Roc Launches a Charm Crusade

April 15, 2021

By Karen

Lately, Max has been joining the rest of us downstairs in the evening. After Adele died, he assumed her duty of signaling when it was time for after-dinner treats and fish flakes by scratching on the bookcase where I keep them.

Max tends to rotate where he settles down for TV after that. Until a few weeks ago, he stayed in his bed near the sliding door. But now he’s back on the purple blanket on the couch.

This is where it gets weird. Roc has been joining Max in the friendliest manner he can muster. (This doesn’t leave much room for me to stretch out, BTW.) And Max is warily OK with it.

I took these photos on three different nights…

April 1, Max: “What the @*$%* does Roc think he’s doing? I was here first.”
April 6, Max: “I’ll just pretend he isn’t here.”
April 7, Max: “Mickey and the Teds have my back, but best to keep one eye open, just in case.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve had detente after five years. Years ago, when Cole finally discovered my bed and started sleeping there, Adele, who had been a firm fixture, immediately vacated. She moved to a bed I put on my dresser so she could give Cole the stink-eye all night.

Five years later, she did a 180 and became perfectly cordial to Cole. Unfortunately, by then Cole’s kidneys were beginning to fail and he only got to enjoy a year of Adele’s friendship before he left us…

Adele finally joined Cole on my bed

And now after five years, Roc suddenly seems to be trying to buddy up to Max.

I know you’re probably wondering if/how Tony figures into all of this. He’s making like Switzerland and staying neutral. While Roc has fur-on-fur contact with Max, Tony may be in his little bed on the hearth…

After I cleared my winter knitting supplies off it, Tony discovered the big chair (I crocheted myself a plush throw like the couch cat blankie — I DO NOT recommend that chenille yarn. It’s a bitch to work with.)…

You may remember, directly behind the big chair is the new gray perch I had to assemble from scratch. It’s become Tony’s spot. He uses every inch except that hammock at the bottom, and he’ll lounge on it for hours, day or night. I’ve even seen him using the sisal scratching posts after he saw Roc do it.


Tony Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2020

By Tony

I’m posting today because I have the most news to share, and I’m celebrating my first Thanksgiving where I’m not a crazy kitten who has no idea it’s a special day.

The Wormald family decided to skip the big get-together at Karen’s sister’s, but Sis is cooking anyway and sending plates to everyone. We cats expect to score some turkey for dinner.

Yesterday, Karen went to the Richmond Animal League to pick up her 2021 calendars featuring moi as Mr. July — AND this portrait I got as a thank you for my fundraising (which YOU GUYS made possible)…

It was painted by local artist Lynn Black, owner of Paint For Good. I think she really captured my “Toniness,” don’t you?

I also have a new hobby, thanks to Karen recently becoming interested in ghosts again. She watches this show called Paranormal Caught on Camera and I’ve become obsessed with the UFO sightings. It started out innocently enough, although Karen says I’ll ruin my eyes sitting so close to the TV…

Next thing I knew, I HAD to catch those things!…

I’ve been doing this almost every time a UFO story comes on, dashing to the TV from wherever I am. Unfortunately, the room is dark so Karen’s not having much luck catching me on camera. Ironic, huh?

But I know you must be dying to find out what Karen did with our old kitty perches after the new furry one took center stage. BTW, we’re keeping the box it came in for a while because it’s a great playpen. I keep my new favorite yellow sparkle ball there (the old blue one has disappeared)…

So, the beige perch is now beside the couch, where the tatty blue one was…

Roc and I still do our claw workouts there because we’re trying to keep the new furry perch nice and not get yelled at.

Remember the flamingos? They’ve moved and the blue perch has taken their place at the top of the stairs!

This is exciting because it makes going upstairs a lot more fun. Max says that looking out the little window has been every kitty’s Holy Grail. Now we’re the first ones who get to use it anytime we want without risking our necks…

Now I love the balcony…

So does Max…

And here’s a very rare shot of ALL of us sharing the perch (that black shadow at the bottom is Roc). Karen was hoping this is what would happen on the new furry one, but whatevs. We’re cats…

All of us at Cats Working wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Healthy Thanksgiving. And don’t forget to share the turkey with your kitties!


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