A Tail of Three Kittens | Part 4

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Welcome to the 2017 A Tail of Three Kittens 2017 Finale!

I’ve had a phenomenal time sharing photos and stories of our three kittens- and that’s not ending anytime soon. However, starting in January, A Tail of Three Kittens will be transitioning to a seasonal series. I’ll use today to catch us up to the present, but in reality, if I keep pushing out posts every month, the content will kind of become monotone (that’s why you won’t see many entries today that happened recently).

But for those cute, never-seen moments that we just happen to catch, they’ll be compiled into a seasonal post. It’ll consist of photo galleries and brief summaries of our time with our kittens. Here’s how the tentative new season will go:

  • Late January: Winter Update
  • Late April: Spring Update
  • Late August: Summer Update
  • Late November: Fall Update

But… I say tentative for a reason. It’s safe to assume that nothing dramatic will occur between now and the Winter Update (unless our kittens decide to leave us). With the Spring update though… it’s possible that either a) we no longer have kittens or b) our kittens are presently having more kittens.

The latter would mean even more episodes during the year. After the August edition, you’ll see monthly posts for the remainder of 2018. The first? The end. We’ll hope for the best, and see where the future takes us. For now, though, let’s start where I left you last.

But first… I made a family tree for our kitten family so that you can better understand the context of our stories. Daddy Mac has moved on, while Nutmeg and Goldie are scarcely seen.


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These pictures were all taken on the same day… for the first three, you’ll see Baby Mac chowing down on some food. But I’ve been meaning to share the last two for a while. If you remember back from the first edition, I told you that our kittens were born underneath our house. This is precisely there- and beyond the hole is a window and a semicircle cutout where our kittens stayed. We were able to see them crawl over each other, blind, while their mother and her grey back sat facing away from us. This is where it all originated.

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Out kittens are usually out at all hours of the day. The first photo shows Baby Mac sitting in front of our playground early in the morning. The last one shows Callie making her way towards the food. Might I add that our kittens come from somewhere in the forest- they’ll come get food, and then walk back towards the left. We’re not sure where they go, but they keep returning. When my sister was taking care of our rabbits, Mac started coming around the corner of the shed, and she captured some amazing close-up pictures of Mac eating and walking. He ignored both my sister and the rabbit that was sitting 3 feet away… we’ve found that he is just so peaceful.

We haven’t seen him run that much, either, except when he spots something near our playground and starts jumping up and down trying to pounce. That’s a cat in its natural environment!

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Sorry that the photo is so blurry- it was taken at night with an older phone. Basically, we were watching Baby Mac eat one night, and he starts walking towards the left (like normal), but then he runs up the staircase onto the second floor of the playground! And he just sat there… looking around. In fact, we believe he spent the entire night sleeping there. We’ve thought about leaving blankets out for him at Winter, but we haven’t seen him up there since. Now, with snow on the ground, we’re not sure where he goes to keep warm (but more on that later).

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Some more photos of Callie walking around, and of Mac doing his favorite activity- sunbathing.

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So.. I’m sitting on the couch, watching TV, when I turn around to look out the window. And to my great surprise, my Baby Mac is sitting on our outside table, drinking water! He  was the cutest thing!

And of course, I couldn’t help but snap a photo!


It seems that as Baby Mac has gotten used to our yard, he’s ventured closer to our house (in fact, he’s seated about 5 feet away from his birthplace). And this isn’t the only time he’s visited near our house.

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That last photo is the still version of him hopping up onto our table. Luckily, with Live Photos on iPhone, we were able to capture the full moment. (More on this later too!)

Afterwards, he hopped down on the house side of the table, and didn’t reappear. This made us think that he went underneath our house. When we checked downstairs, he wasn’t at the window. You never know though, and we didn’t see him reappear after that.

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My Dad and I were doing construction- as in LOUD construction – and once again, we turned around to see Baby Mac sitting on our table once again! There wasn’t any water for him to drink, yet he just sat there examining his surroundings, oblivious to what was going on indoors. When he went back to eat his fifth meal of the day, I went out to pour some water on the table for him.

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Here, Callie is sitting next to our V-Tree… before the snow.

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We weren’t sure how our kittens were going to react to their first snow. We hadn’t seen Callie until April, and this was Mac’s first official snow. And yet, here he was…

…traversing across the snow to get to his lunch. And he hasn’t stopped. Both he and Callie have braved the snow daily, and we’ve kept feeding them. And so we seem to be in store for another snowy winter, but we’ll have our kittens to accompany us.

My only thought: this might have been a few inches, but what happens when the snow amounts to a few feet?

We’ll find out- and that’s the purpose of our Winter update! Until then, I want to wish everyone the best of holidays- keep an eye out for a special post next Wednesday!

Oh- and one last thing! To go along with the January update, I’ll be producing a video on our YouTube channel that showcases the Live Photo versions of the best photos that you’ve seen in the past several updates. Stay tuned!

Thanks so much for reading!


Catch up on previous editions here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

The pictures above are the property of 12 and Beyond and I ask that you not distribute them or use them for any commercial purpose without citing 12 and Beyond or without permission. Thank you and happy holidays!

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