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My new home

April 25th 2011 12:36 pm
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Hello. My name is Toby and today I moved to a new home. I had a very happy home with my mum but my human family have to go abroad and because us kittens are too young to vaccinate we can't go with them.

So today someone came and she put me in a box and off we went. I did not like being in the box and I was calling for my mum but then we came here.

I think I will like it here and the only time I have called out is when I got myself lost under some cushions.

There is another cat here, she looked at me and she growled. I wasn't sure what best to do so I scrambled on the person's lap which felt pretty safe. I've spent quite a lot of time on that lap since, purring and snoozing and some playing. And I've been running around playing too. I have also had some supper. The other cat looks in every now and then. I hoped she would join in the game but when I ran towards her she ran away. I don't know why she would be afraid of me as she is a lot bigger than me.

Time for another sleep. It's tiring being an explorer.



April 27th 2011 3:42 am
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I am settling in fine. I like the playing and sleeping next to my new person. She gives me lots of strokes.

I haven't seen very much of the other cat. I tried to get her to join in my games but she ran away.

I wasn't sure where I should wee at first. I tried a couple of places and the person picked me up and put me on some stones. I didn't get it. Then she said, "Oh!" and she went running outside a while and came back with a big bag. She tipped the stones out of their box and poured litter in. What a relief! That was where I should go. The person said that the stones were litter but I don't think so.

At night I am alone and I have found a snuggly place to sleep. On the first night the person came in at about three in the morning and couldn't find me. She looked all over and then she got a torch and was looking all under everything. I had wiggled out from the sofa cushions by then and was watching her. She seemed very happy to see me.

It's all good.



April 28th 2011 11:37 pm
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A strange thing happened yesterday. I was running around and suddenly my leg was all wet. Euch! I had stepped in some water in a bowl. I don't know why there is water lying around at kitten height.

The person said it is for me to drink but I don't really like it if I'm honest. So she got me some kitten milk. What! Milk made from kittens? That's wrong. She reckons it's milk made specially for kittens but either way I didn't like it.

I am using my tray so she knows liquid is going in me but she doesn't know how.

Today is a special happy day as there is a Royal Wedding. I am too little to go so we are going to watch on TV. I like being close to my person and watching TV with her.



April 30th 2011 10:49 am
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Bit of a shock announcement today. My person says much as she has loved cuddling me and playing with me and pandering to my every whim she will be back at her job next week so she needed to get some chores done. I thought I was her job. She has told me that Paul from next door will be popping in while she's at work to keep an eye on me so I won't be alone for too long.

I like to be nearby where she is so I followed her round - including in the bedroom which is where the other cat lurks. I've been learning some things about the other cat. If I stay still she is fine, if I move away she growls, if I move towards her she runs away. It's all very peculier. We think she is getting a tiny but braver so the person holds out hope we'll get on in time.

I was weighed today - one pound and eleven ounces. That's a splendid amount to weigh.



May 2nd 2011 12:44 am
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Yesterday was a very happy day for me. I learnt about how to make cards as my person was making a birthday card. She brought out a box full of ribbons and rustly card and other good kitty toys and we got stuck in. Although apparently none of it is for eating which is a shame.

I have actually decided that I am a big boy really and do not want kitten food. Luckily the cat that lives here likes the kitten food so she eats mine and I eat hers.

We think she lets more time go before she growls at me so it's all progress on that front!

Then my person told me that her friend Dee was coming to visit so I should get some sleep so I would be a lively kitty when she arrived. Sleep! I was so excited at the prospect of a visitor I was extra bouncy.

I did get a nap later and was able to join in all the games when Dee arrived. Dee is also going to look in on me later in the week when my person works. I shall have a busy social life and that's what I like.


Things I am Learning

May 3rd 2011 12:32 am
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Curtains are fun, you can climb up them. My person doesn't seem so keen on this one. The other thing she isn't happy about is my happy dance. After I use my tray it feels really good so I do a happy dance in the tray and watch all the litter fly about and she has asked me if I can come out of the tray before I do that. Now where would be the fun in that?!

We had a good day yesterday with lots of playing and snuggling. That other cat came in the room and settled on her bed and we all had a snooze. It was the very first time she has been settled in the same room as me so that's progress. She still growls at me if I get too close but I think she is beginning to realise how lovable I really am.

