Guest Star: Beamer, the boss cat

When we moved to rural Mallorca in 2004, we never imagined that so many cats would come into our lives. In total, 17 kittens and cats have called our place home for a while. For the past three years – in addition to our own cat Minstral (a 20-year-old Birman) – we have had an ‘outdoor feline family’ of seven.

Beamer gets a well-earned rest.

Six years ago (on March 31st and July 31st) a young feral black cat we named Jetta gave birth to two litters of kittens, before we could catch her and take her to our vet’s to be spayed. Of her original nine kittens, five are still with us – coming regularly twice a day for their food. We’ve had them all spayed/neutered and we give them the necessary treatments for their good health. They’ve become as tame as pets – and just as loved.

Jetta soon tired of her maternal duties, spending increasing amounts of time away from our finca, where her kittens had made themselves at home. They just wouldn’t give her any peace, constantly trying to suckle her, play with her tail, or lick her ears. As if she had had enough, one day she didn’t return from her usual territory patrol. We searched the lanes around our home, but never saw Jetta again.

“Time for a wash!”

The kittens were, by then, on solid food; they didn’t need mum’s milk, but they clearly missed snuggling up to her. One day they found the perfect surrogate: we spotted Beamer – the largest male cat of the first litter – stretched out on the ground with a row of sibling kittens sucking at his tummy fur. There was no milk, of course, but lots of snuggly comfort to be had from the warmth of their big brother. This touching little scene was repeated on several occasions and Beamer accepted his unusual role as though it were perfectly normal.

Time for some personal grooming

Not surprisingly, Beamer became the head of our outdoor feline family. He regularly gives his siblings a wash – a firm paw holding them under his grasp while he licks their ears clean. They don’t always enjoy this enforced spruce-up, but it is Beamer that each cat greets first when they gather at meal times. And if Beamer wanders off down the field, it’s not unusual to see two or three of his siblings following him nose-to-tail in a line. It’s a lovely sight that gives the lie to the belief that cats are solitary creatures.

The soulful eyes of Beamer

Beamer also enjoys human company and seeks us out when we’re outdoors, announcing his arrival with his distinctive meow. He likes being stroked – and even groomed occasionally with a brush – but will not tolerate being picked up. Perhaps this handsome and sweet-souled boy feels it would undermine his authority as the boss cat…

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Femmes de Narbonne

Bonjour from Narbonne. We are Layla and Jasmine. We live with a young couple, humans but well trained. They are both excellent in toys and games and she is from Thailand and an delicious cook so there is much to be happy about here. Layla: I was the first to rescue these humans from that desolation that comes from not having felines in residence. We are marvelous entertainment, and oh, the cuddles are not to be believed. We have delightful voices and are good at drying tears when things get difficult in life. It took a few weeks before I got the humans to realize the need for a sister to play with but they responded well. 

Layla: I am so delighted to have my own home. Yes, the humans do come with it but someone has to do the cooking, shopping and other such mundane things. Actually, as humans go, they are purrfect. A feline can’t be expected to do everything and Jasmine and I are in charge of entertainment and cuddles. 

 Jasmine: What a delightful home I have. My sister is beautiful and young like me. We have so much fun together. We have the most marvelous floor. You can start running and just skid all the way from one end of the apartment to the other. No doubt I shall not have to educate you on the possibilities for a ball or other such object on this type of surface. I am quite the athlete and an accomplished dancer. Just get out that little light that Colette and Simone, cousins, sent upon our arrival. They knew there were toys here but who doesn’t love chasing that light and I will get it one day…

Sometimes a girl just has to catch her breath or keep up with current events on her kitty TV. We enjoy watching it together and are often found either playing together or cuddled up and helping with household chores such as below. We are experts at making a bed. We keep the floors clean especially in the kitchen and under the dining table. Also, our humans are quite generous. Shrimp and chicken seem to find their way into my reach frequently and that pleases me. 

It is a pleasure to share our story with you and we do hope that there will be more visits in the future. Remember, if you need more lovin and cuddles, just head over to your S.P.A. and let a cat/kitten or two choose you. Yes, we do realize that most humans believe they are the ones deciding but our charms are magical! The S.P.A. seems to be located everywhere but they are a good place to find the felines that will train and guide you.

Bisous et câlins,

Layla, Jasmine and the human

Disclaimer: Any and all mistakes are strictly due to human error and will be dealt with.

Guest Star: Benji and the Cat Trials

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from our good friend Benji!

Cat Trials

Today after all our normal rituals (morning loves and scratching, fresh canned food with gravy, etc.)  she was acting in a suspicious manner.  While scratching the scruff of my neck she sneakily left behind some foul goo which interfered with my own cat smell,  and which I tried my best to lick away.  It was unfortunately just out of reach.  Tiger had the same noxious smell yesterday and that I can understand as he is not nearly as fast as me.  I shall have to confer with him about this peculiar human behavior.

Of course I forgive Sue this anomaly.  She must have her reasons for changing my scent for the day.  Perhaps I can sleep it off.


P.S.  from Sue ~  If I could avoid this part of cat parenting I would.  The boy is a fighter for sure!

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