Gallery: Ava

Name: Ava
Location: Redcliff, Alberta

Ava is a meankitty

If those kids would quit watching so much TV and bring me home venison and bear to eat, like the good ole days, we wouldn't have these issues. They need to toughen up!

What makes Ava so mean?

For 15 years my 25-lb. white longhaired cat, Ava, terrorized every neighborhood in which we lived. She loved to lie in wait at the end of the hall, snagging unwitting visitors by the ankle. If I went away, the neighbors’ boys had to put on hockey pads in order to feed her.

When we lived in Ashcroft, British Columbia, teenaged boys used to bring their friends to my home and say, “I dare you to walk past that cat.” One young man, awaiting entry into the Canadian Armed Forces, called to me, “Help, Kay, help!! Ava won’t let me out of your bathroom!!”

Submitted by: Kay

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6 Responses to “Gallery: Ava”

  1. Sharon says:

    Have to say, I’ve seen this photo several times, and it looks like a Renoir painting.

  2. Meankitty says:

    A particular painting?? Or just LOOKS like one…?

  3. Sharon says:

    No particular painting. But Ava’s white fur in particular looks like it was painted by Renoir — or at least, an Impressionist — and I seem to recall that those paintings often had patterned upholstery, curtains, etc. — probably that was the decor back then. I’m no art historian or art expert, but that’s what it looked like to me: a white cat on a sofa in a painting by Renoir.

  4. Sharon says:

    Ava’s “pose” is also Impressionist-y: the fact that she’s mostly a bundle of fur in subtly differing shades with just the slits of eyes. Impressionists were more into painting light than form — or, I guess, wanted light to lead form — and so that’s just the kind of cat fur Renoir would have loved to paint.

  5. Sharon says:

    You can google Renoir + cat(s) and do images to see actual Renoir paintings that include a cat or cats. Ava would fit right in.

  6. zoe byler says:

    lol cute cat