Don’t Touch That Mailbox!

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My neighbor's calico cat makes sure her mail is delivered properly!

I often see my neighbor’s calico kitty looking out the windows of the enclosed front porch as I walk by on my way to Main Street. She’s truly a neighborhood guard cat! Finally the light was right on an overcast morning to catch her photo without glare on the glass, and it turns out to be one of the days when she’s guarding the mailbox, my favorite pose. I’d think twice before messing with her!

Of course, she probably has her buddy the serious brown dog, who I also often see in the porch, do her dirty work, as she seems like a true Queen Cat. I can just imagine her telling the dog, “Of with her head!” I’m on foot, I’d better get away while I can.

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Mewsette is Being Teased…

two black cats wrestle

Mewsette is tired of her brothers teasing her!

“Stop it!”

“Mewsette has a boyy–friieeend!”

“Shut up!”

“Mewsette’s in loooovve!”

“I’ll fix you so you hit those high notes all the time!”

Sometimes it’s hard to tell because the Four do wrestle and chase frequently, but I realized Mewsette was the target more often than usual. Then gentle, playful Mewsette was giving her brothers a go I’d never seen, like tackling Jelly Bean from above.  Why?

Later, I saw Mewsette gazing out the window from atop the same box…

black cat watching out the window

Mewsette watches her suitor cross the street.

I stood up to look outside and saw…

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320 Cat gazes up adoringly at Mewsette.

Oh, now I get it. This guy appeared a few weeks ago to Mewsette’s very puffy less-than-welcome. Now he’s back at his post watching for Mewsette to appear in the window.

When he first appeared I wondered if perhaps he thought this was where the black cats were supposed to live, or that someone told him to sit on my porch and look innocent and I’d take him in. I’ve since identified him as 320 Cat, though I still don’t know if that was his home.

So Mewsette is not quite as puffy at his arrival and worship of this rough and ready rogue, but still not welcoming. I can’t wait to see if he begins leaving little gifts. Her brothers are relentless, as brothers can be. We’ll see how often 320 Cat shows up and what becomes of this little affair.

Well, two of four lovely and eligible black kitties have suitors, as Giuseppe has his belle dame Mlle.  Daisy Emerald Marguerite. Mama Mimi is not surprised that her perfect children are so desired.

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Amber Buttercup Bids a Cheery “Good Morning”

Orange and white cat on windowsill

Amber Buttercup greets the morning.

Amber Buttercup enjoys the early morning sun on her favorite windowsill in front of her highly-customized mini blind. You can see she is so pleased to see me with my stupid little black thing.

She may have actually been cheery until I showed up.

Can’t a lady have any privacy in her sunbathing? Can’t a princess address her realm without the riff-raff showing up to plead for some favor at her window?

But then again, when you are as lovely as Amber Buttercup, this is to be expected.

See more photos of Amber Buttercup, including a demonstration of what she usually does next when I show up!

See other cats in windows from my walks around the neighborhood, and other neighborhood cats.

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Pink Rose Window Kitty

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Pink Rose Window Kitty, from my neighborhood.

Window Kitty!

I often see kitties in windows as I pass houses in my neighborhood on foot, on bicycle or in my car (am I a distracted driver? at least I pull over before I take the photo!).

I have to catch up on posting these photos, like this lovely solid gray kitty from last fall, keeping watch in the big picture window on the porch reflecting the fading pink roses by the railing, classic Venetian blind behind her.

I posted this on my Facebook page a few weeks back without realizing readers here might not find it there. Enjoy!

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The Visitor

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Mewsette is just a little puffy.

First, I saw this. Mewsette is a little shaggy to begin with, so I wasn’t sure if she was puffing up over something or not.

Then she raced across my desk right in front of me and looked like this:

puffy black cat

Mewsette is more puffy.

It’ shard to tell, but it’s not just her tail and spine, she is puffed nearly all over her torso. She also began to growl and yowl, and the other cats came running, and everyone was puffed, and I couldn’t get a good photo because they were all over the place!

And what was all the fuss about?

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The visitor on our porch.

I’ll be darned. Doesn’t he look surprised that anyone would be upset at his appearance? After all, he’s on they porch, they aren’t. Isn’t the porch his but rights then?

He finally did leave when I said firmly through the screen that he really needed to find another porch, at least I’d like to think so.

But then everyone was on red alert…

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Neighbor Kitty

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The neighbor's kitty bird watching.

Another window kitty!The weather has been warm and the windows are open. Too bad for the photo the screen is in the window, he is really a handsome tabby and white kitty.

I saw this guy from my second-floor window in a property that is “kitty-corner” to mine. There’s a little unkempt area in the corner where the yards meet since they are rentals, and mine is a wildlife habitat, so it’s rife with birds and all sorts of other things that are waking up and ready to eat.

