I want to thank everyone for the comments you wrote after my last post (two weeks ago). I was very touched by your words of support and the kind words you sent to sweet Alexander and Lucky. I have fallen behind lately in replies, but your visits and words mean a great deal not just to me, but to others at HOKAFI. We pass on all of your good wishes and love to the kitties.
Today I met McGee down in Toby Town (a separate building dedicated to cats, visible from the SP#1 porch). After hanging out for so long with my senior SP#1 gang, I had forgotten how challenging and funny it can be to try to photograph young cats. I spent quite a bit of time just following McGee, watching how he moved, trying to figure out what my angle would be. If I crouched down at all, he would be up in my lap in a flash (along with twelve other cats). This happened several times, and of course I was a sucker every time, thinking this time maybe he would stay put. I have lots of photos of a pink blurry nose launching into the lens.
We had 80-degree weather today, and so many of the Toby Town crew were enjoying themselves on the porch. I thought I might be able to snap a few shots of McGee lying down in the sun, but he is much to busy to lounge around. I did get this shot before he leapt into action:
My strategy in the end, to keep McGee’s attention off of me, but still engage him, so that I could capture his face (without him charging the camera) was “the leaf game.” A lot of the images on my camera card turned out like this :
But in the end, I did get a few pictures of this precious boy:
From what I understand, McGee was brought to Toby Town to learn from some of the grown up cats how to follow some of the rules of the cat world. Rule #1, McGee does not rule the universe and cannot boss around the other kitties. Although he does have issues with other cats, he is a sweet, sweet baby (and he will even let you hold him like one). He loves to play and is the “resident-helper,” assisting with various tasks around Toby Town. I enjoyed my visit with him today, and will maybe bring a different camera next time to take images from further away.
Back in SP#1, we spent a lot of time just sitting out on the porch. That extra vitamin D just knocks some of us out.
Until next time!
Corner Room at HOKAFI is teeming with young, healthy, rambunctious kitty rascals. I could almost not believe my eyes when I saw Ryan, not because he is a polydactyl (because he does proudly sport some adorable extra toes), but because his eyes are the most unusual color I’ve ever seen: a splendid deep honey-amber-red. My photos, taken with my iPhone, do not quite capture the color accurately. I also realize, on days like this, how important it is to have my regular camera with me. These cats are on the move: I need some built-in help to control the blur !
Ryan is attentive, curious, affectionate, cuddly: everything a hopeful cat-owner is probably looking for in an animal companion. He is the rare kind of cat that lets you cradle him like a baby (on his back).
Confetti is one of Ryan’s roommates, and exhibited many of the same characteristics he does: she’s playful, inquisitive, affectionate, and ADORABLE. When I was trying to take pictures in the room, Confetti and Ryan both kept leaping into each other’s picture (Photobomb! ) or bumping my arm. They also played with each other, which suggests they are both comfortable with and enjoy the presence of another cat.
Two sweet cats waiting for a forever home!
Meanwhile, in SP#1:
I hope everyone is having a great week!