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28 July 2010 @ 07:17 pm
Brain of sago = time for cat post  
Back in December I promised auntpurl  I would blog photos of the cats. Er ... here we are!

For newer friends, the cats are two rescues, Cookie, who was purchased so the house would feel less empty after the Magnificent Min Cat died, and Monster, who was bought to keep Cookie company. Cook was a very skinny wee thing when we got her, having been sitting in the pound growing more and more depressed for five months. She is easily the sweetest cat I have ever known, and ever so genteel.

Here is a photo of her when we first brought her home: 

She was fully grown and weighed only just over 2kg. It took her a day to settle in, which she spent hiding the unused chimney and giving me a heart attack (black cats can't be seen on black backgrounds -- who knew?) For the first week she grew in weight and confidence at a huge rate, but whenever we went out, she would be waiting at the door bursting out of her skin with enthusiasm when we came home: 'Where have you been? I've been so bored!' So the next weekend we went to the Cat Protection Society and came back with a kitten to be her friend. We had a complex strategy for introducing them, then Cookie started to groom the kitten through the bars of her cage the moment we put it down. They have loved each other ever since.

Cookie continued to thrive, this is a more recent shot of her: 

(She's guarding Mr Brammers from an overdose of Internet Spaceships) Of course, she's more often found looking like this: 

In hopes of receiving a good tummy rub. She weighs 5kg now! The kitten was named Monster, and grew into her name, she's the most terrible big lump (over 6kg) but so amiable! She, too spends a lot of time guarding the universe ...

And attempting to join me in my travels ...

Both of them have a passion for tunnels, which means that the living room can sometimes resemble a model of the London Underground. Occasionally there are tunnel wars, which are waged from both within and above the tunnels and can lead to the human members of the house being unable to move due to laughter. By the way, imagine having these whiskers and that facial expression being the first thing you seen of a morning. And it is impossible to eat chicken without her knowing!

The tower is the other contested ground, and there are often races and minor battles for the top, but sometimes they share nicely. It does look as though Cookie is the bigger cat in this shot, but it's all fluff, she's a wee thing underneath!

Monnie is wholly obsessed with water, and wants the tap run in the bath so she can have a drink, indeed, she will sit on the edge of the bath and drink from the bathwater as you bathe in it. Cookie believes this behaviour is uncatlike and miaows plaintively at Monster, presumably encouraging her to be less of a lunatic.

Mon also bolts her kibble on occasion, and it comes back up. She did this the other morning, while I was trying to get ready for work. Cookie went over to look at the pile of semi-digested kibble, looked at the small pile of paper I had nearby ready for the recycling, shuffled an envelope off the pile to cover the vomit and gave me a look of 'Don't worry, I fixed it!'

They are thoroughly lovely wee beasties, even if they often decide their needs for pats and other people's chicken are superior to any other needs of creatures within the household!
girl; obsessed: misc - tiniest kittycomplications_g on July 28th, 2010 09:39 am (UTC)
Cats are totally the best! :D Monster is very similar to my Milly.

Edited at 2010-07-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
They are! Give Milly a cuddle from us -- tortiseshells rule!
(no subject) - complications_g on July 29th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Catscatsintheattic on July 28th, 2010 09:55 am (UTC)

blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
They send purrs and leg rubs to you!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on July 28th, 2010 10:09 am (UTC)

Mine don't understand right now why I keep making weird hissing noises at them - my failure to talk properly is not amusing them. It is amusing C, though. I got the teeniest bit of noise back briefly this evening - apparently I sounded like the Penguin in Toy Story 2 when he swallowed his squeaker. Who knew?!

blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh MERE! Your poor lungs and throat! I would think the kitties would be thrilled that you sound more like them, the ungrateful little muppets! *Hugs you back, tightly!*
(no subject) - meredyth_13 on July 30th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on July 28th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
Aw, they're precious! How cute. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
They are very sweet, even when they are being naughty :-)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on July 28th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Actually, to add further to odd similarities, I've got an elen-years-old cat who looks just like Cookie. Down to the white socks.

