Meet the Dawnmist Fluffy Kitties!
Welcome to our special cat page which includes as many of the cutest and funniest pictures we could find. All our cats are rescued, although in this day and age it is more often thought that cats rescue their owners! You can now also see them on film by watching the video link to Youtube below!
Both are rescue cats which we have adopted through one of the local cat shelters. They are fairly young at no more than 2 years of age (as of 2012) and have settled in quickly and the other four cats have accepted them exceedingly well. They were even discovered curled up together on top of the pottery kiln after only a few days - we think they might be related although we do not know for certain.
Heather chose and named Kyphi whose name is after that of a temple incense used in ancient Egypt. Natalie chose and named Caoimhe whose name is Celtic, meaning beautiful. An easier way to spell it is Keeva -- which is how it's pronounced.
Keeva's first encounter with our other cats was with Fluffball, who in true welcoming style accepted her at once with a big lick on the nose. Kyphi showed her acceptance of our other cats by taking straight away to Kali's favourite nesting box. Kali showed her acceptance in return by burrowing a new nest next to her inside a box of padded envelopes.
We are thrilled at how quickly they took to their new home and they have both been discovering the joy of having a good choice of food, lots of space to run around, as well as neat places to nap when they have worn themselves out from all the excitement.
A game they both like to play, but especially Keeva is "Paw Hockey" with small cubes of Spam (I mean the alleged food, not junk emails!) which she flips all around the kitchen floor and "hunts", pretending they are mice, before finally ripping them to shreds with her claws and devouring her "prey". Heather has filmed these Spam Chaser events and plans to release a short movie on Youtube soon. No doubt there will be plenty more good times to share in coming months.
Heather named me Fluffball because when I was a kitten I was a tiny "ball of fluff" but my real name (seldom used) is Charista -- which means joy and happiness. My favorite pastime is giving friends a lick and sometimes the only thing that alerts you to my presence is when you find yourself being licked, by which time it is too late to avoid this honour!
I used to hunt leaves when I was a kitten but these days I find more stuck in my bushy tail, along with bits of twig, seeds, spider-webs, slugs, and any other wildlife that cares to use me as a taxi service! I am very independent and outdoor natured, although I will choose a nice warm cushion on long winter days allowing strokies and tickles when I am in the mood and of course plenty of licks in return.
In the summer months I spend time with the sheep although those ticks sometimes get toooo friendly and I have to have them removed, which brings to mind the famous song by Pink Floyd, you know the one... "all in all it's just another tick in the 'Ball". Heather has composed a song which she hopes to finish called "Song for Charista". It is about a warm sleepy summer day in the long grass listening to the sheep and the birds.
I'll ring for service when I am ready and think you need to be licked.
I'm the lightest and fluffiest of them all!
I'm KALI... named after the Hindu Goddess Kali -- you know, the one who disguises herself to look like a tiger, goes berserk and trashes half the Universe... so it's rather an appropriate name for me with my "garden tiger" looks and psycho-kitty behaviour!
Kali is younger than Maeve, Fluffball and Mina, but older than Caoimhe and Kyphi. She came to us several years ago as an RSPCA rescue cat, and she had suffered some very nasty abuse by her previous owner. It didn't take long for our "kitty therapy" to make Kali feel a lot better and for her to overcome her fears of people, and she is now a very affectionate and playful cat. Kali is big: Although when the pictures were taken she was not yet full-grown, she is pretty huge for a female cat. Not fat, just all-over big and muscular!
Since we've had her, Kali has earned a reputation for being goofy, or "cute but dim". She is always doing crazy, daft things -- like doing roly-polies on the roof in the sunshine, forgetting she's up on a roof and getting so carried away that she rolls right off the edge! She has done this sort of thing numerous times and is well-known at the local vet's for this reason, though we're pleased to say that her injuries have only ever been minor.
Another goofy characteristic that Kali shows profusely is an ability to get comfortable, and even sleep, in the most unbelievable positions -- she's perfectly happy upside-down or twisted like a contortionist! She loves having her tummy tickled vigorously and rolls around in a frenzy of weird positions when we do this.
Because of the "goofy Kali syndrome", we have to supervise Kali rather more closely than the other kitties when she's out in the garden. She also doesn't seem to have quite got the hang of the cat- flap, preferring to climb on the extension roof and meow to be let in the upstairs window!
Sadly, even with the best care, kitties never live as
long as we would like them to. The rest of this page is dedicated to our kitty
friends who are no longer with us in body, though they will never leave us in
spirit, and we remember their lives, characters and eccentricities with joy.
That's why we have left the pages for the most part written as though each
cat is still alive, with just an introductory paragraph describing how and when
we came to be parted from them.
Rest in Peace, dear Mina
Mina passed away in September 2018. She was a much loved cat and had a long life with many years after being rescued. Rest in Peace Mina.
Mina after a visit to the vets... I'm not sure I enjoyed that!
Rest in Peace, dear Maeve
Sadly, Maeve is no longer with us, and as we usually do, we are keeping her web page as her memorial.
Maeve passed away peacefully on 22 April 2016, aged a few weeks under 17.
She had a fast-growing and untreatable cancer and kidney failure. But we were with
her at the end and made sure that she knew she was loved, and she'd had a long and happy life.
(Run free in heaven, my sweet Maeve)
Rest in Peace precious little Macha
Macha, August 2005 - Not very well, but safely returned and alive!
Macha always enjoyed assisting with new projects in the studio - Quality control of course!
Requiesce in pace, preciosa Mori
MORE KITTY PICCIES
Heather thought also that visitors to this page might like to have a special treat and join in with my Fluffy Shrew song...