Our old cat, Baldrick, was a real character. For most of the thirteen years he spent with us he acted like a kitten. When he passed away in October 2017, we thought we would never have another cat with such a personality. However, one month after we lost Baldrick, a kitten called Edmund arrived. For the next two and a half years, he was a force of nature in our lives until he was taken from us by a hit-and-run driver on the quiet country lane where we live. I took thousands of photographs of him during his short life, here or 40 of my favorites.

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#1

The Magic Kitten

The Magic Kitten

All of the other cats we have known have hated soap bubbles even ones with catnip mixed in, but Edmund loved them. He would leap and chase them all around the room but could never understand why he never managed to catch one. This just seemed to make him more determined with each new attack.

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Karen Stanford
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5 months ago

What a great photo!

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#2

The Dancing Kitten

The Dancing Kitten

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devin lee
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5 months ago

wow

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#3

The Tree-Hugging Cat

The Tree-Hugging Cat

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MsM
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5 months ago

Mines

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#4

The Expressive Kitten

The Expressive Kitten

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Viviane
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5 months ago

This is Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

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#5

The Jumping Kitten

The Jumping Kitten

Edmund would bounce all around the bedroom for hours chasing toys, and it soon became apparent that his jumping abilities were beyond those for an ordinary cat. Baldrick had jumped around quite a lot, but he was positively earthbound compared to Edmund. As he grew, Edmund could jump about six feet straight up or eight feet sideways from a standing start and without much apparent effort.

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J Rob
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5 months ago

That is some serious air!

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#6

The Stretchy Cat

The Stretchy Cat

As Edmund grew up, we decided to move somewhere with more open space for him to run around in. He was built like a miniature cheetah and really needed a field to run in. We managed to find a mobile home next to a field and some woodland. It was just outside a village and seemed like the ideal location for Edmund and Melchett.

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devin lee
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5 months ago

lol

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#7

The Singing Cat

The Singing Cat

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MsM
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5 months ago

Let me sing you the song of my people

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#8

Balancing Cat

Balancing Cat

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MsM
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5 months ago

Balance beam skills are of Olympic quality here.

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#9

The Karate Kitten

The Karate Kitten

Our other cat Melchett wasn't overly impressed with the new addition to the family. Edmund decided early on that Melchett was entertainment and would jump on him at every opportunity. Melchett is usually fairly peace-loving but his patience was worn very thin.

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Sue Prewitt
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5 months ago

He's got form!!

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#10

The Bouncing Cat

The Bouncing Cat

We had one snowfall during our time in the caravan, and Edmund made the most of it. He ran, jumped and skidded all over the field and seemed even less likely than usual to stay still.

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MsM
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5 months ago

BEANS!

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#11

The Wind-Blown Cat

The Wind-Blown Cat

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devin lee
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5 months ago

lol

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#12

The Beautiful Kitten

The Beautiful Kitten

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

i love his markings and his eyes

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#13

The Crazy Kitten

The Crazy Kitten

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devin lee
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5 months ago

run

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#14

The Zombie Cat

The Zombie Cat

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A Lazy Spider
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5 months ago

That's me when I wake up

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The Overdramatic Kitten

The Overdramatic Kitten

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A Lazy Spider
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5 months ago

"Why, WHY?"

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#16

The Famous Kitten

The Famous Kitten

Edmund had a toy Santa with a furry tail which he adored.

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Mary Tonningsen
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5 months ago

Jazz hands!

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#17

The Friendly Cat

The Friendly Cat

The field had three sheep living in it and Edmund had great fun chasing them as he thought they were just big woolly mice. He got away with it the first couple of times as the sheep were taken by surprise by this new menace and ran away. However, they soon realised how small he was and started to stand their ground. This led to a series of stand-offs which he mostly lost but he still kept trying. When the sheep had lambs in the spring, he tolerated them approaching him and would happily rub noses with them which was his favourite greeting.

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Kimberley Thomas
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5 months ago

aww, how cute. Plus 'big woolly mice". Snicker.

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#18

The Party Cat

The Party Cat

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MsM
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5 months ago

*insert Lion King theme here*

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The Thirsty Kitten

The Thirsty Kitten

Edmund was the only cat we have had that loved running water and loved drinking and playing with it.

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Ludmila Dandrew
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5 months ago

Vow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Beautiful!

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The Hyperactive Kitten

The Hyperactive Kitten

The moment we released Edmund from his carrier he was like a tiny Tasmanian devil, twirling and jumping all around the bedroom, and we joked that he would become the most photographed cat in the world which is probably not too far from the truth.

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devin lee
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5 months ago

thats me lol

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#21

The Rave Cat

The Rave Cat

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

*~STOMPS BEANS~*

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#22

The Kangaroo Cat

The Kangaroo Cat

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MsM
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5 months ago

Kataroo

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#23

The Cute Kitten

The Cute Kitten

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

his eyes are beautiful

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#24

The Storm Cat

The Storm Cat

Since we lost Edmund, Melchett has done his best to keep the spirit of Edmund alive. He has been playing with toys that he hasn't looked at for years, running up and down the stairs, and sitting halfway up the stairs at the spot where Edmund used to sit and watch us in the living room. But at heart Melchett realises that he is destined to be the unappreciated sidekick, like Alfred with Batman, Penny with Inspector Gadget, Teller with Penn, Wise with Morecambe or Crosby with Hope. He doesn't really seek to be in the limelight, and in time we will probably be adopted by another cat or two. They won't replace Edmund, just as Edmund didn't replace Baldrick, but hopefully they will get to experience some of the joy that Edmund found in his short life, and maybe set an example for the rest of us.

