Wordless Wednesday: Finley | Seattle Cat Photo

Meet Finley. I just love this gorgeous face.

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He’ll soon be adoptable and is hanging out getting used to people at Seattle Area Feline Rescue. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

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A Cat’s Holiday Wish | Seattle Cat Photography

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, whatever you celebrate at this time of the year. And mostly, warmth and love for all those animals out there that need homes. I believe that there’s the right home out there for every one of them. Peace and love to you all!

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I took these photos of Bend just before Christmas, as he had been waiting a while to get adopted, hoping that our holiday campaign would get him noticed and that it would get him a home for the holidays. As luck would have it,  just as I was finishing processing them, Bend found a home; funnily enough, several otherBend 2 web times this has happened too, for other cats… It’s as if I’ve sent some kind of energy out there to say “Adopt this cat, his photos are almost ready!”. But here they are anyway. I’m thrilled to pieces that Bend has found a home. He had fast become a favorite of mine at the rescue, waiting far too long, in my opinion. I was so happy to see him every time I went in to the rescue and it’s always bittersweet to see a favorite cat start their new life. Wishing you a long and happy one, Bend. You beautiful boy!

 

Happy National Cat Day!

You might have heard it’s ‪#‎NationalCatDay‬. A cat probably decided that! And if you have a cat at home, your cat will tell you that EVERY day is National Cat Day. But you know that there are tons of kitties out there without homes, and don’t live great lives. So today, while I snuggle on the couch with my awesome cats, I think of all the cats, big and small, young and old, who need a lap and someone to love/adore them. It’s why I do what I do! I’m so grateful to all the amazing people in shelters and rescues and feral projects everywhere for doing what they do for these amazing creatures that bring me such joy. They bring me joy just looking at them. Now go hug your kitty (even if they hate it)….

Norris. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Norris. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography. All Rights Reserved.

Seattle Meowtropolitan Pop-Up Cat Café Event | Seattle Cat Photography

Cats and coffee.
That’s the winning combo behind cat cafés (maybe you’ve heard about this brilliant idea?) and Seattle is about to get two of them! I’m so excited…

On Valentine’s Day, one of the cat cafés that has plans to open here had a ‘Pop-Up’ Café event down at Flutter Studios in Pioneer Square, and I was invited to come and take photos (*scroll down for lots of photos), so of course I’m going to tell you all about it. When I was in London at Christmas I had plans to go and visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, London’s first cat café (but more tea there than coffee, and quite rightly so), BUT with it being the holiday season, I just couldn’t get a spot. So sad! This event was a chance for Seattle Meowtropolitan Café to do a weekend test-run and I’d say it was a success; there was definitely no shortage of people who love both a cup of local coffee as well as hanging with cool cats. Because you have to limit the amount of people that are in the space at one time, so as not to overwhelm the kitties, people had to buy $10 tickets ahead with assigned times, and they were SOLD OUT for both days that weekend. Now I know just how many cat lovers there are in Seattle; so many that there wasn’t even space for any walk-ins!! That makes me happy there’s so much kitty love swirling around…

Aside from having a coffee, the real reason to come to a cat café anywhere in the world that you may be, is CATS. Two rescues brought cats to the studio, MEOW Cat Rescue of Kirkland, and the Seattle Animal Shelter, but the kitties from MEOW mostly had the run of the place, save for upstairs where the coffee and cookies were. I’m sure the rescue was very selective about the kitties they chose to bring, to make sure they got on well together and were great around people. Along with tables and chairs set up for people, there were cat trees, cat toys to get the kitties playing, and Jennifer from The Cat Ball brought along one of her amazing, yes, you guessed it, cat balls (you can see it in a few of the photos; I so want one for my cat photography!). And although the cats couldn’t be taken home with anyone on the day, people could fill out applications for the cats that were there; I know Seattle Meowtropolitan really wants the future permanent cat café to be a haven for rescue cats and a means for helping some to get adopted.


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was also there with a table set up so you could make catnip toys for the kitties that MEOW had brought along (or others back at the rescue), or for cats at home, and I almost didn’t mention the coffee! That was provided by Seattle’s own Herkimer Coffee, and some yummy cat-shaped cookies were made by volunteers (a couple of those came home with me for my boy). I do believe that Hermiker Coffee has been chosen as the future permanent coffee roaster for Meowtropolitan.
Since I was lucky enough to spend the whole morning there, I got to spend lots of time snapping photos and getting acquainted with the cats. I think a few cats didn’t spend the whole time out (and different ones came for ‘the second shift’) but the ones that hung out to mingle were:
Suzie Q, a tabby girl, who seemed to like cuddles and investigating; a pair of kitten sisters called Holly and Ivy, that I think literally jumped around for a solid couple of hours playing with feather toys; Larson, a handsome Siamese boy, who was guarding his cat tree hideout until someone coaxed him out to play; and a medium hair tuxedo called Archie, who was happily lazing high in a cat tree for just about the whole time I was there. He was not at all bothered by all the humans…

I wish I could have stayed even longer and perhaps had a sit down with some coffee and a cat, but I left during the lunch break (both cats and volunteers needed some down time), which was actually when a news team visited to get some footage for a local news story on the event. *I wish they had come sooner because they brought a nice light with their camera (it had been quite dark in there before then, and I couldn’t use a flash, so it was a bit of a challenge getting noise-less images)! I expect that in the permanent space there will be some lovely windows through which the cats can watch the world outside go by; we all know how much cats love sitting by a window, watching birds and who knows what else… I also imagine books and newspapers, since cats love to lie on those when you’re reading them. Oh, and I’d also love to see some of my cat photography on the walls…naturally!

