Daily Photo: Former Feral Fun

three cats in the sun
Former Feral Fun!

Three kitties of the former feral persuasion, Sienna, Basil and Hamlet, enjoying a sunbath on a coolish day (the same day as yesterday’s photo of Sienna poetically snoozing). I find all the light and shadow very inspiring.

Hamlet may be making a face, or he may frequently have that expression when faced with an unusual situation, as many older kitten ferals with difficulty socializing often react. Of course, he’s now six years old, but still making tiny bits of progress on that path.

Basil is happily bathing his plushy paws and legs, and what could be better than a sun(and)bath for a feral kitten who with his brother was were separated from his mom and found filthy, starved and dehydrated far too young? A bath is the best remedy for everything.

Sienna, while not technically feral but a terrified former socialized kitty, we thought she was a feral kitty for at least six months by her behavior, and we had to trap her, so she gets points for living outdoors while in fear for her life. You can tell by her posture, she was here first. And you can see by yesterday’s photo, she prevailed.

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From Instagram

No Instagrams! I spent the week catching up on work and a very big project, and knew I’d be distracted if I started Instagramming. But I have lots to share of kitties supurrvising me!

 

From the back yard and beyond

I’ll be sure to catch up on my daily photo blog Today too.

 

From around this date in past years

Mr. Sunshine’s Crazy Whiskers, 2018

Mr. Sunshine and his crazy whiskers.
Mr. Sunshine and his crazy whiskers.

Normally Mr. Sunshine’s whiskers are purrfect. They are very long and gently curved, and he alone has not one single white one. But when he’s watching something waved arund his head that he really, really wants to get, he loses all control.

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What other photos have I shared around this date?

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Wordless Wednesday: Creative Catnap
Creative Catnap
Creative Catnap

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Get That Spot Back There, Would You? 2017
Get that spot back there, would you?
Get that spot back there, would you?

It’s so handy when your sibling knows just where you need a little wash. Giuseppe and Mewsette share a lazy afternoon sunbath.

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From Instagram

What a wonderfully bright morning that brought interesting shadows through the back door this morning.

First, Mimi, lost in the shadows.

Lost in the shadows.

Then Giuseppe, with interesting patterns.

Giuseppe with patterns.
Giuseppe with patterns.

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What We Did This Weekend, 2016
Mimi and Bella stretching in the sun.
Mimi and Bella stretching in the sun.

We had a little cable internet fixup happening yesterday, so much for all the cool posts I’d been planning, but I can at least share what my fine felines were doing yesterday and today while I was trying to catch up with work. Their weekend schedule was not inconvenienced in the least, I’m happy to say.

Giuseppe and Ophelia napping on the mattress after I stripped the bed. This is a choice spot.
Giuseppe and Ophelia napping on the mattress after I stripped the bed. This is a choice spot.
Mr. Sunshine airs out his belly in the studio.
Mr. Sunshine airs out his belly in the studio.
Basil takes my chair and keeps it because he's so cute.
Basil takes my chair and keeps it because he’s so cute.
Giuseppe and Bean in the box on the desk.
Giuseppe and Bean in the box on the desk.
Hamlet drapes off the edges of the top level of the cat tree.
Hamlet drapes off the edges of the top level of the cat tree.
Mewsette in the box on the desk.
Mewsette in the box on the desk.

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What other photos did have I shared around this date?

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Daily Photo: Who’s the Smallest of Them All?
three black cats
Mimi really is the smallest of them all!

It’s really not a trick of perspective, Mimi really is about half as big as her two largest children. Here she sits between Mewsette and Giuseppe, looking out the basement door into the back yard, probably watching the groundhog devouring everything in sight.

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The Big Plot, 2103
two black cats
Sunshine watches the stairs and Bean gets in position to leap to Emeraude’s food bowl.

“You watch the stairs, Sunshine—Emeraude’s asleep and I’m going in!”

The never-ending scheming to get a few bites of Emeraude’s food. She’d been defending her territory pretty heartily, but lately she’s not so concerned and looks at them, then continues her bath. Or she’s asleep on the toilet lid, and she’s pretty deaf, and they know that.

Jelly Bean is getting rounder. So is Mr. Sunshine. I have to close the door…

But still they’re cute in their deviousness. Take a look at “Two Great Minds” to see an earlier effort.

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When I Awake, 2012
Black cat watching through doorway
Mimi watches as I awake.

This is usually what I see, looking through my bedroom door to the landing: Mimi staring intently at me from the top of the wardrobe, beautifully silhouetted by golden morning sunlight. Nice to awaken and smile at beauty.

Her children are torturing me, though, energetically pulling back the covers, tickling my face with their whiskers, gnawing on my fingers and walking all over me. Perhaps Mimi is simply watching to see that they do what they’ve been told. A cat mom supersedes a human mom.

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Morning Kitties Are Like Morning Coffee, 2011
three black cats
Morning Kitties

They don’t need to do anything, all they need to do is sit there and they awaken my creative senses and make me smile.

Mewsette, Giuseppe and Jelly Bean pose on one of the last warm mornings while the leaves are still green and bright. Something to remember until next year.

 


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