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Family Pet Friday: Tiger Lily awaits her favorite holiday

Three and a half years ago, a little tortoiseshell kitten showed up unexpectedly at our door. Here’s the post announcing her arrival and another one showcasing her big personality.

The morning she showed up at our door with her little suitcase

Tiger Lily, the Indian girl. Oliver Herford, “The Peter Pan Alphabet”, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1907, page I (Public Domain due to copyright expiry)

Taken after she was given the name “Tiger Lily” after the Peter Pan character

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I’m happy to say she is still with us, still chugging along, still keeping us entertained. Like most “torties,” she is very chatty and makes her wants known… Her favorite holiday is fast approaching, so I thought I would let you all see how grown up she is now. She still has an amazingly soft coat of fur. Her eyes, once orange, are greenish now.

It’s sure hard to imagine life without this perky, mischievous family member. We’re glad she chose us.

The afternoon nap…

Ready for action!

October 2019: Preparing to celebrate her favorite holiday

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Of mice, men, and me…well, actually, it’s all about the cat

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Tiger Lily

Well, my friends, spending the first half of December in the grips of a never-ending cold was definitely not on my radar. I’d planned to get at least 3-4 posts off the ground before the end of the year, and now it looks like I will be lucky to eke out 1-2. And, of course, there’s always so much else to do at Christmas time: cookies to bake, shopping to do, gifts to wrap, carols to sing, etc. But so far, I’m not getting to any of that! Instead, I’ve turned into little more than our adolescent cat’s playmate… Little Miss Tiger Lily loves to play a never-ending game of fetch; to ensure that she always has at least one mouse that can be found at any given time, we invested $2 in a 12-pack of faux Mus musculus. She brings one to me no matter where I am, and plunks it down beside me. Yes, you can play fetch with a cat from a supine, bed-ridden position. As long as your wrist can move, they’re happy. I’m starting to think Tiger Lily may have engineered all this—holding me captive in bed just so I can play endless games of fetch with her. But if she did, she is keeping it to herself. 😉

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Let the games begin!

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New York Times, 15 August 1881: “The true purpose of cats revealed” — lightening rods?!

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Our new little charge, Tiger Lily, is growing up fast; her name has proved to be very apt—at times she’s a ‘tiger’ and at times, she’s a “lily” (it’s that “Jekyll and Hyde” thing cats have going on). Fortunately for us she is mostly a “lily,” and when she is in “tiger mode,” she can be extremely entertaining. Had she been around in 1881, it sounds like she would have been one of MANY alley cats festooning the fence tops of backyards throughout the land. Read on for a curious cat-related start to your Monday (courtesy of a free New York Times archives article dated August 15, 1881).
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Has anyone ever seen a cat(s) on roof tops or fence tops during a lightening storm?!!! Perhaps, 19th-century cats were made of tougher stuff.

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