Well family persuasion led to a trip to the SPCA where they are overloaded with cats and kittens.
One tiny little black kitten (very small for 14 weeks old) chose us and we also took home a little female tabby of the same age who was very shy. So meet Sophie and Ash. Although they came home with a touch of cat flu which made them very quiet for a few days, they are now feeling much better and have started to develop their own personalities. despite a 'funny' hip joint, Sophie the tabby can really get some speed up chasing her ball whilst Ash is the climber.
I'd forgotten how small but lively kittens are. But nothing sweeter than sleepy cats in your arms.