Tortie, Not to Be Outdone

tortie cat in the tub

Cookie in the Tub

Not to be outdone by a bunch of juvenile delinquents, Cookie hops in the tub.

She doesn’t really think they’re juvenile delinquents, in fact, they all get along just fine—they’ve always respected Her Majesty, and she’s never had to enforce her position.

But she is awfully cute in the tub, and she knows it too. I don’t think she hopped in there just to outshine them, she actually hopped in to check out the water left behind by my shower, then just to hang out for a while. After all, Cookie’s been hanging out in the tub for quite a number of years.

I truly love how active Cookie remains, even at her age.

Everybody in the Pool!

five black cats in tub

Everybody in the Pool!

As everyone happily takes their turn in the cool of the tub on these hot days, I remembered this early photo of the Family of Five. Yes, there are actually five cats cavorting, in the tub. From the left you see Giuseppe, Mimi, Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette, but Jelly Bean is “understood” because that is what Giuseppe is looking at—actually, that’s who he’s wrestling with.

I took it early in 2009 near the end of my bathroom “remodel”, which occurred after a watery accident, but I hardly minded the chance to completely gut and rebuild the bath after 20 years!

two black cats in the tub

Giuseppe and Jelly Bean

To my surprise, the Fantastic Four, who had lived in the bathroom from the ages of three weeks to four months, moved right back in even after the bathroom had been completely renewed, playing in the tub, which is now in a different place, hopping into the sink, on the opposite wall, and enjoying the floor space and custom litterbox under the sink. As you know, they still consider the bathroom their playroom.

The Fantastic Four were about 18 months old here, and it was just about that time that I realized they would be staying. I had intended to keep them for their first year in order to observe them for any signs of FIP. They were actually up for adoption from that point, but it was the middle of summer and kitten season, and even four friendly and playful black cats could not compete with the tide of kittens. By the time the shelters were emptying of kittens, it was near Halloween and we are careful of black cats around that time of year.

Family Portrait Before the Tub

That was also about the time I began photographing them as a family, constantly amazed at the compositions their various familial combinations could create. The white and mint green bath renovation sealed it for me as the photos of them playing in the new space featured their feline shapes and the photos came to look like retouched black and whites.

I love Mimi’s face in the top photo—that’s her looking directly at you. She was just beginning to be more playful and social and while most of the photos are of her kittens she was involved in a lot of the shenanigans as she eased her way toward becoming a plain old housecat.

The rest is history! Here is a link to a gallery of photos of them in the bathroom in those first few months before I moved in the rest of the furniture, which I delayed so I could keep shooting neat photos.

BLOGSKI » Lost cat found on Harmar Street

long-haired black and white cat

Nice kitty found on Harmar Street.

A long-haired black and white mailed cat was found wandering on Harmar Street in Polish Hill on July 26, 2011. Residents reported that he was initially a little skittish but that he’s friendly, and someone began to feed him.

His fur is a little matted so he may have been outside for a while. His front paws were declawed, so he was definitely someone’s cat at one time.

A resident took him in and took him to the vet on July 29. He’s healthy, no fleas, and has had his matted fur shaved. They’re hoping the owner is somewhere in the neighborhood.

Anybody want to help give this guy a home? He’s extremely handsome!

If you know this cat, please email of call the PHCA at 412.681.1950 and we’ll get a message to the right person.

To see the original entry, visit the Polish Hill Civic Association blog: BLOGSKI » Blog Archive » Lost cat found on Harmar Street.