazing level of hysteria, full of phrases like "treat it like ebola" and "be strong, some day this hideous nightmare will be over," and recommendations to strip naked before entering the quarantine room, put on a set of clothes and shoes that never leave it, never touching the cats without rubber gloves, boxing all my possessions for two years to make sure the spores are dead, throwing out all my furniture, and repainting the walls.

I am not leaving my new kittens alone without human touch for a month and destroying all my possessions for fear of catching... athlete's foot. I have had that sort of skin infection before. It is not a big deal. I'm treating the ringworm, keeping them where they are, washing my hands, and cleaning, but I am not acting like my new kittens are lepers. They need love and cuddles. (I tried the "shoes and outfit stays in the room," but it's really difficult as they kick the shoes around. Also there's a half-inch gap at the bottom of the doors, and they regularly shove toy mice, blankets, etc through it. DEFCON ONE precautions are not a realistic possibility.)

That being said, once Erin Burr is released from custody, I expect she will find new ways to wreak havoc. Luckily I don't have firearms.
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From: [personal profile] sovay

That being said, once Erin Burr is released from custody, I expect she will find new ways to wreak havoc. Luckily I don't have firearms.

Never give her an umbrella.

Mazel tov, cats!

[edit] recommendations to strip naked before entering the quarantine room, put on a set of clothes and shoes that never leave it, never touching the cats without rubber gloves, boxing all my possessions for two years to make sure the spores are dead, throwing out all my furniture, and repainting the walls.

For what it's worth, none of that jibes with my mother's experience of having one cat and six kittens with ringworm, which involved putting antifungal cream on them three times a day and washing them regularly, but not throwing out possessions or ceasing to wear clothes. I have no data on quarantine because I don't believe her apartment at the time was of a size to allow for it. This is one of the stories of my parents' early relationship: my father came over every day and helped wash and cream all seven cats. Everyone survived. No one turned into a spore monster. My father's cat at the time did not catch ringworm. Eventually they moved in together and consolidated the cats.
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From: [personal profile] hederahelix

They are adorable, and adorably named.

As for Erin, just make sure she doesn't get drunk and set herself (or a friend's car) on fire (esp. not on the freeway behind an epic traffic accident at 3 am), and I think she will prove to be far less disaster prone than her namesake.
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From: [personal profile] torachan

Aww, they're so cute! They look pretty big for two months!

And yeah, that seems like ridiculous amounts of overkill for ringworm.
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From: [personal profile] naye

Awwwwwwww congratulations on the new family members! Minus the parasite, which will hopefully be history soon. The pictures are so great - yay more kittens on my dash. And you knew this already but: best names.
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From: [personal profile] pameladean

Awww, they are lovely kittens!

I am always amazed by the impossible advice provided for dealing with various feline conditions.


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From: [personal profile] sholio

Awwww! They are so cute! The gray one looks a lot like our cat.

Also, clearly the only way to be sure the ringworm is gone is to set your house on fire and move to a different state. (Seriously, what the hell.)
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From: [personal profile] recessional

. . . my vet's advice for ringworm consists of "put on an antifungal creme and wash your hands constantly, and wash Stuff they rub against a lot."

I believe that SOME cases of ringworm can in fact develop into GOD THIS WILL NEVER END, but that's like saying that sometimes when you cut yourself you end up with a flesh-eating disease. Like. Not worth actually planning on because the amount of detriment to your life caused by treating it as a Serious Concern is disproportionate to the likelihood of you ever actually dealing with it.

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From: [personal profile] asakiyume

Adorable! Hurray! Kittens, even ones with ringworm, are a Good Thing. And your names are great. I love Erin Burr ;-)
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From: [personal profile] laurashapiro

They are ADORBS and I am so happy for you! Kitten companionship sounds like just the thing for you right now as you are rediscovering the joy of living. Warm+fuzzy+purr = JOY.
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From: [personal profile] shopfront

Having actually dealt with the sisyphean variant(s), worst case scenario it will be really really annoying for a really long time. I nearly had an actual family rupture when my mother insisted on delivering a box of old childhood stuff to me that I didn't even want anymore and it reintroduced the plague to my new living environment despite being pretty cautious about cleaning stuff as soon as it arrived.

So I must admit the burn all the things people are being overly dramatic but kinda understandably so. Having said that, it took near on a decade and tbh getting rid of almost all my old non-sterilisable possessions for unrelated reasons while moving to shake it. But at the end of the day even I would agree it's generally a mild skin condition that is usually not the sisyphean variant and is quite a common issue with new cats. It's one of those things that like 99% of the time it's not a thing but when it's bad it's nuclear winter bad, but like someone else said the chance of you getting the 1% option is so low it's not worth worrying about unless it happens. Tiny cuddly kittens are waaaay more important than such a small risk!
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My 13-year-old wanted to know if we could immediately go visit my friend with the adorable kittens and is disgruntled that you live in LA.

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From: [personal profile] sartorias

Oh, good grief. That "advice" sounds like the scare tactics typically adopted by helicopter parents who lurk directly outside the kindergarten classroom door because they are terrified their kid will get kidnapped walking into the school from the front gate, and who shriek with fury if their toddler falls down at a park or playground and a random person helps the kid upright again-- because all strangers, of course, have EBOLA!--and are MOLESTERS! And who did full background checks on any family before permitting their kid a supervised play date.
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From: [personal profile] em_h

Kitties! Yay!

I have never heard of anyone treating ringworm like some kind of terminal plague, but I guess the internet can produce alarmist material on just about anything.
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From: [personal profile] skygiants


(they are ridiculously cute)
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(they are absurdly adorbs and I wish to squoogle them)
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From: [personal profile] vass

CATS. They're beautiful. And your attitude to the ringworm is perfectly sensible.
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From: [personal profile] jinian

Have also lived through cat ringworm, am also fine and not eternally consumed by fungus. They're adorable! Snuggles are far more important than alarmism.
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From: [personal profile] shati

Ahhh, so cute! And good names for cats -- I feel like pretty much whatever their personalities end up like, you'll be able to say the names fit.

(I know someone who's terrified of ringtorm for good reason, so I'm sympathetic to "some day the hideous nightmare will be over," but your approach seems totally reasonable under your circumstances.)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil

Adorable! I hope to see them in high political positions very soon - I'm sure they're qualified.

I live in a farming community so there's plenty of ringworm being passed around on various animals and people, but I've only once seen it be really bad, and that was on someone who was immunocompromised at the time.
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From: [personal profile] genarti

Eeeeeee kittens! They're adorable! And I love the names. (But maybe don't let Erin Burr near any candles, even more than with most cats...)
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From: [personal profile] eglantiere

i have high hopes for erin burr and her mischief prowess :D

what beautiful kitties! i hope you three will have alllllll the fun.
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