May 20, 2010
Kat says: My first kitty lived to be 18 years old. After she died, I said no more kitties! I love them but didn't want the responsibility. My friend is a foster mom for kittens and they were always so cute and adorable, but I knew I didn't want another kitty and I remained strong in the face of endless available kittens. THEN my neighbor brought home a kitten "for me." I said NO. Then a few days later, I was over at her house and little Torritt kitty walked out to say hello. I told her, "Well, maybe I'll just borrow him for the afternoon..." By the end of the day he had a name, a litter box, and food, and there was no turning back.

When coming up with a name, I wanted something unique and art related because I'm an artist. There is a color of grey oil paint made from recycled pigments called Torritt Grey. It seemed like the perfect name. Torritt loves to hunt. His first catch was a huge blue jay, which luckily got away. Since then there have been three or four little mice, various lizards (he LOVES lizard tails and will play with them for a good week in the house), moths, flies, etc. He spends days down the street in the scrub on a hillside. Sometimes I'll go to "pick him up." He's beyond a fence so I can't actually get to him, but if I call, he'll often come and is always super sweet when he does. Then we'll walk the block back home together. So I have a new cat and no regrets. He has been wonderful company for me and a wonderful muse for my artwork.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Kat Miner
Kat is a California-based professional photographer and visual artist; please visit her Web site SeE ThiNgs DiFferenTLy to see her beautiful work

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Auriga -
Auriga
*pounce* aww.. nice way to get named too!!
Gina -
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A handful of cuteness. It's understandable you would not resist that face, and paws, and everything...
Amy -
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Amy
Changed my vote 2 times. This kitten is precious!
SnowsMama -
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SnowsMama
I just love this face! I know what you mean about not wanting another cat after loosing one you have had forever. I felt the same way, but they just keep sneaking into my heart and I can never say "No!"
wolfgirl66 -
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wolfgirl66
All of these pictures are forever beautiful!
Smooch -
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Smooch
I can see how hard it would have been to say no to this cutie! Torritt is just gorgeous. I have some photos of my cats looking up at me like this and they always melt my heart. I love all the photos and just wish I could meet this kitty in person as he's just adorable!
Smooch -
Smooch
And more cats and kittens on your website - how much can a girl take in one day, lol! Gorgeous, kitty overload!
Clark -
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I will eat your nose. Yes I will.
Kayli -
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Kayli
Of course you couldn't resist this precious little one! I couldn't either!!
Jackie -
Jackie
He is adorable. I can easily see why you fell in love. Love his name too, something really original. Happy home to you two.
lisaboese -
lisaboese
Don't mean to be a busybody, but you might try keeping him indoors; I just lost a beloved male cat, who was a roamer, to coyotes!!!!
Lorich -
Torritt Grey is simply beautiful! Love grey cats.
docsquid -
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docsquid
I can see why you couldn't let him go - he is gorgeous!
mma -
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mma
Torritt is just precious; no wonder you had to have him, or rather, he had to have you!
Patricia C. -
They have a special way to enter our hearts :-)
Kitty Katty Mom -
She is absolutely beautiful !!
jtsagen -
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jtsagen
Looks like Kitty found a wonderful home, how sweet.
Reg -
Oh my heavenly sweetness!!
boodie -
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boodie
awww lookit the little toe beans... so cute.
Natthecat -
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Natthecat
Dear Kat--I loved your story. It made me cry, because I went through much the same thing. The heart breaks but it repairs itself. Takes time and a new love like Torritt! He found you. You didn't have to search.
Natthecat -
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The pictures are all gorgeous, but the crossed paws on Torritt here just tickle me.
Natthecat -
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Natthecat
And this. And the one with your doggie. Ahh.
henrytroi -
henrytroi
Torrit Grey - a purrrfect name for a purrrfect kitty!
Gabby -
Gabby
Stunning baby kity! Those eyes...!!
Natthecat -
Natthecat
Kat--I went to your web site--watched some of the galleries twice. My coffee was ice cold. On the cat gallery there was a black cat, lustrous fur, golden eyes, looking out a window--exquisite.
nili -
nili
What a little dumpling. How could anyone resist those eyes and paws! He looks so happy.
swiftey -
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There's a sweetie...
suzieQ -
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what a little mouse-face! CUTE.
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Mitzi -
Mitzi
Torritt is a natural model! :)
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GG -
GG
oh my gosh what a touching story! I love how you found one another! seems like it was meant to be!!! :) Great photos of your lil one!
BirmanMama -
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Beautiful little boy. I can see how you couldn't resist such cuteness!
MoreKittens4Me -
MoreKittens4Me
Only a true cold heartless person could resist that face!! Congrats!
Natthecat -
Natthecat
Saw the videos--Torritt is a live wire. The world is full of wonder to him. Love his sidewise approach in play. Darn cute.
Ski -
When the right cat comes along, there's no question he/she is the right one for you. He is beautiful.
kibblegirl -
kibblegirl
Enjoyed the videos very much, but could not help feel a little "antsy" seeing little Torrit running around on such a busy street. He is so little and could easily get run over or eat something he should not.
Kat Miner -
Wow, My Torritt is a Star!
Shirley -
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Dadddy's baby. Soooooo cute. I'm glad to decided to take him.
catiam -
catiam
I can see why you couldn't say no to Torritt! The videos were hilarious. I laughed so hard tears ran down my face.
jojosmom -
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jojosmom
Oh my goodness, how precious! Such a lovely story. I have to compliment you on the beautiful photos. And the videos are so funny. Thank you for sharing your baby with us, Kat. He's a keeper.
MissMyKitty -
MissMyKitty
Have to side with lisaboese and say if you want him to be with you for a long time, you need to keep him inside. He'll get used to it, esp if you make your place fun for him. And he won't die.
Tracee -
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Tracee
I can see why you didn't just borrow him - what a beautiful baby =)
Symeezgurl -
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Symeezgurl
Your photo captured the essence of the famous Chessie, the Chesapeake Railroad emblem. What a wonderful kitty!
BooksandCats -
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BooksandCats
What a sweet little face!
Rattler -
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wolfgirl66 -
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wolfgirl66
Beautifdul!!!!!!!!!!!
BowieLover62 -
BowieLover62
Not very smart to let him run around outside, on his own. Now that you decided to get and keep this cat, you have the responsibility of taking care of him. That certainly means that you do NOT let him roam free!
Pandora -
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LOL,. . .borrow THAT just for the afternoon, good luck. He IS art.
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