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Cat Photos of our Family Pets ~ Deskmates and Couch Potatoes
One of our beloved cats named Dusty.
Old family photo when we were kids / 1950's
When I grew up in my parent's home, there were always dogs, cats and on some occasions birds and even fish in an aquarium...but primarily dogs and cats. The first two cats that I remember playing with were named Willie and Archie. Willie was a long haired cat that occasionally slept with me. Archie took turns sleeping with my brothers who shared a room.
As children, one of the occasional things that we did was to dress the cats in doll cloths. I was not one to play much with dolls when I was young, but my mother had a favorite Dionne Quintuplet doll whose clothing fit the cats quite nicely.
One day when all bundled up in a dress, cap and snugly placed in a wicker cradle under a blanket, Willie had tolerated this attention for long enough and made a mad dash to escape. He not only succeeded, but climbed a tall telephone poll in the back of our property and then did not seem to know how to extricate himself from that lofty height. He was only half grown at that point in his life.
Poor guy...with his dress waving in the breeze and my mother and us kids down below calling to him and encouraging him to come down...he just did not seem to be able to figure out how to back his way out of that predicament.
My mother was almost to the point of calling the local fire department to see if they could help when with a sudden leap of faith...the dressed up Willie suddenly became airborne and amazingly landed in my mother's outstretched arms with no harm to him, nor my mother.
The dress was removed and it was decided that we should no longer play "dress up" with the cats when they were outdoors.
There were a number of other cats in my parent's homes and each of them were loving and special in their own individual ways.
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After getting married, my husband and I were happy with our dogs when one day a small black cat delivered five kittens in the shrubbery in the front of our home. Upon discovering that, we decided to help her. We started calling her Mama Kitty and the name stuck.
She was feral and had been abused. To read her entire story, you can read her hub which gives all the gory details. She lived with us (outside and in our garage) for many years, but sadly we could never touch her. Her story for those who wish to read is the following: "Halloween and a Black Cat Story for the Entire Year."
We did trap her and have her spayed. All of our pets have been either spayed or neutered. That is so important a thing to do if one cares at all about the welfare of animals! Way too many who are left to breed, end up starving or injured or diseased when living on the streets...or put down because of the over population of pets.
Ok...so now the ice was broken regarding having cats in our married life. Even though we couldn't pet Mama Kitty, we did find homes for her kittens and enjoyed watching her antics around our home. She would jump up on the six foot wooden fence and then one more jump had her resting on her favorite outpost, our roof, where she could watch the day go by. She obviously felt safe up there!
Mama Kitty is now in her eternal resting place but she will always have a special place in our hearts when we think of our beloved pets.
Our cat Dusty
Dusty helping at the computer
Dusty helping out at the computer keyboard.
One day another cat came along knocking on our door and we named him Dusty due to his coloration.
His story is interesting and due to several illnesses, he is our most expensive cat to date (because of vet bills) which is why he no longer is allowed outside. That along with his microchip, his being shot and more is told in his hub.
We have learned for many reasons that cats are truly safer (as well as all of the wildlife upon which they love to prey) if kept inside. Indoor cats also live longer lives on average.
Often our cat Dusty is found at the computer helping to keep my husband or me company.
Dusty is not much for being cuddled in laps except on rare occasions, but he has his own sweet mannerisms (demands) like waking us up for his morning breakfast or cat treat times later in the day. He can get quite vocal and demanding!
He is, after all, the Top Cat...at least in his estimation!
Who needs a morning alarm clock? Not us...we have Dusty!
Our cat Peaches
Our cat Peaches
Another stray cat...
By now you have probably figured out that we are softies when it comes to our pets.
When we found out that another cat was sneaking under our garage door that we kept up a few inches for Mama Kitty's access to her food, water, padded shelving and heater (in the winter) and was eating her food...at first we started shooing her out. But when we found out from a neighbor behind us that her people had moved, leaving her behind...you can probably guess the rest of the story.
We figured that Dusty could probably use an inside buddy.
All of our dogs were at that time in the great beyond, and we did not want Dusty to be lonely. He and Peaches have become fast friends!
She is also one who enjoys sitting on my lap and even enjoys cuddling close to my chest and kneading my neck. I always know for sure when her nails need trimming! Peaches is a mama's girl!
Peaches is definitely a sweetheart of a cat! She actually comes when her name is called, much like most dogs. She and Skippy, our current dog, are pals and she also plays with and helps groom Dusty. She is one busy cat when she is not taking one of her many naps getting her well deserved beauty sleep.
Our cat Peaches
I think that our cats deserve the label couch potatoes. Just look at these photos for proof of that assertion. Of course they also like chairs, ottomans, beds and anywhere else they wish to rest and relax.
Couch potatoesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dusty playing inside of a Costco box.
Whenever we bring food home from Costco, the first thing that our cats like to do is to check out the boxes. They like boxes so much, in fact, that we leave several of them down in a couple of rooms semi-permanently.
A nickname we have for Dusty is "Box Boy." He loves his boxes!
Our cats and boxesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Okay...now you have the answer to the question posed by HubPage writer catbunnymeow..."Cats? Cats. Yes or No?"
My answer and that of my husband is a resounding "Yes!"
Hope that you enjoyed these cat photos of our beloved family pets. Our current two, Dusty and Peaches, also happen to be our resident couch potatoes and are definitely and most often our desk mates. Could I write these hubs without their assistance? Who knows?
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