Mimi on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

black cat on shoulder

Mimi on my shoulder.

Above, Mimi supervises my work from the best angle she can find—my left shoulder.

This is the cat who was always just a little cool about touching. She could do the limbo under your hand and bend herself into some pretty complicated shapes in order not to be touched.

Mimi was never, ever unfriendly, mind you, but she was not accustomed to being touched in her former home where she lived as a mostly outdoor cat having kittens and pretty much being ignored.

But she has come up with her own little games for attention, some of them involving sitting right in front of me with her back to me or sitting on my right wrist as I work at the computer. This proves to me that she has to take drastic measures in order to be noticed.

She has must begun this practice of getting up onto my shoulders. When I’m working bent over a table, she gets on the table and then steps up onto one of my shoulders. She is so lightweight I hardly know she’s tehre.

Below, Mimi moves over to my right shoulder do take a break. She works so hard.

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Mimi takes a break.

These photos were fun to take. I only had my big DSLR with me, and holding that far enough away from my and focusing without looking through the viewfinder was pretty fun!


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10 Comments on “Mimi on My Shoulders Makes Me Happy”

  1. What a special picture. Perhaps Mimi is checking your typing…a feline spellchecker!

    • animalartist says:

      Chris, this is my studio and I was standing at my worktable, so she had the even more important task of quality control while I was working out a big sketch for a portrait and tracing it onto the drawing paper. Apparently, I’ve been in need of this sort of thing!

  2. Alexandra says:

    How does she manage not to scratch you while doing so? Is she just balancing there like those ropewalkers?
    She has very clever eyes.

    • animalartist says:

      Alexandra, she can leap up from the tabletop to my shoulder and lands lightly. If I hadn’t been wearing a top that covered my shoulders that would have been different, and if I’d had my hair down she would have had some difficulty walking around, and then she would have had to dig in for balance!

  3. Carolyn says:

    That is so sweet! Mimi is showing affection her way. Quite a task taking the photos. Good job 🙂

  4. Roxanne says:

    The last photo is especially wonderful. What a happy, contented kitty face!

  5. Ah, how sweet! So glad Mimi’s coming around some. You make me want to go hug my cat (who’s cleaning himself on the chair behind me). Great photos! 🙂

    • animalartist says:

      Mimi really is coming around. She now does things, like sleeping with me, that even her children do but she only dreamed of doing, though I always encouraged her. I like how manipulative she is.

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