Something In My Office

five cats on rug
The Fantastic Four and Marvelous Mimi, at it again for autumn.

Tell me, could you work with something like this in your office? A glob of black cats nearly indistinguishable from each other? A pile of purring black fur? What would you do if you knew this was happening on the floor behind you? Tell me you wouldn’t be distracted.

Well, guess what? It’s time for the Fantastic Four and their marvelous mom Mimi to curl up on the butterfly rug and wait for the furnace to come on.

At one point this afternoon I noticed a conspicuous absence of cats on my desk. I knew the tortie girls were having their senior special for lunch up in the bathroom, but why not at least one black cat to lie all over my papers and sit between me and my monitor?

I did bring the butterfly rug out of storage and set it on the floor, so it’s partly my own fault. But that vent in the bottom step is a furnace vent, and cats have always been serious about sleeping there. Don’t mind me when I have to practically jump over them to get to the steps when I want to go up, and carefully take one big step over them when coming down. I don’t mind that. It’s just when they get all in a pile like this that I find it impossible to do anything but photograph them.

Below is the “key” to their scramble. Sometimes seeing them from above helps to figure things out. From the top, Mr. Sunshine is using his mom as a bolster, lapping his front paws over her. Mewsette tucked herself into the group when all four had settled in, so she’s on top at about 2:00, her head resting on Jelly Bean’s, though Jelly Bean had been cuddling face to face with Giuseppe until Mewsette came along. They don’t move much when they get into one of these.

five cats on butterfly rug
All five from above.

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15 thoughts on “Something In My Office

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  • October 4, 2011 at 10:37 am
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    There is nothing better than a pile of black kitties. I love how they arranged themselves on the butterfly – how beautiful!

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    • October 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm
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      Christine, this was intended as a gift for a great-niece, but the cats adopted it as I was putting the pieces together. No matter where it is, they will sleep on it, but the heater vent apparently makes it a little piece of heaven.

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  • October 4, 2011 at 8:24 am
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    What a wonderful pile-up! Even though my two are brother and sister, they don’t really cuddle like that with each other. Maybe I need that perfectly-situated vent!

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    • October 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm
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      Wazeau, I didn’t know they were siblings–aren’t genetics amazing! But the vent does make a difference. I have several gigabytes of photos of all sorts of combinations of cats in that spot!

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    • October 5, 2011 at 7:54 am
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      Nod, my two are definately from the same parents, which is why I find your recent posts on genetics so fascinating!. Here’s a link to some of the baby pictures I have of them. The last picture in particular I love, because it really shows how Sassafrass has the same back leg coloration as Nekoka.

      http://wazeau.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/they-were-once-kittens/

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    • October 5, 2011 at 11:02 am
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      Mimi was very selective and only chose the two unneutered black males from Fifth Avenue–I’m not kidding. She had six litters of four, and nearly all were completely black or with only a white patch here or there. One litter also included an unneutered gray and white male who lived in their house (across the street) as one of the fathers and that produced two black kittens, a black and white and a calico/tortie female like Sassafras. Here is the genetics of it: http://www.messybeast.com/tricolours.htm.

      You’ll be reading Mimi’s story in the next few days because she has remarks to say in observance of breast cancer awareness.

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  • October 4, 2011 at 7:01 am
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    Love the pics…I would totally be distracted too and would turn into a paparazzi a this sight!!!

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    • October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm
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      Dr. Rayya, they do this every day. I can’t stand it! That’s why I have so many photos!

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  • October 4, 2011 at 4:17 am
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    A black fur puddle! They are purrfectly elegantly arranged!

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    • October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm
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      CATachresis, no matter what they do they are perfect–really, not because of how I feel about them, but because how beautifully they fit together. I’ve never had a whole family into adulthood so I just find them fascinating.

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  • October 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm
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    I would get down on the floor and curl up with them. ­čÖé

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    • October 3, 2011 at 10:58 pm
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      Jenny, I’ve been known to do that…when I need to rest if I’m working late in my office downstairs because something is due out in the morning, I curl up there and everyone piles onto me and purrs me to sleep. When all I get is a two-hour nap in a night, they make it the best it can be.

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  • October 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm
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    I wish I had a big pile of kitties! Can’t wait to move out of this apartment and get a home of my own so I can. ­čÖé

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    • October 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm
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      filkosll, after years of unrelated cats who really didn’t care to curl up together, this is almost overwhelming. I hope you get your apartment soon!

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