Here are Chevy, Sien-Zu and Shuey telling me in very clear body language that I am not allowed to leave for days without them. Not that cats are good travelers and I would never take them on any of my road trips but I think the message was delivered with PURR-fect finese.
Shuey took his turn holding down the bag, but I was not quick enough with the camera to capture that one. Notice the strategic grouping of the cats. All points are covered and no one can sneak up on them from any direction.
I know it would appear to be just laying around but that is not the case. These cats are master's of disguise. You think they are just lounging when in fact they are high alert, guarding the duffel bag to make sure it stays put or get put back in the closet where it belongs.
Meet Chevy - he got his name because his purr is so loud it sounds like a 357 Chevy motor humming under the hood of a 57 Chevy Bel-Aire. He is the only long haired cat in the bunch. When he was born here on the farm there were 19 kittens born that summer, he was the only long-haired one and has all the characteristics of a Maine Coon breed - except he is not tolerant of the wind when it is blowing hard and would prefer to be in the house napping on the back of the couch or on a slick wooden dinning room chair. He also has been known to stuff himself into a box for napping on regular occasions.
Sien-Zu is one of 3 Siamese looking cats we got out of the 19 kitten summer. Tassi-cat (from the orange spider ring story) was the first one and then late in the summer we had another litter of kittens (all males) and had 2 all white guys -- Shuey and Sien-Zu. None of the 3 look exactly alike. Sien-Zu has colorings of browns on his saddle section. Course they all have the signature striped tail (seen in picture 1) that they got from their mom - Honey-cat. Sien-Zu is a good boy, likes to hunt, and nap but is stubborn about coming inside when I say it is time to come in. He is the one all stretched out in the first picture, which is a usual look for him when napping on the floor.
Now you have met 4 of the 9 cats. . . . I know 9 cats, right? That is a lot but let me tell you this, on a farm 9 cats is a small number. Without a barn for them to live in I am able to keep our cat population in check, everyone has been spayed or neutered. They range in size from 5 pounds to 16 pounds. Chevy and Shuey are the 2 biggest at 16 pounds.
Check back for more cat tales. . . . and to meet the other 5 cats on the farm.