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The rumors are true.

Some of you may have heard things about a cat roaming my apartment. Some of you may have heard about my apartment. Some of you may have heard about me.

First things first.

Yes, I have my very own cat in my very own apartment. It’s a nice thing. Being a long-time fan of cats, I imagined coming to China and getting a cat. School-provided housing isn’t generally pet-friendly, though, and I knew that.

BinBin

BinBin

Then it happened.

Students mentioned to Karyn they thought teachers could have pets. She very kindly informed me immediately via SMS while I was on a trip I’ll tell you about some time. It was a spark of hope that burst into beautiful flame when I found the furniture in my new apartment covered in scratches and snags—the tell-tale sign of a (poorly disciplined) cat.

Meet BinBin (滨滨), also known as KitKat by habit of use, a name my friend the animal-naming guru readily approved.


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15 Comments

glad you've got some more company brother! Love you man!

October 8, 2009 (1:11 am)

so cute!! We have a cat, but yours is cuter 🙂

October 8, 2009 (1:12 am)

so cute!! We have a cat, but yours is cuter 🙂

October 8, 2009 (1:12 am)

awesome man!

October 8, 2009 (1:18 am)

i too have a feline roommate.

October 8, 2009 (2:34 am)

BinBin is a very cool cat name!

October 8, 2009 (3:09 am)

way to go.

October 8, 2009 (6:22 am)

I'm still judging, because now I can't ever visit you.Has its nose healed from teapot altercations?

October 8, 2009 (6:26 am)

Hate cats. Im a hater

October 11, 2009 (1:47 am)

awkwardly, i agree with both luke and floyd.

October 11, 2009 (8:19 pm)

Thanks for the interest and support, everyone. I guess this proves cats really are what make the internet go ’round, even for you haters.

@Dale: Honestly, I find that surprising. And my first reaction is that I fear for its life. Jess, please protect yourself, your daughter and the cat.

@RuthAnn: It’s a shorthair. As if that were really the deal-breaker. And, yes, whiskers seem sufficiently restored.

December 15, 2009 (4:27 pm)

lovely cat

October 24, 2009 (9:23 pm)

hey checking out your new cat bin bin. Is it a girl ot a
boy?

December 14, 2009 (12:04 pm)

@Marylew Oliedew (Karen, too?): Glad to hear from all of you. Binbin is doing well and thankful for the attention. As for gender, stay tuned. This is going to require some explanation. Yes, such mystery is necessary.

December 15, 2009 (4:21 pm)

Actually, the whole shorthair thing doesn’t make a difference. I appear to be allergic to the saliva. I would still pretty much die.
And how could you possibly think anything else was a deal-breaker . . .

January 1, 2010 (11:44 am)
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