The cats and I had planned to take a blogging break for today. We have movies to watch, presents to unwrap, snacks to consume and snuggling to get done. It's a busy day! But the more I thought about missing out on the Sunday Selfie series, the more I realized I would miss it.
And, I've met so many new people this week due to a posts about shelter cats King Dude and Static (both of whom have STILL not been adopted). I though it might be worthwhile to introduce new readers to the menagerie cats, so you'll know a little more about how crowded this little family is (and why I can't manage to take Static or KD home myself).
So, we're kicking things off with Fergus the Siamese guy, checking out the birdies on the feeder in the back yard. He's 9 months old now, and his color is starting to come in. Every day, he looks a little less white and a little more buff. And every day he gets bigger. I can't wait to see what he'll look like at the 2 or 3 year mark.
Next up: Lucy. She's doing her impersonation of a human smile.
Lucy is still deeply in love with this little house from Target, and she spends most of her time lounging around inside on the cardboard bed. Most photos of Lucy look much the same as a result, because she likes this bed and I don't like to move her in order to get a good photo. So she poses here. And that's okay with me.
Lucy is slowly but surely getting used to Fergus. He comes down into her basement lair from time to time, and he tries to engage her in play. Since Lucy can't see, she is leery of getting too involved in play sessions with cats she doesn't know well, but Fergus is a loud walker and a grunty player, so she seems to track him well. I hope they'll get along better and better with each passing day.
Next up: Maggie. In just a few days, this sweet girl will turn 13yo.
Maggie is the only cat in the menagerie who can handle living with rambunctious Fergus full time. He can get on her nerves from time to time, but she's been standing up to him and pushing him around a little bit this month, and that's been great for their relationship.
Maggie has also discovered a love for toys and play sessions with the humans, which is totally new. She was always a very serious cat, but something about crossing into her seniorhood has helped her love for silliness to blossom. We play together several times each day, and late at night, I can hear her playing with toys on her own.
Speaking of play, here's grumpy Popoki. She's upset because I interrupted her while at play.
Don't tell her, but Popoki is getting something special for her 3rd birthday (which happened a few months ago). In a few weeks, I'll be installing a set of cat stairs in my studio, which will allow her to access a landing with a window, high up off the floor. I can't wait to add some height to her life and provide her with more opportunities for exercise.
And finally: Jasper. He was waiting impatiently for his lunch here, so the photo is a touch on the blurry side.
In a month or so, Jasper will be a whopping 16yo. And he's been showing some signs of slowing down during this cold winter. He's been a little reluctant to hop up on top of the hot tub, and he's been sore in his shoulders on more than a few nights. Massage and heat helps to ease his discomfort. And I still think he looks great.
So that's the cat crew! Come back on Wednesday and meet the dogs. And do leave me a comment, so I'll know you were here.
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Spin through the other linked blogs and meet new families and new cats, too. It's so much fun. Trust me.