Return of the Catio

It’s a really beautiful day today, and spouse pried open the human-sized door to the catio. (It’s been sticking since winter.) Instant swarm of cats who had apparently never figured out the cat-sized door that’s been there since fall.

I do a few of them an injustice; Praline, Rhombus, and Quot had all gone out a few times. But they might not have realized how much the weather had changed.

Count the Cats – Expanded Edition

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I hope you already did your counting, because I can’t help but spoil it with my delight at achieving this: I got ALL the cats in one photo!  Lifetime achievement unlocked!

(My joy was somewhat inhibited by the horrid “update” to Photos that happened in the last couple of days, removing most of the useful features and replacing them with crummy filters, but I’m still happy about it.)

As you might imagine, treats were involved.

Two Calicos

First, the answer to the previous Count the Cats is six.  The tricky one is here:

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Quot was hiding in the shadows back there.  (I kept Five-Spice in the crop to match the post title better.)

Here’s another cute picture of Five-Spice that reminds me a lot of one we have of CMY as an adolescent climbing in that same shelf.

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A few weeks ago at the vet I saw (and got to hold) this adorable dilute calico kitten waiting for her very first checkup.

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Naturally I had to go look for photos of Five-Spice at a similar age.  This is probably the first one I took of her, before we trapped the kittykins:

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Five-Spice doesn’t look much different, other than size.  But look at little baby Vanilla:

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See, she really was vanilla-colored.  (We just called her White Kitten at the time, and her family was White Cat, Calico Kitten, Orange Kitten, and Gray Kitten.)

 

Count the Kittykins

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A rare event: Vanilla out and about on the upstairs cat tree.  I had to brighten the picture quite a bit because of the backlighting, but you can see her lovely markings now.  Hard to believe she was nearly white as a kitten (hence her name).

As a bonus, here’s one I took of her on the windowsill.  Her back looked so bright (for her) that I actually mistook her for Walnut at first.  Maybe that’s why she’s giving me that Look.

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Kitty Pix

I really needed to see some kitty pictures today.  And I thought, I have some of those!

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This is possibly the best kitty yinyang I have ever photographed.  Not that that’s a particularly high bar, but still.

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Adorable diagonal of kittykins in the new(ish) cat tree.  Meringue seems to have misplaced her nose.

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CMY’s lovely furry tummy.

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Find Moonstone!

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Rhombus on the living room cat tree, looking utterly content up there.

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Licoris on the oldest piano.  From a few months back, but she’s probably underrepresented here.