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Monochrome Madness 3-25

mm25-600_9588-eb_wToday, I’d like to introduce you to Fritz. He’s our cat. Born in late April 2010 in our kitchen. He is the youngest of his siblings, but the biggest from the birth. Out of his 3 sisters, only the oldest is also still with us. The other 2 moved to an other family in summer 2010 when they were a few months old. These were the first of the four kittens which ate cat food and didn’t drank mother milk anymore.
Their mother was less than a year when she became pregnant by accident. According to her habit, we guessed, she was born in summer 2009. She became only about 1 years old and died as a result of an accident with a car at a Saturday night in mid September. Luckily, the kittens were already old enough to survive alone (with our help). The first 2 girls were black, just like their father and the 2 younger kittens were tabby, just like their mother.
The first-born kitten was the smallest from the beginning and is still quite small. So, she got the name Petite-Fleur (little flower). The second got the name Felina, derived for the latin name for cats: Felidae (Felis silvestris catus). The third got her name from the very prominent “M” on here forehead: Mchen (little M). And, the youngest was Fritz. He also has the “M” on his forehead, but less distinct than in his elder sisters fur.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. This week we have a themed competition, because it’s the first week of a month. The theme is “cats” or at least “pets” if cat is not possible. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

Take care!

13 thoughts on “Monochrome Madness 3-25”

  1. Beautiful. The CAT theme is everyday in my house. I have two who are sisters by adoption. They are both rescue cats. Colette was the first to join me and was followed three months later by Simone. They are so helpful… 😀

    1. 🙂
      yep, although they have their own personality it’s always good to have a cat nearby. They are indicators for tranquility and calmness, when they roll up somewhere to rest or sleep.
      They don’t show their love by staying with you, but with coming back.
      Especially, Fritz does not like to be alone. He follows (like a dog) inside the house and stays where we stay. Outside, he also comes and stays with us in a place where he feels comfortable.
      On the other hand, his sister is more often away.

        1. ours are free to walk around. At night they are always outdoors. Usually they are indoors during the day, but they have to go out, when no-one is at home. Especially in summer, they enjoy the open doors 🙂
          But, they come home in the morning at nearly fixed times (who gave them a watch?) and they want to go out in the evening at nearly fixed times, too. Petite leaves after her meal at about 6 or 7 p.m., while Fritz stays with us a bit longer. At about 10 p.m. he gets up from his chair or wherever he lies, stretches his body and walks into the kitchen for a final snack and then walks to the front door to be let out.

          1. Fortunately, Simone has no interest in going out as she would be a deer in the headlights also the wild boar that like to feast on the vineyards would tear her to bits and she would do nothing not even try to escape. Colette would fight back for herself but lost interest in going out and dealing with the cars when Simone moved in. Colette prefers to terrorise her… 😀

            1. 🙂
              Ours are used to be outside since they were a few weeks old. But, you’re right. In some places it’s better for the cat to stay inside.
              Friends of mine enclosed their whole garden with fences and chicken wire, to give their cats the possibility to be outside but not to run away. They also have a street with heavy traffic before their house. It’s a strange feeling when sitting on their terrace. 🙂

              1. Ah, my terrace is upstairs and to the rear looking up at the chateau. They don’t seem to mind as long as they have each other. 🙂 I don’t know what it was like for them as kittens as they were both rescue cats. They rescued me! 😀

                1. 🙂
                  My friends also have had 2 cats from a sanctuary, both female. A few weeks ago, they took in another two females (also from a sanctuary), and now they have four. Since then, I didn’t met them. But, I’m quite curious in getting to know how they behave now.
                  They definitely have enough room. It’s a 3 floor house with several rooms. So, they can give way to each other and have a place for their own.

                  1. That sounds lovely. I thought I would be getting one male… However when I walked into the rescue, Colette reached out and cuddled up to me. She had me at meow. Simone was a birthday gift and she entertains Colette and tolerates me. C’est la vie. While I have a 3 floor house, I think it is sufficient. The friend who gave me the second cat is now up to five… better her than me. 😀

                    1. 🙂
                      As far as I heard from others, a male and a female only works as long as the male is still a kitten and the female old enough to adopt him. So, she is still considered as his ‘mother’ and so he tolerates her.
                      In our constellation, she is only a few hours older then he is. This often ends in trouble. She usually gives way. Each morning we have a little cat fight (she’s hissing and sometimes gets hit by him). It’s not that easy for her. An hour later, when he calmed down, he tolerates her (again). This behaviour is quite common for cats, because they usually live alone their whole live.

                    2. Ah, this wasn’t about having both. It was when I was first looking for a cat. In fact I had a few names chosen but all were male. Then I found Colette or should I say she found me. 😀

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