Daily Photo: Bella Has a Secret


Bella’s round eyes are never so engaging as when she has a secret, and she’s peeking around a corner at me! She is just about the cutest thing on four legs, maybe even two, some days, but of course she’s not cute, she’s a tough gurl, She is formerly feral, remember? No cuteness for her.

Until you go around the corner and see why she looks so excited.

So that's what's up!
So that’s what’s up!

She and Mr. Sunshine have had a thing going on…for a while. She flirts with him and then she gets him to bathe her, and then before you know it they are all tangled together sleeping. I didn’t get that last picture, but I did get the bath.

The bath.
The bath.

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The Magic Cat Beds
Six black cats on the magic cat beds.
Six black cats on the magic cat beds.

On Friday afternoon. Bella, Giuseppe, Sunshine, Basil, Jelly Bean and Mewsette settled down on their new gifts. Thanks so much to the friend who will remain anonymous who took the time to make these round beds, one for each of my fine felines! As you can see, they are very appreciative! So am I!


You can’t see me!

Bella plays with the lace curtain. Bella is silly. From November 17.

You can't see me!
You can’t see me!

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Kitty Things: A Decorated Housepanther
A very decorated housepanther.
A very decorated housepanther.

I love the brightly painted and patterned ceramics carried at The Outlet Barn where I have my art display, and each time I stop I have to take more photos of things. But how I missed this black kitty up to now I don’t know!

It looks like she’s wearing a little sweater in that lovely hand-painted pattern, and what a good stretch.

From the side. painted black cat figurine
From the top.

Here’s another detail of the pattern.

From the side. painted black cat figurine
From the side.

It’s a surprise that the kitty is black because usually they are orange like the kitty below.

Little Orange Shelf Kitty
Little Orange Shelf Kitty

And I love the orange kitty’s blue buddy. It’s all giving me a lot of ideas!

Orange and blue shelf kitties.
Orange and blue shelf kitties.

Read other posts featuring Kitty Things, feline-themed artifacts I’ve found here and there.

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Daily Cat Photo: Bella Haz Ninjas, 2014
five black cats
Bella and her ninjas.

Bella is surrounded by her protective ninjas. She feels very safe and powerful.

Bella is still a little shy. Small changes to the household can make her slink around and look worried. I admit I don’t keep the most typical or even regular schedule, try as I might, but a few nights up to late, or a few days out too long on errands and Bella senses something is amiss. Most of the time she follows me around, sort of, appearing in the room I’m in or near me and I can greet and talk to her so she can cruise around curling and uncurling her tail, and I know she is happy. When I work on the kitchen computer with the keyboard and mouse on the cabinet she lies down right in front of me and purrs, and stays with me, sometimes gently stretching and pushing the keyboard right off the cabinet. But she’s so relaxed, what can I do?

I cannot do what the Four Ninjas can do, and that is this! One thing is for sure, she loves her fur siblings.

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BrotherlyWrestleBath, A Few Words, Photo and Video, 2013
two black cats in tub
Giuseppe and Bean perform for us in the tub.

Giuseppe and Bean couldn’t decide whether to cuddle or wrestle, so they did both, with an intermezzo performance of Bean chasing his tail. Enjoy the video below.

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In the Absence of a Decent Piece of Paper, 2013
black cat steps on tissue.
Mimi steps onto the tissue, the only thing resembling a decent piece of paper in the whole room.

…a tissue will do. Everyone knows a cat can’t sit right on a cabinet. Humans need to be aware of these things.

Poor Mimi was left with nowhere to sit as we worked in the kitchen this afternoon. Often she sits on my cookbook, but I wasn’t using one, and not even a recipe could be found. I had opened the mail at my desk so there were no post cards or envelopes, and not even a Post-it. She found this tissue, as yet unused, and decided that if that was all that was available, she’d have to make it work. And she did manage to give herself a complete bath and apparently found it quite comfortable. Each time she left it to follow me around, she returned right to it.

black cat sitting on tissue
Mimi sits on the tissue to supervise me.

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Nestled, 2012
black cat sleeping in sheets
Petite Mimi, warm sheets, warm kitchen, cold day, former outdoor kitty.

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Mewsette’s Heart-shaped Bed, 2012
three black cats sleeping
Mewsette’s heart-shaped bed.

Mewsette’s brothers obligingly have a heart-shaped nap and she uses her brothers as a very cozy cat bed.

Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine are sleeping forehead to forehead, not unusual after having a good wrestling session then a good bathing session, but usually it’s their little mom who crawls into the warm and purring space between then. Mewsette has taken advantage of the opportunity.

It goes without saying that photographing three black cats tangled together is a challenge, especially in rather dim light from a west-facing window. I turned on the overhead light and I actually think it might be somewhat confusing with the blue light from the window and the yellow light from the overhead, so I’ve also posted it, below, in black and white.

black and white photo of three black cats
Black and white version.

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Three Cat Circle, 2011
three black cats sleeping in a circle
Three Cat Circle

From the top counterclockwise, Mewsette, Jelly Bean and Giuseppe curl against each other in an endless circle.

Don’t you just want to shove your hands in the middle of them all? I did just that—after I took the photo, of course—and they curled around my hands and purred. In fact, if I laid down on the bed with them, they would rearrange to include me in their circle. I’m really just a big cat to them, I think. I am honored.


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Bella and Her Foster Friends Tote Bags
Bella and Her Foster Friends Tote Bags

O.M.Geeeee! It’s Bella! On a bag with green button eyes just like her big round eyes! Bella, in silhouette, is stenciled at the bottom of a bag and with just big blue-green eyes that are two-hole buttons sewn on with black thread. Others don’t live in a house full of housepanthers, so I added the white, gray and ginger kitties who are her foster friends. Read more and order.


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