I am the harried personal valet to four cats. Most of their names are inspired by my favorite sushi… First, let me introduce Ika, which is squid in Japanese, who is a gruff old man cat tabby.
Tall and lean, his favorite activity is napping… he is over 16 years old after all, so he needs time to contemplate life and things. He often can be found in this funny position
This is Maki, a black and white man cat who resembles a sushi roll made of plain white rice wrapped up in a black sheet of toasted nori. He is a handsome tuxedo cat, I especially love the white markings under his nose that look like a lopsided bow tie.
Saba is my girl kitty, a tiny little cat with a rumpled tail, which is apparently common with large litters.
In the womb crowded in with many siblings, a delicate tail is broken and settles into an adorable crinkle.
Saba is the Japanese word for mackerel, which has a silvery skin and my grandmother used to make us sabazushi nigiri for a special treat. Her fur has a silvery sheen and she has lovely brown eyes.
She is quite fearless and curious too, very prone to getting into mischief
Saba and Maki are brother and sister and often can be found expressing kitty love.
Maki is all about spreading the kitty love…
Our newest addition to the clan is Zumi, short for Nezumi, which is mouse in Japanese. She was found in the motor of an abandoned car by a local rescue agency and my coworker Lee who volunteers at the shelter brought her home to foster her as she was obviously scared and distressed. After a week at Lee’s quiet retreat, she has been a very active and social addition to our household. This photo was taken the first week, she was a bit scrawny and had worms, but had already proven to us all that she is a bad ass, don’t mess with her. Torties are known for their fesity attitudes, and she is one crazy little fireball! Her beady little eyes are quite intense and riveting and she makes the cutest face when she squeaks.
The shiso is blooming in the garden right now and I imagine my old girl out there romping in the sun…