I was going through some old things and found a disk with some pictures of Julius before I adopted him from a co-worker in 2002. Strangely, the picture date is 2000, but one of the internal dates says early October 2002 which fits.
This is Julie using a sibling as a pillow. The little one is the image of his or her momma…
I don’t remember her name, so I will call her Aurelia after the Roman Julius Caesar’s mother. She’s a classic tabby herself, so it’s no mystery why Julius is. She’s dilute and shorthair, so she must carry long hair and Julius himself must carry a dilute gene. So we know one new thing about the dad – he wasn’t dilute.
Aurelia really does look a lot like Julius in the way she carries herself and in her eyes and face. I could probably come up with a shot of him just like that.
I don’t think the cat-on-the-pillow-mountain is Julius. But he appears to be going after the all grey kitten. Daddy cat must have had one dilute and one non dilute gene – or there were 2 daddies. Not all that likely these days in California. But the pattern on the eye corner back to the ear is just like Julius’ – there’s a little hook off the stripe where the two meet. You can see it here for comparison.
Here’s the whole kit and caboodle. Julius is the one on the left, near the back. The blue striped image of momma kitten is feet up under the other kittens in the center. The blue kitten from the pillow picture is up front. There are two short hair tabby kittens between.
The classic tabby bulls-eye pattern on Momma is very close to Julie’s. His is obscured somewhat by his long hair now, and even more so then. You can hardly tell he’s a tiny tabby here.
There’s a few more pictures in my Flickr page of the family you can check out if you like.
So the question you may have is “Did I pick Julius out from these pictures?”. From what I remember, not really. I wasn’t sure if I wanted a cat that was like the one that had died, or one unlike her, so I went in just to see if any of them just connected with me when I visited. Julie did, and I adopted him.