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Calendar Cats of the Year 2001
Your Guide Picks: January through June

The year 2001 has been a memorable one and it is no secret that our beloved cats have not only helped us through the rough parts, but also have given us cause to celebrate the relationships we share with them, one of the most unique relationships known between humans and animals. The Calendar Cats section has been very popular since it was first started in November, 2000, and I thought now would be a fitting time to add a special feature honoring those cats whose photos particularly epitomized the various "Flavors of the Month." These are my picks for the cat photos of 2002:

You can click on the small images to view full-sized photos.

January: Oliver

January epitomizes that season with snow, sleet, and ice. The Flavor of the Month for January is silver and blue cats, reflecting the colors of icicles hanging from the roof, and frozen ponds.

"Oliver came along after I was sure my cat family was complete at three. I tried to resist, but one look into his wise beyond his years (months?) green eyes, and I was hooked. Every day he makes me glad that he is a part of my life, and realize just how lucky I am that he found me." Oliver shares a home with Missanda and three other lucky kitties.
February: Peaches

February cats are white, reflecting the snow that still covers the ground, as well as the purity of their souls.

Brenda Clay sent this beautiful photo of one of the cats that rules her home: "Peaches doesn't normally like to have her picture taken, however, I caught her by surprise. She is a very loving 3 year old who has a twin sister, Cuddles, that also lives at her house." (You can see Cuddles's photo below.)
March: Tabby

March marks the first month of Spring, when the earth is rich with promises of things to be. Tabby cats are almost as old as Mother earth herself, and are the epitome of Catness in all its wonder and glory. It was very difficult to choose a photo for March. All the tabbies were handsome and cunning, but Tabby stood out because of his name and his occupation: helping other cats live, as a blood donor.

"Tabby is currently serving one year as a blood donor at the animal blood bank where I work. He was rescued from the Humane Society and will be available for adoption this fall. He is one of the sweetest cats we have. Although he has all his claws, he has never scratched me - not even in play. When he wants attention he will lie down and roll over onto his back with a 'Look how cute I am' expression on his face. His coat is very soft and he is quite playful." Tabby's photo was contributed by Becky Adams
April: Frank Sinatra White

April is a transitional month. It hasn't decided if it is really Spring yet, but also surprises us now and then with warm days that sneak a hint of things to come. April is the month of old buttermilk skies, Easter Egg hunts, and cotton candy dresses on little girls. April is also for pale yellow and cream colored cats, epitomizing that secret yearning for summer sun.

"Frank was a 12 pound feral cat that I tried to trap for 3 years. One day he just decided to come to me and let me take control. He now weighs 30 pounds + misc. ounces, and is the most gentle cat there ever was. He is a Flame Pointe Siamese, which I didn't know until a friend (who is a cat show judge) identified him. He is around 7 1/2 years old now, has his own room, screened sun porch, 55 gal. aquarium, television, double bed, and Ralph Lauren decor," says Sammie, Frank's loyal slave.
May: Oliver

May is for Tuxedo cats and other black-and-white cats because... well, just because. Maybe for the Spring Prom tuxedos, although I'm sure my readers can figure out some better justifications. Black and white cats are like snowflakes: you'll never see any two with identical markings, but Tuxedos usually have some form of a white "V" on the chest-- very formal and striking.

"He was found in a ditch almost dead last summer and was rescued by the South Pacific County Humane Society caregiver, Cory Mckeown. His front legs are twisted and he has some health problems; the most current being inflamatory bowel disease. When he is home he is a happy little guy, always running and his favorite position is on his back, looking around at the world upside down.

Oliver's caring mommy is Barb Mosher.
June: Mamie

Just as May was for black and white Tuxedo cats, June is symbolized by all other bi-colors, with the accent on the white. (Think of a June bride in white, standing out among her bridesmaids dressed in colors.)

"Mamie belongs to Betsy, who says, "As you can see and I can FEEL, 9 month old Mamie is a fabulous fuzzball. She got the best of the gene pool with a long haired mother and short haired father and is incredibly cuddly."

Mamie is a wonderfully photogenic blue and white cats, and she epitomizes the bi-color look.

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