Gotcha Day


Sunday Selfies: Week #490

Today, we do not have just one selfie, we have eight, albeit of just one cat…the large and often in-charge, ginger tabby, Cooper Murphy. He’s here to celebrate his seventh Gotcha Day. So, I have included one photo from each of his years as a Kitties Blue.


Collage with four photos of a ginger tabby cat


Collage with four photos of a ginger tabby cat


We first introduced Cooper Murphy on January 8, 2017, which was week #126 of our Sunday Selfies blog hop.

If you are unfamiliar with the story of how Cooper Murphy became the eighteenth Kitties Blue, I suggest you check out the following posts.







Party Time

Now that we’ve taken care of Cooper Murphy’s backstory, it’s time to don our party hats and celebrate.  First we have birthday cards. One from Dad Tom and me and one from Cooper’s fursibs.


Gotcha day card with a ginger tabby cat in a bow tie and surrounded by balloons


Gotcha Day card with a cartoon ginger tabby cat in a party hat


One cannot expect a kitty to make his own birthday cake, so Coop’s teacher and mentor, our very own Angel Mau, got a day pass from the Rainbow Bridge to fly down and create Coop’s cake. As usual, he did not disappoint.


ginger tabby cat cake


Of course, we have lots of great noms. Anybody who knows Cooper, knows he’s never missed a meal.




Please stay as long as you like. Cooper and all the Kitties B love a good celebration with friends.

Hopping Time

This may be a party, but it is also our Sunday Selfies blog hop, so we really hope you’ll take a moment out of your party time to display your selfie by using the link below.

Thank you so much for joining us today. We appreciate your friendship.






Stinky is, of course, waiting for Periwinkle by the teleportation tunnel. He’s always happy to see her and is excited to spend the day together. When he hears the familiar whoosh and Periwinkle comes tumbling from the tunnel, Stinky is ready and catches her in his paws. They both begin giggling and then share some paw hugs and whisker kisses. They also spend a bit of time telling each other about their Christmas Day activities.

Party Planning

Before Periwinkle can ask what Stinky has planned for them, he tells her, “I hope you won’t be disappointed in today’s adventure. Sawyer asked if we could do him a favor.”

“Stinky, you know I’d do anything for you and him. What does he want us to do?”

“Well, he is very sad, as he missed planning a celebration for Noelle for her Gotcha Day last week, and he would like us to put a little party together for her.”

“I think that would be very nice, Stinky. I know she and I celebrate the same birthday, but my Gotcha Day came a couple years after hers. And I always enjoy a good party and also have fun planning them. When we have everything ready, I can call my mom and tell her to send Noelle through the teleportation tunnel.”

“Good plan, Periwinkle. My mom already has the food prepared, and Cooper Murphy has made another cake. I know Sawyer has created a card. So, let’s start decorating.”

Periwinkle gets busy setting everything up and then tells Stinky, “I think I am finished. What do you think?”

“Everything looks purrfect, Periwinkle. Call your mom and have her send Noelle. I will go get Sawyer, so he will be waiting when she arrives.”

Periwinkle calls her mom and tells her to send Noelle but not to tell her where she is going.


Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Cartoon tabby cat in an elf hat making a cell phone call while sitting on a table next to a Christmas tree.


Stinky searches for Sawyer and finds him napping. “Hey, Sawyer, wake up, Noelle will be here any minute.”


Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Napping grey tabby cat.


Sawyer jumps up and follows Stinky to the teleportation tunnel.

Noelle Arrives

Moments later Noelle arrives and looks around in confusion. She sees Periwinkle and asks, “Hey, Periwinkle what’s happening? Where am I?”

Then Noelle sees Sawyer and starts hopping up and down and runs into his arms. “Oh, wow, are we going to share Stinky and Periwinkle’s adventure?” Noelle asks Sawyer.

“I guess in a way we are, but this is actually a Gotcha Day party for you,” replies Sawyer.

“That is so cool. Thanks you so much,” gushes Noelle.

Sawyer leads her to the living room, shows off the decorations Periwinkle has created and gives Noelle a sparkly headband to wear.


Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Two grey tabby cats, one wearing a Christmas tree hat and the other in a snowflake headband, in front of a colorful background, which includes balloons.


Periwinkle whispers to Stinky, “They’re almost as cute as we are, don’t you think?”

Stinky giggles, but he does agree.

Noelle tells Periwinkle how beautiful the decorations are and gives her a big paw hug.

Gifts for Noelle

“Noelle, I have a couple of things for you,” says Sawyer and presents her with some flowers and a card.


Bouquet of purple/pink roses.


Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Gotcha Day Greeting Card with two grey tabby cats in formal attire and dancing.


“Oh, Sawyer, I love them both. Those are the most beautiful and unusual roses I have ever seen. And that card is so elegant,” exclaims Noelle.

“I am so happy you like them. I know it isn’t much, and I am late with this celebration, but I do love you and wanted to show you,” Sawyer tells her. They share some additional whisker kisses.


Stinky tells everyone that a buffet is set up in the dining room. The four tabbies head in, and Stinky invites all the Kitties Blue to join them. After singing a rousing, off-key rendition of “Happy Gotcha Day,” all the kitties fill their bowls with the seafood stew, salmon pate, seafood buffet and filet of beef. And then they help themselves to beverages.


Collage featuring seafood stew, salmon pate, seafood buffet and filet of beef.

Collage featuring hot chocolate, lemonade and iced teas.


When everyone thinks they cannot eat another bite, Cooper Murphy brings out the cake and some champagne.


Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Grey tabby cat wearing a tiara cake.

pink champagne


Noelle cannot believe her eyes when she sees the cake Cooper has created. She runs up to him and throws her paws around his neck and gives him a huge hug. “That is the best cake I have ever seen. Mau would be so proud of you. Thank you so much!”

Cooper blushes and thanks Noelle for her kind words.

All Stinky and Sawyer’s fursibs are so full that they retire to the bedroom and various cat trees for naps while the four tabbies sit and chat about what a wonderful day it has been.

Time to Head Home

Regrettably, the time comes for Periwinkle and Noelle to head home. Cooper Murphy boxes up what little of the cake remains for Noelle to take home along with her card and flowers.

Noelle and Sawyer and Periwinkle and Stinky spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging before the girls enter the teleportation tunnel. Then with final waves and a whoosh the girls are gone. Stinky and Sawyer decide they should help their mom with the clean up chores before joining their fursibs for a nap.

The End

The four tabbies will be joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can join them by clicking on the badge below.


Kizmet Then & Now

It doesn’t seem possible to me that Kizmet has been with us three years now. She is officially our COVID cat and has brought us so much joy.

This is the first photo I saw of Kizmet (known as Janet at the time) on Petfinder. I could tell immediately when I saw her face that she was full of purrsonality and needed to become one of the Kitties Blue. And I was right!


Gotcha Day Kizmet: grey kitten staring at the camera while being held.


And this is Kizmet’s most recent photo, taken yesterday by my friend, Mary Jane. She absolutely loves people.


Gotcha Day Kizmet: profile portrait of a grey cat


Mary Jane was here for lunch, and Kizmet barely left her alone for a moment.

Card & Cake

I made a card for Kizmet and Cooper Murphy made her a cake. Mau taught him well!


 Gotcha Day Kizmet: Chorus line of cartoon cats singing and wearing tutus and cakes on their heads.


Gotcha Day Kizmet: Cake with a grey cat face with a lavender bow and bad around the bottom of the cake.

Celebration Time

We have lots of food and beverages, so please help yourself and stay as long as you like.









Happy Tuesday

Kizmet will be popping out for a few minutes to join the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to do the same, click on the badge below.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

If you have not yet stopped by Friends Furever to check out what Periwinkle planned for today’s adventure, the two tabbies sure hope you do. They always have fun and enjoy sharing their antics with you. Click on the link to head on over to Periwinkle’s blog to see what they are up to.

Thanks for joining Kizmet’s celebration. We’ll see you again tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday and a “Looking Back” post.



Caturday Art


SAWYER'S GOTCHA DAY ANNIVERSARY ART: Art rendering of a grey Tabby Manx cat eating supper framed in gold and black.


