a lot of cat around here

Jessie and Choco are now 15 and 14 respectively. Jessie is the one with the frangipani blossom in her hair, and Choco is her daughter:

jess flower

This pic was taken about 18 months ago, before they underwent the double trauma of moving home and finding a dog already in it. The dog has since been re-homed but the cats have made it clear that their memories are long and I will never ever be forgiven.

Enter Edward. He is a gift from me to my mother, and is now about 10 weeks old although he still seems almost impossibly tiny and bony. Next to the sturdy, overweight matrons pictured above, I suppose any kitten would seem that way. It’s hard to get an unblurred picture of him when he’s awake because he moves so fast, so here he is all konked out after the excitement of whatever it was he was previously doing.

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And below, sitting on the steps outside my workroom, is the neighbour’s black and white cat. He/she has begun visiting quite a lot since Tess-dog moved out and, while my fat girls got on perfectly well with the neighbours’ cats when we were living at Linden Park, they cannot stand this intruder. There was a nasty fight on the patio earlier this morning, with fur flying in all directions to the accompaniment of angry cat-screams. Most unpleasant.


And last but not least, here is a gorgeous, happy and cute one-dimensional cowgirl cat on the birthday card I received from Colorado last week. Much more manageable than the real live ones!


I hope I’m not going to become one of those weird cat ladies in my old age. But after the events of 2017, both personal and political, we can’t rule anything out…

14 thoughts on “a lot of cat around here

  1. Gail

    Love the cat pics and stories. Wish we could hear the old matrons thoughts about Edward and his antics. I am well on my way to being a weird old cat lady, a wonderful place to be.

  2. pullingthewool101

    Dear Nice

    I myself am one of those crazy cat ladies and turning into a version of me is not really the worst thing you could do. Don’t stress, if nobody else has your back on the feline front, I will be the army that single handedly does the job.

    All the Love

  3. The Snail of Happiness

    I gave up cats a few years ago. To be honest I don’t miss them all that much… but we do have two aging terriers to keep us on our toes and they, at least, don’t bring us presents in the shape of rodents, birds and the occasional kidney!

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      When Jessie and Choco were younger and fitter (!), I was treated to an assortment of things over the years – moles, mice, rats, birds, lizards – some dead, some still alive – and once, to my absolute horror, a SNAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  4. katechiconi

    I have no idea how I came to miss this post, but I’ve found it now. How are the matrons taking to the adolescent around the house? Do they stare at him with horrified fury and stalk off or do they pretend he’s invisible? I remember when doing cat-sitting duty with the Dowager’s cat I was constantly afraid she’d decimate the gecko population. Not that I love geckos so much, but they do keep down the mozzies and spiders…

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Funny you should ask – I’ve just witnessed an interesting breakfast scene: Jessie and Choco get their grub from me, in my “office”. Teddy gets his in a different part of the house, administered by Dot, my mother. This morning she was slow and I was fast – the two fat ladies were busy tucking in when along came Mr Smarty-Pants and started nosing in, oblivious to their hisses. Jessie retreated to the litter tray in the face of such audaciousness and Teddy earned himself an extra meal. After only one or two hisses, Choco concentrated on her food and turned a blind eye to the outrage she must almost surely have been feeling inside….


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