Judging from the success of cat cafés elsewhere (Portland already has one) and by this event alone, this combo of cats and coffee (or tea) will be a hit, and I actually do think there’s room for two such venues in Seattle. The city is known for loving its dogs but now cats might get some coffee shops to call their own. Once these cafés can get through the red tape of combining animals + food/drink (although I’ve probably eaten my fair share of cat hair in my own food, having had cats all my life…), it will be great to see where this all goes.
It really would have been interesting to hear from people who came, whether they have cats at home and are just major cat-lovers, and if they don’t have cats, maybe a cat café would be a cool place to come and hang out with kitties for a while. I’d love to hear what prompted people to come; I would imagine if I couldn’t have cats at home (like if a roommate or partner was allergic to them, or landlords didn’t allow pets), I’d just jump at the chance to hang out with my laptop and a mug of coffee for simply hours. What about you? Would you go to a cat café?

I hope this was as successful an event as it seemed to be and these cafés are indeed brought to life here in Seattle, for both cats and cat-lovers all over the city.

And I’d love to hear from you, either here or over on my Facebook page; come hang with me over there too!!

*Note: Seattle Meowtropolitan Café raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to get their venture off the ground and this was all made possible by donations made through Indiegogo. It’s great to see crowdfunding bringing great projects and dreams to life!

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Songs of Life, ‘Feels Like Home’ | Seattle Pet & Lifestyle Photography

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have a done a post for the photography blog circle I’m in but the latest song that came up for February – ‘Feels Like Home’ – really made me want to post a particular cat…this guy you see below, Scarecrow. Our blog circle (Songs of Life) centers around a song each month that serves as our theme for the images we post.

I actually had a ton of different ideas this month, and lots of things came up for me that I felt like sharing:

  • Going back to England at Christmas, which was so important for; it was just so good to be back amongst family at that time of year – the first time I had done so in 15 years (but I figured people wouldn’t want to see holiday photos in February)
  • Getting BACK home here after the holidays…I had missed my animals, and home so much, even though it was good to go away for a bit
  • The city of Seattle, because I have lived here for 20 years now, and I have a deep
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    Seattle City Skyline. Copyright K.A.Moore Photography.

    connection to it; plus I had all these mushy feelings thanks to the Super Bowl (but I figured no-one would want to hear about the Seahawks right now…too sad). Although, you should check out my city skyline shot that I took last week larger, here on Flickr.

But then I realized, after taking photos – scroll down – of a cat (surprise!) the other day, that THIS is what I needed to post. I’m always thinking so much about what home means, when it comes to not actually having a permanent home yet; being around animals that need forever homes will do that to you. You will see below that Scarecrow came to us, well, looking like a Scarecrow. When he was dropped at the police station (see file photo below), he was covered in dirt and fleas, looked yellowish-brown, was unneutered (hence his great big baseball head!), and definitely needed some major TLC. He ended up at the amazing Seattle Area Feline Rescue  and you can just see by looking at this cat, what a difference that meant.

Right now Scarecrow is in an amazing Seattle foster home and quite obviously it ‘feels like home’ for him. It’s sometimes a challenge to get a 12 year-old cat (a senior, but theoretically, middle-aged!) adopted, and so until the right person (is it you, perchance?!) comes along, that’s where he’ll be. Hanging out with other cats, playing with toys, rolling around in catnip, enjoying life inside with people that care for him and love him…life is pretty good for him now. But after his rough life so far, he deserves to always have a great home. Foster homes are literally the lifeblood of rescues and shelters because they enable animals to be rehabilitated, and re-socialized, and essentially mean more can be cared for. And the best part is that they feel like home.

So if you want to help homeless pets and can’t give money to a rescue, volunteer. If you can’t adopt another animal, you can foster! For so many rescued pets, it makes a world of difference.
*If you are in the Seattle area and want to meet this awesome cat Scarecrow, please email adoptions@seattleareafelinerescue.org

As for me, I’ll be posting info here soon about the in-home photography sessions for pets (and families) that I will be offering. I can’t wait!

Make sure to follow all the way to the end to link up with the next photographer in our ‘Songs of Life’ circle! The next link in the blog circle can be found below my images so be sure to follow the circle around!

*Please click on the images to get a better look.

Next up in this fabulous circle of amazing photographers is Sharon Spall of Sharon Spall Photography and you can find her post right HERE! She is a super talented photographer friend of mine, who I met while away at Clickaway, so it will definitely be something good…