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.

Sweet Sleeping Kitties

There is no shortage of adorable naps in my house, but these three from yesterday were particularly charming to me.

Look at that cute little tooth.
A week or so ago, on the same day at separate times, spouse and I both noticed for the first time that Velcro has pinkish paw pads.  We’ve had him for nearly nine and a half years.
Perfect, classic cat.  Somehow blending in more with the green cover than she did with the furry gray one.

That last picture was cropped to stay in theme. Here’s the full picture.

“Don’t you have anything better to do?”

Count the Cats – Expanded Edition


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.

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.


This past weekend a long-awaited structure was built: an 8′ x 12′ enclosure on our back deck for the cats to go into.  It wasn’t finished until Sunday eve, so it wasn’t until Monday night that anyone went in (and it was only Triquet and one or two other cats that actually ventured out then).  Here’s how it looked from the nearby bedroom window.

Tuesday night saw a few more takers.

Although there’s a perfectly nice ramp built to access the shelf in the corner, Meringue took a more direct route.

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Praline took the even more direct route of jumping straight to the shelf, but I didn’t photograph that.

Today was the first day we opened it up during daylight (we were home yesterday, but it was really hot).  We’d moved in the plastic chairs already and we started moving in some cat furniture too.  And photographing, of course.

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I ended up with a lot of pictures of Meringue because she kept being the first to do things.

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It’s kind of poignant, in a way.  We first saw her on that very hillside, back in 2013.  Probably not too long before or after she gave birth.

I-Gene moved in another piece of furniture, which I realized was actually our oldest cat tree, purchased before we moved here.  Despite the top platform breaking off (we haven’t bothered reattaching it), it’s survived pretty well.

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So far, Triquet, Velcro, Moonstone, Rhombus, Quot, Meringue, and Praline have spent a fair bit of time in the catio.  Rhombus is most relaxed, as the previous picture shows; he stayed out there placidly even after everyone else went back in (the humans got chilled and the rest of the cats followed).  Five-Spice has darted in a couple of times.  I carried Licoris over to see it, but she scrambled out in a hurry as I crossed the threshold.  Walnut has watched intently from inside the house.  As far as I know CMY hasn’t noticed the catio at all, and perhaps Vanilla hasn’t either.