“We’ll have some of what you’re having because we deserve it. We work hard around here, raising these kittens you’ve forced on us. Raising kittens is a lot of work, and as you can see, we are even losing weight. So hand over the lunch, lady.
“And you can also start giving us treats on a regular basis. We know you are giving them by the bag to those two derelicts in the bathroom. And yet you choose to neglect the cats who spend their lives with you. You are a disappointment as a human.”
Should I feel a little threatened with all those glowing eyes on me? And three black cats? I’m not sure, but I do know I calmly finished eating my lunch. I haven’t yet seen anyone complain about raising kittens, in fact they all look like they are having a great time. And they were all carrying around an extra pound, possibly even a little more, and all this running and playing—oops, ninja training—has really trimmed them nicely since last September. Yes, I have been using treats with Bert and Ernie—it’s amazing how a food bribe can change a reluctant kitty’s attitude about the value of humans in feline society.
Giuseppe, especially, looks awesome.
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What other photos have I shared on or around this date?
Vintage Photo: Fawn and Nikka, 1997
Fawn and Nikka were mentioned in today’s story as two cats who shared the house with me at the time I’d rescued Sasha. This photo of the two was in the folder of photos of Sasha, and I thought I’d introduce a few new colors to The Creative Cat.
Fawn, a “torbie” or tortoiseshell tabby stayed with me when all the rest of the litter had been adopted, including their mom. She had very clear stripes all over, but some were orange and some were black. Her paws were marbled, and she had two orange stripes at the end of her tail that were always signaling something, waving for happiness or twitching like a rattlesnake for tortitude. You can also read more about her in “The Balloon”. Fawn did have some tortitude, but she was all talk. She was the little sister of everyone and loved it until I moved here and Sophie and Cookie came along.
Below, her dilute tortoiseshell sister Nikka was not to be taken for less than her sister Fawn. Nikka was adopted, then I took her back at age 7 when her person could no longer take care of her. Nikka was friendly and playful and silly, but she was also a bully; the cat who she’d lived with suffered from urinary issues and was constantly ill and underweight until the two moved apart and he was like a totally, totally new cat. Unfortunately, Nikka chose Fawn as her target and literally stalked her and terrorized her often enough to keep Fawn worried. Then at other times they slept near each other like this, actually touching! This is the only photo I have of this event.
Both of them were absolutely beautiful, and no doubt gave me my lifelong love of tri-color cats, especially those diluted kitties in gray and peach. But I can still hear Fawn’s little voice, which always sounded disappointed and disapproving.
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Long Shadows, 2013
Light spills down between the cabinets from the back door and all those legs cast long shadows in an interesting composition as Giuseppe and Mr. Sunshine, enjoying his namesake, settle into the spot they’ve claimed.
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Mimi’s Long Shadow, 2013
From this morning when we had a little bit of sun and Mimi was giving me the business for letting it get cold outside. I told her I was impressed that such a little cat could cast such a long shadow. She was unimpressed and went back inside, leaving me unsupervised.
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Wordless Wednesday: Honeycrisp
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