Behind the Scenes: The Making of “Cat Fancy” Fancy 100

Sweetie, I’ll do what you ask because I’m a professional; but the next time you tell me to “show my inner tiger”? I’ll claw your shins clean off.

Jeesh. Shin pads, Brendan M.



  1. OMG, STINKIN’ cute!!!

  2. Daphne Moss says:

    Love it when a pale kitteh, on its way through the kitteh assembly line, ends up with the leftover head or tale of a tabby. This one needs belly snorgle; I’ll take the scratches.

  3. Daphne Moss says:

    Err…I meant calico…and tail. *Needs a drink*

  4. raww 😀

  5. 260Oakley says:

    Clawdia Schniffer models the latest in ready-to-tear.

  6. Lerrinus says:

    Beautiful kitty! Great pic! 🙂

  7. Jazz hands ahoy!!

  8. kibblenibble says:

    Teach me tiger…whoa whoa whoa whoa… 😛

  9. Melissa says:

    TEH BELLEH!!! You just put your paws down and deal! I WILL SNORGLE YOUR BELLEH NOW!!! *i need a band-aid* So worth it!

  10. Fishy98 says:

    Methinks that couch will be shredded wheat in about 2 weeks.

  11. silverlin says:

    Every day I come to this site to get away from the idiocy of the world and take the lovely pictures to Dreamland with me. The comments are always enjoyed and the puns are wonderful. Tonight, not for the first time, Oakley made me laugh out loud after a day of absolutely nothing to laugh about. Thanks to all of you for a way to get back to appreciating the gifts of our animal friends.

  12. Jerilyn says:

    @Fishy98 — that’s not a couch, it’s a giant scratching post with built-in claw-tempting texture!

  13. MamaLana says:

    Thank you for the QT!!!!!!!!! So much.

  14. meoowmom says:

    the belleh made me wanna snorgle, even though kitty just might
    scratch me up but it would be so worth it, I would even
    blow on that belleh…why are kittie and puppie bellehs so
    adorables and snorgable yes it is a word snorgleable

  15. LyndaLu says:

    Oh, the belly! Oh, the face! Oh, the splayed paws! So much cuteness!!!

  16. Nicolletta says:

    Gggrrr….I’m an itty bitty ferocious kitty! Gggrrr……

  17. love, love, LOVE!

  18. *bellypoke*

  19. that’s a well-protected axis of snorgling, but it leaves the belleh totally open to attack

    i’m going in

  20. victoreia says:

    As soon as I find a distraction for those clawses, I’m goin’ for the belleh……

  21. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:


    Like, OMG, there are, like, so many, like kewl answers in the comments,
    to this pic !!! Like, TOW-tally, man.

    1) Nurse Steffie *HAS* been alerted.
    [Sp editorial note to Prongs, Wonderful Prongs: “Jazz” Hands = great hovertext!…bu’… a point of technicality…
    p’raps consider “Jazz PAWS” or “Jazz CLAWS” …for any future similarly fuzzyjazzy contenders??? Just a thought; all in luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv o’ course]

    2)Teeny tiny kitteh is “a professional” –wha??– Karate kitteh? Fuzzball?
    Snorgle Recipient? Giver of Attitude?

    3) I hereby bequeath a Cartwheel of Yippee to the following:
    *Daphne for “kitty/ kitteh assembly line”
    *Nicoletta for “Gggrrr, I’m an itty bitty ferocious kitty…Gggrrr!!”
    *Zuzzie for “bellypoke”

    and finally, the Cartwheel of Ultimate Perfection to Blair for “I’m going in”.

    Kittehs to all and to all (bellehs) a good (gentle) poke!!!


  22. OMG BELLEH!!111!11!1111!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!11!!!!!!!

    Clearly the fiercest contestant on the next season of Americas Next Top Model.

  23. Queen of Dork says:

    I would go in for the full on belleh snorgle but I fear I would have 10 front claws dug into my head and two back feet kicking me in the face. I would be a shredded head. Kitty, I back away from your scariness. *backs away*

  24. OMG THE BELLY11111111111111111111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. DogEared says:

    blurrry toebeans are just as cute as in-focus ones. and peenk nosies. and multi-colored heads. and bellehs. and…well, you get where i’m going with this. i am also imagining the tail all gray/black striped.

  26. skippymom says:

    Is ‘jazz hands’ a particularly calico thing? When my calico Chloe is resting and I approach to say hello/stroke/snorgle her, she has a habit of reaching out her arms and spreading her fingers wide. I think of it as her way of saying “I can’t be bothered to rouse myself, but I acknowledge your attentions.”

  27. 260 oakley, FTW, as usual. Though I love the other comments as well. Give me a kiss on the cheek, someone, for the cheek shall be no more… I must snorgle the belly, and let the claws fall (swipe) where they may.

  28. flutterbye says:

    Lurve teh calico toe beanz!

    260oakley, you are an ever-lovin’ riot, as usual! *snork*

  29. Lucy's Mommeh says:

    ooo, big fierce!

