From the Archives: Big Brothers and Sisters

three black cats one gray and white
Big brother Namir shows them how to settle on my desk.

Their adored their big brother Namir, who here demonstrates to the boys the best way to hang out on my desk. They aren’t getting it quite right, but they are young yet.

October 4 was apparently the first day I let the Little Four come downstairs! If it had been earlier there would have been photos for sure, but they were just about nine weeks old, had all their shots and had been running around the upstairs, occasionally running into one of the four seniors. They were big enough to make it all the way down the steps and so they did! No photos of that–I didn’t have a camera capable of capturing that much cuteness, especially four black cats in a rather dim stairway. Cookie was 15 and Namir was 14, but they handled those kittens well.

Big sister Cookie doesn’t mind sharing her chair with Sunshine, who neatly tucks himself in for a nap. She had actually just given him a little bath.

Big Sister and Tiny Brother.
Big Sister and Tiny Brother.

And not for the first time, all four of them on my lap while I’m working! It’s too bad they are too big for this now.

four black kittens
Four black kittens on my lap!


Then they all gathered at the front door, with the screen all the way down to the bottom. They weren’t sure what to do about it, so exciting with all those smells!

Out the door
Out the door

Three Little Four settle in the very center of the rug in my office for a nap after playing while Giuseppe finishes his bath. That’s little Bean over on the left, Sunshine in front and Mewsette curled around the back.

four black kittens on floor
Four on the Floor

My mother had made this braided rug years before and I loved having it in my office and having it as the backdrop to many cats and kittens. The center rows of it are solid black though, and of course that is where they decided to pile up for their nap–every time they came down stairs, which was pretty much every day!

Remember, they were technically still fosters at this time, though I knew I’d be keeping them for their first year for observation because of the possibility of FIP. Potential adopters came to meet them, and I never thought they’d all end up staying. So much for that.

You don’t see Mimi because she’d gone back into heat and I wanted to have her spayed right away, but because she had some suspicious lumps and bumps my veterinarian wanted to see if I could wean them fully and if letting her have no contact with them would hasten that. Her milk did recede, but we were still concerned about those mammaries, so decided to wait until it was all gone and hopefully we could catch her out of heat so diagnostics would be easier. In the end she was spayed with the rest of them, after all but a few small lumps disappeared; others were biopsied and showed nothing, but I keep an eye on them.


Photos pulled “From the Archives” were taken by one or another digital camera of mine between 2002 and, well, yesterday, but usually they are older than that, and I had never had the chance to feature them. Vintage Photos are from my film archives back to 1983 when I purchased my Pentax K-1000 camera. They’re a fun way to “introduce” other members of my feline family who came and went before I began blogging, and to illustrate my feline family in general from days gone by.

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From Instagram

I have some catching up to do again! Mimi is feeling better but is still not out of the woods, and I’ve been spending time on her as well as two huge design jobs in my studio at the same time, keeping me up late. How I miss blogging when the big jobs come in, but, alas, the bills do pile up.


A good afternoon, enjoying the sunshine.

Mimi in the sun with rainbows.

Temperatures dropped again, time to add another cat to the lap.

Bella and Mimi on my lap.
Bella and Mimi on my lap.


Do you really think she might not feed us?

Giuseppe, quit scaring Basil like that! It’s not funny! You little grasshopper still reveres you!

Basil is so impressionable.
Basil is so impressionable.


Bella keeping warm on a cold afternoon.

Bella keeps warm tucked into a cat tree.
Bella keeps warm tucked into a cat tree.


So this happened. We really think the squirrel just wants to be a star. Giuseppe, Basil and Hamlet have other ideas for his future.

A little strip of sunshine on a cloudy, rainy morning.

Mewsette in a strip of sun.
Mewsette in a strip of sun.


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2 thoughts on “From the Archives: Big Brothers and Sisters

  • October 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    mimi…..sendin mor bblessings frum st francis two ewe; pleez ta get well 100000000 purrcent N soon…tell mom bloggin can wait N best fishez on her werk ~ ☺☺♥♥

    • November 9, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Mimi appreciated the fishez and is feeling much better!


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