I posted this shot to Warts and All quite a while ago. But it's perfect for Halloween. Phidian in all his glory. You'll definitely want to biggify.
I just love the maniacal look on his face. This is kill-the-toy mode. The Boys love their feather toy, but when Phidian catches it, it's game over! He's good for about 5 minutes of clamped teeth and growling. It's gonna be good and dead when he's done.
The funniest part is that Phidian is a total marshmallow: soft, sweet, and utterly mild-mannered.
Cicero eats very slowly, and Big Lil Bro Phidian wolfs his food and tries to see if any of Cicero's is left. So I feed Cicero in another room. This leaves Phidian free to join me watching the news. He's grown to enjoy having an entire lap for himself. Well, almost for himself. He has to leave room for the knitting and the iPad.
That would be my Cicero. He's the most consistent of my laptops. He thinks he owns my lap. The other night I was working on a new technique, entrelac, which requires lots of color changes. I parked the yarn bag on the chair next to me.
Cicero, who already had possession of my lap, likewise took possession of my yarn. All projects around here are his projects. Obviously.
Cicero is usually the one I see washing his Lil Bro. But sometimes Phidian returns the favor. This time, I got lucky. I have tried and tried to capture the moment when a Serious Ear Wash is going on. Both boys do earwashes, and they get so intent when they do. Looks almost like a "french kiss" if you know what I mean.
Finally, caught in the act -- twice. Lil Bro doing a really, really good job on Cicero's ears.
I have been trying to give the boys toys that make them think. This one worked!
Phidian is a clever boy. The other day I removed the last tissue from the box, and happened to remember a new cat toy. Placed it in the box, rattled it around a little, and Phidian got the idea immediately. If anything, this puzzle is too easy.
Cicero, however, would rather watch his Lil Bro fish out the toy and then grab it and run off. His premeditated guilty look is priceless. Who, me, Mom?
Cicero is Little Big Bro, a year older than Phidian, who by extension is Big Little Bro.
It began innocently enough. The house needed an orange tabby similar to the one I grew up with. Cicero came from our local ASAP shelter to live with me while dear Miss Flora was still alive. He loved her and followed her around, but she did not return his devotion. Surprisingly, he was bereft after she died. He meowed around the house, acted out, and showed me in every way he could he wanted a cat friend.
Enter Phidian. He, too, was a shelter boy, turned in anonymously to get a second chance. I interviewed several young cats to see if any might work with Cicero, and Phidian, a bluepoint Siamese mix, seemed promising.
After a week of separation, I introduced the boys and it was, if not love at first sight, at least like! They have become best buddies, tearing through the house one minute and cuddled up washing one another the next. Phidian grew up to be a full size cat, but Cicero has a much smaller frame and weighs less. Still, Big Bro takes excellent care of Little Bro.
The Boys are always doing something funny/cute. I take so many photos of them I decided it was their turn for a blog. Welcome. Brace yourself.