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Autimn in Sweden and Swedish cats Autimn in Sweden and Swedish cats
One thing I like about Sweden, and Uppsala in particular is that you can find large wooden areas and pastures in the middle of the city and around apartment complexes, it can often bring an otherworldy nature to pretty common areas.









You can walk through greenery almost all the way to the city center, here is a picture of my way to the castle, which you can see far away.




The birches are changing color and there are lots of rowan berries on the trees, which is supposed to indicate a hard winter, according to folklore.





I still like this town, it's so good for walking and biking.



A lot of my friends have cats, and recently my friend P bought a Maine Coon called Arwen. It is amusing to listen to my friend, who's normally a pretty tough and down to earth chick talk like a soft hearted mommy to this adorable kitty. She's however well aware that Arwen will likely get pretty huge when fully grown.






She's a curious little bugger, and she's very silent, for a cat.



My friend M's cats, these two Siamese cats are extremely friendly and laid back. The female with a black face, Kerthis is the alpha, she's deaf, so when she maows, it sounds like someone is dying, but otherwise she's very nice. The smaller one is the male, Ismo, he might very well be the cuddliest little bugger I've encountered, except for the cats I used to have.





My friends [livejournal.com profile] northernveil and [livejournal.com profile] pierson have three cats, Spooky, Sirius and Esfir. Sirius who's black and doesn't have a tail, was hard for me to get a decent picture of, he either came too close to the camera (he's extremely cuddly and curious) or melted into the shadows with his coloring that evening. Spooky is the Alpha and the oldest, she has my favorite coloring, normal grey tabby:





Esfir is the youngest and the supermodel of the lot. She is very friendly but not so cuddly, she would be very graceful, if it wasn't for her plumy tail, which tends to sweep things down.




And lastly, the brood of hairless cats, which I have posted pictures of before. They belong to my friends A and M, and they are very individualistic little gargoyles, hung up on food, due to their fast metabolism and lack of fur. The girl, Morwen is a grumpy loner, she's the smallest and very cute, she loves M and only M, but him she loves more than anything.






The guys, Urban and Oneiros are buddies and combatants, they're friendly buffoons who constantly air what they need or think they need and are eternally on the lookout for food when any human is in the kitchen.



Urban is Oneiro's dad, but nowadays they're like brothers, comparing balls and whatnot.

Date: 2009-09-28 01:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nerak-g.livejournal.com
lovelovelovelove.:)

Date: 2009-09-28 03:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Gotta love the love! ;)

Date: 2009-09-28 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
thank you for sharing all this.

Date: 2009-09-28 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
But of course, after all, your pictures brighten my days all the time.

Date: 2009-09-28 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flightviolation.livejournal.com
o the birch trees are amazing.
and KITTIES!

Date: 2009-09-28 03:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I love birches too, they're like the elves of treedom!

Date: 2009-09-28 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scowling-hermit.livejournal.com
It's lovely there...and how nice to have so many cute kitties around. :)

Date: 2009-09-28 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I've been gorging myself on a wonderful cat-safari so far, on this stay!

Date: 2009-09-28 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazip.livejournal.com
Gorgeous photos. It's starting to feel like fall here, too. The colors are not out yet, but the nights are beginning to get cool. Wonderful descriptions of cat personalities!

Date: 2009-09-28 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I love the feeling of fall, it's always been a spedial season for me, and cats, well, let's just say that I miss having cats or a dog, right now...

Date: 2009-09-28 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browniegirl322.livejournal.com
oh how lovely. i am anxious for the leaves to start falling here! They are just starting to change in bits.

Esfir is a prettier version of garfield :)

She's like his supermodel sister maybe...

Date: 2009-09-28 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Esfir is a prettier version of garfield
She is also a lot slimmer than Garfield, underneath all that fluff!

Re: She's like his supermodel sister maybe...

Date: 2009-09-28 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browniegirl322.livejournal.com
it looks like she even has blue eyes in the photos :)

Work it!

Date: 2009-09-28 03:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] toy-of-thought.livejournal.com
plumy tail -- great description!

Date: 2009-09-28 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Many things have fallen victim to the moods of that tail!

Date: 2009-09-28 04:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kejn.livejournal.com
the hairless ones really do look like little gargoyles. :)

Date: 2009-09-28 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
The first time I saw a sphinx cat, my brain wouldn't believe it was an animal, it told me it was a claymation or a special effect or something!
Edited Date: 2009-09-28 04:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-28 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berchshill.livejournal.com
Written like a true child of the media age ;)

Date: 2009-09-29 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
a child spoiled by the star wars era perhaps? :)

Date: 2009-09-28 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhvilas.livejournal.com
Awww... buddehs! :) Thanks for sharing. I've been taking pictures of the animules when I housesit for someone. It's fun to show them off.

Date: 2009-09-28 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
You should show them off more on LJ!

Date: 2009-09-28 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhvilas.livejournal.com
I've mostly been posting them on Plurk, often friendslocked. If you've got or get an account there, friend me.

Date: 2009-09-28 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lowhumcrush.livejournal.com
these are fantastic! thank you for sharing.

i adore hairless cats. they're so regal, which doesn't seem like that would be possible...

Date: 2009-09-28 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I envision temples for the hairless ones, where they yodel for food until kind priestesses feed them from giant ceramic bowls!

Date: 2009-09-28 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardek.livejournal.com
KITTY FIX!!!! thank you :)

Date: 2009-09-28 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
THERE CAN'T BE TOO MUCH FLUFF!!

Date: 2009-09-28 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berchshill.livejournal.com
Hard winter, huh? That will mean lots of kitties in my bed :)

Date: 2009-09-29 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
That's one of the main perks of a hard winter!

Date: 2009-09-29 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
All the kitties are pretty, but I love
those hairless ones. Have you ever helped
bathe one? I never have, but I definitely
think you should do it once.

(They look like they'd feel like shorn
scrotum.)

I want birch trees.

Date: 2009-09-29 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I haven't helped bathe one yet, but I have fed them and cleaned their litter boxes, because they poop TONS, since they eat so much (to keep warm). I had to feed them 4 times/day, and then shovel poop several times too. And they do kinda feel a little like scrotum *ahem* ...and yet, in spite of all this, they are *quite* charming!

Date: 2009-10-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
I noticed they're sitting on those
(unshielded) monitors. (Or maybe
they *are* shielded more in Sweden
than in the US.) They are going to
be very sad when flatscreens finally
enter the house.

Don't the poor things have sweater
vests, or a heater vent, or even a
warm water bottle for cuddles?

Date: 2009-10-02 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
They have a lot of fleece blankets and the like, thrown out in the appartment, so the kritters can crawl in under those if they get cold...

Date: 2009-09-29 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tuckova.livejournal.com
You're like Old Possum but sweeter and Swede-r.

Date: 2009-09-29 02:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
haha! I just know that the two bald guys are Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer, and there's a Rum Rum Tugger or a Macavity among them, for sure!
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