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L. Walker
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5 months ago

This is so lovely! What a wonderful feline buddy Edmund was. Thank you so much for sharing these amazing moments and the rich personality he was. He has brought me delight today -- thank you!

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The Happy Kitten

The Happy Kitten

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Berry Budgie
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5 months ago

Ummm...What is dat toy???🧸

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#26

The Kung-Fu Kitten

The Kung-Fu Kitten

A neighbouring cat, Bob and Edmund soon became best friends and would chase each other up and down the garden. Parts of the garden were vertical, so they literally chased each other up and down at terrifying speed and apparently little thought for the dangers involved. At the end of each chase there would be a big “fight” that involved lots of rolling around and all sorts of facial expressions but little real violence apart from when Edmund sometimes got a little carried away. Bob would soon let him know that he had overstepped the mark and then normal service would be resumed.

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Geno
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5 months ago

THIS made my day -w-

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#27

The Scheming Kitten

The Scheming Kitten

It became quickly apparent that Edmund was smarter than the average cat. Most of our cats were at the back of the queue when brains were being handed out, but Edmund could open cupboards, drawers and treat containers with ease especially if there was catnip inside. We bought him a treat tower which was supposed to provide hours of stimulation for a cat to work out how to get the treats out but Edmund treated it as a vending machine and flicked the treats out without a second thought. We once made the mistake of leaving our rent money in a drawer that had had catnip in it and came home to find Edmund chewing on a bunch of twenty-pound notes that he had removed from the drawer.

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MsM
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5 months ago

"We're taking over the interwebs, and next the world!"

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#28

The Serious Cat

The Serious Cat

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Marissa Wyatt
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5 months ago

*tough cat music intensifies*

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The Hover Kitten

The Hover Kitten

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MsM
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5 months ago

Somewhere, over the rainbow....

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The Juggling Kitten

The Juggling Kitten

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Vicki Bruning
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5 months ago

love the shadow play

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#31

The Free-Running Cat

The Free-Running Cat

After moving to a cottage in a quiet rural location, as soon as we let Edmund outside he started climbing onto the outbuildings around the cottage. He realised that they were close enough together to allow him to jump from one to another until he reached the highest. Not for the first time, I had to watch him risk life and limb while he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

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MsM
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5 months ago

He's climbing the walls, just like many of us right about meow

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#32

The Focused Cat

The Focused Cat

Most of our cats have not been keen on wide-open spaces, with Baldrick in particular liking to lurk in the undergrowth, but Edmund took to the field like a cheetah on the savannah. He would “hide” behind small tufts of grass and then set off across the field at speed and a fair speed it was too. We often wondered if Edmund had a bit of Savannah, Bengal or something more exotic (possibly alien) in his DNA, as he was certainly not an average moggy.

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Lorrie Finley
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5 months ago

That intensity was unusual for an ordinary cat.

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The Leaping Cat

The Leaping Cat

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

is it just me or does that look like a hunched over easter bunny hopping

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The Woodland Cat

The Woodland Cat

Edmund soon discovered the woodland on the far side of the field, and would happily climb large trees as well as vanishing inside a hollowed-out tree trunk that he would emerge from several minutes later after his travels in the underworld. It was scary to watch him in action, but he had such a lust for life and was a real force of nature. He would chase pheasants in the woods, and every now and then came close to catching one. I had visions of one day seeing him flying across the field sat on the back of a pheasant and wouldn't really have been surprised.

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Lorrie Finley
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5 months ago

He reminds me of my cat Marmalade who would venture down into the small wooded ravine by my townhouse and spend hours basking in the sun, enjoying nature until I whistled it was time to come home.

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The Pretty Cat

The Pretty Cat

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Joanna Smith
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5 months ago

What a beautiful cat. It must have been sad to let him go. I had to put 2 dogs to sleep within months of each other. The female had lymphoma at 12 years old and the male dislocated his back trying to sneak out under the fence at 19. They both had a good innings.

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The Floating Cat

The Floating Cat

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

wtf is that a catfloataloaf u know *~~~THE ONE AND ONLY FLOATING CATALOAF

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#37

The Flying Cat

The Flying Cat

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I ❤️ 🍫
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5 months ago

Jealous.

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#38

The Snow Cat

The Snow Cat

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Kylie Stovall
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5 months ago

the way his under coat is colored is beautiful the outer layer deffinatley suggest he could be part savanna cat

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#39

The Bee-Chasing Cat

The Bee-Chasing Cat

Edmund would chase butterflies and bumblebees and catch them under his paw then look totally confused when he lifted his paw and they would fly away. He loved chasing things but never developed a killer instinct.

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Lorrie Finley
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5 months ago

My silly cat Diva catches bugs under her paw then is baffled to where they went! Not a kitten either, just not too bright!

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The Hunting Cat

The Hunting Cat

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Lorrie Finley
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5 months ago

Even if imaginative...

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