Today, our sweet, little guy, Sawyer, is celebrating the sixth anniversary of his original Gotcha Day. You can find his very first post by clicking on this link, “Holy Cr@p…What’s This?“. You also can find out more about him on The Felines page. The link is in the menu.

As most of you know, we celebrate Gotcha Day anniversaries for Sawyer twice each year. We also celebrate the day I brought him home from his unauthorized, 2021 walkabout.

Our art today shows Sawyer actually eating his dinner. We’ll find out later today if he ate for Chris while we were away. He is so picky and unpredictable.

I created today’s art using the Scribbly effect from Painnt. The frame is from piZap.

Here’s a jigsaw for all our puzzle fans.

preview120pieceManx Tabby Art

Please join us for a small celebration for Sawyer. Cooper Murphy kindly created a cake, and we have some hot chocolate, lemonade or iced tea.


SAWYER'S GOTCHA DAY ANNIVERSARY ART: Face of a grey cat with ball of yarn as a cake..


Sawyer will be joining Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art blog hop. If you’d like to do the same, click on her badge.

Sunday Selfies Reminder

I know none of the Kitties Blue will be willing to snap a selfie for tomorrow’s hop. I expect they will be ignoring us as punishment for leaving them and cavorting with dogs. So, tomorrow, we will have a guest selfie. I really think you should stop by and check it out, as our host is a real cutie pie.

While you are visiting, all of the gang hope you will share a selfie. They missed visiting their friends the past few days. As your humans may still be celebrating the holiday and unavailable to help you hop, you can join us anytime through Thursday.

Thank you for visiting today. Wishing everyone an easy Sunday.



Wordy Wednesday

Unbelievably, Kitties Blue have yet another celebration on their paws. Today is Raleigh and Audrey’s first Gotcha Day. They came to reside with us on a rainy afternoon one year ago. I took them in as a favor to a friend, and really had no intention of having them become members of the family. At the time, we called them Kitten #1 and Kitten #2.


A ginger tabby kitten and a torbie kitten wrapped in a colorful towel on their gotcha day.


Within 48 hours they had been to the vet and had received names. They officially became Kitties Blue.

Here they are today.


Youngest Kitties Blue (a torbie cat and a ginger tabby cat) celebrate their 1st gotcha day.


They are as different as day and night, as I have explained in many other posts. While Audrey is gregarious, Raleigh continues to be standoffish; though, he has allowed Dad Tom to pet him some recently.

Cat Writer's Association Certificate of Excellence for the youngest Kitties Blue on their Gotcha Day.In addition to this being the kittens Gotcha Day, they wanted me to let you know that Stinky & Periwinkle are not the only kitties who received a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association. They received theirs in the Photography (Series) category for the post, “Vet Visit Aftermath.”

Time to Party

Cooper Murphy whipped up two cakes for the celebrants.


Youngest Kitties Blue Gotcha Day cake is face of a ginger cat.Youngest Kitties Blue Gotcha Day cake resembles a reclining torbie cat.










Today, we are serving lemonade, as Audrey and Raleigh are too young to indulge in stronger libations, and a seafood buffet. Please help yourselves and enjoy.









Though we have been very wordy today, Audrey and Raleigh will be joining the Wordless Wednesday bog hop at Comedy Plus. To participate, click on the WW badge.

Thanks for joining us today.



Happy Gotcha Day Cooper Murphy

Six years ago today this very handsome, approximately 15-month-old, ginger tabby cat joined the Kitties Blue crew. If you don’t know his story, you can read the first installment here, “Ginger Tabby.”

Today that 14-pound cat is a whopping 20 pounds and the eldest of our three male felines.


Orange tabby cat with mouth open shouting, "Happy Gotcha Day to Me," and framed in ornate gold frame.

We are honoring him today with a little celebration! Our wonderful baker, Angel Mau, sent a special cake via Angel Express. I’m not certain if this is cat imitating cake or cake imitating cat.


Orange tabby cat cake. Cat has mouth open and eyes closed.


We also have nip ice cream and your choice of beverages. Please help yourselves and stay as long as you like.


