Sunday, September 24, 2023

Calico and Tortie Cats Autumn Slideshow - featuring YOUR cats!

Click on the above link to see YOUR fur-balls from yesteryear!

How about a scenic trip down memory lane to see a CALICO and TORTIE slideshow...made way back in 2017 and featuring YOUR cats! Amongst the many stars are CALISTA JO, Mudpie, Miss City, Harley, Bandit, Lily Olivia, Pixie, Paisley, Ruby, Zoey...

 We love this year and feel it was especially made for US! Just look at the way the autumn colors blend with our calico and tortie shades.  Anyway, please enjoy this little show in which you will see many cat faces you know very well!  We are joining Cat on My Head’s Sunday Hop today!

Sunday, July 16, 2023

The Lazy Crazy Days of Summer - Slideshow

A BLAST FROM THE PAST!  Thought we’s show our Summer Slideshow from yesteryear...many of YOUR cats are in. it!  It’s been pretty quiet this summer...time to reflect on the times we had in the past~!

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Winners of the Red White and Blue Patriotic Cats Contest on Fine Art America

We often think of ourselves as the only cats in the whole world, but our human often “brings us down to earth” by paying attention to OTHER CATs, particularly in the artistic world.  I know...hard to believe she could stop thinking of US so often isn’t it?

Well this week she was “taken over” by the patriotic spirit and hosted a contest for her fellow artists on Fine Art America.  The images which follow are from the talented ARTIST WINNERS of that contest and their creative cats!  Without further ado, we present...”THE WINNAHS!”

1st Place:  Marilyn DeBlock's winning entry “Patriotic Kitty,”  is an adorable cat, holding a flag and created in AI from one of her own photos.  Marilyn, a talented 
photographer-artist retired from a corporate career, often photographed events for her company newspaper.  She now specializes in beautiful photography & art of flowers, nature & pet photography and her company, “Picture This” creates awesome greeting cards.

2nd Place:  Debra Kewley’s entry, “Patriotic Kitties”  our second place winner, features four way-too-cute-kittens, enmeshed in an American flag.  Debra is a passionate nature photographer & artist who lives to create fun & colorful digital, AI & mixed. media artwork.  Her photos were featured in many publications and she’s a frequent award winner in Fine Art America contests. She lived in Florida for many years and now resides in Colorado.

3rd Place (tie) Charles Pace - our 3rd place winner’s creative entry was an extreme close up of a beautiful white cat with the American flag reflected in her blue eyes!  Charles, an illustrator, artist & designer is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston and has had a long career including advertising, theme park design and film.  

3rd Place (tie):  Louise Lavallee’s entry, “Pat the Cat” is an AI creation of a large cat sitting proudly on a pedestal with an American flag nearby.  Obviously this cat knows about “domination!”  Louise is an artist/painter who lives in Montreal and especially loves creating book and CD covers, using her own photography as inspiration.

Our human, Carol, created links to these fine individuals’ art pages on Fine Art America, if you would like to check out more of their art.  We all do sell our artwork through this site, and the images are available as prints, pillow, and many other home items and wearables.
Carol’s FineArt America address is

You might wonder why there are no picture of US in this post, or of Carol’s own Fine Art work.  Well, you will find that in our accompanying Fourth of July post on the same day.   We object to having “other cats” admired, but, well, its all in the name of A-R-T!

We are joining the Caturday hop, Sunday and Monday hops, in honor of this Independence Day occasion!

Your truly,

Peaches & Paprika
Calico cats of Distinction who have graciously given up the spotlight to others in the name of Art

Mom Carol’s Cat Creations

Do I look happy about it here?

 We tried to stop her, but she would have none of it.  Yes, OUR Mom Carol insisted on creating portraits of cats other than ourselves.  We no longer have the control of her we used to and she truly went AWOL this week, with the project.  She even held a contest for red, white and blue cats on Fine Art America.  

She DID finally agree to INCLUDE pictures of us in her Patriotic Collection, but we had to threaten to wake her up daily at 4am for her to agree to this.

But, IS the day before her birthday...I guess we’ll cut her alittle slack. This time.

Here are the “other cats” she created, along with some enhanced pictures of US!

This is Mr. Americat.  Actually, he’s very handsome with those red and blue eyes.  Paprika wants a date with him but I’ve got first dibs! - Peaches the cat

Mr. Americat

Here is “IVAN INDEPENDENCE.”  He DOES cut a fine figure doesn’t he, with that wavy red bow.  He is, however, our SECOND choice as “boyfriend.

