CYO Caroline: Cute Cats! Cute Cats! Cute Cats!

At this point in the holiday season, we’re guessing most of our blog readers just want to see some cute cats – and if that’s the case, you’re in luck! Today’s blog post is filled with some adorable cat photos from our archives (oh yes, we have cat photo archives!). Many of these fabulous felines have inspired our Meow Collection colourways, and all of them have touched our hearts in some way.

One of the most enjoyable jobs I ever had was to photograph rescued cats and kittens for the Meow Foundation in order to post their photos for adoptions and special interest stories. These are some of our favorites. Not all are beautiful poses, but they do show the charming (and fun) side of these cats and kittens! They also show some of the photographer’s secrets and challenges that we encounter in what I like to call “kitten therapy”!

You can click each image below to view a larger version – enjoy!

I snuck into your wool and it is now MINE!
I snuck into your wool and it is now MINE!
Gardening hats.  Are there any better places to nap?
Gardening hats.  Are there any better places to nap?
What do you MEAN you need to use this pen? Pens are always a well loved item when a photo shoot is going on. It does make it hard to note down the details on the photos (such as who is who) for later!
What do you MEAN you need to use this pen? Pens are always a well loved item when a photo shoot is going on. It does make it hard to note down the details on the photos (such as who is who) for later!
A kitten sized chair with built in scratching post arms. Is there anything better in this world?
A kitten sized chair with built in scratching post arms. Is there anything better in this world?
Nap time. 'Nuff said.
Nap time. ‘Nuff said.
Waste paper baskets: the ultimate play toy!
Waste paper baskets: the ultimate play toy!
I must HAVE IT! Toys can be very useful things to encourage a kitten to face the big scary camera lens (they seem convinced it is an eye ball of doom).
I must HAVE IT! Toys can be very useful things to encourage a kitten to face the big scary camera lens (they seem convinced it is an eye ball of doom).
So cute… but trouble lurks in the background just waiting to pounce!
So cute… but trouble lurks in the background just waiting to pounce!
Laptops make the BEST beds!
Laptops make the BEST beds!
Did somebody say Gopher Girl?
Did somebody say Gopher Girl?
Destiny and her family. Finally safe and warm!
Destiny and her family. Finally safe and warm!
Proof positive that sitting on papers is coded into cat DNA. These are feral kittens that had never seen books before, but what did they do?  Why sit on them immediately! And GRIN.
Proof positive that sitting on papers is coded into cat DNA. These are feral kittens that had never seen books before, but what did they do?  Why sit on them immediately! And GRIN.
Time out! I know I will get that track ball mouse next time…
Time out! I know I will get that track ball mouse next time…
Shoes, the ultimate play toy.
Shoes, the ultimate play toy.
Worst. Kitten. Photo. Ever.
Worst. Kitten. Photo. Ever.
Serena and her kittens.
Serena and her kittens.
Sometimes we are too frightened at first to come out and meet you. So the photographer has to go under the bed to get to meet us!
Sometimes we are too frightened at first to come out and meet you. So the photographer has to go under the bed to get to meet us!
Pile ‘o kittens…
Nom nom nom…
Pile ‘o kittens…
Pile ‘o kittens…
The mean streets are hard on older kitties.. but they are so, so glad when we take them in!
The mean streets are hard on older kitties.. but they are so, so glad when we take them in!
Ultimate concentration!
Ultimate concentration!
First shift at the milk bar! This mom raised 13 kittens at once! Mom cats are amazingly selfless and will adopt orphan kittens and make them her own.
First shift at the milk bar! This mom raised 13 kittens at once! Mom cats are amazingly selfless and will adopt orphan kittens and make them her own.
Mom cat (from above).
Mom cat (from above).
She was sure she was a pirate queen!
She was sure she was a pirate queen!
Kitten falls asleep in the middle of play time...we've all been there before!
Kitten falls asleep in the middle of play time…we’ve all been there before!
What is THAT???  Is that… a MOUSEY???
What is THAT???  Is that… a MOUSEY???
Big tough pussy cat! (The wire divider was meant to give the resident cat in the background a kitten break. He could hop over it at will and have a nice peaceful nap.)
Big tough pussy cat! (The wire divider was meant to give the resident cat in the background a kitten break. He could hop over it at will and have a nice peaceful nap.)
Eating ALL the things!
Eating ALL the things!
Official Catnip Harvest Inspector hard at work! Every year the Meow Foundation processed over 50 lbs of organically grown catnip for fundraising sales. Dougie elected himself chief inspector and supervised the process carefully.
Official Catnip Harvest Inspector hard at work! Every year the Meow Foundation processed over 50 lbs of organically grown catnip for fundraising sales. Dougie elected himself chief inspector and supervised the process carefully.
Kali the Christmas cat just hanging out.
Kali the Christmas cat just hanging out.

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