As Promised. Plus! Introducing Saucy and Cirrus

Posted on 18 November 2010

My Crab Creek Review copies came, so I dutifully set out to photograph them with my cats as promised. Turns out that cats don’t really like having literary magazines shoved in their faces. Who knew? But this post is also an excuse to introduce Saucy and Cirrus, which I haven’t done in an official capacity yet. So here goes.

To the left, you’ll find Saucy and her multi-colored tummy. She likes food, eating, snacks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She also enjoys her scratching post, the rainbow catnip sock, and the long piece of rainbow felt on a stick.

Saucy is very affectionate, but hasn’t really turned into a lap cat. She prefers to follow me around and sit next to me. If I wake up in the middle of the night (see the #1 reason for that in the next paragraph) she’ll leap up happily and come over to be petted. She’s also very smart. When we went to the shelter to look at cats, she came out of her cage and immediately hopped in Peter’s lap as he knelt down to pet her. The shelter employees watched in surprise and said, “She never does that!” Well played, Saucy. Well played.

Here’s Cirrus to the right. He’s crazy for the laser pointer, sitting on me or my laptop as I write, and waking me up in the middle of the night as he tries to sit on my head and/or eat my hair. When he wants to be petted, he throws his entire body onto the ground full force at your feet. He’ll also grab my hand with his front paws and direct it to his face/chin to be petted in exactly the right place.

When we adopted Cirrus, he was considered sort of special needs in the sense that he was very skittish around people and needed a quiet, calm environment. Now, he tries to climb all over me every chance he gets. I guess he’s healed.

And now for the good stuff: Gratuitous cat/lit mag shots. Here’s Saucy being all suspicious over my copy of CCR:

And here’s Cirrus, trying to pretend he actually reads. You’re not fooling anyone, Cirrus:

I’m thinking I should make this a tradition and photograph Saucy and Cirrus with whatever publication my stuff appears in. (I just realized I already kind of did this, only with other books, here.) What do you think? Feel free to use the “zero to crazy cat lady” scale in your response.

8 responses to As Promised. Plus! Introducing Saucy and Cirrus

  • Averil Dean says:

    Cirrus looks like one of the chicks from A Price is Right, showing of a shiny new refrigerator.

    Not very macho, Cirrus, in spite of that mustache you’re rockin’.

  • Ha! I love it. Yeah, Cirrus is definitely not concerned with being macho. Which is good for him, considering his surgical history.

  • margosita says:

    LOVE! They are all seem so sweet. I’d like to encourage this tradition.

  • Cara Spinosa says:

    Your cats are super cute. I love mine, but they can definitely be like children when it comes to writing… As soon as I sit down to write anything they decide it’s play time. My husband and I have gotten to the point where we can use the laser pointer with one hand and type with the other. It’s insane :)

    Makes me want to put my kittens on my blog now too though.

  • lisahgolden says:

    I love it! Cats don’t need to read. They know everything already. But it’s sweet of him to humor you.

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