Ivan Independence

HOWEVER, There IS some competition. Her. name is “Mrs 4th of July." Look at this stuck up cat with her “over the top” tail.  She thinks she’s hot stuff, with blue eyes and swirly rear end, but we bet she’s never even caught a mouse!

Mrs 4th of July

No sooner did we recover from encountering “Mrs 4th of July,” when another stuck-up female popped up into our line of vision...:”Ms. Red, White and Blue.”  We think she has a long way to go, thinking all she has to do is wear those overly blue heart-shaped glasses.  We bet they cover up a HANG-OVER! 

Ms. Red, White & Blue

Well, there is one cat-dream who came along to make this little exercise totally worthwhile.  His name, Sweet Sandy Ameri-cat, reflects the real gentleman he is,  and look at that cute little beret.  No attitude here! Paprika and I will have to fight over him.

Sweet Sandy Amiri-Cat

Our last (unwelcome) visitor is one we both fear - her name is FIREWORKS FANNIE, and she heralds what we all fear and dread...the boom boom noises and flashing lights which terrify her.  But Our human assures us we will be SAFE even when she’s around.

Last but absolutely not least are some pawe-some pictures of me and Paprika.  Maybe we’re not as “outrageous” as those “other” cats but we can hold our own...and we’re in it for the long haul!

Me, Myself and I...Peaches the Cat

And Paprika can also hold her own.  Look at that beautiful red chair she found to sit on.  She does look alittle dazed though, from all the action...

Last but not least, our human added insult to injury and created a little video of this “other cats.” If you’re not tired of looking at them. yet, there’s always the video! 

Love, Carol, Peaches, Paprika, and all the other Catriotic Cats of Independence Day

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Cat World Domination Day- How we Rule our Household

 This is the day where the fact we cats RULE THE WORLD is honored.  Of course, we rule the world every day and certainly our household for sure!  We designate mealtimes, places to hang out and much, much more.  

PEACHES THE CAT’S POST:  Why just yesterday, I decided that lying on the desk on top of my human’s papers was the perfect place to rest my beautiful furs.  She was just using the computer, so why shouldn’t I sit on the desk below the computer?  My thought was that my human should be delighted to have my company.  She’s always telling me how gorgeous I am, does she mean it or not?  When she protested she NEEDED those papers to work on the computer, I rolled over on my back, exposing my beautiful white furs (second to none)  and she forgot all abut the stupid computer.  Just another example of how I RULE...

--Peaches the Cat

PAPRIKA THE CAT’S POST:  A good example of how I rule is this:  When my human is at the computer, I jump on the back of her tall chair REGULARLY, and then descend from there to her lap.  It would be boring just to crawl on her lap, any cat can do THAT.  My more dramatic way of arriving through the air should be tried by all cats.  Not only is there an element of SUPRISE, it is hard for my human to remove me from her shoulder during my skilled descent.

-- Paprika the cat

and now we ask:  how do YOU show your humans how you dominate and rule the household?

We are joining Athena the Cat GODDESS for a little creative hop or two.

Friday, June 9, 2023

In Memory of Raz - of the Friends Furever Blog

Even though Raz of the Friends Furever blog has departed for The Rainbow Bridge & been honored, we also wanted to write this tribute because he was an active purr-ticipant on the Peaches & Paprika Facebook page since 2017!  It’s only right we should share our treasured memories with you. What a cool guy he was!

Highlights of Raz:   Activities you may not know about

He was a prize winner in our yearly “Os-kat” awards for cat-ti-tude and our Cat House contest, Gotcha Day celebration, Kitty Dad Day, Kitty Mama Day, Cowboy Events and more!  He will be missed!

We would like to show you pictures of our friend Raz at these events.  We think you’ll enjoy seeing them! (By the way, he always was a true gentleman!)

Catmas 2017

The earliest picture we found of Raz is celebrating the holiday of Catmas. You’ll notice that though there are fascinating objects in front of him, he restrains himself from exploring & pouncing on them. 
It can’t have been “easy.  What a cat! 

Kitty Dad Day - 2018

Mom Sharon supplied this delightful photo of Raz looking very small next to her beloved late husband.  She could probably tell us the year to which this goes back.

November 2018:  1st Prize Winner in Best Cat Tree Contest  

Shortly before the Christmas Holidays, we held a contest on “Best Cat Tree” AND “Best USE” of one’s Cat Tree."  Though Raz’s cat tree didn’t win,  Raz himself won first prize in a special category:  “most creative use of cat tree.” As you can see his artful position, and outstretched white foot with visible toes says it all!

February 2019:  Love Cats Celebration (Valentines)

Raz is looking quite dapper in his new red hat, red heart ornament and and even asking for contacts via text with his “heart” request!