Caturday Art

This being Caturday, we also have some art to share. Kitties Blue and I thought it appropriate that Cooper Murphy should get that honor as well.



Today’s art was created with the Paris effect from Painnt and a favpng frame.

Cooper Murphy will be joining Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty’s Caturday Art blog hop. You can do the same by clicking on Athena’s badge.

Puzzle Time

Cooper Murphy talked me into creating two puzzles for you today. How could I possibly turn him down? Hope you enjoy doing them.

preview110pieceGinger Cat Gotcha Daypreview100pieceCat Art

Sunday Selfies Reminder

One of the Kitties Blue snapped a fabulous selfie of herself yesterday and will be here as your host tomorrow. That’s all the hint you are getting: It will me one of the six girls!

As I continue to struggle with this stupid email post notification plug-in, which actually sent a notification of a test post to one subscriber yesterday, I hope you’ll find a solution for yourself. You can bookmark our blog or add us to a reading list. As our followers quickly fall away, Kitties Blue and I sincerely thank those who have stopped by to visit. Your friendship means so much to us.

Have a happy Caturday!


Feline/Friendship Friday

Two years ago today, this sweet girl joined the Kitties Blue family. She has been a delight from day one. Kizmet is sociable and fun and loves to purr and give kisses. She has taken the kittens under her paw, which warms our hearts. Newcomers are not always welcome.


Grey cat with holly and berries around neck, framed in blue and gold with the words: Happy 2nd Gotcha Day Kizmet in red and white candy cane print.


Cooper Murphy was kind enough to bake a cake.


Gotcha Day cake for Kizmet with grey cat emerging from pink and hot pink hatbox with a bow on top.


And please help yourself to hot chocolate, lemonade or iced tea. (Sorry, we have no champagne today, as Kizmet is underage.)



Kizmet is participating in the Feline & Friendship Friday blog hops hosted by Comedy Plus and Create with Joy respectively.

Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). On Thursday they each select two sentences to be filled in by hop participants, and you can find those on both blogs. Enter the hop by clicking on the graphic.

As I am experiencing web-site issues, some of the Kitties Blue volunteered to lend me their paws. They completed all the fill-ins without me having to do anything more than post their fill-ins here.

They all used teal italics for their fill-ins.

1. Kizmet: My favorite holiday tradition is playing in the empty boxes.

2. Sawyer: On Christmas (or Hanukkah) I plan to fill up on treats.

3. Kitties Blue: ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house we kitties were snuggled up in bed with our humans.

4. Sawyer: Sharing my treats is the best way to spread holiday cheer.

Thanks for joining us today. Hopefully you will get this post in its entirety, as the problem I am having is being unable to save my drafts.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow with some Caturday Art and then again on Sunday for selfies. We will share our Christmas card then.



Feline Friday

This Feline Friday is super special, as we are celebrating a super special feline—our very own Cooper Murphy.

Five years ago today, we brought home a 12.1-pound cat, from the snow and our friends front porch. We spent several days trying to find his people with no luck. It became obvious that he had been “dumped.” Here are links to three of the first posts about him.

There are some other posts from that same time period. You can find links to them on the bottoms of the three listed.

And here’s an early photo, which I don’t believe I have ever posted.


Party Time

Angel Mau baked a cake for Cooper in his bakery at the Bridge and sent it down on a cloud. he did a great job making cake that looks a whole lot like his brofur. Ah shucks, we can’t tell a lie. Cooper had the same cake last year. What can we say other than it suits him purrfectly!

We also have some noms and drinks. Please help yourself and stay as long as you like.












Sunday Selfies: Week #383

I cannot believe I have been a member of the Kitties Blue crew for an entire year. And I never realized what a blast decorating for the holidays could be with my arrival last year coming after Mom had completed all of it. However, I absolutely love helping with everything. The last few days Cooper Murphy had some craft projects for the Cat Scouts Jamboree, and I was a huge help in completing them. He will share those later in the week.

Enough of this preamble, as I know you came to see my selfie and share yours. So, here’s mine!


gotcha day giveaway


As this is the last Sunday Selfie post before Christmas, Mom added some holiday decor to my selfie.


