Kays Hill Tabby Cats Past And Present

Leanne has sent me the photos of these gorgeous tabby cats and has included her own cat Lenny.

Tabby cats of Kays Hill Animal Sanctuary. Poster by Kattaddorra

I told her as he is so beautiful I would make him the centrefold cat of the poster.

She replied:

‘yes my Lenny is beautiful, he’s very shy though and doesn’t really like people, he’d be horrified if he knew he was a centrefold!’


So please will no one tell him I have not only put him centrefold but I have gold framed him too.

I love tabby cats, especially brown tabbies, I must post a photo of our own brown tabby Bryan, he was a wonderful cat but his life was too short.

It saddens me that cats lives are very short in comparison with ours and that some people don’t value cats lives as they should be valued and so many end up in Rescue Shelters like Kays Hill.

Do you have a tabby cat or had one in the past, or know one? It would be lovely to see lots more tabby photos here.

Associated: list of pages on PoC when searching for “kays hill past and present” – there is some good stuff here.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Those cats next door were all so beautiful! It broke our hearts when they were taken into care.

  • And here is Reggie who has a bit of tabby amongst a lot of other bits, sadly she too was abandoned and taken away by the RSPCA, fate unknown...

  • Here is Prozac, a long haired tabby, who was also abandoned and who also found a new home through Kays Hill and is now names Tilly I believe, I wonder how she is doing!

  • Well, Mr. Bigfoot, my tabbylicious friend, and been all over these tabloids lately! Ha ha. But one more photo of him here on the tabby page would not hurt.

    • dw, I love Bigfoot. he has presence and is impressive. Because, way back, in the 1970s I was a photographer, I have to try and improve image quality. Here is a different version of the picture. It is not about you but automatic camera programs that don't get it quite right. The biggest problem is shadow detail. We need to see more in shadows and the highlights need to be more gentle with some detail in them. You'll have to forgive me for going on about photographic quality. When I improve a photo is is a big relief for me.

      • Oh! That is so much better. Thank you. I would love to learn to see what you see, but there is only so much one can take on! Though it would probably help with my painting.

    • Bryan was lovely, he was Ruth's little shadow and he was a right comedian, so much missed even now, we still have his log in the garden which he used to like to do his claws on, Jo uses it sometimes now, that was his legacy, Walter inherited Bryan's little settee.

      • I am so drawn to Mitsi. I keep going back to her. She has such sick eyes. I hope she had very little suffering. She was pretty and sweet, wasn't she?

        • dont know the story of poor mitsi, but it isnt going to be good, i'm just glad that at the end she was being looked after. sweet, sweet little cat.

    • yay - Bryan. He looks like such a sweetie.

      This is Pepi - he was wonderful, but one day about 2 years ago he just dissapeared. Lilly grew up with Pepi and loved him very much. Another loss of Lilly's. First here they are together when Lilly was only about 3 or 4 months old. She bugged Pepi a bit wanting to play all the time.

    • Ah..I feel the love and the loss. He is handsome. Strong. Classic or blotched tabby coat just like the cat photo I posted.

      • I'm going to be really vain now and put on this pic of myself with baby Bryan, this was in 1990, seems like another lifetime

        • I know what you mean when you say "another lifetime". Just ten years ago, or even five, seems like another lifetime to me. It changes fast. Sweet Bryan.

      • oh my gosh that's awful. It's lucky you were there to save him. Did you see the man throw the bag? Poor little Bryan must have been terrified. He looks lovely - I like the big black stripes on tabby cats.

        • Some little boys brought him to our door at our old home, we were well known crazy cat ladies there too. They'd been playing by the pond and seen the bag moving, they seemed to be nice kids and Bryan was all wet so we reckon they were telling the truth.

  • I forgot to mention that 'tabbytastic' is a word invented by Leanne for these beautiful tabby cats, I think it's a good word lol

    • "tabbytastic"

      A good word because it reminds us that the most common cat coat is perhaps the best. It is the original. All the variations have evolved amongst the domestic cats over 10,000 years.

  • God, these are gorgeous cats. Lenny is a Prince. I am so impressed at the number of cats Kays Hill has rescued rehomed. Fantastic work.

    I have never cared for a tabby cat as my own. I do care for two tabies, part time who visit. The tabby is the world's most natural cat, you could say because the coat is the coat of a wildcat.

    Here is probably the best picture I have taken of a tabby cat -- in his element, long grass and his coat providing camouflage. I think you can sense the origins of the domestic cat in this picture. This individual cat is very macho and a boss cat.

    • Gorgeous cat and photo Michael. I love tabby cats who have a little white on them and who have particularly big or dark stripes. They are very special looking.

      Leanne's tabby cat Lenny is handsome too isn't he. I love the collage of all the cats.

      • i may be biased, but lenny is just downright gorgeous!! i wont let on to him about him being a centrefold. he and his sister, pat, also gorgeous, (i forgot to mention she was on the b/w poster), came to us from a lady who had many problems and was no longer able to see to the cats. everyone admired lenny (obviously!!) but they didnt want pat (that b/w thing again) i could never have split them up as because lenny is so timid he relies on pat all the time. we had them at the sanctuary for such a long time i decided, as i had no furry friends at that time, both of my little dogs had died unexpectedly, of unrelated causes, within a fortnight of each other, so i took pat and lenny home with me. lenny is quite happy at home but if he was out of comfort zone he just panics. he gets on well with my other cat, minty (b/w) and my two dogs teddy and charity.

        • pat is on b/w page, 1st photogragh. slighly chunky, bit grumpy. sounds a lot like me!! lol.

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