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Cats, Cats, More Cats

Updated on January 21, 2013
Aaaaaaaaah!
Aaaaaaaaah! | Source

Yep. There's a cat there, all right. Nested within the toe-kick space, right on top of the heat register! And not too far from Little Stuffed Eeyore, in case he happens to need an occasional whuppin'.

Clean, at last.
Clean, at last. | Source

And here we see the other household feline, winning at the game of one-upmanship: why settle for settling onto a heat register, when you can hop into the clothes dryer right at the end of a cycle? Not just toasty warm — fluffy, too!

Wee One acclimates.
Wee One acclimates. | Source

While we're on the subject of toasty warm and fluffy towels, what better bed for a weeks-old kitten to have? Especially a Devon Rex that's not known for having a very full coat of fur even when fully grown?

Tippin' the scales.
Tippin' the scales. | Source

"Wow! Seven and a half ounces already?! I'm really packin' on the weight! Must be those eyedropper feedings of special formula every few hours! Can't wait 'til I'm big enough to gnaw on fish heads!

Ready to travel.
Ready to travel. | Source

So, big deal! You've got your little Pocket Pooch that travels about in that knock-off Gucci bag of yours. I'll have you know I'm not so snobbish. Any old paper sack or plastic bag works fine for me! (And we won't have to be picking up anything I leave lying around, either!)

Remember me?
Remember me? | Source

And if you aren't busy toting me around in a sack, or reaching for the penlight, or opening a can of tuna, or letting me loll around in the dryer, or cleaning that litter pan, or swishing that feather on a stick, or letting me curl up on your bed, then just what are you doing for me? Hey, you're the one that brought me home, now deal with me!

Another critter arrives.
Another critter arrives. | Source

And don't think you can just get away with keeping that other cat occupied! I was here long before that other fuzzy fiend arrived, and I expect my share of attention, too! (And, I'll tell you right now, I'm not so easily satisfied. You're going to have to put in some work.)

Peace at last.
Peace at last. | Source

Well, we've got to give you your props, after all. You managed to put in the effort, and have finally got us watered and fed and catnipped and cuddled and all tuckered out and ready for another 20 hours or so of snoozing. Don't mind us if we nod off . . .

A new face.
A new face. | Source

Wait. Don't tell me you're considering another cat?

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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hello, Alan: We once had a mottled calico longhair that survived for 24 years! Our Devon Rex shorthairs (with curly fur) are only about 11 and 6, both neutered males. They are both presently curled up within the same fabric 'cuddler', snoozing atop my drafting table in front of a large window that overlooks our landscaped yard and suburban street. We're facing mid-30s with freezing rain and/or snow through most of this week. Enjoy the sun! — Rick

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      Alan 

      5 years ago

      Hi Rick, love the photo's of your cats, I have had a ginger tabby cat for almost 18 years, good company for me. At almost 18, although healthy, she is not a lovely as even just last year. I got a smartphone from my son and have taken a couple of photographs's of her, you can see them on my Facebook Page at "Al Morr"

      Hope you are keeping well

      Alan from Scotland (weather:- lovely and sunny 45f)

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      I wsn't talking about the humans. It is wrthin the cats.domain.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Both Devon Rex and Cornish Rex lack the longer guard hairs that produce the dander, so no significant allergic reaction, PLUS no balls of shed hair to constantly sweep or pluck & gather. The cats also always appear more delicate and slender. No hierarchy change in our household ever — the cats always win. :)

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      Did you know that you can get cat shampoos for those people who are allergic to them? It's not the fur that people are allergic to but the dander of their skin. I don't know if they take on a personality of their owners because all mine have different personalities and places on the totem pole. With each cat that has passed away the hierarchy changed drastically in my house and amongst the cats themselves.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I have to agree. Except for these recent 3 Devons that we acquired from breeders (to get hypo-allergenic cats due to our daughter's asthma), we have always either taken strays or acquired spayed or neutered cats from the local animal shelter. Though folks say cats are more aloof and independent than dogs, I think they can really take on a personality suited to their owners.

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      I have all strays now. I love strays. I also have one of them that follows me and the dog around wherever we go. He even knows how to open doors. He is totally indoors. I don't think that purebreds are better than strays and vice versa. I love all of them no matter what kind they are.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, Lady G! The most we've ever had is 3, but they were all Devon Rex, more like puppies than cats — very active and demanding of attention, following at one's feet and bringing toys to you. As one breeder advised, "Get a Devon and you'll never go to the bathroom alone again."

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      Debra Allen 

      5 years ago from West By God

      I love cats. I had 16 at one time when two mommy cats decided they were going to have their kittens under my house an on my back deck. I now have 6.

    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR

      rickzimmerman 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks, G32! Hope to post more feline stuff for you in the future!

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      Ghost32 

      5 years ago

      Awesome. Of course, any cat-lovin' Hub is a great Hub in my book.

      Voted Up and Across.

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