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This is one of my parents’  cats, Jennyanydots.  She was named after one of the characters in the musical Cats.

In the musical play Cats, Jennyanydots is the old Gumbie cat who teaches the mice music, crocheting and tatting. During the day, the family thinks she is lazy because she sits around doing nothing (“She sits, and sits, and sits, and sits. And that’s what makes a Gumbie Cat…”) but when they go to sleep, she goes to work, forcing the mice to learn music, crocheting, and tatting. She even thinks the cockroaches need employment to counter their destructive habits, and so she created a beetles tattoo, teaching them how to tap dance. She is also very protective of the kittens and she will not let any of them touch Grizabella when she shows up. Jennyanydots and Skimbleshanks are often portrayed as mates.

Jenny is an outside cat.  She and the other outside cat, Patches, spend their “inside” time in the garage, but spend most of their time outside.  Patches doesn’t spend a lot of time around people, and being able to pet her is definitely a privilege.  Jenny, on the other hand, LOVES to be petted and have her ears scratched.  Whenever someone is outside, she is usually with them, soaking up the attention.

 

 


Amy

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