May 2019: Kitty Mama Day

When we put together a fur-ball slideshow of kitties and their cat moms, Mom Sharon was one of the first to respond and sent me this adorable picture of herself communing with  the man of the hour. He looks pretty fond of her!


February 2020 - Valentines Day

Roz was a big hearts and flowers guy, as you can see when he celebrated yet another “Love Cats” Day with us.  Although he might be giving “mixed messages with those big hearts he’s displaying!

October 2020 - Meowleen Parade

Raz became a pirate when he purr-tipated in our Meowleen Parade in 2020. You may wonder why this handsome fellow didn’t participate in all of our Meowleen events. that’s because he had household competition!  Mom Sharon had to “share the wealth” and she sometimes selected his housemate Noelle for  our shows.  Isn’t he a cute pirate though?

“CAT-MATCH!” February 2020 

This was our show of shows with 25 “couples” and 50 purr-ticipants. Why shouldn’t there be “cat couples?”  Each cat submitted his or picture and main interests and activities.  They were then 

presented with their most “appropriate match.”  Lucky Raz won the 
hand of gorgeous Sophie, a high-spirited calico with compatible interests!  Their quirks and “ideal date” are described in their poster.

April 2021 - The “Os-kat” Awards - Raz wins “Cattitude” Prize!

During the Covid era, we spiced up some evenings by giving “cat-titude” and other talent awards on Oscar night to our “Os-kats.” As you can see from this photo, this Cattitude prize is well deserved - just look at those ears! 

July 2022 - “Day of the Cowboy” Event  

We sometimes create a country & western slideshow with fur ball “stars" to commemorate this whimsical July cowboy holiday.   Each cat gets a new“Outlaw” name to add fun to the event.  It's obvious that Rebel-Rousing Raz was a cooperative purr-ticipant.

December 2022 - “Mew Year” Painted Cat show

It’s so fun to see your fur-balls look completely different for their “Mew Year’s Party.”  White cats become pink, black cats become red and green...anything can happen!  As you see, our handsome Raz has turned “gold” (with a little turquoise lighting) to join in the festivities.


What can we say?  Raz was not only part of the blogging community, he was an integral part of our community on the Peaches and Paprika page.  Some of our fur-balls and their humans like Sharon & Raz have been with us many years so he is a family member to us!  We will grieve and miss him, our heart goes out to fur-mom, Sharon.  But we SO much wanted to show you what he was up to, having a blast in our shows.  Busy guy!  He will be missed by many!

If you’ve gotten this far, thank you for sharing our colorful memories of Raz.  We will be participating in The Cat on My Head Sunday Blog Hop and The Cat Blogosphere blogs this weekend.

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Happy Double Hug--Your-Cat Day


Two for the price of one!  How lucky is our human to have TWO of us to love and hug.  We wanted to do this hug thing all day but, alas she said she had to run errands also.  Still, we got a good part of the morning!

Mom Carol & Paprika

As you’ll notice, we both like to rest our furs on her chin and cheek.  I think we must have learned this somewhere before we knew her when we were just kittens.

Our human surmises we were brought up by very affectionate people and that’s why we’re so loving.  How those initial humans could have loved us so and then deserted us at a kill shelter is beyond our understanding, and our human wonders about that to this day.  We actually lived in 3 different shelters for a YEAR when we were very young, before she found us, scooped us both up and took us home.


But lucky us and lucky human, we all are together now for more than 10 years enjoying these double hugs!

Will YOU find a cat to hug today?

Signed, Peaches and Paprika

Monday, May 29, 2023

9th Annual Rainbow Memorial show


Rainbow Memorial Slideshow!  Can’t believe this is our 9th annual.  since we now have this show on a playlist, the older shows will start playing automatically may or may not want to listen.

Bloggers included this year were Manx News (Ping) 15 and Meowing (Emmy) and Fur Everywhere (Carmine).

Even though Mom Carol made the show (with out help of Course), she still cries every time she watches it!  (Click on link to see!)

9th Annual Rainbow Memorial Show

Friday, May 5, 2023

Happy Cinco de Mayo


Hola to all!  We are off to imbibe in alittle CAT-TEELA! That’s beet juice laced with catnip and its Devine!  We hope you fur-balls will be patient if your humans take a nip or two, even!  They may even prefer it to the human equivalent, tequila!

Whatever you do, wishing you much joy on this day.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

Happy Earth Day to our friends

Good morning, Paprika here!  

We have always believed strongly in sustaining the earth and wish to honor this special day.  However my sister Peaches, here, as usually has gotten carried away.  She does this often - its good to have a sane cat in the household like myself...