This particular four-unit building has always allowed pets, so I often see cats in the windows but can’t always catch them because there’s usually a bit of foliage between us . I’ll have to catch up with the photos I’ve taken.

See other window kitties from my walks around the neighborhood, and other neighborhood cats.

 

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Guarding Their Castles

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The Creamsicle kitty.

As I walked for an errand through my neighborhood this afternoon I saw two of my neighbor’s cats guarding their castles: at the top of the steps to their front porches, right in front of the door.

And they matched the homes’ decor as well! The Creamsicle Kitty, above, coordinates beautifully with the white door (and white siding) to his home, plus the warm weathered boards of the porch with just a touch of cobalt as a complementary color.

Below, this lovely swirly marbled tabby boy sits atop his steps covered with carpet in his colors, in front of a dark wooden door fronted by a storm door with black wrought iron scrollwork doing a poor imitation of his stripes.

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The dark marbled tabby boy.

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Postprandial Tabby Nap

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Tabby Nap

I wonder if my neighbor’s kitty had a turkey dinner and is now surrendering to the unavoidable nap as the sun sets, leaving his windowsill in shadow. He just looks so contented and he’s usually very shy and leaves the window when I look at him.

I also like the details of the peeling paint and the nearly monochromatic theme.

I’m thankful he has a happy home, and I’m sure he is too.

I hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving, and if it’s not a holiday where you are, I hope you simply had a beautiful day!

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Amber Buttercup Says Good Morning

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Amber Buttercup in the morning.

My ginger friend from around the corner was enjoying the early morning sun when this fool with the camera showed up again. I didn’t trouble her for too long, but she is too pretty to pass up.

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Cats in My Neighborhood

black cat sleeping on porch

320 Cat

I walked to and from my shop in Carnegie Antiques today, something I don’t often do since I’m usually carrying too much to walk with it. I also get into trouble with my camera, and simple errands that should take 15 minutes take two hours, and sometimes—though not today—I come home with an extra kitty. Today I just came home with photos of kitties. But a cold front came through today while I was at the shop, with heavy rains and wind, and all these kitties were outside, presumably while neighbors were at work. I could at least say “hello” and take their photo. The black kitty above is actually the last one I saw, but it’s my favorite photo of the bunch.

Tuxedo Kitty

Here is the tuxedo kitty I often see at the top of my hill—I nearly ran him over one night as he chased a mouse down the middle of the street, totally unafraid of my car. I believe he lives under a porch, not sure if he’s a stray or feral someone is caring for. I saw him ease on across a street and looked into the yard where he’d headed to see that he had caught some small creature, though I never saw what it was. He is wary enough that he stopped what he was doing to keep an eye on me, annoying human that I was.

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Tuxedo cat.

Boys on the Porch

I’ve seen these two frequently when I go to the top of the hill above my house to photograph the sunrise, the moon or other celestial events. The orange boy rolls around in the middle of the street as I set up my tripod, and the tabby runs over, rubs on my leg, and runs back to his porch. It seems to me they’d like their privacy back once I’m done with my foolishness.

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Tabby and Orange Boy

As I came farther down the sidewalk, I saw there were two dark tabbies. “This is our porch,” they say, yet give me blinky looks. This third kitty, on the left, must be new; I’ve never seen him on my walks and my house is only about five houses away on the opposite side. It’s interesting how outdoor cats seem to have their territories marked out and never leave their little space, though some cats range all over the place, even spayed females, adventurous, I guess, though they worry me.

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Two Tabbies

320 Cat

Then there’s 320 Cat, who I’ve never seen, and I honestly wonder if he belongs here. The porch is actually several sets of steps above the sidewalk, but I could see just the tips of his fur and knew a kitty was sleeping there, and no one appeared to be home.

black cat sleeping on porch

320 Cat

He awoke when he saw me and seemed startled and I thought he’d run, but instead he stretched and came straight toward me, talking. Then I could see his tail was missing most of its fur, he had patches missing here and there and when I petted him he felt scabby, likely a flea bit dermatitis, poor guy. His face and demeanor reminded me of Mr. Sunshine though his eyes were a lovely dark green. I petted him and we talked for a while.

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Kind of scruffy.

I was just a few houses from home, but on the opposite side of the street, and I told him I needed to leave but he dutifully followed me and this is always the hard part. I can’t take him home, though I’ll keep an eye out for him in case he really is a stray who just adopted that house. I really don’t want him to follow me because I don’t want him to cross the street. I turned and told him, “No! Go back to your porch,” then turned my back on him and did my best not to look back, trying to sense where he was. At two houses away, just before I crossed the street, I turned to see him walking back up the steps to the porch at 320. I’m not convinced he belongs there or anywhere. At the rate rentals turn over in my neighborhood, I often see those left behind and often take them in and find new homes.

I’ll talk to the kids tomorrow, they know everybody’s pets. At least I know the others are cared for.

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