Friday, April 19, 2024
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Daily Photo: Sunny Sunday Naps

Basil and Bella napping together.
Basil and Bella napping together.

These two.

Basil can be a little anxious, and Bella keeps him calm. She likes Cat TV, he likes naps with his fur brothers, but almost every day I’ll see the two of them settle down for a nap together, sometimes like this, sometimes I’ll find them in the kitchen together after I’ve turned out the lights but go back down for a snack. This back to back nap by the dining room window is a regular thing.

Kitty Things

I happened to see this little kitty angel by a neighbor’s porch in their very nicely tended garden and wanted to share it. Actually, I also found it inspiring for some ideas…

Angel Kitty in a neighbor's garden.
Angel Kitty in a neighbor’s garden.

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A Little Bromance?, 2016
A little bromance.
A little bromance.

This is Hamlet and Basil, just quietly settled together near the open basement door, spattered with morning sun. The two long-haired boy cats, the two formerly feral foster cats literally mirroring each other in a sweet quiet moment of brotherly togetherness. Hamlet has been openly friendly with all the other cats, greeting them and sitting near them, but he and Basil have a special fondness for each other. Perhaps they see more than a little of themselves in each other.

It totally warms my heart to see one foster teaching another that living with humans is a good thing.



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Daily Photo Reprise: The Wanderer, 2014


black cat with cataracted eye
It’s a stare-down.

It’s hard to believe it’s been this long, but Kennedy has been here a little over a month. He hasn’t shown signs of carrying in any contagious viral illnesses and passed his FeLV/FIV test when he was rescued; if he’d encountered these in the days before he came here his health is compromised enough that we might be seeing the effects in new symptoms. He recovered surprisingly quickly from the seizures, rehydrating and regaining his appetite. He’ll be going to the vet again this coming week for a check up, and I’ve been a little concerned about his appetite, not quite as robust as it had been, but he is otherwise stable. Dr. Michelle stopped by to help that with a little acupuncture.

But today I had the bathroom door open with the baby gate in place, and Kennedy actually meowed for me to come upstairs, and then he looked so forlorn that I decided it was time he got a little exercise. I blocked off my bedroom, which is a maze of boxes around and under the bed, and the landing so he couldn’t get to the stairs, but he was free to come into my studio.

black cat

Which he immediately did. He had absolutely no hesitation at walking out the door of his room, trying to get into my bedroom, then turning to walk into the studio and giving it a thorough inspection.

He is very stiff and Dr. Michelle and I had discussed some possible levels of badly-healed injuries. His spine is pretty inflexible, which is why he walks in so many circles in the bathroom—he really can’t even turn his head very easily, let alone bend his spine in any direction. Along with the cataracted eye, which can be the result of an injury, his front legs are pretty stiff and oddly placed. His left leg is clearly bent a bit, and sometimes it looks as if he is walking on just his toes and his claws stick out at odd angles. His hips have the most stiffness and his hind legs don’t seem to have much muscle. He really can’t do more than walk forward, though he can step into the litterbox. He can’t jump over a baby gate, though (except he did later in his stay here).

But he can poke into every corner of my studio and walk around behind everything. And he can face off with his fur brothers. He’s been dying to meet them face to face!

black cat with cataracted eye

It’s hard enough to balance on all four legs, but he can balance on three for a few seconds so he can poke Giuseppe, as poking seems to be his favorite activity whether it’s through the baby gate or face to face. No matter that he’s blind in one eye, stiff, underweight and with an end-of-life condition, he was glad to accept my studio as part of his territory and defend it against all intruders. He even followed them around the room.

At the top, he sits near the door as Jelly Bean wants to come in and Giuseppe wants to go out. Neither of them had any interest until Kenendy was in there. They are transfixed by his stare. More pokes ensued.

two black cats
Up close and personal.

Mr. Sunshine isn’t so easily intimidated, and he can be a little aggressive. I was concerned he might give Kennedy more of a shove than he was ready for, especially after a poke, which no one does to Mr. Sunshine unless they are ready to rumble, but he kept his cool. As he tried to walk around Kennedy to leave the two got into a little spiral, but everything turned out well, Kennedy poked everyone, but there wasn’t even a growl, and only one hiss, from Bean of all cats because the whole thing made him nervous.

black cat with cataracted eye
Have you been in my room?!

“What are you doing in my room?!”

Though this photo is really bad, everyone’s reactions when Kennedy discovered the three boys had invaded his inner sanctum was too funny! Giuseppe is actually in the corner in Kennedy’s bed while Mr. Sunshine is trying to just get past him—he ended up leaping over him. Bean got out just in time and hopped over the baby gate and that’s who Kennedy is staring at. Three brave boys just trying to get out of trouble!

black cat with cataracted eye

Kennedy sits in the studio doorway daring any cat to walk by. Kennedy doesn’t sit still, so I didn’t get as many clear photos as I wanted, and even when he had the studio all to himself he kept finding new places to sit, like behind my chair, not letting anyone near me. Cats!

He lasted about 15 minutes. He’d wandered in and out of the bathroom too, and at one point he wandered in and didn’t come back out. I peeked in to see him standing in his bed. I guess he was pretty exhausted after all that. He had a great nap, and probably great dreams too, where he was totally brave and totally a hero. I’m glad I had the chance to let him mingle a little.

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"Did I miss the Easter Bunny? I wanted to play with him!" Basil is very disappointed! Can't pass up an opportunity for a good cat-in-a-yellow-basket photo.

Basil must have thought the yellow basket was a gift for him because he owned it from the day it came into the house, which was the day I was running errands and saw it…atop someone’s trash pile. I sprayed it down and rinsed it in the basement and let it air dry, then brought it up to the magic basket spot, and Basil was immediately IN THE BASKET, looking totally cute, big, long, white whisker and all. Read more, and purchase.


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