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Kennebec/Lunk, Batman, and Robin are all now at Petsmart. They were fine, though of course they didn’t love going back into the cages. Let me tell y’all, that Lunk has got some LUNGS on him. I’m not sure my ears could take another car trip with him, so he just better get himself adopted ASAP.

Pics from before they went off to Petsmart. Gosh, I sure wish they got along with other cats…

Robin (right), and Newt.

Robin and Jake, snuggling, while Miz Poo looks on in disgust.

Lunk, keeping the self-warming bed warm.

Robin, pondering.

And having funny thoughts.

Lunk, afraid to look at Robin, lest the crazy rub off.

“Am not CRAZY. Am FUN.”

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A couple of people asked what color Kate is. She’s black, with a lovely dark-brown undercoat. She has a smattering of white hairs on her chest, and other isolated white hairs in other places, but no other colors on her. On one hand, a litter of medium-hair black kittens would be just OH so cute, wouldn’t they? On the other hand, black cats take so long to be adopted sometimes, that I hope they aren’t all black. But then again, medium-hairs tend to get adopted faster (don’t they? I feel like they do…).

One thing I do know, though: I have zero control over the color that her kittens are, so I’ll take what she gives me and I’ll be grateful!

“You’re darn tootin’ you will, lady!”

“In fact, just because you seem worried that I might have a litter of black kittens that you won’t be able to tell apart, I’ve decided that that’s exactly what I’ll do. SO THERE.”

Oh, she is just so beautiful!

When I first saw Kate, I thought that she looked very much like our late Mr. Fancypants (side note: I cannot believe it’s been 10 years!) But I looked at a few of his pictures, and I think she doesn’t really look that much like him, aside from the long, dark fur.

His fur was longer, his eyes were green, and to be honest, much as I loved him, he was kind of a jerk.

So – no babies yet, but Fred swore last night that he could feel a kitten’s head in there. Also, nipple report: I dug through her fur for you weirdos, and can report that they are a lovely rosy pink color. No milk sacs forming yet, but they aren’t the almost white color that Lilybet’s were.

Also, another point in the “this cat must be pregnant” column: she likes me, but she lurrrrrrrrves Fred. All pregnant kitties lurrrrrrrve Fred (well, Emmy didn’t, but she certainly tolerated him more than she tolerated me!)

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At the age of 12 1/2, Miz Poo – who has never ever ever been a climber – has suddenly decided she wants to be on top of the kitchen cabinets. She loves to sit there and snoopervise the goings-on. I don’t know why she’s suddenly a tree dweller instead of a bush dweller, but whatever she wants to do is fine with me. She’s just so proud of herself, I love seeing her up there.


2012: “Ho hum, hanging out here in the air again.”
2011: No entry.
2010: Seriously, how ADORABLE were baby Sugarbutt and Tommy?
2009: Samba, running around like a wild thing.
2008: I realized yesterday that I never told y’all any of Joe Bob’s back story.
2007: I really think that seven cats is just too many for us to have on a permanent basis. Six really feels like the right number for us. (Oh, poor naive, silly, deluded 2007 Robyn.)
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



2-27-13 — 54 Comments

  1. I lost my ginger cat this past summer and seeing Newt and Lunk (ha, Lunk!) is making me really pine for another one! (I’m not sure my Siamese and my retired Greyhound (newest addition) share my desire, though!) Also? KITTEHS!!!!

    • I have an orange tom – I was going to call him Marmaduke or just Duke for short, but his foster mama gave him the name Pumpkin, and somehow it just stuck. I have to admit that it fits him, though.

      • My Simba was named by three children under the age of six. I probably would have given him a “manlier” name, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

    • I was owned by 2 ex-racing greyhounds, both black and white males. They were WONDERFUL and I still miss them both dearly. Both of mine were couch potatoes and LOVED kitties!! The kitties loved them too πŸ™‚

  2. And the countdown to Lunk’s inevitable “accident” begins πŸ˜‰

    You go with your bad self, Miz Poo.

    What? No PICTURES of Kate’s nipples??? This isn’t quite the full-service website that I thought it was. HeeHeeHee.

    • Now, Kelly, there are other web sites you can go to if you want to see Kate’s nipples. I hear those royals are rather wild.

