The Cats Share a Most Glorious Moment in Time…

glorious-morning Ah… Memories… I remember it like it was yesterday… Or like it was 6 days ago… Which it was… Yes, that’s right, for one brief moment in time last Sunday, October 5th, Dan and I were treated to one of those glorious South Florida mornings where the temperature was a blessed 68 degrees. No humidity, no scorching 90 plus degree temperatures that are now back with a vengeance, just a wonderfully beautiful morning.

To celebrate the occasion, we did something with the cats that we had not done with them for months and months… we took them outside for a backyard outdoor excursion! Well, let me just tell you for those that may doubt the intelligence and communicative abilities of an animal – all the cats were lounging in the living room, bird watching from their favorite “TV” window. Dan and I were in the kitchen and we said out loud to one another with no cat in sight, “maybe we should take the cats outside.”

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Ho hum… another rerun on the BWN (Bird Watching Network)

Before we could even finish the sentence, seven cats literally stampeded into the kitchen, meowing their agreement to us lest we changed our minds and proceeded to wait impatiently by the door to be let out! For them, they think it is as simple as us opening the door, but for Dan and I who supervise them like over-protective hawks, we have to gear up for the event because we want to keep them safe and sound. Even though the backyard is fenced and well protected, they are not allowed to roam on their own (Zoey and Jazmine have to wear a harness and leash) and we hover over them, doing a constant head count.

Despite that it is quite the ordeal, it is worth the effort to see how happy we make them. Jazmine has only been outside a handful of times and was beside herself with excitement. She zipped up every tree we had and looked like a crazed-wild eyed hyena! Mia chirpped her appreciation the whole time she was outside, Zee soaked up the sun, Rolz hunted for lizards, Zoey sniffed every plant she could find, Kizmet zoomed around following Jazmine, and Peanut walked the perimeter, over and over like some sort of trained guard cat.

Dan was able to get some fantastic pictures to capture the moment in time and so I thought I’d share them all with you today! I hope you enjoy them and wish you all a wonderful weekend! And if you have a minute to check it out, I will be on the Pet Radio Show today at 1:00 pm, EST, with Cat Behaviorist, Marilyn Krieger to talk about the challenges of multi-cat homes. Also featured on the show will be Venus the perfectly divided black and orange cat as well as Elizabeth Holtz from Alley Cat Allies to talk about National Feral Cat Day which is October 16th! (click here for show details)

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Jazmine is so happy to be outside that she is shouting to the world all about it!

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This was Jazmine looking in wonderment at a tree… which she then proceeded to climb seconds later!

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KIzmet is in pursuit of Jazmine… where did she go?

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Wide-eyed Mia hiding in the tall papyrus… She doesn’t think we can see her!

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Peanut is making the rounds and isn’t sure if Jazmine is friend or foe!

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Zee always has the ability to look beautiful, regal,  and full of awe no matter where he is!

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  1. Ingrid King says:

    Gorgeous photos! And I envy you your 90 degree temperatures, especially on a chilly, rainy morning…

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    Looks like they had a lot of fun. Please visit us at 15andmeowing for a giveaway today.

  3. Jo Singer says:

    Those photos are just magnificent.

    And yesterday was one of the most beautiful days that we Floridians have experienced. It was purrfect. Our kitties took a long sunbath in their window seat soaking in the warmth. I could swear I saw smiles on their faces as they slept.

  4. Marg says:

    Those are such great pictures. There is nothing better than pictures of the cats outside. They sure looked like they enjoyed getting outside. I know mine love to make a trip outside. Have a great week end.

  5. What fun ! Beautiful pictures ! Are you on leash, or do you have a fence ? Purrs

    • Deb says:

      Hi Swiss Cats – we have a very high fence in the backyard. Never let out in the front and never let out in the back unless completely supervised. Jazmine and Zoey wear a leash and harness!

  6. Brian says:

    Those photos sure made us smile!!!

  7. I love seeing your cats enjoying nature and Dan did an awesome job. Warm weather makes anything more bearable and I’m bracing for the gloomy weather ahead in NY *sigh*

  8. Back to say I’m listening the radio show and just realized I can PIN your photos to my cat photo quote page 🙂

  9. Flynn says:

    The photos are lovely, and they all look delighted to be out in the fresh air and investigating everything.

  10. Those are great photos. Looks like everybuddy had a good time.

  11. Cathy Keisha says:

    Those photos are gorgeous. Jazmine has gotten so big!

  12. Kitties Blue says:

    What a gorgeous and happy day for cats and humans. When we get the type of day you describe, it reminds me of spring days in Santa Barbra, CA, where we went to college. Whenever we get a day like that in the spring or fall here in VA, the world looks iridescent and my heart sings! Our kitties are so lucky to have their Catio and an eye on the outside world from close up. Hope y’all get another day like this very soon. Hope you will join us for our version of the Mice Bucket Challenge with a comment-a-thon on Monday. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo

  13. Oh, WOW! Looks like everyone had such fun. EXCELLENT.

    Sixty-eight degrees, huh? For us, these days, THAT’S a scorcher. Autumn has arrived up here in Canada.

    Purrs,
    Nissy

  14. Connie Marie says:

    Such gorgeous kitties and backyard. Thanks for sharing. Love them all, was going to comment on one and my mind kept wandering to the others! Can’t single one out.
    Bet you had a blast!

  15. Such beautiful photos. We don’t have a protected yard, so we only get to go out on the screened porch, but those cool mornings are amazing. We’re hoping for more of them… and soon!

  16. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    guys…..way kewl everee one got ta go out & get sum airs, sun, tree climbin, sniffin and chillaxin
    in…all under a BURD FREE SKY !!!! ♥ N hope ya get sum mor week oh endz like thiz in de months
    a head 🙂 sa~wheet !!!

  17. meowmeowmans says:

    What a wonderful family adventure that was. LOVE the pictures of the gang enjoying their time in the yard. 🙂

  18. *sighhhh* and it’s been raining here, for, like, EVER.
    Can we come stay with you??? ~ Faraday