He plays on the pink cat track so much that he just falls down to have a nap. He’s a busy kitten so he’s really difficult to photograph! But I’m not complaining—that’s how kittens are supposed to be.
Smokie has progressed from traumatized fearful to happy, playful and bold in the past week, each day leaving behind another little fear. Even after he came to trust me he was still frightened by loud noises outside, loud noises inside, the shower, any hissing crackling plastic bag, any fast (or clumsy) move by me or any attempt to pick him up, each of which sent him running behind the toilet for safety. Now it’s just those pesky plastic bags that frighten him, and today when Dr. Michelle came to visit to see how he was with people aside from me he adapted right away, after seriously studying her for a few seconds to figure out what was wrong with her.
But I had noticed, even when he became more and more playful, he never jumped up on anything, not the toilet lid or the side of the tub, or climbed the cat tree, not until late this week. Now he jumps up on the toilet lid when I prepare his food all the time. When he finally seemed comfortable with those heights he still would not go in the tub—he’d look in, then turn around and jump down. Now he’s in there all the time and keeps his toys busy.
He jumps up on my lap now too, and though he doesn’t stay he’s happy for the few seconds he’s there. Every now and then I pick him up and kiss him, then put him right back down, a big difference from last week when if I reached down for him he’d duck and run for cover.
And he still can’t wait to meet the ninjas!
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What other photos did have I shared around this date?
Don’t Encourage Her, 2013
“Don’t encourage her, Sunshine. We won’t get to eat until midnight if she really starts taking pictures of us.”
“Are you kidding, bro? She’s all mine! All I have to do is tilt my head and she gets weak in the knees!”
The boys were being extra cute in the sun on the stairs today. Yes, I spent a lot of time taking their photos, and you’ll be seeing others from this photo shoot as time goes on. In fact, it was really difficult to decide which one to use, especially when Bean joined them. The three boys together, yes I do get a little weak in the knees, and I also want to get a good angle for the next photo!
The other choice of quote for this was Giuseppe: “That fool is no relative of mine.”
And might I point out…the glowing reddish string hanging out of Mr. Sunshine’s mouth? Yep, that’s one of mine. Guess it’s only fair when I probably eat tons of cat hair all the time. Really, when I see them like this, I gently pull them out; my hair is pretty coarse and I want to be careful in any measure. And there’s one on the toy in the foreground too…Friday, time to clean!
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Above All That, 2012
Mewsette is happy on her shelf near the ceiling above the landing at the top of the stairs, possibly the highest point in the house for any cat to achieve without getting into the attic. She stayed up there all day, occasionally calling me to come up and join her. I was touched, but feared for the integrity of the shelf should I actually be able to get onto it.
She’s done a pretty good job keeping the cobwebs under control too.
This was just too funny one of the times I came to the top of the steps and looked up.
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A Pile of Cats, 2009 and 2011…and then some
Above, from 2009
How many cats are in this photo? It’s the Fantastic Four, all heaped together on the first cool day of late summer/early autumn, upstairs on the bed where the sun creeps in during the afternoon. Mimi’s children are two now, but still play, sleep and bathe together as they did when they were kittens.
They were two years old! From the left, Mewsette, Giuseppe, Mr. Sunshine and Jelly Bean.
Below, from 2011
If anybody doubted that all five black cats truly pile up on my desk for most of the afternoon while I’m working, here is proof.
Of course, this is after the tortie girls had my lap, desk and keyboard all morning. Mimi joins the senior girls as well, not to be left out of any opportunity, so she spends most of every day at my desk. I told her she needed to learn some job skills if she’s going to spend the morning sitting on my wrist and the afternoon sitting on her children.
I’m sure they all like me and enjoy spending time with me but I know their dedication to my desk has to do with the “kitty keep-warm lamps”. During the summer I don’t use the task lights very often because the room is generally bright enough, and the lights are just too darned hot. As the air cools and the sun drops down lower in the sky, my office is suddenly darker with all the trees outside. From then I turn the lights on, and if I ever needed a passive cat-herding apparatus it would be these lights. I have actually set up lights elsewhere just to see what happens, like the famous library photos, and they are immediately popular, gathering cats like moths under the porch light.
From the left, in the front, they are Jelly Bean, Mewsette, Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine. Mimi came in later, walked on them all touching up ears and foreheads with little mom-baths, then settled down on top of Mewsette and Giuseppe. Jelly Bean initially tried to curl up along the front edge, but kept sliding off onto my keyboard.
Is there something about September 6 that makes them want to cuddle? The two photos above were daily photos I’d actually posted, but many days I choose a daily photo but have other photos of what they’re all up to. I decided to check September 6 in 2010…
Not quite the same day—this is from September 5 but it’s close enough as the Four prepare for an afternoon nap on my bed. Clockwise, from bottom left: Jelly Bean, Giuseppe, Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette.
And what about 2008?
Well, this is September 7. They were one year old! You can see I was using my cardboard feline containment units wisely. From the left, Giuseppe, Mewsette, Jelly Bean and Mr. Sunshine.
And in 2012? I was working all over the house today, so they all shared the duties of following me for supervisory services, and only had the chance to pile up in pairs here and there. They must be exhausted after a day’s work!
I had also noticed in recent years that, while Mimi socialized with them and bathed them, she really didn’t cuddle with them on a regular basis until last year, when they were four. I guess she had to take some time to figure out her role, but now she’s pretty much a buddy, though she still has momcat power.
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