    • If you really need to titillate yourself that much (see what I did there), there are places you can go on the Internet for that πŸ˜€

  3. When it is time for Mommy Kate’s adoption, have pet smart point our her golden eyes! Golden Eyes are so rare on black cats that a friend who is a cat show judge chided us for having one in a novel I wrote with my husband. I pointed out our (then) stud tom (Forest Cat) had golden eyes, in fact his pedigreed name (not from us) meant “golden flower” for his eyes. If she has brown highlights they could either be natural coat color (probably are if they are undercoat) of from the sun, breeders have to keep pure black cats out of the Summer sun or they turn brown before the cat show! They “fade” just like your laundry if it is left out too long (need better natural cat dyes I guess lol). Anyway, she may carry genes for brown ticked tabbies if she has that unusual brown coat as an actual color. In Ireland, Black Cats are LUCKY, which makes them easier to home – Red Cats are even luckier – one is probably native Irish Tradition but the “lucky Red Tom” that every farm wants to have is probably Viking.

    • That is interesting because I have mostly seen golden eyes on black cats (all that come into the shelter). It is crazy rare for them to have green eyes.

  4. I will miss Batman and Robin. I loved them so.

    Miz Poo! It’s never too late to learn new tricks.

  5. Aw, I hope the boys are adopted really soon! They’re so adorable and would bring a lot of fun and life into anyone’s home. Here’s hoping…

    As for Kate, her kittens’ coat colors have already be determined. But, I guarantee they’ll be cute! And even if they are black, they will be adopted, right?

    Finally, how cute is Miz Poo? It might be age which is driving her upward. As you say, she can see and hear what’s coming and feel less vulnerable. My Fuzz has always been a tree dweller, but he has been more insistent on getting up high since he turned 15 or so. The only thing which will bring him down to chair height is a sun puddle, food or pets. And yeah, he fades (He’s a tuxie). His entire right side is reddish brown right now after a winter’s worth of sunbathing!

  6. I have transported a couple of screamers and it makes thr trip twice as long. πŸ™‚

    We had a litter here of identical brown tabbies…and everyone ended up wearing paper collars after a while….

  7. Since the gene that makes cats solid colored is a recessive one, the father could donate a gene that makes them tabbies, She could have a recessive that will work to produce blue kittens. Torties, tuxies, and even solid white are possible results.

    As to the eye color, it tends to follow coat color, with more tinted cats tending to yellow and cats with less ‘ink’ having green or even blue. So for a black cat to have yellow to gold eyes certainly isn’t strange.

  8. Did you freak out when you saw Miz Poo up high the first time? I’m pretty sure I would have – I would have been sure that she couldn’t get down!

    • I was a little worried, but she saw me looking at her, and was happy to prove that she could get down if she wanted to. πŸ™‚

  9. Lunk reminds me so much of my Buddy. I wanted to give you an update – In June you were kind enough to post a message because my Buddy got out and I couldn’t find him. Well a few nights ago I saw an orange tabby butt running off my porch from the food bowls. Last night I got a look at the face and I’m 98% positive it’s my Buddy!! He’s scared though, but when I called his name he stopped and turned like hmmmm that sounds familiar. So I’m going to get a cage and try to catch him this weekend and well just hoping it all goes well. It’s been 8 months since he got out and he was only about 1 years of age.

      • Trapping is a great idea. Be persistent, it may take more than one time to get him into the trap. Alleycat.org is a great site, lots of how-to stuff. Good Luck!

      • He’s home!!! I got him tonight – didn’t even need the trap – had my door open (will probably get sick but its worth it) and finally coerced him inside (had to do it twice, first time he got out again) and I got him. He’s in the bathroom calming down and until I can get him to vet to get him checked out, but he lets me hold him and love on him with no fighting at all. I don’t remember when I’ve been so happy!

  10. I really think you are going to get a call asking if you could take in Lunk again for a rest because he has laryngitis for meowing himself hoarse on the trip to Petsmart! Wait for it…

  11. I hope Robin’s “whisker of power” helps him find his forever home quickly. He and Lunk and Batman are just too much.

    Kate’s eyes are just amazing. Again, reminds me of my dear, sweet Penny with her mesmerizing eyes and black coat, a Halloween clichΓ©.

