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So when the wee McMaos curl up in your lap, do you stay there, or do you eventually have to move? Because I always feel so guilty I end up sitting still until something goes numb.

I can sit for a pretty long time with my legs crossed, but yeah, eventually one leg goes to sleep and I have to move around. They’re pretty forgiving, but occasionally they look up at me and give me the sad little heartbroken meow, and I want to throw myself out the window for daring to disturb their rest. 🙂

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Good luck Rufus! Did he ever take a “non-cute” picture? Whoever adopts him will be very lucky; I think he’s a special kitty. And I trust your judgment Miz Robyn; I know I couldn’t do what you do. I would keep every kitty. BUT you have encouraged me. I am going to foster two cats this summer!

I don’t believe Rufus ever took a bad picture, no. And YAY! The world can always use another awesome foster parent!

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Those kittens are cute enough to eat! so scoop up-able and kissable and squishable – aaww…!!! Are they eating solid food on their own now?

Indeed they are. In fact, they now know what the sound of a cat food tin opening means, and they cluster around my feet and howl at me. For a while I was giving them all canned food just about every time I went into the room, but that had to stop and now they get canned food (mixed with baby food – which I guess I can stop doing any time now, too. But they love it so much!) in the morning and evening, and have kibble available the rest of the day. The only kitten who isn’t interested in canned food (weirdo) is Finnegan, and so when everyone else is bellied up to the plates, he just follows me around and supervises what I’m doing.

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I dreamt about the McMaos last night… At one point I had Declan and another baby, and was walking them on leashes. Clearly, I am obsessed with the babies.

I would like to see what Declan would do if I put a leash on him!

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*pets Rufus* Good luck to you, pretty boy! May a forever home with a fondness for soft, snuggle-able kitties turn up in a hurry. What color is he, anyway? I’m not sure I ever knew.

Rufus is a medium-hair gray tabby with white. Also, he’s SO PRETTY that I expect he’s going to find a home soon. I hope so, anyway!

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I’d like to hear more about the Pouty Princess and what she does to make herself seem pouty. I’ve thought all that she’s the most beautiful of this litter and to hear about her personality would be awesome!

The Pouty Princess is actually not all that pouty. She’s a little bit of a drama queen – she was always the hissiest of the bunch, and if you pick her up and she doesn’t WANT to be picked up, she will cry like a sad little princess. But she’s a sweet girl, and she was actually the VERY FIRST baby McMao to purr for me. That just happened a few days ago! Oh sure, they purr like mad for their mama, but for me they had nothin’. But then earlier this week I picked up Ciara and petted her, and she thought about it for a moment and then began purring softly. Then the next day Finnegan did it!

There’s nothing sweeter than a purring kitten.

Ciara also loves her mother with a passion, and can often be found giving her mama a look o’ love. She will happily play fight with her brothers, and she gives as good as she gets. She’s not much of a climber, but she’ll climb every now and then when the mood strikes her. And her favorite toy is the Kong Kickeroo – she very well might be taking after her mother, who always did like a good sniff of the catnip-containing Kickeroo.

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The photo of Alice on top of the cabinets reminded me of my favorite tumblr. Check it out, if you haven’t seen it already- it’s called Get out of there cat and features photos of cats in all sorts of crazy places, and typical places, like boxes and on top of doors. 🙂

I’ve seen that site several times this week and kept meaning to link to it, so thanks for the reminder! It cracks me UP.

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We’ve been giving Miss Dorothy limited time out of the guest bedroom to explore and meet the other cats. She thinks it’s pretty neat to have all that room to run.




Sugarbutt did not care for this tiny little girlkitty getting all up in his grill, and a moment after I snapped the picture, he smacked her. She wasn’t too perturbed by that, and just ran past him.

Then she gave him a look like this:


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I love Finnegan’s stripes.

Declan. How did they get so grown up?! He doesn’t even have any blue left in his eyes!

“Yeah, come on down here! BRING IT ON!”

“That didn’t quite work out the way I’d intended.”


Finnegan contemplates.

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Happy Friday the 13th! ::scary music::


2010: “Mooooom! The couch is eating kittens again!”
2009: No entry.
2008: Here’s a hint: Mister Boogers? Not the man.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



5-13-11 — 22 Comments

  1. Helloooooo, babies! They are HUGE! I don’t come by for a week and all of the sudden I don’t recognize anycat! 🙂

    Dorothy’s *face* is just too much.

  2. Dorothy is such a beautiful girl with her little round head and black eyeliner!

  3. Ok Dorothy is gorgeous but that first picture – that thud you heard was me falling off my chair from the cute. She sounds like Trixie – getting a bop and just keeping going. It is good to roll with the (literal) punches when there are big cats around.

    And oh the babies are so cute – why can’t they stay that way forever!!!

    And yeah, we love Friday the 13th so we were not scared at all.

  4. Aww thank heavens for your site! Blogger’s not working at the moment so I’m suffering from severe lack of cute cats and kitties and all furries overload!!!!

