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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