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Family &Grandcats &Orlando joydeanlee | 11 Jun 2012

Grandcats—Max (aka Mr. Skitters)

Max (aka Mr. Skitters) joined the McManus household in the fall of 2011 as their third cat. As with any kitten, he displays lots of energy and wouldn’t let me get near him with a camera. Therefore my daughter Wendy took these photos of Max. (The fact that arthritis prevents my getting down on my knees for this type of photo might have been another reason for Wendy taking the photos.)

Chili, the oldest of their three cats, mostly ignores Max’s efforts to play, but Oscar who is much younger, and previously the dominant cat in the home, is intimidated by the new arrival. Watching the interactions of the three cats provides hours of entertainment.

For earlier photos and antics of Oscar and Chili or my Austin grandcats, check out or

To view a slideshow of Max (aka Mr. Skitters), click on any photo. If info about the photos is not displayed in the slideshow, click Show Info.

Max-aka Mr Skitters, 2012 - 4

Max displays his flexibility climbing in and out of the chair rungs.

Austin &Family &Grandcats &Orlando joydeanlee | 07 Feb 2010

Grandcats provide candid moments

Visits in November through January with my daughters and sons-in-law in Austin and Orlando provided many opportunities to photograph my grandcats. I’ve displayed a pic of each of the four here, and then you can click on any photo to see the latest slideshow. Selecting Grandcats (under Family) in the Topics list provides slideshows of all my grandcats taken over the last five years.

Oscar-Jan2010 - 2

Oscar (McManus, Orlando) knows how to relax. One of his other photos shows that he knows how to r-e-a-l-l-y stretch, too.

Chili-Jan2010 - 3

Chili (McManus, Orlando) has mastered relaxation techniques, too. During TV-watching time in the evening, his favorite spot is on a plastic bin of laser discs.


Tia (Abbing/Thomas, Austin) is a delicate lady who enjoys lots of lap time. Here she observes all the action around her from the end table.


Obi (Abbing/Thomas, Austin) has discovered a new favorite spot: under the cover of his futon. Obi has decided that he likes to be with his humans and joins them more and more often, even jumping on the couch with them.

Austin &Family &Grandcats Joy | 20 Oct 2008

Grandcats—Some people have grandkids; I have grandcats! Austin grandcats


OBI: Named after Oberon, the king of the fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Obi became my grandcat when my older daughter Helena married Dan. Patience and lots of belly rubbing were needed before Obi decided that he didn’t have to hide under the futon in the cat room every time he heard my approach.

Click on any photo to see each pet’s slideshow.


TIA: This sweet and not-so-shy lady, Obi’s sister (also named after a character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania, the queen of the fairies) also became my grandcat when Helena married Dan. Not so much time nor as much belly rubbing was required for me to make friends with Tia. She was always the first to stand at the screen door which separated their cat quarters from the remainder of the house (in the Ft. Worth home) and meow pitifully as though she were the most abused cat in the world.