As I said in my original posting, I have married into a little "family" consisting of my wife and her 2 cats...
Photos of the 2 adorable charges are attached...
The close up is a rather tubby one called "Mama Cat"; the black & white one is called "Missy Mae Mae".
I did not make up these names.
The younger (B&W) one is the "daughter", for lack of a better term, of the large orangish one.
Don't let their cuteness beguile you, dear viewer. The cats despise me. Even the one with her head on my Levi's in the close up. That cat BIT ME IN THE FACE 2 days before an interview for a six-figure job. Really.
My wife was unsympathetic.
Do they look normal? I mean, do cats have "expressions" on their faces that can be read?
The older (orangish) one is maybe 5 and the B&W one is about 3; the litter was hatched in the neighbor's basement window well in winter. My wife was the beneficiary of the Mama Cat and 6 (count 'em...6) kittens, 5 of which were given away to friends of hers. Thank God.
Due to the Mama Cat's exposure, she has only about 4 inches on tail protruding from her rear end. Frostbite got the rest; she seems no worse off for it, though.
The B&W one is not neglected...the dark spot on her nose is not, in fact, a cat-booger or injury. It is pigmented that way, permanently, like a tattoo. Just sayin'.
Those are my new "step-children".