My other cat looks completely different, though.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
HEE! Excellent! I have to say that I had always loved cats that looked like that, so I was very please to find one that needed adopting :-)
painless_jpainless_j on July 28th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
Aww, they are so huggable :) I love the last photo! Kitty bums :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Usually they battle amusingly for dominance of the tower, so the sharing was a photo opportunity not to be missed! And yes, very huggable!
Rose: Cat's facefourth_rose on July 28th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Wow, they're beautiful! *admires*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
They are lovely girls. Cookie is the classic beauty, but Mon is filled with charm. And comedy!
Brissygirl: punk kittybrissygirl on July 28th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
They are very beautiful girls Brammers! You also inspired me to post pics of my mum's cats Here
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
You mum has great cats! And yes, these two are beauties. Cookie was such a skinny scruff when we got her, but she blossomed!
stellamoonstellamoon on July 28th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I love your cats, AND your story!

I have a fully grown cat named Kitty (sometimes Miss Kitty) and she is tiny! She just never grew big. Ever since Grandma took her in as a pathetic and sickly stray, she has been so tiny and thin. Grandma died a few years back, and as promised, I took Kitty in. She is so precious (all black) and still as tiny as ever, weighing only 4 pounds. She really loves only me, and it's a rare and special occasion if she even allows anyone else to briefly pet her. Your description of Cookie reminds me of her.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, she sounds delightful! Cookie was a tiny bit larger than that when we found her, and we thought she might not grow since she was between 18 months and two years old, but she did! I think it's a bit extra special to have a cat who had such a hard start, when they like you it feels as though you are in a privileged class of person. Good old Monster likes anyone -- especially if they have chicken!
And I Am Telling Youant3ka on July 28th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
OMG I love kitty pictures!! And yours are beautiful. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They are darling girls, even if they are completely batty (maybe a tiny bit of taking after owners ...)
Keeper of the Superfluous Es!: MagicMoste/_happenstancethemostepotente on July 28th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
Awww, your kitties are so cute! Your calico looks a little bit like mine.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Sends Calico/Torty love to your kitty! Mon's colouring is so funny -- looked at from above she is a dark tortiseshell, from below a white calico. We had a day between finding her at the pound and picking her up, and Mr B was worried we would get the wrong kitten, but I knew her by the bars on her leg (as well as her snuffly affectionate snuggling).
women's lasers: harry potter - crookshankssarcasticpixie on July 28th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, Cookie looks JUST like my old roommate's cat Ying! Precious little black-and-whites. :D

My own Min is loving the new condo and just this morning decided to christen the hardwood floor in my kitchen with some spectacular cat barf. :/
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
AH, the dulcet tones of kitty retching ...

I DO like a black and white cat. There was a pair at the vets' the other week that were the reverse of these two: a short-haired B&W and a long-haired tortie on top, calico beneath. We had such an urge to grab them, but the house is just too small!

And hurrah for Minerva! Pic spam time!
lotus_lizzylotus_lizzy on July 28th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Awww, how cute! They remind me very much of our two cats. I just want to cuddle with them! Thanks for the great pictures :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
You are welcome to come and cuddle them any time!
CiraAranaciraarana on July 28th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Your Cookie is the most adorable cat. Love those white paws, so pretty! The Monster is aptly named, too. Very interesting colouring.

I'm currently sitting two cats while their family is on holiday - Mokka, who has Cookie's fur and Monster's colouring, and Millie, whose facial expression can resemble Monster's and who loves nothing more than getting underfoot and viciously killing feathers. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC)
Feathers must die! They sound like excellent cats to hang out with.

Cookie is a beauty, which was a surprise as she was such a bedraggled little thing at first. Mr B was still grieving the Magnificent Min cat and had said that while I could have a new cat, she would be mine and he would just help out with the litter, because he was not ready to bond with another cat. When we went to pick her up, she was so small in the cat cage, and then skinny enough to climb out the patting portal on the top. He picked her up and patted her, telling her that she was too thin and would need to be fed up and that was the end of his reticence.

Monster is so naughty, but she is so funny at her naughtiness that she will never learn as it is rewarded with laughter and cuddles. We would be TERRIBLE parents!
Ann: eyetsosh on July 28th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
They're so beautiful and obviously lead a very happy life.
Cookie started to groom the kitten through the bars of her cage the moment we put it down.
Awww! Grown cats usually dislike kittens, so it must have been love at first sight.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 29th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
It was! To this day Cookie will pin Mon down with a paw and groom her, despite Monster being considerably taller, longer and heavier.

You are another good cat caring person, so you know that the only secret to a happy life is giving them the love. Tragically that does not always mean a long life, too, but a short and happy one is not a bad one!