Under Daddy's Watchful Eye
From the archives: So I'm getting ancy because I haven't been able to schedule a model shoot of late, so I'm digging up old pictures I've not put up. I have a slightly different framed color shot of this that I uploaded when I first joined Flickr. I also shot this in b/w and never put it up. These are my first two babies, Platypus, on the left, and Kiwi, when they were two months old.
I had just rescued them from the ranch where they were living wild about a week earlier. I had carefully prepared myself for new kittens by buying an Iams Kitten kit, a bunch of kitten books, a litter box and supplies and this 6-foot tall cat tree. The platform is on top of a carpet-covered 4x4 -- by which I mean the board and not a vehicle, just so we're clear -- that drops down about three feet to a darling little house that rests on four other 4x4 legs that are each about 18 inches tall.
I was TERRIFIED that the kitties would fall off the platform as they learned to climb it, so I covered the floor around the cat tree with pillows. This was the first time they had both managed to surmount Mt. Cat Tree, and they celebrated by collapsing, triumphant and exhausted.
Daddy stood there, proud as a peacock, for two hours while they snoozed, wishing the platform had railings or life jackets or parachutes.