Post 1896: The kitty boys are back!


We’ve had a grumpy few days, thanks to a laptop giving up the ghost, but my new laptop means the kitty boys and I can return to regular posting.

What’s going to fall apart next? I suspect it’s time for the smart phone to go belly up. I mean, don’t expensive things always fail close to expensive holidays like Christmas? And it’s about the only bit of technology I use that’s left to croak!


11Jul20: settling in…

The kitty boys ran all over the apartment to re-establish this is home and that other soap-smelling kitty is, indeed, a brother. Dougy found a comfortable position on one of the kitty loungers and…

…Andy tries hiding the captions on the television. Little chance of that now and for a few months. There’s surprisingly little bulk under that Persian hair.

10Jul20: stripped…!

Yes, it’s Dougy! He had so many mats, he had to be trimmed down really close. It grows back, and the next grooming session (1PM on October 30th) will be a return to a teddy bear cut.

Dougy looks patchy now, but that won’t last. 

Andy had fewer mats, and they weren’t as big mostly. He doesn’t look so rough.

Not much kitty boy under all that Persian coat, eh?! More Andy views here.

I expect the fans of the kitty boys will be upset with this extreme cut, yet it is what needed to be done to get back to routine touch up to restore their teddy bear cuts. I only asked that their tails be left untouched so the kitty boys had some small dignity left! 

Dougy says “buh-bye” in Cattinese, of course, so it sounds more like “meow”.

Turns out the new groomer has a play area where the kitties can be out of the carrier. The former groomer didn’t have one. She also turns out to be the daughter of a woman who used to give the best haircuts, you know, the ones that actually feel good as well as look good.

09Jul20: Where’s Dougy headed?

It’s kitty haircut day for the kitty boys! About dang time!

08Jul20: divided attention, Part 2…

Where we are up to now: French movie, with subtitles to block; a fly on the lampshade; the decision so tiring, Andy puts off both for a nap.


The nap helps sort things out: a fly snack would be nice! Andy returns to the fly.

Andy’s attracted another interested party. Dougy hears the racket and suspects there’s something yummy in it for him!

Andy welcomes his brother, but would be happier without the competition.

The fly moves on briefly. The kitty brothers wait for its return.

Return of the fly! It gets serious now!

What!?  After all that? The fly survives two experienced predators…for now! Later, both Andy and Dougy catch a yummy fly and have their snack. I hope at least one of these flies was the one that got away in the video.


07Jul20: divided attention, Part 1…

Hmm. A French movie. Andy knows this is his job for now…


…block the subtitles!

But wait! That’s a fly buzzing around the light! Andy is conflicted for a moment…

…but knows his priorities. Get the fly!

Whew! So many decisions wears my kitty boy out. He decides he needs a nap. 

06Jul20: quality time…


Is Andy upset that…

Dougy and Doug (the human) are having quality time?



05Jul20: Andy tests authority…

Andy shows up just as “76 trombones” plays.

Sorry, Bud. I don’t need to see through you for this one! 

04Jul20: when the cat’s away…

…the fly will fly. Well, not as catchy as “…and the mice will play”, but same principle.


Dougy was around earlier…

…as was Andy. But the fly was hiding elsewhere. 


Yeah, as soon as the kitty boys left, the fly was back.


03Jul20: What!?


Can’t figure out what Dougy wants. He stops by, meows, then resists my attempts to amuse him. “What’s wrong kitty boy? The animal control officer doesn’t like your attitude?”

Could be. Dougy won’t look me straight in the eyes.

02July20 : back to work….

The celebrations are over so Andy cleans up and…

…gets back to work. Didn’t he just see a new fly fly by?