Friday Cat Blogging – 2 July 2010

Domino’s new favorite place is inside our closet underneath Marian’s clothes, and since I know that everyone wants the very latest on cat habits here at Drum Central I figured I’d better get a picture of it. Unfortunately, Domino was a pain in the ass this week. Every time I walked into the closet and put the camera down at floor level, she immediately popped up and came out to investigate and be petted. Also unfortunately, although my camera has a terrific red-eye reduction for pictures of humans, it completely lacks laser-eye reduction for pictures of cats. So this is the best I could do. This is where Domino hides out for her afternoon snooze these days.

As for Inkblot, here he is on top of a bureau in the kitchen. He loves it whenever I put him up there, but for some reason he never jumps up himself. I’m really not sure what the deal is with this.

Need more? Well, the economic news has been pretty dismal this week, so courtesy of my sister, click here to read the inspiring story of Oscar the bionic cat. Oscar lives on the island of Jersey, and following a run-in with a combine harvester he became the star of the first episode of a new BBC show, The Bionic Vet. Oscar has been outfitted with a pair of titanium legs, and although he now has to stay inside he’s apparently pretty happy with his new prosthetics. Enjoy!

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