  30. Look at that belly! I. Must. Tickle.

  31. I had to tickle the screen, I had to!

  32. Tummy!

  33. skippymom says:

    Hey, I just remembered that one of my cookbooks has a recipe called “Calico Beans.” I’m thinking I should make some of those this weekend!

  34. Queen of Dork says:

    skippymom: May I please have a plate?

  35. skippymom says:

    Queenie, you and your daughter and Sam and Loretta–and is there somebody new in your family, seems to me you’ve mentioned somebody else a couple of times?– anyway, all y’all come to my house Monday afternoon. I’ll set the table on the patio, and we’ll have a big old bean feast. Chloe, the Calico Princess, will wear a beautiful pink gown and play hostess. After we eat, the cats can all chase each other around the yard and fight. It will be such fun! See you then!

  36. Queen of Dork says:

    skippymom: Cool! Thanks for the invite! Only one little thing…I found out where Loretta actually lives (a few houses down from me) and met her guy she lives with and found out she’s a boy and her (dang! I mean HIS) name is actually Boots! Loretta is Boots! And he still visits on a regular basis. He was just here this morning and I noticed how much he’s grown since I first met him. He’s almost bigger than SamKitty now. We’ll see you Monday afternoon. I’ll ditch work for that!

  37. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh yeah! Monday is a holiday and I’m off anyway. I forgot!

  38. skippymom says:

    Q: Ha ha, I remember you said that when “Loretta” first started hanging around, you accused Sam of having a girlfriend and he said “no way, mom, I’m not into girls”. Guess that was the truth, huh? It’s cool, my Eddy is gay too, and Francesco kind of leans that way. (snicker)
    We’ll see you Monday!

  39. skippymom says:

    P.S. Anybody else here who wants to come over Monday to nom some Calico Beans is welcome, as well. Just let me know you’re coming.

  40. Queen of Dork says:

    skippymom: I love them both. 🙂 They are wonderful cats although Boots is much more polite about asking for food. Sammie just points to clauses in his contract and makes demands. Boots is more like, “Could I please have some kibbles, Miss Stef?” I guess Sam and Boots will get along well with Eddy and Francesco. (I already told Sam about it and he’s planning to wear his silver tiara with the lavendar beads)

  41. skippymom says:

    Ooh, Eddy will be so jealous of the tiara. I’ll have to come up with something fancy for him to wear.
    What’s really funny is that Chloe, age 3, while dainty and feminine, is at the same time way tougher than all my boys put together. Eddy is all swagger and no substance, and Franny is just a ridiculous flirt. (And Skippy, of course, is a saint.) This should be an interesting party.

  42. Queen of Dork says:

    We’ll bring our catnip bubbles!

  43. muttluver says:

    I must confess that I FEEL LIKE A MONSTER!!!

    Yeah…. had that stuck in mah hed & thought maybe I’d get ta use it. I was right. Kitteh is teh fierce–tho I’d just hold two pawses in each hand & snorgle. That way no one gets hurt. But then, I’d prolly be more interesting in high-fiving the kitty.

  44. Mary (the first) says:

    The Calico Bean party sounds such fun and the guest list.. intriguing.

  45. skippymom says:

    So, Mary, will you be joining us?

  46. kibblenibble says:

    Skippymom and Q of D,
    It warms my heart to hear you discuss the personalities of your kitties with such affection. It’s good to know there are other folks out there who love their furry friends and respect their individuality as much as I do. That’s why I visit CO.
    ♥ kibblenibble

  47. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    hey skippymom– can I attend? I rather hesitate to impose, due to what my friend Ely would describe as (apply cornball accent for best effect)

    “coicumstances and situayshions”…er…um, see….see…well, um, see…

    Wha’ ha’ happen’ , wuuuuuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, see, well, like,
    –whispersDRAMATICALLY into Skippymom’s earsies–
    “I don’ have no voiture, which — en francais — means “Ah ain’ got no kinda wheels….” Kin’ somebunny gimme like, a ride, pleeeeeeez???”

    (shamefully hides behind a nearby “Shrubbery” in case a Killer Rabbit attacks)

  48. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    like, ohmigod, i’m like (*OVERLY DRAMATIC SIGH*)

    “being repressed”.



  49. skippymom says:

    Leslie, don’t worry about it. Relax and come to the bean party.

  50. 260Oakley says:

    Oh, I’d like to come to the bean party. I hear it’s going to be a gas.
    (submitted by the shadow of my 8 year old self)

  51. Hi skippymom! Can I comes too?

    I will be bringing the lovely and talented Daisy. Daisy is recovering from having a cyst (am waiting on biopsy) removed from her face 2 days ago. She has also answered the following questions for me:
    1 How long does it take for a cat to remove a cone collar? Just under an hour.
    2 If you put the collar back on and cannot remove it yourself without cutting it off, will the cat still be able to remove it? YES.

    Can we serve Ben and Jerrys for the humans? 🙂

  52. Queen of Dork says:

    Saffron: Oh, I’m wishing a speedy recovery for Daisy and hope that the biopsy determines good news.
    Oakley: Ha-ha! (I’ll bring some activated charcoal)

  53. Hon Glad says:

    Here are the claws in my contract, Mr Director.