-- Paprika the cat

Friday, March 17, 2023

Stl Catrick’s Day Video 2023

 Sharing our special St. Catrick’ Day 2023 videos to you. CLICK on the green link to see the show.  Enjoy! 


Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Green Cat Contest Winners for St Catrick’s Day


Well, our human has “slipped out of the house again and was seen VISITING OTHER CATS!

This time (and we think she went too far) she insisting on starting  a contest for GREEN CATS (the nerve) for St. Patrick’s Day on her Art site, Fine Art America.  Over 80 cats entered (WE didn’t, cuz we are not nor ever will be green) and or human was very excited when she announced the winning cats.  We agreed  -- for St. Catrick’s only - to let her feature these talented artists and their, er, cats...because they were VERY popular and got more votes than any of the other cats.  We have to admit they are pretty fan-cat-ic!


1st place:  MATTHIAS HAUSER, “St. Patrick’s Day Cat

Matthias, our first place winner is a talented photographer from Waldenbuch, German, who loves to show the beauty of our world with the help of a creative eye. 

His work has been published in German and international magazines and he is also a passionate painter in the field of digital art and fractals.

2nd Place:  DENISE F. FULMER, “The Green Cat for St. Pat’s”
Create with Dream Wombo

Denise, who lives in South Carolina, is a long time artist and, though impaired with Parkinsons, continues to pursue her art with various apps including Dream Wombo, with which she created this 2nd place winner.  

She currently likes to draw cartoons as well, and has created numerous videos.  Her vision is romantic, whimsical and spiritual and she (of course) especially loves animals.

Vladimir Frolov - “The Green Cat”

Vladimir is from Moscoe and specializes in drawing and painting people and animals in an uncomplicated but powerful style.  Among his many colorful painted cats are orange, pink & blue cats with complementary backgrounds which are dramatic in their impact.


Well, those are the winners of the GREEN CAT CONTEST! 

If you want to visit their sites to see more of their work, all three artist links are above.

Fine Art America also has a wonderful collection  of COLORFUL CAT ART which you can access by clicking on this link!

And while you’re there:  here’s OUR link, cuz we KNOW you’ll want to visit Mom Carol’s Fine Art America gallery too! Mom Carol's Colorful Cats!

This gallery she did is called “colorful cats.”  Once in a’ll even see US!

Well, we hope you’ll give us plenty of credit for sharing the spotlight today (which we you know we hate to do!). But these other talented artists and their cat creations do deserve kudos..and we’re not too snooty to admit it.  

But now we’re going to snatch our human back and imprison her in the house with us because she owes us alot of petting, brushing and tuna for being “unfaithful & for straying and admiring cats who are not US!  Right? Right?

We are joining Athena & Maries CATURDAY HOP today so you’ll have a chance to view the special “green cat winners” so timely for St. Catrick’s Day...a holiday we ALWAYS honor!

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Bloggers Orange Cats’ Yesteryear St. Paddy Slideshow

 A St. Catrick’s Day BLAST FROM THE PAST!  When I saw how many of your beautiful orange kitties were featured in this slideshow, I knew I had to play it again...though you may (and I did) have to get the Kleenex out, as a great number of these orange beauties are with us only in our hearts...


Joining Cat On My Head’s Sunday hop!

Love, Carol, Peaches & Paprika

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Celebrating "National Fairy Tail Day" - Little Red Peaching Hood


As you can see, I have quite a tale, er "tail" to tell.  It's National "Tell A Fairy Tale" Day only they should have entitled it correctly, as in my title!  Every cat likes to know their tail I noticed.

Well my story is this:  I was ALL dressed up in my "LITTLE RED PEACHING HOOD" costume to celebrate the day.  I got let out for a change and went exploring in the woods.  Well after a little prowling, I became cold, since it's February and went to warm my TAIL - and white paws (not shown above). 

I found a cozy cabin in the woods. Purr-fect, I thought. I went inside and saw what looked like a kindly old lady cat so I approached.  Oh NO!  This creature was not kindly at all!  And her TEETH...very sharp and pointed.  I knew I had to get out of there.  In fact I think I recognized her.  Check out the picture above if you haven't already....

Oh NOoooo.......that "grandma" probably wants to try out those teeth on me...gotta get out of there....

If you'd like to know more about this national fun holiday, click the Tell A Fairy Tale Day link!

Today we are joining Cat On My Head's Sunday hop!

PS: We are having trouble commenting on some of the blogs lately, esp Wordpress but will do our best! Wishing you a blessed day!

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Five Free Ways to Celebrate LOVE YOUR PET Day!

