Daily Photo: Two Faces

two black cats
Two Faces

Bella and Giuseppe are distracted for just a quick moment from watching the birds at the feeder and, most tantalizing, the squirrel as she busies herself cleaning up the seed spilled on the ground and hopping about. Just a moment, now, or they’ll miss an important segment of Cat TV!

two black cats
Don’t miss a thing!

And there she is! I’m fairly certain the same squirrel regularly visits this feeder. She’s a female because she doesn’t have a fancy set of fuzzy dice under her tail, and while their markings don’t change too much from one individual to the next I can see slight differences in the sizes and set of their ears as well as slightly redder or fur or darker saddles across the back. This one has pronounced dark markings on either side of her nose, where her whiskers originate. Squirrels also tend to be very territorial, and I’ve seen them at other feeders both chasing off other squirrels and playing with and eating with other squirrels and I doubt she’d let a new one in .

squirrel in tree
The main attraction.

This post is part of Selfie Sunday with The Cat On My Head. It’s two selfies in one!

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


Unavoidable Cuteness, 2012
black cat on desk
Mr. Sunshine gives me the full exposure.

Could you work with this kind of treatment? Mr. Sunshine gives me the full cuteness treatment right at the corner of my keyboard.

And that wasn’t all of it. He started out kind of subdued (for Mr. Sunshine), curling his toes and wrapping a paw around his nose.

black cat curled up by keyboard
Mr. Sunshine is subtle.

Then he looked at me to see if I noticed.

black cat on desk
Mr. Sunshine determines I’m not paying attention.

Presuming I was ignoring him, despite the camera pointing at him, he decided to expose himself, as in the top photo. To which he got a good belly rub and then took a nap. What a great day.

But how am I supposed to work under such conditions?

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Giuseppe, Hard at Work, 2011
black cat on person's shoulder
Giuseppe checks out the situation.

Giuseppe hopped lightly onto Dominick’s shoulder, settled in and reviewed the new assignment.

Giuseppe takes his job very seriously, and he doesn’t just jump up onto anyone’s shoulder. I’ve been working with Dom since 2000 and he totally understands the need for cats to walk on papers, look deep into a human’s eyes to judge character, and approve any individual who comes into the house.

Apparently, Dom meets’ with Giuseppe’s high standards. Perhaps it’s their Italian heritage and love of opera.

black cat on person's shoulder giving face rub
Giuseppe approves of Dom.

Now that Dom has been approved, Giuseppe must review all the papers and approve with a nose rub or a bite in the corner. All papers were approved.

black cat inspecting papers
Giuseppe gives his nose rub of approval.

I’m really glad my customers are cat people, considering they have been forced to interact with one or more for all the years I’ve been working in my home! Here are a few other photos of my cats interacting with customers.

My Feline Receptionist

Work? He’s Here to See Me

A Busy Day at Work


Browse some rescued cats and kittens!


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