Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rupert(ina) the cat

Rupert the cat, originally uploaded by Elizabeth Smith.

Rupertina the cat

Blogger's note: Originally I thought Rupert was a male cat, but "he" is indeed a "she" and I've edited my post to reflect this.

While she isn’t technically a “nature subject,” I’m including her here because she’s now a part of the environment, like it or not. Rupert is not our cat. I’m not sure she belongs to anyone, but she likes to visit us here at work about every two days for dry kibble, water, and a belly rub.

She’s a friendly cat, used to people, and especially seeks out girls and women. She startles easily, though, and is wary and street smart. Someone cared enough once to bond with her and to give her attention…on her visits he seems to crave touch as well as food.

She may live here in the industrial park in someone’s workshop, or we may just be on her list of places to wander in the early evening. I suspect she was abandoned – possibly by a family forced to move in these tough times.

~ Elizabeth Smith, Naples, FL, USA


  1. Rupert's a beauty, Elizabeth, and welcome back! Is it really a he? Most calicoes are female!

  2. WHAT AN ADORABLE kittie!!! What eyes .... how could you possibly resist this fellow! GREAT JOB, Elizabeth!

  3. Thanks Kate and Lin! Kate - you have me reading up on calico cats! Now I'm not sure if it's a male or female...I have been wrong before in this area! I was basing this assumption on the lack of *female equipment* and the swirly fur areas on the missing male equipment that I remember from previous cats. He or she doesn't seem to be a true calico, there is some tortoise shell, too. I will let you know if Rupert becomes Rupertina!

  4. Very fine whiskers!

    "Cat said, 'I am not a friend, and I am not a Servant. I am the Cat who walks by himself, and I wish to come into your Cave.'" - Rudyard Kipling, from the "Just-So Stories"


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