Posted by: vmlay | November 3, 2009

Cats on Tuesdays — MacKayla the Empress


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I found this picture this morning as I was digging through some old files.  My daughter is three years old here, but I just love the look on MacKayla’s face.

Alex 3-06

MacKayla the Empress (aka Charge Card) is one of the funniest cats I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing — she’s a furry ball of contradictions.  She has to know what is going on at all times, she’s nosy beyond belief.  That quote about curiosity and the cat — it was written about MacKayla!  She keeps close tabs on all activity going on around the house and inspects every visitor who walks through the door — she even goes through their purses if they leave them where she can get to them.  Many times I have found her buried in someone’s purse or bag up to her whiskers 🙂

Because the kids tend to be so busy with “stuff” MacKayla can usually be found keeping an eye on whatever they are doing.  She is especially fond of Alex, as you can see from the picture above.  She has always let Alex carry her around, hug and love on her, even dress her up.   She has been the most patience of cats.  Which I find interesting because she is most certainly not patient with anyone else.  Anyone who tries to hold her gets “yelled” at most ferociously (“put me down this instance you cretin!”) and really you can’t even pet her very long before she gets upset (“you’re messing up my fur, can’t you see that!”).  She is most definitely a cat that prefers to be admired from a distance.  Except for Alex who can get away with almost anything!  She’s not quite so patient with my son, probably because Mac has a harder time being “gentle”.  But even with him she tries to be more tolerant and I often find her sleeping with him at night, purring contentedly.

And every night at bedtime, when we read books together, MacKayla is right there with us.  She sits on the bed and purrs and headbutts the kids to make sure they are paying attention to both her and the book.

She’s a quirky little cat but we love her a lot and she is a favorite character in the “stories” that the kids make up about our pets — she often travels to Paris for the fashion shows, with her butler and chauffeur of course 🙂



  1. She doesn’t look so little on the picture, lol ! what a nice description of her ! some cats are really special, My first cat loved to go shopping with me, when she was little she sat on my shoulder and later she waited in my car ! She followed me everywhere and also walked on a leash. Now I have Rosie with her Mousies and Arthur who is a natural clown !

  2. This is a lovely picture – happy Aex hugging MacKayla the Empress – full of warmth and happiness.

  3. Now that’s really interesting that Alex is allowed to do whatever she wants. What a darling picture!

    Cats crack me up!

  4. My cat does not like that I had kids! she figures she owns the place.

  5. So cute!

  6. MacKayla looks like a real character – and what an expression! Love teh way they are natural managers.

    Target my cat is out of the office as he had an accident this week but he should be back on duty soon…

  7. ah what a beautiful little smile, and the cat seems to lomove her and havin pic took too lol bless

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  8. This is a wonderful picture! I absolutely love it! MacKayla ia a big cat! And she looks so relaxed and at home in your daughter’s arms sitting like that! It makes me laugh every time I look at the photo!
    I have had a few cats who love sitting in my pocketbooks or bags and one who liked to paw through all of the things I had in my bags. Cats are so funny with their different & unique personalities. MacKayla sounds like a real people cat, she likes to be around your family and be a part of the action.

    We have a neighborhood cat named Bob who comes by for food and a nap several times a day. He is about the same size as MacKayla, maybe a little bigger and is pale orange and white with big blue eyes. Bob and MacKayla would look great together!

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