Tuesday, May 29, 2007

A Cousin's Cat....Er, Cats!

Mama gives a glimpse of her svelte tummy.
Wouldn't it be nice to get our figures back like this after pregnancy?
(Click pictures for larger view)
"No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens." ~ Abraham Lincoln
Last Friday, I drove my parents from Virginia Beach, Virginia to Fort Wayne, Indiana.... 14 hours and back on Monday. A family gathering to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of another uncle and aunt. What does this have to do with cats? Plenty... plenty of cats, that is.

My cousin Kenny found several kittens in the woods behind his house in Atlanta and gave two of them to his brother, Bob who lived in Fort Wayne. One gray kitten with amber eyes, although only six months old, had already been roaming romantically one too many times. She arrived at her new home in the family way. Bob thought she was just getting fat although his dad and sister, Karen, told him differently. Two weeks later he was proud papa to four kittens. His parents took one but three still remain, making his grand total "five". Now months later, while he says he is trying to give them away, it is clear that they have all captured his heart.

Mama cat. I think she has another name but everyone called her "Mama". Posted by Picasa
Three of Bob's cats are gray and two are black. All have deep amber eyes. "Mama" still keeps track of her kittens, even though they are independent. All of these cats are truly only one step away from the wild. Yet, they all choose to stay inside the home with Bob. They still get into more trouble than any dog and nothing is safe... sunglasses migrate from the table to the couch, large comforters in plastic bags are knocked off the highest shelf in the closet, food bags are chewed, kitchen sponges shreaded and water glasses knocked over; all in the same day! I can honestly say that the activity level of these five cats is such that my crew of six appear to be comatose, when compared.

As for "Mama" she will be off to Cats on Tuesday, hosted by gattina and shows her tummy for Tummy Tuesday over at catstuff.
Mama will board Friday's Ark on Friday over at the Modulator. On Sunday, she will be introduced to the Carnival of the Cats, hosted this week by Justin's Random Thoughts. See you there! (end of post)

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