The majority of us know to keep our bums away from the camera, especially during the month of October. One of us kitties, however, did not join our ranks until last January, so he is ignorant with regard to the Tock-Tober tradition. Cooper Murphy has no clue, but we are fairly certain if he did, it wouldn’t matter. He’s pretty much of an exhibitionist at all times. At this very moment he is lying on is back with legs akimbo, exposing himself. For the remainder of us, this is a good thing. We didn’t have to worry about keeping our rears to the rear, so to speak!

For his first Tock-Tober Cooper Murphy did find a clueless friend to share the spotlight. And Cooper’s photo is somewhat modest for him.


Cooper Murphy andsSquirrel show off their tocks for Tock-Tober.


If you are new to blogging and unfamiliar with Tock-Tober, here’s a bit about it. And if you don’t know, “tocks” are your buttocks!



Click on the badge to be taken to Ducky and Angel Derby’s blog.

Normally, we would be joining Annie (McGuffy’s Reader) and Ellen (15 And Meowing) for Friendly Fill-Ins, but we didn’t want to dilute the importance of this International holiday. We hope they will accept our apologies. Mom says we can include the fill-ins with our Caturday Art tomorrow.

We know many of you have been showing off your tocks all month, but we hope to see lots more of them today.

Happy Birthday at the bridge, Derby. We hope you are looking down on all of us with a big smile your face.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and the “clueless” Cooper Murphy






Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Today we are participating in Sammy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday as well as celebrating Tock-tober*.




Unfortunately this month’s prompt letter for our poem is an “S” and not a “T.” But never fear, we have combined a Tock-Tober post with an “s” prompt poem.



Today the blogospere celebrates Tock-tober.
It comes every year on the 20th of October.
The humans follow us around for weeks before
Trying to catch us with our buttocks off the floor.
But when we see the camera, we sit right down.
We will not show our rear ends all over town.
Even nommy treats won’t work as a bribe.
There are just certain things we’d rather hide.
So Kitty Blue booties you will not see;
Even though, we know you’d surely squeee.




The humans got a surrogate to do the flashing,
Giving us a reason for much teeth gnashing.
That damn cheeky squirrel readily agreed
To give the humans whatever they need.
He’ll wag his tail and wriggle his butt
For nothing more than his daily cut
Of all the sunflower seeds he can eat…
Not even asking for any additional treat.
We think this guy is nothing but one big showoff
Who, if we had our way, the humans would blow off.
No matter what this brazen fellow agreed to do,
We’d rather see him in a pot of squirrel stew.

Once again a damn squirrel is on our blog,
So we think we’ll give him the title of the blog hog.
Though he’ll have to wrestle Mau for this moniker,
We think he’ll agree the reason is totally clear:
The squirrel thinks our humans love him the most
And that he should be the subject of every post.
He doesn’t believe that Kitties Blue rule,
And he plans to use the humans as his personal tool
To get all the attention and acclaim he craves,
But he better watch out or we’ll send him to his grave!
So, this is our Tock-tober tale of woe
With just one thing we want you to know:
Kitties Blue won’t go down without a fight.
This is our blog and we know what is right.
But we won’t show you even one kitty ass
‘Cause we Kitties Blue have too much class!

Kitties Blue say NO MORE SQUIRRELS on their cat blog. Well, at least, not until next January’s Squirrel Appreciation Day.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

* If you do a Tock-tober post, click on the link at the top of this post and let Derby’s brother Ducky know.




Tocktober 2015 with Lily Olivia


Mom has been following us around all month trying to photograph our tocks. We find that type of behavior to be rude and distasteful, and we have been totally uncooperative. Don’t get us wrong—we are not ashamed of our tocks. Flaunting them in public, however, is not our idea of a good time. We realized that to show them honors the memory of Derby, who created Tock-tober, so we knew one of us would have to back up to the camera eventually. As seven of us protested, Lily Olivia stepped up and took one for the team. She said that at her age, she can do whatever she wants and no one will care or criticize. So, here’s Lily in all her calico, tocktolicious glory!


Lily Olivia, calico, tocks, Tock-tober.


Personally we think her tocks are just okay. But we give her high marks for the varied tail positions and total disregard for propriety! Most of all, we each give her a high paw for saving our tocks by showing hers.


Purrs and paw-pats, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Giveaway for Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet

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Lily Tocktober

Lily Olivia

Mom was following us around all day trying to take photos of our backsides…how rude! We’d forgotten all about this Tocktober nonsense. She misses so many impawtant things, like Feral Cat Day and the recent blogosphere trip to Niagara Falls. Why oh why couldn’t she forget about this horrible tradition? If we took photos of her backend, we know those photos would never see the light of day. MOL!

The youngsters were able to avoid her or at least keep their butts tilted downward.

So who got nailed for this demeaning celebration? I did, Lily Olivia. At my age, I should not be subjected to this humiliation. I should be treated with respect and dignity. But I was tricked. Dad started giving me chin scritches. To show my appreciation, I put my tail up in a happy cat pose. Before I knew what was happening, Mom was snapping photos. I should have thwacked her with my tail, but it was too late. The deed was done.

For me, it is not as mortifying. I have nice fluffy tocks so I can display myself without too much embarrassment.

Mau Tockttober


Mauricio, on the other hand, was “X” rated until Mom gave him a little cover-up. Even so, if you could see beneath his furs, you would see that he was blushing.

She thought she was doing us a favor by using these cute paw print frames, claiming they would distract you from focusing on our unmentionables. I’m sure you’ll agree, however, that she just drew more attention to them.

The only saving grace is that her pitiful photography produced a fuzzy photo of me and a big black blob for Mauricio.

Oh yeah, and she sprinkled a few puns into this post. Even more embarrassing! Like she thinks that will make up for treating us so shabbily. If you don’t pick up on them, don’t feel too badly. They are super lame.

Happy Tocktober to all who are celebrating today! Know that we share in your shame and distain for this “holiday.”

Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia

p.s. We’d like to start a petition to protest this exploitation of cats through feline pornography. Let us know if you would like to sign.


Though I posted a Tock-tober photo of our angel MacKenzie last Tuesday, I could not resist posting this one of an unsuspecting Lisbeth.

Last week when I was helping Mauricio set up a tent for his Cat Scout Tent Camping Merit Badge, Lisbeth and Giulietta decided to photo bomb. Being quick with the shutter, Tom caught Lisbeth with her tocks totally exposed.

So here she is in all her glory, with just a little touch-up!



That’ll teach her to photo bomb.










We had absolutely no idea what Tock-tober was all about, much less what tocks were. One of the first places we saw this term was when we were visiting Flynn‘s blog, so we asked him what it was all about. After his explanation, we had a little better idea.

But when we read buttocks on Savvy‘s blog, we got the whole picture, so to speak. Once we knew what this was all about, absolutely everyone of us refused to pawticipate, and we knew Mom didn’t have time to follow us around trying to get the appropriate inappropriate photo.

She was forced to go into the archives, and she came up with photo from 2004 when Mauricio and Misty May were just kittens. As you can see, MacKenzie was not shy about showing off his tocks.

Misty May, MacKenzie and Mauricio

Misty May, MacKenzie and Mauricio

Is this what they call one of those “Get you head out of your a**” moments?

MOL,  Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo