Hugs for All. Almost.

New Visitor Mustachio - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

New Visitor Mustachio – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Today is Hug Your Cat Day. We think that’s a given (and if you don’t, what’s up with that??) We think it should also be Hug Your Visiting Cat Day or maybe Hug Your Visiting Visitors Day or something like that. But only up to a point, a point we’ll… um, point out in a moment.

We have a new neighborhood cat we’d like to hug if we got the chance. He’s white with dark Tabby stripes along his body and a thick, dark mustache. For now, we’ve named him Mustachio (like Pistachio). He’s a neutered male (Definitely neutered. Whew!) and once a day, we hear him calling as he wanders through our yard toward Geoffrey’s house and feeding station. Although we haven’t gotten a good, clear photo yet, Quint has worked his charm.

Friendly Quint and Mustachio - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Friendly Quint and Mustachio – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Or maybe Quint’s looking for a way to get out there to kick some butt. “I see you out there looking in at my baby sister! You stop that or else!”

Visitor Cocoa - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Visitor Cocoa – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Then we have Cocoa. Do you see him/her? Cocoa hides very well but mom has seen Cocoa many times. Can’t get within ten feet of Cocoa but mom has hope, and lots of patience.

There's Cocoa - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

There’s Cocoa – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

There’s Cocoa! Beautiful coat and the prettiest blue eyes. We bet they would love a good brushing. We bet Cocoa would be a regular visitor if they knew how much we enjoy brushing kitties!

Momo looking good - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Momo looking good – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

And then there’s Momo. You probably remember him. He’s a regular visitor. He loves walks in the garden and brushies and long quiet conversations.

Handsome Momo - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Handsome Momo – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Momo, the perfect garden companion cat.

Colehaus is a Raccoon Crossing - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Colehaus is a Raccoon Crossing – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Other visitors we like but don’t recommend hugging…

Happy the raccoon - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Happy the raccoon – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

This is Happy, we think one of the three babies Sunny brought to us last summer. Happy is a good, happy-going raccoon who doesn’t cause much trouble, even though she is out during daylight hours which can get her into trouble if the fraidy-cat neighbors see her. Luckily for her, she lives under a patio down the hill and the home owners love raccoons. Happy is checking out Geoffrey’s house and food station and probably found a scrap or two of food left out for Momo, Cocoa, Mustachio and whomever else happened to wander by. As happy as Happy seems to be, we don’t recommend hugs for her today.

Trouble the raccoon - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Trouble the raccoon – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Someone else we’re not going to recommend for a hug today is Trouble. We believe Trouble is Happy’s sibling. We’ve seen them wandering up the hill from the neighbor’s safe house to our yard together and while Happy bumbles along just fine, Trouble tends to hang back just a bit. Trouble is visibly smaller than Happy and scruffier-looking and for a while, we thought she might not be thriving as well as she could be.

Then we figured out why. Trouble is either pregnant or has just given birth. Mom got within three feet of her and when Trouble stood up on her back feet, Mom got a good, full-on view of swollen breasts and big nipples. Now we don’t complain when we see Trouble raiding the squirrel’s nut box. Fats are probably exactly what she needs right now and we look forward to hopefully meeting Trouble’s babies later this summer… just as Sunny brought her babies to meet us last year.

Mo and Trouble get along fine - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Mo and Trouble get along fine – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

As for all the kitty visitors and now the raccoons, Momo’s good with sharing. Just save all the hugs for him!

16 responses to “Hugs for All. Almost.

  1. This post reminds me of my grandpawrents. They befriended stray cats, got the cats spayed/neutered and took care of them. Canned din-din at 5 p.m. and lockup for the night in the garage and workshop. They had raccoons, rabbits and a turtle who hung around, too 🙂 We think it’s pawsome your pawrents are so animal friendly!

  2. How can I tell you what an uplifting and dear blog this is today. I love it. Made my day.

  3. We loved learning about your raccoons coming into the garden – they have such lovely faces. We don’t have them here so we will never ever see one for real.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  4. You have lots of cool visitors coming to see you but we hope they all have good homes – at least the kitty ones. Lots of hugs to you, sweet furriends!
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  5. guys….Geoffrey’s Houz must a bee a FIVE STAR accomodationz !!! look at de guests it brings in…. and de regulars who keep comin bak !! hugs two all…. both reel & virtual frum all oh uz in TT ♥♥♥

  6. What lovely bunch of visitors you have! We’re fine with just looking at them, though. No hugs. MOL!

  7. Lots of cute visitors you have there,Hugs xx Speedy

  8. Happy Hug Your Cat Day!
    (if they’ll let you)
    ♥Annabelle♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx
    ♥♥Angels Abby & Gracie♥♥

  9. You have quite an outdoor sanctuary going at your place. We too get neighborhood kitties, raccoons and possums, our three resident squirrels and skunks…too many skunks. Either a squirrel or a raccoon chewed a big hole in the catio screen, which did not make the humans very happy. Nice to meet your very handsome outdoor kitties. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  10. Wow, you kitties have lots of visitors!

  11. We send hugs to all of the Colehaus family,and their visitors (especially the handsom Momo)… with of course special hugs from D to P ! Love youze guys!

  12. Wow, lots of visitors in your yard. It’s a very popular place. Happy Hug Day!

  13. That’s a very sweet post! Thanks for the lowdown on who to hug (and who NOT to hug). 🙂

  14. Such a sweet post, thanks!

  15. I would scream if a visitor kitty got that close to my window!

  16. Hugging is for sissies!!! MOL I think hugging a raccoon would be quite an experience!!!!