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Dropping Brandywine and the Taters off at the clinic yesterday went just fine. The worst part was waiting ’til it was almost time to leave, because Brandywine was in her room with the kittens and Agata, Fianna, and Kennebec were in their room with Stompers, and none of them had food (we took away the food at bedtime the night before), so they were all banging on the door, calling me every name in the book and saying “LOOK. WE’RE HUNGRY. YOU’VE CHANGED UP THE MORNING SCHEDULE, AND WE DISAPPROVE.”

It was simple to grab up Brandywine and put her in the carrier, since she comes out the door as soon as I open it in the morning. I was concerned that the Taters would scatter in search of food the instant I opened the door, so I put up a barrier across the doorway. I was able to grab up Agata and Fianna, but Kennebec pushed through the barrier and I grabbed him just as he was about to belly-up to the food bowl in the kitchen.

I put both carriers in the back of the car and put a towel over them, and there was not a single peep heard during that drive. Now I’m about to leave in a few minutes to go pick them up. I imagine the girls will be quiet and sleepy, and Kennebec won’t even know anything happened.

If you missed it, there was a surprise guest update from Stompers yesterday!

“I am smart enough, I din’t need no tutoring!”

Agata and Kennebec, hanging on the cat tree.

I looked at this picture and had to go find Stompers and kiss his little face. SO FREAKIN’ SWEET, that boy.

“Seriously, lady. TRYING TO SNOOZE.”

Kennebec’s favorite place to hang out, the platform on the cat tree in the guest bedroom.

“Privacy, please.”

“Lady, you are so annoying. SO annoying.”

“Mister, that lady keeps taking pictures of us, make her STOP!”

“I am Stompers, and these are my toes, and you go away.”

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They see dead people. (Dingwall Scotty, left, and Caspian.)

Someone’s got a case of the crazies.

“I yam not a talker. Stop telling people that.”

“I’m NOT!”

Sungold is planning how best to get hold of the camera strap (which is the best toy ever, you know.)


Wellington’s on his invisible bicycle, while Caspian’s thinking “What bicycle? I don’t see anything!”


Is it wrong that sometimes I fold one ear back just because I think it’s so cute?

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Newt on the patio table. Just like the dining room table, we never use it because the cats have claimed it.


2011: It’s sad, how tense Ciara is.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: Kittens, fighting.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



7-18-12 — 30 Comments

  1. “is it wrong that I fold one ear back because I think it’s so cute?”. Not at all! I especially love it when my girls do it themselves while washing their adorable faces!

    • I loved that picture, too! Isn’t it interesting how two black kittens from the same litter still have very different facial features? Both adorable.

  2. Invisible bicycle! Great picture of the leaping ‘Maters. Reminds me of the Peppers.

  3. Invisible bicycle, huh? The first thing that popped into my mind was those cartoons from my childhood where someone gets launched into the air by a charging bull. Caspian has a little “toro” in him (and apparently a bit of the crazies too!) 😉

  4. I’m very glad that Brandywine is getting spayed before she fully goes into heat. After all, we don’t want Spanky to be bothered again!

    I love all the kitten photos. I agree about Stompers being adorable… could you kindly snorgle him for me?



    • Spanky also would prefer not to be bothered again!

      I’ll see what I can do about snorgling that little man. He’s utterly snorgleable!

  5. Caspian, you really are a brat prince but we love you anyway. Wellington, you crack me up.

  6. when I see the “i see dead people” look, I ALWAYS look.. ALWAYS!!

    btw, that first photo is wonderful.. so is “Caspian”‘s I’m not a talker series..

  7. Right after I lost my Mom, two of my cats were sitting on my bed one night while I was reading. All of a sudden, they both got that “they see dead people” look on their faces while looking out into the (dark) hallway. To say I got chills was an understatement! 🙂

  8. There is an old saying that if you look between the ears of a cat (or dog) at what they are staring at, then you can see a ghost, too! I’ve tried it with mine, but have yet to see anything, though since I live in a 100-year old house I expect to eventually!

    And Caspian, you say whatever you want whenever you want to. We know it must be very important or you wouldn’t be telling us about it. And we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the new kitten who visited you yesterday!

    • SC Amy, I’ll go you one better: I grew up in a house that was built in 1900 and even had a spooky history: in the 1950s a man was killed in a gas explosion that blew the wall off the house and blew him through the solid brick wall. Never once saw any ghostly activity, although I do not disbelieve in the supernatural.

      Cats are just funny people. I remember when I was writing a research paper for college that discussed various myths, urban legends and superstitions regarding cats, reading that when cats react to something we can’t see, they’re playing with the spirits. 🙂

      • Fred isn’t sure he believes in ghosts and such, but he’d desperately LOVE to have a (friendly; or at least not violent) ghost haunting our house. Hasn’t happened yet, but you never know! 🙂

  9. Great post as usual. Glad to hear everything went well with the lot of them.

    • I had not seen that, though I’m sure I’ve seen them in the show itself. I know they’re just trying to get footage so that Jackson will know what the behavior is, but I always think “You know, if you weren’t poking your hand at that cat, s/he wouldn’t be smacking at you!”

    • I thought that was going to be this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2Y–7pE5z4&feature=related
      (They say “the window sticks,” but it looks to me like he rolled it down instead of up in his panic, and/or the weight of the leopard made it roll down some on its own.)

      One of my cats will sometimes chase you (where “you” = me or TJ) very aggressively, including swatting at you or even launching from a table-top aiming for your chest; he’s not actually BEING aggressive when he does that, he just wants you to scratch his head or his spine, but he LOOKS aggressive enough that it’s made TJ & I both run a few steps off more than once. My parents’ cat, on the other hand, IS aggressive and mean/hateful about it. He’s very much a “one and a half people” cat; he worships my dad and tolerates my mom, but anyone else would be risking their lives except for the fact that he’s declawed. (He still bites if he gets a chance, though, and starts hissing and spitting at me the minute I walk in their door.)

  10. As soon as I get the chance, I ALWAYS fold back not just the one, but BOTH ears on cats/dogs. Call me evil, but they just look so cute and funny, and are all like; “What? What’s so funny?”

  11. My dining room table is covered with cat beds so I understand that fully. Everytime I see a show that says – you should eat at the table and not in your bed or on the sofa I laugh.