Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
All by himself, bicolor boy Mauvi ran his paws across the keyboard, resulting in this "message," which he insists is a Meow, not a Tweet. Whatever. Undoubtedly has something to do with chicken.
Monday, September 19, 2011
THIS SAVY CAT KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOWL AND FINGER! Didi (short for Didier, although he is not REALLY French) was handed to us by another neighbor whose own cat was being routinely pushed out of his dish by this interloper. Well, we known how to handle customers like this! Had to take him for the same ol' reasons: not wanted and cute as heck. Didi has an outrageously beautiful designer tail, which we will feature at another time, and is too smart and affectionate. A real prize---like all the others.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Well, focus isn't everything. The whole birth process is sort of an out-of-focus event. You don't want to intrude with a flash, and the details of paws and faces are a bit undefined in these tiniest ones. There is constant motion, which is no help in a low light situation, either! Here, Mathya is starting the clean-up process with the baby still in the placenta. The only intervention we did was a little snip of a cord getting wound up around a kitten.
HERE'S DABOO, NUMBER 3. This cute boy is still very wet as mother maneuvers him into place for more grooming while having his first milk. Each birth was a silent and simple affair. One minute there was no kitty, the next minute a new arrival. We soon put up a cardboard strip barrier around the base of the cage so no one could leave the "premises." However, at this stage, in their sightless world, there was only milk spigot, milk, fur, and momma's tongue in their world, plus some wiggly entity on either side to keep them warm.
What a delightful restaurant! Food is never served cold, you're always welcome, congenial companions, the house specialty is always available, and you can go to sleep afterwards curled up on a soft purring pillow. There are four kittens here but Biscuit is represented only by the tip of a white ear and a bit of her white back.
A HELPFUL NEIGHBOR IS ONE THAT GIVES YOU A PREGNANT CAT ABOUT TO DELIVER, RIGHT? Well, she has the reputation of leaving her many kittens over the years all over the neighborhood as she nervously moves them daily in search of a "safe place." Who in their right mind could resist, however, the chance not only to spay her but to enjoy the birth of her kittens and make this mama's life easier? We took the bait, and three days later, there were four babies beside her, one looking just like her, another tortoise-shell, one calico, and a lovely bi-color.
AH, THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF A BOX! You get in your box where none can see you because you can't see them, and you feel really shrewd. They'll never know where I've gone! (Except that cat coming in on the left, barely visible.) This is Mauvi's notion, that bi-color boy with the huge complaint audio.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
WHO COULD GUESS I'M IN HERE?! Sorry to burst your bubble, buddy, but within 5 minutes every cat in the house, is who! After they all get their turn in the latest box, it's time to shred it to pieces, even more fun. Buying everything by the case is obviously a necessity here.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Ebony (Wootsie) and Ivory (Nergi) are deep in discussion about what's going on with the cows outside and how to just go out there into the cowport and get that milk straight from the source. Waiting for the milk to be served is such an unnecessary waste of time, you'd think that would be obvious to people. No, we did not arrange their tails like that. Cats just do that instinctively. These two cats are friends to everyone in the cat household. Nergi's vocation is opening closet doors for the others to enter and nicely mess up.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
POODI was an intense cat ... pumped intensely, looked intensely, loved intensely ... and sometimes "lost it" intensely, signs of which one had to watch out for! What a sweetie. A fast-moving stomach virus was her ticket out of here a couple of years ago, but she's right in our hearts, as always.
Here's a nice pix of a more than nice cat, the great UPPALI, whose eyes are the background of our blog masthead. He's the King of (the Cat) Carnival, respected by all, a door-handle opener with terrific presence, mentor to clueless kittens, curator of the cat collection in general. Santa Ysabel Mission Reservation east of San Diego was his birthplace; Cochin, India, is his home. Just likes "Indians."
Monday, January 3, 2011
BOX TOO SMALL OR KITTEN TOO BIG? Mauvi was the first kitten to join our Animal Ashram after the plague of July, going first into quarantine in our office for a month. After showing signs of nothing but naughtiness, he was slated to go to the Big House, but was already a fixture as Office Cat, the first. Photo by Byron Aihara.
IF HE LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE that's only half right. The rest is he's too smart; for example, Mauvi came by himself to the front gate. He was named by Greshma, the name not having any particular meaning but it fit. Mauvi is our first office cat, and is able rate all employees by their intelligence in eating fish or not for lunch. He's good on computers. His mentor, Byron, is shown here (finger) training him in the classic command "Stay!" This he is doing only because he wants to look at the camera. Makes funny growling noises, and moves like lightening to any door leading to trees. Photo by Byron Aihara.