    Dorothy has the sweetest face!! What a darling!!

    I really wish Rufus all the best too – he was such a darling and whoever gives him a forever home is very very lucky indeed!

    Yay for the amazing McMaos and super Mum! Take care

  5. The “hi mama” photos just kill me — Maggie is so incredibly patient with her babies!

  6. Now you’ve done it, I keep getting just the start of some new words to an old song, it starts out with a “Whack Diddle Daddle” followed something, something, Finnegan’s stripes!” Maybe I’ve been listing too much to my Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers CD?..lol

  7. OMG, that video… Wish the little one wasn’t so scared, but him/her has a fierce!

    And Miss Doro is a darling.

  8. Look at all the little bowls lined up!

    I have to LOL at Dorothy’s attitude picture. I have an identical picture of my kitty Luanne that I titled “Stop taking my #@$% picture!”

    I love that Dorothy’s eyes match her fur. She’s such a beauty. And you can make out that abbreviated tail in the Sugarbutt picture.

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  9. I already miss Rufus. Declan has always been the Batman kitty to me since he looks like he’s wearing a dark (tabby) cowl that comes down to his nose, exposing his lower face. Even has the bat ears going on.

  10. Robyn! Robyn! Robyn!! I neeeeeeed your help!! We have a poo problem! Namely that it gets everywhere *for everywhere read in the bath* Our gentleman cat (he is 2 and a big white ball of fur!) used to be the best litter boxer you ever did meet. When we first brought him home he dug and cover when he did his business. Not anymore! For months now we come home, or even wake up in a morning, to a stinky poo at the lying down end of the bath =( I don’t know what to do to stop him! Also, he pees on clothes that get left on the floor, not fussy which floor he finds them on, and its not ALL clothes, but there doesn’t seem to be a pattern particularly! Any advice? Pleeeeeeease help us!

    Declan has a touch of Gremlin face there… super adorable but a little bit evil perhaps? The McMaos are all freakin’ adorables though!

    Wee Dorothy should SO joint the permanent residents! How can you resist that cute face?!

    • JessCa: First, I’m going to direct you to The Happy Litterbox, which is a relatively new site, but you might find some useful tips by poking around there. Also, CatInfo.org is a great site and worth checking out, too.

      I’ve been lucky enough to not to have to deal with cats pooping in the tub or shower, so I’m not quite sure what to advise. Is there a litter box anywhere near the bath? Is it feasible to put a litter box in the vicinity of the bath and add some Cat Attract litter to it? If you could do that, and it worked to get him using the litter box again, you could then slowwwwwly move the litter box back to its desired location and hopefully he’d follow along, thus solving the problem.

      Have you recently changed the litter or the frequency with which you’re cleaning the litter box? Or are there any other recent changes that might be bothering him and causing him to send a message?

      As for the peeing on clothes that are left on the floor, I wish I had advice other than “Don’t leave your clothes on the floor”, but I don’t. We also have that issue (every time I think we’re past it, I’m proven wrong pretty quickly) and we have learned to never ever leave clothes on the floor – everything’s either hung up or put in dresser drawers, or in the clothes basket in the closet.

    • Hi JessCa,
      I also recommend the Happy Litterbox!

      My Fuzz started pooping in the bathtub as a reaction to my moving him to this apartment. What worked for him was to put a litterbox the same color as the tub inside the tub where he usually did it (the drain end). I cleaned and odor neutralized first, of course. I gradually moved the litterbox – about an inch every couple of days – so it was was to one side and at the other end. I left it there for about a week, then moved it just to the other side of the tub wall. During this whole process, I scooped a couple of times a day and kept the litter very clean so it was attractive. Robyn’s Cat Attract litter idea would also work.

      Once Fuzz was going in the litterbox consistently, I gradually moved the litterbox to its current location next to the toilet – again, about an inch every couple of days.

      Yes, the whole process is very inconvenient. I had to move the litterbox out of the tub to shower and I had to make sure to step over it when it was right outside! But the process worked for Fuzz. And making the changes very gradually helped his stress about the move.

      Also, I didn’t take Fuzz to the vet because the cause of his behavior change was so obvious. If you can’t think of an obvious change in your cat’s life, you may want to make a vet visit to make sure there isn’t a health issue.

      Hope this helps!

    • That’s what I was thinking too! Dorothy’s got your number now, Sugarbutt… Revenge time! That picture is just priceless.

  11. Ooooh, I never had a clue that Rufus was a grey and white fluffball. Pretty kitty!

    Dorothy m’dear, you crack me up. Such a calico, but a laid-back one. 🙂 And oh goodness, the McMewers – ahem, I mean McMaos. What a goofy, adorable bunch, Maggie included!

    There’s very little better than a purring kitten… except maybe several purring kittens and cats at once! XD

  12. Dorothy obviously has quite a bit of catitude, that one isn’t easily perturbed! I love her pretty amber eyes…

  13. OK – I’m getting sweet Dorothy and Alice confused. Can you please post comparison pictures so I can get them straight in my head!! Thanks…