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Daily Photo Reprise: Must Clean Toes, a Lifelong Task, 2011

tortoiseshell cat on windowsill cleaning toes
I have always had a smile at Kelly cleaning her toes.

Kelly carefully washes between each toe on one paw, then methodically continues with the rest, her tail happily curled in a semi-circle as she enjoys the spring sunshine.

I’m glad I don’t have to lick my toes clean. Even though I’ve watched my cats for years, I still can’t figure out how they keep themselves so clean by licking themselves. Kelly is a constant bather, and knowing her fastidious personality I’ve always thought she was trying to organize all her tortoiseshell speckles into some sort of order.


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