Friday Cat Blogging – 23 December 2011

This is what Christmas is like in Southern California. It’s about 70 degrees and the cats are frolicking in the backyard. Inkblot is up on his favorite fence, entranced by the sight of birds he’ll never catch. Domino is down in the garden, rolling around on a spot that used to have a catnip plant and perhaps still retains a bit of feline allure.

Need more cats? BuzzFeed has ’em: The 30 Most Important Cats of 2011. It’s obviously missing a couple of pretty important cats, but I guess even superstars have to make way once in a while.

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