Boys Outside

Grant hanging out on the patio  table.  He imitated Davout and came up high to watch birds.

Davout bugged me and bugged me to go out, then came and sat in the doorway rather than roam around.

Sherman and Grant went out farther.  Grant was a bit wary of birds, Sherman ignored them.

Sherman did get all feisty when it was time to come in – he kept running back out into the yard when I tried to get him in, then back to the patio when I came out to get him.  He was having fun dashing about like a stinker.

Grant likes to roll about on the rocks and the patio.

I assume these are freesia and not dangerous, but after leaving them alone for years Davout decides to think about nibbling on one.  I chased him off anyway.

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6 Responses to Boys Outside

  1. Those flowers are indeed freesias and not toxic to cats or people! Still, I don’t allow my cat to eat any plant outdoors, as it makes her throw up on the carpet. She can’t even digest spinach, which I’ve noticed is showing up in more “gourmet” cat foods.

    Is Grant a yellow tabby? Maybe it’s just the lighting, but he looks almost platinum blonde in those pictures. By comparison, my yellow tabby is a ginger whose coloring has gotten darker as she gets older.

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    • Oldcat says:

      Grant is a shaded golden tabby. Genetically, he’s black, with the brown/gold undercolor. Shaded Goldens have an additional gene that pushes the black pattern out to nearly the very tip of the hair, leaving just the underlying color. The breeders then select for the most intense undercolor they can. You can see the dusting of dark on his arms and hips especially. Kittens usually are darker and more tabby looking fading to the golden as they get older.

      “Chinchilla” or shaded silver cats are similar, but instead of a gold undercolor they have a gene that makes the undercolor pure white rather than the greyish/brownish normal tabby.

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      • This is fascinating! I didn’t know there were variations of yellow tabby coloration. Now that you’ve pointed it out, I do see the black on Grant: I originally thought it was dirt from his rolling around on the ground. 🙂 Thanks for explaining this.

        I doubt if there was much deliberate selection in the coloration for Sunny, my yellow tabby. She’s one of many yellow tabby cats from a local feral colony, sired by a giant old tom. When she first arrived on my doorstep, her coat was pale yellow and ragged. After I began feeding her a high protein (and pricey!) diet and groomed her regularly, her coat became a deep, rust orange. Age seems to be making it darker with more pronounced stripes, so she looks more tiger-like, especially around the haunches.

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      • Oldcat says:

        She is probably genetically orange, with the color change due to some combination of sun exposure, diet and the like.

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  2. guyz….lookz like everee one hada awesum time outdoorz !!! ☺☺ ♥♥

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  3. Oh Davout! What a goofy, yet charming, way to sit!

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