May I See Some ID?

Black cat on sink tilting way sideways

May I See Some ID?

“This is a private party for ‘Cats Who Drink Straight from the Tap’. You need to be a member of this club to enter.”

“This is my bathroom.”

“This is our bathroom. We grew up in here.”

“This is my house.”

“Nonsense. We spend more time here than you do.”

“I’m your human.”

“That’s nice.”

“I open the food.”

“Of course you do.”

“I might decide not to.”

“Of course you won’t.”

“Who turns on the faucet for this party?”


“Guess you have to let me in.”

“I was going to anyway.”


We’ll be asking for your help in choosing photos of black cats for a special donation item!

I initially ran this photo last year on this day, and I’ve chosen to run it again because it was very popular! This photo will be one of at least a dozen (probably more) I’ll be asking you to vote on in order to choose two (or three if we can’t narrow it down) as I prepare a special donation to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (WPHS).

Every year around the country, thousands of black cats are left in shelters after others are adopted. We have so many explanations for this—they are difficult to photograph, people may be superstitious, they may simply be difficult to see when included in groups of other cats and kittens in crowded shelters. We who love black cats need to give them a little extra benefit in presenting them for adoption and show what incredible companions they make for anyone who may be skeptical in the face of the myth of the black cat.

I’ll be creating and donating a premium thank you gift for those who adopt a black cat during the month of November at the WPHS: a sizable black canvas tote bag (still choosing the style, but it may be a messenger bag!) with the selected photos and a quote printed on the bag, plus a notebook with the same image on the cover. Adopters can use the notebook to keep notes on kitty’s health and the bag to store records or kitty’s toys and treats, or they can simply use the gifts for themselves as a thank you for adopting a black cat from the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

I am gathering photos now and trying to narrow them down so that it won’t take forever for people to browse them, but I’m biased because they are my kitties and it’s hard for me to choose! In the meantime, if you think one of the photos I’ve posted on The Creative Cat would be one to absolutely convince someone of the utter perfection of black cats, please post the title of the blog post or of the photo in the comments section. I will need to post the photos for voting by next weekend, and I will give a week for people to browse and bid, then I’ll have to get busy in production to have the materials ready for November.


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Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat: Start Planning Now

many flowered aster

Many Flowered Aster leaning over the picnic table.

Leaves are beginning to fall, migrating birds are settling in, my favorite wildflowers, the autumn asters, are blooming and I’m planning what I’ll grow and do in my yard next year.

Enjoying the experience of an mild autumn afternoon or helping the birds through a cold winter day is a pleasure as I share the awareness of life in this little piece of wilderness, here in Backyard Wildlife Habitat No. 35393.

Planning Ahead

If, like me, you keep a garden of flowers or vegetables or both, you’re probably already planning out your garden for 2012 . And if you feed birds summer or winter and have an awareness of other flora and fauna in your yard and area, you might want to work a plan for a backyard wildlife habitat into this year’s garden, or you might find that you’ve already got the important parts and you want to enhance or start expanding it.

Just What Is a Backyard Wildlife Habitat?

photo of yard in spring with bench under trees

The woodland garden in spring.

It’s not turning your yard into a weed patch, as I’ve heard some people worry. It’s simply providing for the needs of your native species of flora and fauna so that they can thrive and reproduce.

Basically, if you have a bird feeder and bird bath, you or your neighbors have a few mature trees of various species and some dense twiggy shrubs or evergreens and flowering plants in your yard, you are providing for the needs of many species. And you can even provide habitat if you live in an apartment; if you feed birds outside your apartment window and have hanging baskets of plants that attract hummingbirds, and your neighbor has trees with nesting opportunities for wildlife, you have created a habitat.

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