December 1, 2010
Zoë says: When we just got back from our holiday abroad back in July, my parents finally agreed to let us get a kitten. They were keen on getting a black male kitten, just like our old cat was, but he died back in April at 20 years old. I really wanted a kitten with different markings than just black. We looked on the Internet for a litter of kittens in our area, and eureka, we found a litter of three just round the corner from where I go to school. We went and saw the kittens two days later, and of course, I fell in love with the little wild-looking one, with the pink nose and half-opened eyes, sitting in the corner of their cardboard-box bed… and my parents wanted the tiny black female, but they knew I didn’t want a black kitten because I felt it would be like replacing Sproggy, our old cat. So we chose Frank and I couldn’t wait to get him home four weeks later.

We sat at the table that night, eating dinner while trying to decide on names, but no one could agree. One name came to my head that I really really liked was Frank. Why Frank? Because it was my late grandads name, and also because my friend has a kitten called Stein, and I liked how it sounded when you said “Frank and Stein." After that, we visited Frank every week and we were surprised at how he was changing. I adored how his fur was out of proportion with his body, and how he had just the right confidence (not too confident, like the tabby in the litter, and not too shy like the little black kitten that my parents wanted.)

When we got him home, he completely changed. He was very nervous -- he hid in a decorative jug and wouldn’t come near us. We left him to it overnight and woke up to see that he had wet the bed. He jumped at any sudden sound or movement, but I loved him more for that, because that would mean that he would be nervous around strangers, which would also mean that he would be less likely catnapped!

:)

Now that he is used to us and the house, he follows me around. If I sit down, he sits down on me. When I go to sleep at night, he sleeps next to me on my bed. He is so cuddly, and two of my favourite things about him are his warm belly and smiley face! He started to lose his pink nose and pads, but now they are just half black and half pink, and his nose is all black with a random pink stripe on it. He has also developed a little black dot on one of his back legs, and he has started getting beige-colour markings on his fur. He is quite greedy when it comes to food, but that’s just boys for you. I love how when he finds things, like a stick in the garden, brings it in and guards it when he sleeps. I’m so glad I chose Frank because he is such a loving kitten. I definitely wouldn’t change him for the world.

:)
All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Zoë Gibbs
Get to know Zoë and see more of her work at her photo blog

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Kephara -
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Frank is SO HANDSOME! No... Frank is BEAUTiFUL! I love his fuzzy white paws.
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Hi, Frank!
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What a stunning profile he has! Very regal little boy. :-)
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What a lovely story about how you found Frank - and Frank is THE MOST GORGEOUS KITTY!!! He sounds just like our Shelby when we got him - very timid but now he's a big brave boy! I think Frank is just perfect. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us!
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He looks so handsome with his cute little collar. ^_^ Such a little sweetie.
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He has amazing whiskers!
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Oh, he is totally adorable. I'm not surprised you chose him!
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Sweet and cheeky all in one! That's boys for you!
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What a sweetie pie!
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Love the names Frank and Stein. Great picture. Very handsome kitty. He is purrfection!!
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Love the names Frank and Stein. Great picture. Very handsome kitty. He is purrfection!!
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Frank is a stud !!!!!!!
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Frank is frankly a cutie pie. Loved your minute description of his points--shows you really adore him. I hope you have many happy years together. I know the feeling of not trying to replace an old favorite cat, but even if they look exactly alike--no two cats are alike! Each one is full of surprises.
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wow - i loved the story of Frank - I wish you both many, many years together to enjoy every moment of it. He seems that not only he found a good home but he's going to be able to express himself and enjoy life to the full. From what you've been saying it looks like you've really found the one you wanted, so you've both been lucky in your choices. Thanks fro sharing it with us soppy cat lovers.
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"I am soooo handsome in my collar."
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He is adorable...I love his name!
Emily -
Adorable! Frank is a precious little kitten, and it sounds like he adores you as much as you adore him. I wish you many happy years with little Frank!
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Ah Frank! Such an adorable story!
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Frank is just such a boy ! Thanks for your story about him and how you chose him.
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i love frank..he definitely has something about him...
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awww! *hugs*
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Charismatic cat :D
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Cute boy and cute pictures! How fortunate you are to be able to pick your kitten as a wee baby and watch him grow.
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love his little hind sockies!
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Frank is great. The story of Frank is great too.
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What a face!!! So darn cute!!
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Frank is just too cute for words. Love his fur markings, Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. He is a beautiful boy!
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Handsome lad with a great name
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Frank is such a pretty boy. I love his little red collar. So lovely to hear such love in your story too.
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Oh My Heavens! He is a DOLL! He holds a special place in my heart, too, because his name is Frank and that was my Dad's name!
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Frank! Aren't you just a handsome little guy!!
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He is so beautiful! He looks so proud in this pic!
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Like you I am smitten with your kitten:)
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