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Friday Cat Blogging

Mother and Child Reunion

Friday Cat Blogging

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[Editor: This is Ringo in the front and her son, Income, in the back surviving the cold weather. Ringo is the smallest of the cats, and in the classic cat pose with straight from legs, Income is a full head taller than his mom. They are on an olive drab wool blanket that is at least a half-century old.

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1 jams o donnell { 12.10.10 at 5:21 am }

What a sweet pair. It makes me think what a pairing of our two late cats Oscar (died 2002) and Mimi would have looked like had their lifespans crossed

2 Bryan { 12.10.10 at 10:06 pm }

It is kind of comical watching Ringo boss the “kids” around, it is almost as if they don’t realize that mom is smaller than they are.

3 Steve Bates { 12.11.10 at 9:20 pm }

“Mother and Child Reunion”

… “is only a motion away,” and in the case of Esther and Pester, um, excuse me, Esther and Lily, the motion these days is almost always a swipe of the paw with claws extended. Try to get a photo of that… at least try to get one that is suitable for family viewing!

4 Bryan { 12.11.10 at 9:30 pm }

Weaning seems to take forever with some kittens, and then the dominance fight will start if there are two females involved.

Just hold the thought that in the end you will have two nice cats who will enrich your life.

5 Ame { 12.12.10 at 9:32 pm }

In the image they appear to have sable coats, is that correct?

6 Bryan { 12.13.10 at 1:15 am }

Ame, they are Korat mixes. Korats are one of the three major types of “blue” cats, along with the Russian Blue and the Chartreuse. They are single-coated, unlike most cats, and have very short hair that starts as dark gray near their skin, and then lightens to silver at the tips, the silver being most visible on their faces and legs. With or without the flash, the silver is visible, it isn’t a flash artifact.

Korats mature slower than other cats, not being fully grown until around two years. They shed less because they have single coats and don’t have the second coat to dump in the Spring. They tend to have very muted voices, that are often describes as chirps, rather than meows.

The breed originated around the Korat area of Thailand, and we have a lot of Thais who live in the area. We also have military personal who were stationed in Thailand, so there are a lot of local connections that explain the presence of a rather exotic breed in our feral cat population.

7 oldwhitelady { 12.13.10 at 5:41 pm }

Adorable! The dark blue gray coats shining like that is just so so beautiful. I’ll have to show this picture to the princess.

8 Ame { 12.14.10 at 10:36 pm }

Thank you, Bryan. I’ve never seen a Korat. I’ve had a Russian Blue and recognized the frosted coat. That’s a couple of beautiful cats you have there, and with dainty little paws, too.

9 Bryan { 12.14.10 at 11:24 pm }

They are not a widespread breed, and don’t like cold weather because of their single-coat trait.

You wouldn’t call those paws dainty when they are applied to your body at about 3AM as somecat is looking for a new place to sleep.