  12. So, what, you WANT to make me feel old today? You WANT to remind me how long it’s been since you first introduced the cuteness that was Miz Poo as a kitteh, and how long it’s been since Mr. Fancypants was swishing his fancy self around???

    I have to go find some Geritol and chase it with some Ensure…

    Kate is just as gorgeous as her namesake, and while I know it’d be a screaming pain in the ass for you to have a litter of identical black kittehs to deal with, I WANTS THEM! I WANTS THEM!!!

    • Heh – even if they are all black and look identical, I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to differentiate them. πŸ™‚

  13. You are killing me! That picture of Lunk snuggled on the self warming blanket, I want him. Do you ship to Virginia to crazy hormonal pregnant ladies who want to mother anything and everything? I adore Kate too. I have a black cat and love him, he totally needs a black cat girlfriend. She is like a mix of my two boys. One is medium fur and the other is black. Perfect, there is something about black cats that is so special. I hate that they get adopted so slowly. You can ship Kate to me too πŸ™‚

  14. Nipples! Side note, my preggo cats would shed skin around the nipple right before birth. How do I know this? Ask the three who determined the best place to have kittens were in my lap

    • OMC! How they must have trusted and loved you to have their babies in your lap!! But how long did you have to sit, or did you move them once you realized what was happening? My legs would have cramped up! πŸ˜‰

      • I think I would be helping clean or something!!! Or completely mad that my camera was j-u-s-t out of reach!!!!

  15. My Ollie was like your Mr. Fancypants.. something about jerk kitties you can’t help but love..

    So proud of Miz Poo πŸ™‚

  16. It doesn’t seem like ten years, but I remember Mr. Fancypants. Your blog has gotten me through a lot of hard times, Robyn. When I’d be lower than a snake belly, reading your funny comments and the kitteh pictures were sometimes the highlight of my day. πŸ™‚

    And, Miz Poo! Please give her a big ol’ hug and kiss from me!

    I’m looking forward to Kate’s new kittehs! (Her eyes are beautiful!)

  17. Best of adoption wishes for the kitties at Petsmart! πŸ™‚

    Ooooooh, Katie the pretty black kitty! It sounds like, just judging from coat color descriptions of momkitty, there might be black or sable kittens in the upcoming bunch. Black or sable tabbies? Maaaaaybe. I’m also going to hazard a guess at one tortie, just because tortie!

    Speaking of torties, hi Miz Poo! *cuddles*

  18. I know just one thing about those kittens-to-be:

    Each and every one will be a work of art.

  19. Look at Kate’s foofy tail! I luf her. I luf Miz Pooh, also.

    “Much as I loved him, he was kind of a jerk.” sounds like all the men who have been in my life. Heh! Awww, Fancypants – you sure were a pretty boy. When you’re that pretty, you’re allowed to be a little bit of a jerk.

  20. There’s something about Miz Poo’s chin that cracks me up every time I see a pic of her… she’s so adorable!

  21. Wait…Miz Poo is 12 and a half? CRIMONY! I’ve been reading your site for a long time. I’m with Jennifer (@14); lemmie hobble over to the meds cabinet and get me a tube of arthritis medicine. I have an 18 year old Brit who has never been an up cat and continues to not be an up cat. She does, however, surprise me by sprightly springing into a laundry basket of fresh clothes or nimbly hopping up onto the bed for snuggles. She was never much of a snuggler in her heyday but now? She practically bowls over the kittens for pettin time.

    Also…you go Miz Poo with your shelf climbing ways!

  22. Speaking of nipples, what’s going on with Newt? Does he lick them obsessively? I had a kitten who did that, the vet said it was a nervous habit and that I could put hot sauce on them if it bothered me.

    Needless to say, I didn’t do it but does Newt groom excessively?

    • Do you mean Robin? I’m not seeing Newt’s nipples.

      If you mean Robin, he doesn’t lick his nipples excessively (why do I feel like I need to tread carefully lest I take a left into Penthouse Letters territory?), but it seems like black cats’ nipples tend to show more often than the nipples of other cats; god knows you can’t get a look at Tommy’s belly without being accosted by his nipples.