Kim Kardashian announced the newest addition to the Kardashian klan this weekend: A Teacup Persian kitten named Mercy. The reality star was caught by paparazzi stalking around a marina in Miami with her sister Khloe, sippin' Starbucks while toting around the tiny ball of fluff, who was reportedly named after a Kanye West song. (Note to Kim: Having a cat out near a body of water without a leash, with a ton of scary photographers around is a really dumb idea).
Kim shared a few photos of Mercy on Twitter, while Khloe also posted pix of herself with the cat, along with Kardashian pal, Jonathan Cheban. The sisters are in town to begin filming a show, so I don't know if the kitten figures into those plans somehow, or if she's just trying to cash in on the cat fashion craze and will start appearing with Mercy in photo shoots, à la Choupette Lagerfeld.
I do think it's unfortunate that Kim would buy a kitten and hope it doesn't start a trend of people purchasing (and subsequently abandoning) the cats as a novelty, much like the tiny dog craze that fellow socialite Paris Hilton sparked years ago with her teacup Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.
Kardashian is not exactly known for her love of animals, or for her knowledge of cats in particular. In April 2010, she was criticized for being photographed holding up a black kitten by the scruff of its neck during a photo shoot.