Friday Cat Blogging – 4 September 2009

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Last week Domino got Friday Catblogging all to herself, so this week it’s Inkblot’s turn.  Besides, I got lots of good Inkblot pictures this week and none of Domino.  Them’s the breaks.

Anyway.  On the left, Inkblot is peering down on all of his loyal subjects in the living room below.  On the right, he’s decided to come downstairs to join us and watch some tennis — cat style, of course.  And by “cat style,” what I really mean is that his dinner clock had kicked in and he was rolling around on the floor and trying to look cute, which is what he does every night around 6:30 or so.  It’s uncanny, really.


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