This is a cat purring

A friend recently mentioned that she can’t tell the difference between a cat purring when she pets it and a cat growling. People, she claimed, are constantly correcting her.

“You can’t tell the difference!” she exclaimed.

I offered to let her come over and workshop with my cats, but I’m a bit concerned about what she’s doing when she pets cats if one, she can’t tell that they are growling; and two, she’s making them growl. She will need to be supervised for sure.

I tried to empathize, saying that I was always confused when other animals didn’t vibrate when I petted them like my purring cats did.

Olivia Wigglebothum was incredibly needy this morning. Her extra wallering, making an argument for a kitten she could roll around with and head butt in addition to me. She presented an educational opportunity though.

This is a cat purring.

It’s Time to Be Amazing (cats!)!

Call for artists! The Amazing Cat Show IV is on the horizon.

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The Amazing Cat Show III

Last year, I actually contributed pieces to The Amazing Cat Show III because attending my first show  Amazing II was… amazing! The first one I attended was such an entertaining collection of art from the ridiculous to serious compositions, viewed by an equally diverse shoulder to shoulder crowd. Clearly I needed to have my hand in this.

Before you get too  invested in your vision of me as a great artist, please understand: They. Take. Art. From. ANY-ONE. There were moms submitting their kid’s art because it would be a cool surprise for the kid to see it in a show. (My own MomBert was secretly poised to buy my art if it didn’t sell.) It’s non juried, anybody is welcome. The goal is money for Colony Cats and Dogs.

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Unfortunately, last year’s show got into a fight with a unicorn. A snow storm  headed our way on the day of the show with such bad forecasts that my school dismissed by noon. As in “teachers, seriously get the hell out. Do not stay at your desks to work. Leave.” That’s a unicorn, people.

The show was cancelled as much of the surrounding area shut down. I can’t definitively say that my contributions were cursed, but these things happen sometimes.

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Cloud Cats in the Garden

The show was re-scheduled, but there’s nothing like mid-Ohio cold, slush, ice, and dark to make you question your life choices or ever leaving the house again.IMG_4057

While the show was still fun and filled with the broadly silly and serious, the crowd was not as robust as the previous year.

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Yes, the purple triangle has cat hair in it.

Happily, both of my pieces sold and I was able to contribute to the shelter. I did not initially understand that this was a 50/50 show, part going to the artist so I turned my check around into cat shelter supplies and donations. After the bills were paid, Colony Cats made $1863. I suspect that they did better in previous years and would have fared better without the snow-pocalypse.

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Shadow Cat in the Garden

I’ll probably only have time for one piece this year. Being really good at procrastination tends to get in my way, as does making “artistic” decisions.August20183

We Can’t Keep Track

The internet is telling me that today is National Black Cat Day even though I feel like we JUST got through the festivities of National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Before you know it, Hug Your Cat Day will be upon us! If I didn’t know my own felines better, I might suspect that there was an organized group of cats making shit up.

This face says, “I deserve ALL the days.” I completely agree with my handsome man.

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However this smirky smile is his normal nonsense go-to look.

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Pretending to be a 14 pound, 10-year-old kitten is even more normal. It’s always his day.

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Twisted Confusion

This pose requires a strap. Twist head and front legs in the opposite direction of back legs. Strap may appear to come out of butthole.

Possessive Mousie

Curl around block. Close eyes and acknowledge your breaths. Extend front legs for full possession.

Power Toes

Roll, stretch as long as possible, spread toes claws extended. For an extra deep stretch fold ears back.

End on flat tummy.

Reality Pose

Wrap self in blanket. Firmly grab remote. Extend hand. View latest episode of The Walking Dead.

Unicorns vs. Sharks

The Target $1 bin never fails to amuse me. I know Birdie is grateful I shop there.

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Tragic Unicorn is her look.

A herd of unicorns stampeding through my kitchen was just what the end to an exhausting day called for.

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You can almost hear their tiny hooves.

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However every story needs a little drama so I threw a shark into the herd.

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Cue the music from Jaws as he scans the depths for treats!

duunnn dunnn… duuuunnnn duun…

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duuunnnnnnnn dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn dunnnn

No! Birdie, look out there’s a shark!!!!

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Shark: “Nope. I’m not messing with her. Movin’ on!”

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