Some of you may remember I was a contestant in the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Superhero Sidekick calendar contestant. I was one of the top 12 vote getters and earned a page in the calendar. I am the August Superhero. If you’d like to see an “artified” version of the calendar photo, check out this post: “Art from Superhero Sidekick Kizmet.” That post also has the information on how to order your very own calendar.

I am giving away a calendar as well to one lucky reader. Everyone leaving a comment on this post prior to Wednesday, December 22, at 5 p.m. ET will earn one entry into the giveaway. The winner will be selected using and announced on Thursday.

Mom says that I am not just giving something away for my Gotcha Day, but I also am getting a gift. I have no idea what it is, but I will share that on Thursday as well.

Hopping Time

I hope each of you will give me a gift today by sharing a selfie on our blog hop. Add some festive decorations if you like. As a reminder: The hop is open to all anipals regardless of species. And you don’t even have to post today to join in the fun. The hop is open until Thursday.

All my fursibs and I are looking forward to seeing you smiling faces. And we thank you for being our friends, followers and supporters.

Purrs and paw-pats, Kizmet




Stinky is more anxious than usual as he awaits Periwinkle’s arrival. He is certain Periwinkle has no idea what he has planned for today’s adventure. Soon he hears the whoosh of the teleportation tunnel and Periwinkle comes tumbling out. Stinky feels badly, as he is unable to catch her as his paws are full. When she rights herself and straightens her furs, she is ready to chastise Stinky for not breaking her fall until she sees what he is holding.

“Wow, Stinky, are those for me?”


Periwinkle Gotcha Day


“Of course, do you like them?”

“They’re exquisite, but what is the occasion?”

“It’s a surprise, let’s go into the dining room.”

“Sure, are we staying here today?” asks Periwinkle.

In reply, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw, tells her to close her eyes, and leads her to the dining room.

When they arrive, Periwinkle hears a commotion and then many voices meowing, “SURPRISE!”


Periwinkle Gotcha Day


“Oh my gosh, what is all this about, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“It is an early Gotcha Day Party for you and Kizmet. Her Gotcha Day is the 19th and yours is the 23rd. I had planned this for two weeks from now, but Mom couldn’t get tickets for what I wanted us to do today, so we will do it next time and celebrate your Gotcha Days early.”

Periwinkle throws her paws around Stinky and gives him a huge hug. “Oh I love a surprise. Thank you, Stinky.”

Stinky blushes and then tells Kizmet he has something for her as well. He gives her a beautiful bouquet from their mom and dad.



Kizmet is equally surprised and runs off to thank her parents. Waiting for Kizmet’s return, Periwinkle asks Stinky, “How did you get Raz and Reesie here without me knowing?”

“They teleported here moments before you, while you were getting ready,” Stinky tells her.

Party Time

As soon as Kizmet returns, Stinky shows her and Periwinkle the party table and then presents both girls with cakes made especially for them by Cooper Murphy.



Both girls’ mouths fall open, and together they run to Cooper Murphy and give him big hugs.

The tabbies and their fursibs spend the afternoon visiting, giggling and munching on the goodies.

Just before it is time for Periwinkle, Raz and Reesie’s departure, Stinky pulls Periwinkle aside. “I wrote a little something for you Periwinkle.”

Stinky picks up a piece of paper and reads a poem he has written.

Periwinkle your love is a gift.
Thinking of you always gives me a lift,
And dreaming of you is pure bliss.
My heart goes pitter patter when we kiss.
I hope you had a joyful and happy time
With all our furblings sharing in your surprise!

“Stinky, you are the best boyfriend. Thank you so much for this surprise and for getting Raz and Reesie here as well. I love you bunches.”

Stinky blushes and replies, “I love you too!”

After many whisker kisses and paw hugs, Periwinkle calls to Reesie and Raz to join her, and they enter the teleportation tunnel together. With waves to Stinky and all his fursibs, they are gone in a whoosh.

Stinky retires to the bedroom to dream of his precious girlfriend.

The End


The entire gang is joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.