Daily Photo: Six Black Cats, and a Visitor

Six black cats!
Six black cats!

They are gathered for when I opened the oven to remove the freshly-baked apple crisp. Why not? Several of them tasted the ingredients as I put it together. It’s not unusual that I get six black cats in one place, but getting the seventh cat on that cabinet is a real trick!

In the front, Smokie is washing Bella’s face. Giuseppe sat down with his tail over her, the rest milled around, not sure whether they would stay for the warmth and chance of apple crisp and possibly dinner, or go back to their afternoon naps. They went back to their naps!

Our friend Debby Nicola came to visit (you’ll see her also in my update to yesterday’s post about Bert and Ernie) and was greeted at the door by five of seven black cats—Mewsette and Smokie were upstairs enjoying an easy Sunday nap. Below four fine felines milling around angling for pets; it’s the boys and Mimi. Each of the boys had some time on her lap, then Mimi occupied her for a nice long nap.

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Debby tries to pet four black cats at the same time.

A little later we went upstairs to see how Bert and Ernie reacted to a visitor, and Mimi sat disapprovingly on the top edge of the baby gate—you can see her over Debby’s shoulder—as our traitorous visitor handed treats to the two foster cats. Humans! You can just never figure them out.

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Mimi disapproves of other cats getting treats before her.

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


Cleaning Day, 2013
five black cats
Cleaning day!

Stacks of boxes! big chunks of paper! twine! packing peanuts! it’s all going out the door! Wet floors and noise! She’s gone crazy! Better get out of her way or she’ll be tossing us out too!

Yes, time to clean up after the holidays, and the kids are losing all their improvised toys. It’s not as if they don’t have plenty of official toys! Except, of course, Mewsette’s precious works of cardboard art.

It’s good to do an inventory and put things away, though, all the stacks of boxes of merchandise and packing materials. It took lots of kitty toes to keep track of how many cards and garden flags and calendars are left, and as much as we all wanted to get started on new things, we had to get the place under control.

Not the best photo, above, but I was running the sweeper when I saw the big eyes and looks of horror and all of them clustered on the cabinet for safety!

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Into the Picture Frame, 2012
black cat looks into picture frame
Mewsette looks into the world inside the glass.

Mewsette studies the image reflected in the glass. How does she get in there to explore this magical world?

Perhaps if she peeks around the back…

black cat looking around the edge of a picture frame
Mewsette peeks around the back…

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He’ll Never Know What Hit Him…, 2011
two black cats
I’ll just sit here really quietly then suddenly leap…

Somehow I don’t think Jelly Bean is thinking about how much he loves his brother Mr. Sunshine. I think he sees a target drawn right on the back of Mr. Sunshine’s head.

This is how it begins, the daily wrestling match, it’s all Jelly Bean’s doing as he sits on his table by the window waiting for one of his brothers to innocently happen on by. Usually it’s Giuseppe, but now and then Mr. Sunshine walks into the trap.

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Cookie’s Biggest Fan, 2010
black cat and tortoisesehll cat
Mewsette Guards Cookie

I will always thank Mewsette for taking care of Cookie.

Has Mewsette adopted Cookie?

I’ve often noticed Mewsette being near Cookie, sitting, sleeping, bathing, sometimes trying to do a gentle nuzzle or head-butt which is summarily rebuffed by Cookie. “I don’t need any babysitting!” Cookie would say. However, I’ve lately seen Mousse cuddling with or near Cookie—after she’s fallen asleep, of course!

Perhaps like Giuseppe in the way he adopted Peaches years ago, cuddling, keeping her warm, giving her his youthful energy, Mewsette will finally have her way with Cookie. Cookie couldn’t ask for a nicer understudy in Mewsette, big, strong, quiet and sweet.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Photo: Six Black Cats, and a Visitor

  • December 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    6 blacks together is quite a feat 🙂
    4 getting pats,well pats feel good.
    Giving treats to the newcomers…what?
    Kitties remember these things ya know.
    We like the pic of JB eyeing his target! MOL
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

    • December 28, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      We do our best to accommodate everyone, Georgia and Julie! As long as we keep Mimi happy, all is well, even when brothers tangle. 🙂


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