One of my blog goals for 2016 is to share more stories and photos of our cats and rabbit. We are a multi-species home, but my posts usually only feature Ruby. The real reason for my canine focus is that I stink at feline photography. But thanks to some tips and advice from one of my favorite cat bloggers, Sometimes Cats Herd You, things are beginning to look up.
We have three cats, but I will start with the Queen Bee. Rosie wandered into our backyard in July 2009. Only nine or ten months old, she already had multiple battle scars from her brief life on the streets. She was a black cat, skin and bones, missing teeth and fur, and her ears were permanently scarred from frostbite. In spite of her rough start, Rosie was not shy or feral. Basically, we opened the backdoor and in she walked, quickly assuming her natural leadership position in the household.
Other fun facts about Rosie:
- She is complicated and bossy and she likes it that way.
- Her nails are slightly deformed and extra sharp. Hence her nickname is Edwina Scissor-paws.
- She is part dog and part street fighter and has been known to walk across the kitchen on her hind legs "boxing" for turkey.
- Although she is a scrapper at heart, she has a very dainty, sweet meow.
- One of her favorite tricks is to hop up on the table during dinner and grab something off a shocked guest's plate. She is like a pickpocket on a crowded train platform - she takes what she wants and then disappears into the night.
- She was once mistaken for a pair of black shoes. It was dark, I didn't have my glasses on and she has never forgiven me for it.
- Rosie's fur never grew back after she was spayed. Unfortunately, her bald belly, combined with her scarred ears and black fur, make some people uncomfortable. We have had some mean comments about her appearance and lots of stupid questions.
When we rescued Rosie, we knew bringing her to a shelter was not an option. Black cats still suffer from the bad luck stigma and have the lowest adoption rates of any cats. They are also more likely to be the victims of cruel pranks and abuse. Please consider welcoming a beautiful black panther cat into your home.
Although today's photos are technically not selfies, Rosie wanted to join the hop to meet some other cat bloggers.