* SKEETER KILLED THE MOUSE! I checked my phone today from work to find that Hotter texted had me a photo, without comment, of Skeet crouched over his trophy in a predatory manner. OMG GOOD KITTY! I'm super-proud of him.
* A triple co-worker of mine (I was in training at Beta Job, where she already worked, while she was in training at Eclecstasy, where I already worked, and we both worked at The Ritz for about a year before that) does neuter-and-release work with feral cats in her neighborhood, and tames, neuters, vaccinates, and finds homes for their offspring. "I'm not a crazy cat lady..." she started to say to someone who overheard us talking about it. "Yes you are," I interrupted. "In fact, you're a recruiting crazy cat lady, a kitten-pusher, YOU PIMP CATS." "Fiiiine," she said, and offered our mutual co-worker a kitten. "I see what you mean," they said, laughing. This holiday season, in celebration of our having renewed our longterm lease here, we're taking in two of her least-marketable cats to be Squatter Workshop mousers (we'd discussed one, but ultimately decided that since they'll be confined to the workshop with minimal human interaction that would make a single cat lonely, plus two can curl up together for warmth) (we plan to provide a heated bed and ice-proof waterer for them over the winter, but won't be heating the entire workshop). I told her they only have to be friendly enough to groom and vet as needed, and physically fit for mousing, but one-eyed, tattered-eared, half-tailed, snaggle-toothed, three-legged and all-black are all a-okay. Older cats, neutered mama-kitties, half-grown adolescents...whatever, as long as it's not tiny kittens since they can't come in the house and I'd feel bad about putting babies out there. They don't have to be pretty to earn their keep chasing vermin, and we'll love whatever we end up with (in my case, from a safe distance and dosed up on antihistamines). I look forward to seeing what she gives us!
* As long as it's only two. I initially made the mistake of giving Catwoman Hotter's e-mail address, and she sent him photos of four kittens and he wanted them all. So no more kitty photos for him!