It’s a beautiful autumn day here with lots of lovely sunshine. Oscar loves the window sill in our bedroom when it’s sunny like this. It’s also a great place to photograph him as the light is great.
Our kitty Oscar has become rather popular on Facebook recently, with his comical grumpy looks and handsome face.
He’s not really grumpy but the camera always makes him look that way. You can see more of him on his Facebook Page.
He wants to help cats who really are grumpy – those in shelters and rescue centres. 50p from every sale of his badges will go to a chosen charity. This month it is my local rescue Holly Hedge. They do great work with cats and dogs. By purchasing a pair of grumpy Oscar badges you will be helping kitties in need :)
Hello, it’s Daz here again doing another guest post for Caturday. I thought I’d share some slightly unusual photos of our cats using one of my favourite photographic techniques – “multiple exposures”.
I mostly take photos using film cameras, some of which have special buttons that allow you to take more than one photo on the same piece of film – this leads to some very interesting effects! Along with this, I get my film developed in the “wrong” chemicals which often gives crazy, saturated colours.
If you like my photos, you can see more on my website.
It’s the Olympics and the cats are going for gold!!
I love how different their sleeping positions are!
The more money you spend on a cat toy, the less they are likely to play with it – or at least that’s how it seems most of time! Maybe that’s why our cats love this so much, because it cost nothing to make!
Daz has been hoarding the tubes from the centre of toilet rolls for weeks so he could create this for the cats. He taped together in a pyramid shape with some electrical tape (as that’s all we had to hand but any tape will do). We put a few biscuits in each of the tubes and left the cats to it, they had such fun. It’s a great way to keep them entertained and it stops them from munching all their food too quickly.
Oscar pays no attention to Da Bird or other cat toys. Scraps of fabric are another matter entirely! He loves them.
Pixie being adorable as usual.
Arty, stressed again.
We have been trying to decide on a day each year to celebrate Oscar coming into our lives because we don’t know when his birthday is. He came into our lives gradually. For months we just saw him around the neighbourhood, sleeping in gardens and running away if we approached him.
It was over a year ago that he started coming into our garden. It was a very snowy cold time and it broke my heart to see him sleeping outside in the snow. It was obvious he had no home so I put hot food out for him. I spent ages outside in the cold talking to him, trying to gain his trust.
He was so shy and scared, so different to the cat we know today
As time went on, he became more relaxed around Daz and I
So why did we choose today? Well it’s a year since he was neutered. That might seem like a strange date to choose but it was also the day that changed everything. Despite us humans getting on well with Oscar he was not getting on with our cats. Being an un-neutered tom cat he was aggressive and fought with both Pixie and Arty. I was beginning to think that we might have to rehome him (at which point many tears were shed). I decided to get in touch with the Cats Protection and they offered to neuter Oscar. I can’t thank them enough because it really made such a difference and Oscar no longer wanted to fight with every cat he met. We were over the moon.
For a long time all he would play with was scrunched up paper.
It was months before he ventured inside the house. For so long I would take his meals outside and he slept in a shelter we made for him. One very rainy day in the summer I opened the back door and Oscar ran inside. He hasn’t left since! He has become much more confident and has settled in so well with our family. We love him so much! I hate to think of all the time he spent as a stray, with no one to love him but we’re making up for that now and he’s one of the most loved cats in the world.
He’s well and truely a house cat now!