I built the shelf as a place to put food for possums in the early eighties. The paint colour matched the timber gate just in the photo. However, the cats thought it was the perfect place to sunbake. Thomas is on the left, a beautiful and affectionate male, and Tuffy, somewhat scrawny and not very affectionate male on your right.
While they didn't get along terribly well, they tolerated each other's company when there was warmth to be had, inside or out. It is always sad when you lose a pet, but the loss of Thomas was heartbreaking. He went missing and we found him under a bush, ready to die. We took him to the vet and hastened the process. I did not miss the drool that came with his affection though. From my retinue of blog mates, Marcellous is the last person to have lost a pet.