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A big, wooly, adult male cat submits impatiently to being washed by his small delicate mother cat.This is probably as close to a kiss as I’m liable to get in the near future. I’ve posted pictures of both of these two separately. Here they are together. The cat on the right is the mother of the boy on the left. I’ve read that adult cats don’t recognize their young as their own, but baby is about seven years old and his mother has never stopped treating him like he’s still a kitten. He doesn’t really like it when she washes him like this. He’ll put up with it for a minute, then he’ll try to walk away. She’ll push him down with her paw, hold him there, and keep on going.

Limiting my adorable animal pictures to one per week is not a joke. I really could have a blog devoted to my pictures of critters. Sometimes I wonder what is says about me that I could probably do nothing all day but take pictures of cats, dogs, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and the odd frog and come home in the evening and post them on the internet. That would be a happy life. I’m willing to consider any offers from wealthy patrons willing to help me realize my, admittedly banal, artistic vision.

A small cat rolling on the floor looking for affection.

This is Mamacita. She’s the mother of the huge baby that appeared in last week’s picture. She and her kittens had been left in a box on the doorstep of my sister’s vet. They called Sis because she had recently lost a couple of pets. She took the mother because she was afraid no one would take an adult cat. Mama is about half the size of Baby but she bosses him around.

In the hopes of not boring those of you who are not animal lovers, I’ve decided to limit my critter pictures to one every Thursday. A white cat with yellow eyes.

This photo is a great example of how something that looked fabulous in real life can’t be captured in a photograph. This cat was apparently connected to a grocer’s and he was sitting in among the Christmas decorations on the outside of the shop. The decorations, which you can see on the left, were mainly white, so the white cat looked especially adorable among them. However, there was no satisfying way to get both the cat and the decorations in the same picture. In the end, the best result was just a close-up ot the cat with his stunning golden eyes.