  54. I need to invest in falconer’s gloves before attempting to pet that kitten tummy…

  55. Queen of Dork says:

    Here’s a groovilicious song for Caturday.

  56. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:



    (didja notice/ “translate” that one from HG, Q?)

  57. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    skippymom– if I don’t yet have a Ragdoll cat or kitten yet
    (actual breed, peeps — I’m NOT mainlining Raggedy Ann/ Andy Books tonight)

    whose name WILL be Nutmeg — I’ve already submitted the necessary documentation to SK over at QoD’s house….

    can I bring a Proxie and Prosh stuffy-doll kitty as a standin??

    And, hey, does anybody have any Sandalwood Catnip??

  58. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    I”M GONNA DIE RIGHT NOW AGAIN THIS comment above is ALSO under moderation WTF

    (sorry CO BUT JEEZ ya”ll know that I’m stringently against even boob jokes and such exactly how counter cute are my posts????)

    I love Skippymom and Hon Glad and numerous others but I’m really pretty frustrated cause I don’t even think there’s anything REMOTELY convtroversial in EITHER of my two comments which are now BOTH “UNDFR moderation”.

    The first one has been listed that way, since apprx 8 HOURS AGO????and now this one too.

    maybe ya’ll should just discontinue allowing humans to comment until you’ve previewd each comment one by one.

    At least then I wouldn’t feel singled out of what is generally supposed to be fun chatter.

  59. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    ps q ye’re right that is a very groovy song choice by a groovy lounge singer.

  60. Mod-in-Training says:

    Hey… sorry you got hung up in the mod queue. It’s hard to say why some posts get flagged. We try to catch a variety of offenses, not all of them offensive. There has been some whispering about changing the system. Again, longer posts with nontraditional spelling increase your chances of being flagged. As for the 8 hour wait, its a holiday weekend here in COville and it’s really tricky leaping up from hammocks without spilling our juleps. Phew. Oops! There goes the timer! Nap time!

  61. Oh my garshk!

  62. PS: IMO, Mr. Jones’s finest hour:

  63. PS, All CO peeps are hereby forbidden to “act your age, not your show size.” 😛

  64. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    ok, i guess i’ll climb down off my soapbox now (UFTA)

    In the meantime, let’s hold a poll. And I suggest that each respondent indicate which version of the song he/she enjoys most. I also suggest each respondent indicate “my age is less than/ more than yrs old”. Human years, in human #’s; no formulas of cat or dog years or Vulcan years.

    If CO doesn’t “moderate” (aka “repress”) this comment from me,
    I suggest that we vote comparing Tom Jones’ doing that song,
    with Prince’s cover of the song.To wit:

    PS: I hope that my link will successfully play TAFNAP,
    singing the same song that Theresa linked with a Tom Jones cover.

    Here is an example entry:
    “Hello. I’m Larry. This is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother, Darryl.
    I am more than 20 years of age. I prefer the Tom Jones clip (altho I must say in all diplomacy that) I really do enjoy BOTH versions. ”

    “Let the games begin!!!”
    (Cue the theme song for the Olympics programming, NBC)

  65. Look at her little face. She’s all like, “Go ahead… try and touch my tummy.”

  66. Queen of Dork says:

    Good morning, Peeps! Of course I realize it’s not morning to everypeep as some live in parts of the planet where morning has already slid into daytime. But it’s morning here and when I saw the sun come up this song popped into my head and I thought I would share it with other people for whom it’s morning right now. (It’s stuck in my head so…share the love!) 🙂 I actually thought John Denver sang this song but turns out it’s Cat Stevens. Learn something new every day. Even at my advanced age!

  67. Queen of Dork says:

    In all of the craziness and uncertainty and corruption and theft and pain, at least we can always count on the sun to rise in the East and set in the West every day. 🙂

  68. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:


    I only left you two more emails in the past 10 minnits…..

    (are you in Car 54?)


  69. @ONYD, I intended no elevation of Mr. Jones over Mr. Nelson, as they both represent great awesomeness. I do like both versions very much. But the Tom Jones/Art of Noise version does represent, IMO, a kind of transcendant post-modern moment of quintessential, self-referential Tom Jonesness.

    Here is more greatness INSPIRED by the genius of Tom Jones:

  70. PS Instead of having a regular sleazy bachelor party, my brother and his buddies went to Vegas to see Tom Jones. THIS is the regard in which we hold him in my family. 😛

  71. Queen of Dork says:

    Hi Theresa! Happy Memorial Day weekend! I’ve just finished watching a sad movie so I have to go wash the tear tracks off my face now. I hope you and Dante are super well!!! 🙂

  72. 😈 That kitty is just asking for some major belly snorgling 😈 Grab back and front feet of kitty and just snorgle, snorgle, snorgle 😈

  73. tentwolfette says:

    My Romeo would say I likes this kittie Mom

  74. blukutuk meong meong