National Cat Day felids

I finally got ten cats today, though I had to do that by allowing one reader to submit two separate photos. I thought I’d get the photos within an hour or so, but things went slowly. Anyway, as I noted this morning, in America it’s National Cat Day, and I asked readers to celebrate by sending me photos of American cats.  Here are the first ten photos sent by readers, whose notes are indented. They’re all 100% American cats; Make America Cat Again! No cats are as good as American cats!

Reader Rachel:

Twofer! Sophie and Lloyd, judging my television choices.

The second:

Here is American cat, Clementine, age 9,  putting in her 18 hours a day while also demonstrating the beauty of animal print on animal print.  Sent in by Robin B., her staff in Boca Raton FL

From reader Randy Schenck:

This is our cat Bumper, just hanging around the rocks.

From reader Victoria:

This is my dear 9-year-old Cleo “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn (CSPS), photographed on my lap.

From reader Christopher:

Here’s a photo of me clearly defeated by the massive 19 lb moggie, my son’s cat Magellan.

Me: “Hey, move, I’m trying to watch TV!”
Magellan: “No, you may watch my butt.”

From reader Vernon:

This is my cat, Queen Victoria, snoozing next to my computer chair.   It’s a favorite spot for my two cats, with both of them vying for  position there.  Queen Victoria, or Vickie for short, has developed the habit of pawing my arm when she wants attention which I almost always gladly give her.

From reader Paul, we have pictures of Zing and Brio (Brio is the darker one)::

I enjoy reading Why Evolution is True. I am probably too late with the cat pictures but here’s one nonetheless.

From Roger in Minnesota; I put up both of his photos as we’re running short of time and of photos:

Aeryn [top] was born in one of the window wells of my house in 2003. She and her brother moved in that fall. Rygel is no longer with us due to developing megacolon.
Scotchy [bottom] showed up in my back yard three years ago and said “Hi. I’m moving in here.” Aeryn was not amused by the skinny young blond.

And the last entry, from reader BJ:

Here’s a photo of Bruce in his favorite spot: the heated floor in the master bathroom. He spends about eight hours a day sleeping on one of the bathmats. Alternate sleeping places are under the bed during the winter (where there’s a heat vent) and on the kitchen counter when the dishwasher is on and heats the granite. Bruce is proud, standoffish, and not terribly affectionate most of the day, only deigning to sit on laps late at night for a half hour or so. He likes treats, sleeps, and long walks on the beach, and he’s a rude dude with attitude. Perhaps Bruce isn’t as affectionate as my past cats because he may have been a stray before I gave him a home,. We’ve theorized that he may have been someone’s cat at one time because he was tame when we found him, but nobody is sure of his origins. Bruce is also a polydactyl, and he can catch small balls with one paw.

Lagniappe: At the insistence of reader Taskin, who wants a calico or tortie in here, I’ve included the other cat of Randy Schenck: Emma.

Lagniappe II: from reader Liz (I can’t resist a cat):

This is the only picture I have of the only cat I ever had. Her name was Tia and she was very affectionate. That’s my little sister, MaryKate, who is one of my favorites.

Lagniappe III: Oy! No more cats; it’s my dinnertime!  This one’s from reader Paul:

Here is my girl K’ehleyr, feigning innocence after being caught eating plastic flowers. For someone who sleeps 20 hours a day, she’s surprisingly difficult to photograph.


  1. BJ
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I thought a “short description” meant about a paragraph, so I was trying to come up with stuff to include. Now I just feel silly :\

    • Taskin
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Bruce is awesome! I never thought of heated floors being a choice place for a cat. I’ll keep that in mind.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

      You can never say enough about cats. Also, sorry that one of Emma was a little off. It is hard to get a good picture of a Tortie.

      • BJ
        Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Emma is SO CUTE. I love her little mustache.

  2. Taskin
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    I love Emma! 🙂

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      Have never had a cat like this one. Emma is into people more than any I have seen and she has to know what you are doing and where you are at all times. However, she will take your chair and think nothing of it.

      • BJ
        Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

        I’ve never met a calico that wasn’t affectionate. I don’t know if that’s just coincidence or something to do with calicos.

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

          There is something about them. My wife, who is the cat expert here, tells me they can be very domineering and controlling. Hey, just like a wife…Ha Ha.

          • David Coxill
            Posted October 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

            My cat Callie who is a Calico likes to ambush
            Misha one of my other cats .
            T have a photo and a short bit of camera photo footage of her hiding behind a door waiting for Misha to walk in to the room.

      • Taskin
        Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        I had a tortie that looked a lot like Emma, so I love seeing your photos. My Jazz was so sweet, she followed me everywhere, would have long conversations with me and would jump in my lap before I could completely sit down. We had a great 18 years together, she and I.

  3. Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Awe these cats are so cute! My cat passed away around four months ago. He was 17 year old black cat with bright green eyes and had the energy and sass of a kitten. His name was Buka, he had a very unique personality and liked to talk. He was also very affectionate. 😍

    • BJ
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

      Very few things harder than losing a beloved cat. I’m sorry for your loss 😦 Will you be adopting again? Nothing helps more than knowing you’re giving yet another cat a wonderful life.

      In the past, I remember Jerry putting up some posts commemorating a reader’s cat. Perhaps if you send him a photo and description, he’ll give your Buka a fitting memorial.

      • Posted October 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        Thank you. I think it might take some time for us to adopt another cat. We adopted him when he was 2 so we had him for 15 years and i grew up with him. I’m 23 now and it was really hard, he was a family cat but mainly mine. He was the closest to me so i took it the hardest. I took him to college with me to my apartment. He made through college with me and back. This is just really hard.

        • BJ
          Posted October 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

          My family got my first cat when I was three. He was two months old and lived for 18 years. I know how hard it is. Good luck to you.

  4. BJ
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    K’Ehleyr, like special emissary of of the Federation K’Ehleyr? Better keep her away from Duras!

    • Paul S
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

      Full name, K’ehleyr Klingon Warrior Kitty. It fits her personality.

  5. Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    After seeing Victoria’s lovely CSPS, I had to listen to some of Billy Strayhorn’s greatest ballads. Thank you.

  6. Torbjörn Larsson
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Personally I am glad we avoided a near cat(=`.´=)astrophe, the intertoobz somehow running out of its favorite animal!

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      That’s because every cat in the world has now been featured on Youtube, Tw*tter, Flickr, Imgur, BoredPanda or WEIT. 😉


  7. Posted October 29, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I did not know the word calcio yet. So I asked google and learned two things: First, it’s a three-color cat, second, the cats are almost always females as a result of an X-linked co-dominant inheritance.
    In male cats, torties, it is very rare and they are almost always associated with infertility.

    Many years ago I had a black cat who became pregnant twice and gave birth to four kittens on the first litter and five kittens on the second litter. So the first picture with the black cat on the right reminds me of mine.

  8. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Some of those allegedly American cats look a bit suspect to me. Some of them look a bit Abyssininan and some of them are black. I think we need to see their birth certificates.


    • Posted October 30, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink


    • David Coxill
      Posted October 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      And the last one looks Asian to me .

  9. Liz
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m just seeing this. I love this. My cat, Tia, was adopted from the MSPCA. Thanks so much for sharing all of these!!

  10. claudia baker
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    These are all adorable. Each one made me smile. Really like the cute and creative names too.

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