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the return of cat blogging!

The weeks since the death of my beloved Foster were very sad ones. A writer's day can be a challenge for an extrovert such as I am, and I didn't fully realize how much during the day I depended on the household cats for touch, companionship, and healthy, playful distraction until, for the first time in roughly seventeen years, there weren't any feline companions around the house. The emptiness of the house was a burden added to that of missing Foster.

I still miss Foster, of course, but there are some furpeople I think you should meet:
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Clio and Clare!

We found Clio and Clare in the Massachusetts PCA shelter. They're sisters who had been adopted from that same shelter when they were kittens, but left at the shelter again at age four when the person who adopted them moved into an apartment that didn't allow pets.

Everybody adores cute, tiny kittens, so shelter staff often have a difficult time finding homes for the adult cats. But these cuties were so adorable and affectionate that we knew they belonged with us.

Clio (on her hind feet leaning against the window) is the instigator of much mischief in the house. Every object she sees becomes a cat toy to her, and she especially likes chewing through the bags in which we store potatoes and onions. Her favorite occupations include napping and punching thousands of holes in boxes with her teeth -- sort of like the love-child of a vampire and a termite. But she is adorable, and is not at all shy about asking for affection when she wants it -- which is roughly 80% of the time she's awake.

Oh, and Clio was named for the muse of history. I figured that if having the very muse of history on my lap didn't help me garner enough enthusiasm to finish my Ph.D. dissertation, nothing would.

And do meet Clare,  sitting on the window sill. She has claimed my study as her own, and she's clearly a writer. One of her favorite pasttimes is jumping up to the keyboard when I'm writing and contributing text of her own. She's a bit mellower than Clio -- the source of her name, after St. Clare, the contemplative -- but loves to play games of tag, contests to see who can knock the most things over racing around the house, and engage in mutual grooming with her sister. She also loves napping -- preferably curled up with Clio like a dappled yin-yang symbol.

I do love these girls, and I hope you'll enjoy seeing them for Friday catblogging in the weeks to come!

October 6, 2008 in Cats | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack