Obligatory Cat Photos
by David Bratman and Berni Phillips
We've had seven cats in our household. In chronological order:
And here are their photos:
- Papagena (b. 1983, d. 1995) (Poppy for short; black and white ex-female; named for a character from W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute), "the meanest cat west of the Rockies";
- Severian (b. 1989, d. 2002) (Seven for short; ultra-black ex-male; named for a character from Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun), very very black, very very shy, and the most loving cat of all time;
- Pandora (b. 1995, d. 2014) (buff and white ex-female; named for a character from Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home), a remarkably sound sleeper with multiple personalities: Snooze, Squiggle, Rocket Girl, Leaper, and Glorificus;
- Harriet (b. & d. 2002) (a blue-grey female kitten; named for a character from Dorothy L. Sayers' Gaudy Night), a 6-week-old sick rescued foundling we took in who alas did not survive [no photos of her were ever taken];
- Pippin (b. 2002, d. 2019) (orange and caramel ex-male; named for a character from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, not Peter Jackson's, thank you very much), a cat who loved being petted and held only if you could catch him first;
- Maia (b. 2013) (torbie ex-female; named for a character from P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins), a small and vocal cat who expects frequent petting ministrations;
- Tybalt (b. 2018) (buff and white ex-male; named for a character from Reynard the Fox, with allusions to William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet), currently the most energetic and friendliest young cat ever born.
Maia (right) studying the advent of Tybalt (left).
Left: Maia in kittenhood. Hasn't changed much as an adult. Right: Pippin hiding out. More below ...
Left: Pippin in a glamorous pose. Right: Pandora and Pippin together on their favorite grey thing. More below ...
Left: Pippin, looking very young and rather scared. Right: our two Halloween-colored cats, Pandora and Seven, together in watchful peace. More below ...
Left: Poppy on top of the bookcase, and Seven as a youngster below. Right: Pandora sprawled out in kittenhood. More below ...
Left: Seven as an adult, as visitors would never see him (because he was so shy and hid under the bed). Right: Pandora in her favorite sleeping position, on her head.
"They're so cute!" -- B. Phillips
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Last Updated: February 10, 2019
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