Daily Photo: Cat TV

Five black cats watching birds.
Five black cats watching birds.

Smokie, Mr. Sunshine, Bella and Mimi have front row seats for all the action at the bird feeder while Giuseppe sits at the table. Judging by their actions, I would guess the squirrel is making a fool of herself out there.

Below, they are rather mesmerized by watching all the flapping and fluttering, just before they all settle down for a nap.

Four very intent cats.
Four very intent cats.


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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?


Making Pies, 2013
black cat with flour on his face
Jelly Bean was integral to the success of my pumpkin pies.

I let them explore and inspect everything I’d be working with before I started so I could accomplish making my pies without paws, and wouldn’t have black cat hairs in my pie crust or in my pumpkin pies. Jelly Bean got to wear the badge of honor of the flour on his face. Typically this goes to Sunshine, who must inspect all my tools and materials no matter what I’m doing.

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From the Archives: Kitty Keep-warm Lamp
Cookie keeping warm.

The days are getting cold, and under the kitty keep-warm lamps is the place to be. Here, Cookie caught some watts on the top of her head under one of the lamps at my desk, keeping her tortie spots in prime color over the winter. I kept it adjusted so it was just the right height for her.

Now, variations on the Fantastic Four and Mimi lounge about on the desk under the lights.

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You Really Must Clean Your Desk! 2011
two tortoiseshell cats on desk
Clean your desk!

Cookie: Mom, we’re afraid we’ll get lost if we try to sleep on your desk. Sometimes when I walk across it I slip around on the stuff. I know you don’t like me up on this shelf (and you didn’t know I could get up here, either, I’ll bet) but I just can’t see to walk around down there.

Kelly: And it’s not really comfortable anyway, you’ve got little boxes and tablets and all sorts of other things there. Can you please move things? I want to take my bath and have my nap!

Me: It’s like that because there are always cats all over it, and God forbid I should move you when you are relaxed! I’ll go get a box.

By the time I returned with the box the girls were already curled up on the desk. When I set down the box, Mimi jumped into it, followed by a succession of her children. I simply sat down and got to work with the status quo restored.

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Pretty Bean, 2011
black cat at door
Jelly Bean looks out the door.

Jelly Bean looks out the door into the rainy day. I love the little brushes in his ears; all of Mimi’s Children have white hairs in their ears with varying quantity, though Mimi does not, but Bean has the most, plus they are short and tend to stand forward. He’s had them since he was tiny, and that was how I told him from the others until the paint on the ears since without that they were all just uncoordinated balls of black fur.

Sometimes I can manage to get an interesting photo that is somewhat abstract; what does the rest of the image matter but Jelly Bean’s little face? And it’s a different view of his face, intimate and detached at the same time. I love to observe them like this.

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From the Archives: 5-cat 3-D Puzzle, 2009
five black cats curled
5-cat 3-D Puzzle

From November 29, 2009…

Another from lazing about on the shawl, the next day. This time it’s all five happily tucked together and warm, napping and watching the birds out the window by turn. Lots of nice subtle jewel tones in this, and nice graceful shapes. If I’d been daily sketching at that time I can tell you I would have sketched this.

Now, really, what would you have done if you’d come upon this warm pile of black cats purring together like a hive of bees? After the photographs, I dug my hands in there to mix them up a bit—kneading as it were, human style!

This is also an example of my poor camera trying to do its best in poor lighting conditions. The light is bright coming in the window and I can tell you that in the winter when the leaves have all fallen it’s quite glaring north light, but five black cats are absorbing it all. There was no angle that worked with my tripod, so all the photos, except a few where I could position my tripod or rest my camera on something, are a little soft. Sometimes my camera just beeps at me because it can’t find anything to focus on. I have to turn to the non-digital 35mm fixed-focus lens I got with my camera 30 years ago for an f-stop low enough to work with the conditions.

Not that the kids aren’t doing anything interesting right now, but I found these photos I’d never posted and decided I’d share these. Back to current events soon!

Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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6 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Cat TV

  • December 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    What type of cats are these? The 5 kittens look a little like Bombay’s.

    • December 26, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Gary, there are seven altogether, five are related mother and kittens, the other two are fosters and totally unrelated to each other and the five. But the mother of the five, though she is a mixed breed street kitty, looks very much like a Bombay and her kittens, now adults, carry many of those features, especially the mahogany tint to the fur.

  • November 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I would love to have those huge windows..perfect for cat TV..Bean looks adorable with flour on his face..those Kitty Keep Warm lamps are quite popular here these cold days..Your Tortie girls were so pretty..I love their mixed up furs..you should have told them that a cluttered desk is a sign of genius..lol..

    • December 2, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Bluemoonalone, this house is so small, if it hadn’t been for big windows I would have passed it right by. Cookie didn’t mind my cluttered desk, but it made Kelly a little nervous.

  • November 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

    What gorgeous piles of helpers you have. Bean’s warpaint is the best!

    • December 2, 2014 at 1:46 am

      Bean likes to get his face into things, Animalcouriers. And I don’t know what I did with all my time before they came into my life and started piling up, all five together.


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