Friday Cat Blogging – 2 September 2011

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This week’s catblogging plan originally focused on cats and laser pointers. Unfortunately, it was too dark and none of the pictures turned out. So instead we get preprandial playtime—a fixture of our day around here. On the left, Inkblot is rolling around and looking at a big black blob. That would be Domino. On the right, Domino is now plonked on the carpet staring at someone. Guess who? This all lasted about five minutes, until one of Inkblot’s alpha-cat neurons fired and Domino decided to hightail it out into the yard. But it was fun while it lasted. Dinner followed shortly after that.

Have a nice Labor Day weekend, everyone. Go Trojans!

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