 Early Celebration of "Love Your Pet" Day

Five free ways to celebrate...

LOVE YOUR PET DAY! (Tomorrow) . We decided to celebrate this im-purr-tant day EARLY by featuring ME! I have been known to "hold hands" (paws) on many occasions with my human. In turn she lets me show off my jelly bean pads. What will YOU do to show L-O-V-E to your pet today & tomorrow?

What are five ways to show "love" to your beloved fur-ball!

1) Don't hold back on the treats! You have some? Today's the day.

2) Give your cat a new paper bag! Cut two holes out of it. Catnip inside! You can also dangle feathers outside the "little windows" for a new game.

3) Give your cat a loving brushing!

4) Tell your cat something new you like about him/her. Chances are good they'll understand!

5) Bring out their favorite food. Tuna is ours!

PS from Paprika:  

There is no reason my sis-fur Peaches should get all the glory on this day. Feast your eyes on THIS picture featuring yours truly! -- Paprika the cat

PPS: Time to make a plan! How will YOU & your fur-balls celebrate this day?

Today we are joining the Cat on My. Head's Sunday Hop. Hello to al our Fur-ball Friends!

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Creative Colorful Cat Contest Winners


So here's what happened:  Our adventurous human was not satisfied with US!  She had to go
adventuring in OTHER PLACES where she met OTHER CATS and their humans.  Thought as her real live house cats we don't approve of such venturings, there is nothing we can do about it.  We hereby grant her the floor....for Caturday only!

Full disclosure: Our creative human has an artist site on Fine Art America where she displays her artwork of not only cats, but other pets, landscapes, flowers, seascapes and much much more. In Fine Art America, there are contests, a place to showcase and sell one's art work and networking with other artists.


Last month our human held a CONTEST for creative and colorful art creations of cats. There were an astonishing number of entries. She planned to feature one cat but FIVE cats/humans tied for FIRST with the most votes.  Here are the talented winners (not necessarily in order of winning). We are placing their web links as well if you want to check out more of their talented work.


Eva Lechner, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, Debra Kewley, Deborah League, Tatiana Travelways.


Eva Lechner's Portrait of a Siamese cat

Eva is a professional photographer from Germany with a special in nature, birds, animals and wildlife.  This gorgeous cat named Indigo inhabited a B & B in Alaska which Eva visited & the detail is wondrous. Eva writes:  I started photographing when I was 12 and since then its been my greatest Iove and passion."

Susan Maxwell Schmidt and her cat creation: ELECTRA

Susan writes: "I'm an animal person through and through."  Re cats:  "There is just something so elegant and even a little mysterious about cats that I just can't resist depicting them in all their sophisticated glory. "

Susan, who lives in Pennsylvania, also uses many digital apps collected through time & creates many of her masterpieces on an iPad.

She is an accomplished artist in many other areas: another favorite creative outlet is designing & crocheting contemporary knitwear.

Debra Kewley and her creation:  CAT IN A HAT

Debra writes:  "I love bringing a cat to life with my digital art!  Splash painting is featured in this digital cat and its colorful hat.  Deborah who lived many years in Florida, specialized in gorgeous seascapes and other beautiful scenes (including animals) & more recently in digital art. She's in the process of moving to Colorado where "the mountains are calling!" We can't wait to see more of her work.

Deborah League's creation:  GALAXY CAT

Deborah writes:  "While my subject varies, my inspiration is always the same:  COLOR - and the way it makes me feel.  From soft and muted to vibrant and everything in-between, color ... is a way to preserve memories, ...and even evoke sounds and tastes."

What a fitting statement for a winner of a "colorful and creative cat" contest! Deborah, who lives in Delaware, has made some dramatic and exciting explorations into the world of digital art, including many cat portraits, and her spectacular Galaxy Cat --with its blue predominance an myriad other glimmering colors--says it all.

Tatiana Travelways' creation: COLORFUL CAT

Tatiana,, has created a beautifully modern creative cat portrait, however, as the last name suggests, she focuses on documenting the many different and colorful places she's traveled with her art work, specializing in digital.  South America, both American Coasts and Europe represent only a few of the places she's visited and painted.

Tatiana currently lives in Las Vegas.  


We certainly hope you've enjoyed these portraits of OTHER CATS because hereafter, we intend to keep a tighter leash on our human, so she doesn't escape, go adventuring outside and...well, you get the drift!


We're joining the Caturday Art Hop with Athena Cat Goddess and her faithful Human, Marie.

Athena Cat Goddess Caturday Art Hop and also the Sunday Blog Hop with The Cat On My Head.