Day 61: Our musical Mau

My husband and I are hobbyist musicians. I am a vocalist and he plays a ton of instruments: viola, bass, cello, piano, and guitar. He practices while I make dinner, and he’s pretty good so I get awesome music every night. Solstice sits on his lap while he plays the guitar so I guess he …

Day 60: Wintermuse needs some assistance

She’s a few months old in this shot. Look how long her tail is in proportion to her body. So, you might notice she’s on a scratching post with a piece of fabric on it. This was her mega scratching post, about 2.5-3 ft high and half a foot wide. When she was a wee …

Day 58: Is this seat taken?

He used to want to lay with her so badly that he’d lay ‘nearby’ then slowly creep/ooze closer and closer until he was on top of her. She’s smiling in this picture so you probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you she growled, chomped, and swatted at him, then ran off in a huff. …

Day 56: Solstice’s First Photoshoot

This was my first ‘favorite’ shot of Solstice. He was still a tiny kitten. I had been saving it all these months for the 2015 calendar, but vertical shots are hard to use so it didn’t go in. So you can enjoy it instead!

Day 54: Shocked Solstice

What is it they say about Maus? Their default expression is worried? This was taken when Solstice was just a wee little kitten. His default expression is now half-asleep joy. (I painted that peacock in the background in Japan. I was learning the technique of Kyo-Yuzen, ink-grinding, from some artisans in Kyoto’s Marumasu: http://marumasu.sakura.ne.jp. Lou …

Day 53: Wintermuse and her beloved crinkle mouse

Notice how svelte and agile Wintermuse looks here, compared to how low and stumpy Solstice looks in the post below. I’m just sayin’. Yes, this is a crinkle mouse. I believe I’ve written about them before. No toy lights up Wintermuse’s life like a crinkle mouse. It’s the Romeo to her Juliet.

Day 52: The Mysterious Tale of the Mau and the Drinking Water

Egyptian Maus don’t need to drink. They are desert cats and get their hydration through food. Wintermuse does not drink unless she wants to for recreational reasons. Solstice, however, loves drinking. He also loves eating. I think he just loves doing things with his mouth, frankly. You’ll notice that this bowl has a little fish …

Day 51: Wintermuse and the Rainbow Snake

We call this toy the rainbow snake. It is a multicolored piece of felt tied to a stick. That’s all. She used to looove chewing on it. If we tie a toy to the end of the fabric, she goes nuts. Cats are so simple sometimes. The cats would swallow it if we left it …

Day 44: Sleeping with the paws

You may notice these grey things in a lot of pictures. They are giant kitty paws made of plush. Lou made them for me years ago before we even had cats as a holiday gift. (We don’t like Christmas, so we give each other just 1-3 gifts, usually home-made and as weird as possible.) These …

Day 40: Wintermuse is meta

My Egyptian Mau stands in front of a screen with pictures of other Egyptian Maus. I think she walked over as I was doing a google image search. She likes to stand in front of my screen and stopĀ  me from working. The modern equivalent of laying on a book.

Day 38: Solstice’s eye problem

We were just sitting around like usual lately when Solstice meowed, then walked up to sit in Lou’s lap, like he does almost every day. Then Lou noticed he had one eye closed. Now Solstice just does this sometime for fun.. he is so lazy he keeps one eye shut, especially if he just woke …

Day 36: When the stuffed animals aren’t available

When the stuffed animals aren’t available, Wintermuse sleeps under the blankets. Sometimes if she looks restless, we’ll lift up the edge of a blanket on the couch, and she’ll perk right up, trot over, climb under it, and go to sleep. At night, she used to come in and headbutt my face until I lifted …

Day 34: Wintermuse’s game face

I mentioned in the last post that Solstice is the cuddler and Wintermuse is the cuddlee, the little spoon to his big spoon. The look she usually has when he is trying to lay with her is quite like this one.

Day 33: Hydra cat!

That’s right, her head is on his body. Usually, he’s the cuddler, and she is the cuddlee, passively laying there and secretly hating him. I don’t know how this shot happened. He loves it, though. That’s a smiling cat.

Day 28: Wintermuse napping with her paws up

Who falls asleep with their paws in the air? I mean, really. It’s now fall. We had a good summer, but with the temperature dropping, Wintermuse is coughing again. Just one cough every other day, but it is back. On wet days, she coughs more. If the weather suddenly gets cold, she coughs more. It’s …

Day 24 – Solstice just woke up

He’s actually afraid of this chair. He won’t step on the grey part if he can help it. The only way he’ll get into the chair, even if his favorite thing is in it, is if the white blanket is on the grey part. It’s completely nuts.

Day 22: Solstice snuggles with Wintermuse

Solstice just loves Wintermuse. He wants to be wherever she is. If she lays, he’ll flop nearby and creep closer and closer until he is laying next to or on her. Sometimes she leaves in disgust. Sometimes, she is sleeping, so she doesn’t notice. Sometimes, she’ll deign to bathe him. Look how he snuggles into …

Day 20 – Wintermuse and her doppelganger

My Christmas gift in 2010 was the little mechanical kitty to the right and a note that said we could get a cat. I named the mechanical kitty Placey, short for Placeholder. Louis did not know we would get a silver cat, much less a Mau, when he gave it to me. But days later, …