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It’s been a while since the last update on the Oak Court Cats.  Well, they’ve been busy.

 

Busy doing what?  Busy being cats.

Fatty Sleeping jul 14 FridayCats

It’s mid summer and they’re in typical “cat” form.  Their day begins around 5:00 and continues until an hour or so after sunset.  The Cats also nap.  A lot.  Actually, they seem to sleep up to 20 hours on a really hot day; the most common napping spots are on window sills where a gentle breeze cools them down.

 

The Big Guy has shed quite a bit of his fur and is probably at his lightest weight now, maybe 25 pounds.  Getting him to settle down on the scale for an accurate measurement is difficult.  He hasn’t spent much time outside lately; seems there is a stray Tiger that has gotten the better of him.  Mr. Big, like most Maine Coons, isn’t into fighting.  He’ll go out into the yard but never more than 20’ from the back door.

 

I’ve met the stray a few times, chased him out the cart door more than once.  The tiger looks like he’s been living out in the factory lot behind us for a while and could use a good brushing and maybe a dose of Frontline.

 

With the exception of Precious, the Psycho Killer Cat, the other Court Cats don’t spend much time out back and haven’t mixed it up with Tiger.  Precious, on the other hand, will raise a commotion when the Tiger comes in; spitting, growling and sending a strong message with her movements with her posturing.  I don’t think she’d go after the Tiger; she is, as Filipino’s would say, OA. (Over Acting – a drama queen).

Missey Jul 14

Missey, the alpha of the clan, is approaching her 16th birthday later.  In human terms she’d be 80.  She’s got a touch of arthritis in her right shoulder; her right front leg isn’t as flexible as it should be.  When she walks the leg is stiff and gives her a slight ‘hitch’ in her stride.  Other than that, she’s doing well.  I will have to d something special on the 25th; maybe open up a can of salmon for her.

 

The Cats have asked me to do a better job of posting on the blog.  As they don’t have opposable thumbs they can’t type too well themselves.  With that in mind I’ll be back in a few days with a new post.

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Ok, the saying is to let sleeping dogs lie but, on the court, it’s sleeping cats.

As I get older I’ve learned to enjoy the nap; those minutes where you can comfortably doze off in the middle of the day.  You wake up refreshed, recharged and have the energy to tackle new challenges.  The cats that reside here are experts on the nap.

Yes, that's a 20 pound cat sleeping on the ledge.

Where does a 20 pound Maine Coon sleep? Anywhere he pleases.   The big guy prefers to sleep in a place where he can keep an eye out for the other cats.  the better places are off limits to him.  The other cats have seniority and get the best places; he gets to choose from what’s left.  Yes, he’s sleeping in the ledge above the window, a favorite place.

The Queen sleeps where she wishes, when she wishes and for however long she wishes.  There are times she will occupy a comfortable spot for 10 or more hours.  As she is the alpha, the other cats will stay clear or, on special occasions, join her at nap time.  Of course, if she decides to nap on the bed, I’ll be sleeping on the sofa that night.

They wanted to sleep in the bed, I got the sofa.

The Oak Court Cats don’t restrict sleeping to the house.  Nope.  I’ve come up on them sleeping in flower beds, on the neighbor’s lawn chairs and other’s porches.  Nothing is off limits to a cat requiring a nap.

Well, all this talk about napping has convinced me that I need a nap.

Later