You’ll want to wear these beautiful and alluring cat masks all year round!…
|Cynthia and Freddy, Photo by Justin Davanzo Photography
the coat is Fake, no animals were harmed
Cynthia: I have to say – I am very lucky to have a guy in my life who not only puts up with a crazy cat lady in his life – he’s kind of cat crazy himself. And, he gamely poses for goofy cat photos with me dressed as a cat.
|Freddy and Cynthia, Photo by Justin Davanzo Photography|
Marcy: Obviously your insanity presented itself after he said “I Do.”
Cynthia: Ummm… well… yes. I didn’t have cats before we got married.
Marcy: Classic bait and switch.
Cynthia: Well, I wouldn’t go that far.
Marcy: I would. Have you taken a close look at these photos?
|Cynthia in FAKE FUR, Photo by Justin Davanzo Photography|
Marcy: You’re weird.
Cynthia: Hey! That last one was my Marcy impression.
Marcy takes a closer look.
Marcy: That’s not bad actually. Nice scowl.
Cynthia: Thank you! I’ve been watching you do it for years now. Poor Freddy. He does put up with a lot from us.
Marcy: Ah. He loves it.
|Cynthia and Freddy, Photo by Justin Davanzo Photography|
Marcy and Cynthia: Big slurpy kitty kisses to Freddy from us!
xo and meow, cynthia + marcy
*Justin Davanzo is an incredibly talented photographer. His portraits and landscapes are just amazing and so heartfelt. He also does great professional/corporate photos. Check him out at Justin Davanzo Photography.
*The fur coat is FAKE. It’s a prop from a theatre’s costume department.
|Juliet and Cappy|
Marcy: What’s that?
Cynthia: That’s my friend’s little girl, Juliet, looking completely adorable in her Cat In The Hat costume with her best bud, rescue kitty Cappy.
Marcy: It doesn’t sound like Seuss. It sounds like Shakespeare.
Cynthia: Actually, this is a kind of Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Cappy was an older kitten living with his colony on the mean streets of Los Angeles back in 2008.
|Cappy and his semi-feral siblings|
Cynthia: I worked with The Kris Kelly Foundation to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the colony. We found homes for five of the littlest kittens but the teenage kittens (the ones pictured) were really too feral to find homes for. Except Cappy. Kind of.
|Cappy and his brother living on the streets in Los Angeles|
Cynthia: He was very scared but curious.
Marcy: Curiosity killed the cat ya know.
Cynthia: In this case, curiosity saved Cappy. He would linger a little longer after he ate to see what I was up to. Eventually, he started brushing up against my legs. And that was when I knew I had to at least try to find him a home.
Marcy: Who wants a semi feral cat? No one.
Cynthia: That’s what I thought. No one. I put out a plea on Facebook anyway, and lo an behold, my friend Heather asked to meet him. She fell in love, took him home, and spent a tremendous amount of time taming him. She also spent a lot of money on vet bills since Cappy had health problems I wasn’t even aware of…
Marcy (admiringly): I bet he was bad. Feral cats are so bad. Just like the Cat In The Hat. He’s such a bad kitty.
Cynthia: Yes. It was quite challenging. Taming a semi-feral cat is not for the faint of heart. But Heather and her husband, David, are extraordinary people. And now look at him!
|Cappy at home|
|Cappy performing Neighborhood Watch duties|
Cynthia: Instead of living on the streets, he is living in house with people who love him and take wonderful care of him. Plus, he has a new friend – Juliet – a cat lover and future cat advocate. I mean, did you take a close look at her sneakers?!!
|Juliet and Cappy|
Marcy: That Cat in the Hat is so bad. He’s transforming little kids into bad kitties. He’s my hero. He’s so bad.
*It is very easy to get depressed and feel hopeless as an animal rescuer. The problem is so immense. Someone compared it once to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. So when a cat I have rescued has such a happy ending as Cappy and his Juliet, it makes me so incredibly happy.
Cynthia: I wonder if we’ll see lots of cat costumes tonight?
Marcy: I don’t know. You people seem to dress like cats all the time lately. It would be redundant.
Cynthia: Marcy, don’t forget your BIT (Big Important Tip).
Marcy: You mean BITE. Big Important Tip, Everyone.
Marcy’s Cat BITE:
Marcy: Keep your kitties indoors this evening and report any cases of cat cruelty to the authorities. Tonight can be very dangerous for us cats. Mean people abound on Halloween. We need to take the tricks out of Trick-or-Treat.
Marcy: I’ll take a Mouse Lollipop and some Candy Catnip.