Today my person had to go back to work and I will be all alone. All day. Except for my visitors of course. All my favourite toys are laid out of the sofa to be ready. Cool!


Finding out things

May 4th 2011 12:16 am
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When my person is asleep at night or out of the flat I get shut away in my room. This is most inconvenient. I do like my room and it has my toys and my food and my tray and good places to sleep but I also like to be an intrepid explorer.

So I asked why this is so. That other cat, Josie, she doesn't get shut away like that. And my person said it is because Josie and I aren't getting along so well yet and whilst she is pretty sure Josie wouldn't harm me I am too precious to take chances with.

So the key to my release is to make Josie love me. Surely the more Toby Time she gets the better. I was her shadow yesterday evening, everywhere she went I followed, I playfully flicked her tail, I stalked her and I even attempted a cheeky headrub. My person asked if I was sure this was a wise strategy and I'll admit it takes some perseverance. But surely if I can keep this up she'll realise what fun we could be having together.

I think I saw a slight improvement but I seem to be shut away again anyway.

Yesterday I also found out about lace up shoes - best footwear EVER.

But I still haven't found out why I'm not allowed near tea.

I was visited and entertained yesterday and they know games my person doesn't so that was cool. I hope they come back!


Deliciousest Water

May 5th 2011 12:23 am
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When water is put in my bowl at first I don't like it. It smells of chemicals and I won't touch it. After a few days that smell wears off and it is delicious and I cheerily drink.

But Josie says the opposite is true. It is most deliciousist when it is fresh, the fresher the better. She even runs to the bathroom when our person goes in there so she can drink water straight from the tap and she likes her bowl replaced every day. At least.

At the moment we each have a bowl for when I am closed away but our person wants to know if we'll expect separate bowls when I am grown.

Yes we will.

I did excellent playing yesterday evening. In the hall I have found a fort. It's quite large but I can jump up on it, if not at my first attempt usually after a few. I can also run in it and climb in and out of the windows. From the claw marks inside I am not the first cat to enjoy the fort.

Yesterday I jumped up on it and Josie was there and we looked at each other and she did not growl so I turned around to see what to do next and I felt her paw tap me. It wasn't a smack - more of a "I wonder what this thing is made of" feel. And then she headed in for a sniff.

I am actually a very brave kitten but you should see the size of this cat so I thought maybe it would be better to leave the fort for the time being. But our person seems to think it os progress. Just not progress enough to release me yet.


The Mystery of the Mobile Phone

May 6th 2011 12:34 am
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Yesterday I got my person's phone out of her handbag and half way across the room before she noticed. She was keen to learn how and why but I wasn't telling.

Actually I had a good reason. When she comes home I am so pleased to see her as I've been bored and lonely all day and we must play, play, play. She told me that she knew I hadn't been alone all day as my friend Dee sent her a text telling her that not only had she and I done lots of playing but Paul stopped by too.

I don't like being grassed up like that so I thought if I took her phone away she couldn't find out what I've been up to.

But my person says she loves to get texts about how I am when she is at work.

Also, I may have taken a step back with Josie but I had a good reason. I love my food. I love breakfast time and I love dinner time and I love every food opportunity that comes along really. the sound of the sachet opening brings joy to my heart and I like to be close by to get the food as soon as possible. Josie doesn't like to eat too close to me so she chose to have her breakfast on top of the fort.

Now breakfast smelled Ok but I have had better. I looked up and Josie was tucking in to hers with gusto therefore she must have something better than me. I jumped up on the fort to have a sniff (good jumping by the way - first time lucky!)

Turns out she had exactly the same as me but now I had gone so far to get the food there didn't seem to be any point in going back to my own bowl so I nudged Josie out of the way and got stuck in. To find I was firmly picked up and put back at my own bowl.

Well - now it became the principle of the thing. I jumped back up on the fort for another go. Turns out kittens aren't allowed principles. So then I got picked up and lots of cuddles and love and I'll always purr for that - until Josie had finished her breakfast and I was once again released.

So we aren't better friends yet but it's the weekend tomorrow and that means we'll have more time together and less time shut away so hopefully I'll win her round.


Feeling under the weather

May 7th 2011 11:03 am
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Things good with Josie . Yesterday she stayed put when we were fed so she must be feeling happier about me.

This morning I went to the vet. They were more impressed with me than I was with them. The receptionists both came to look in my basket and the vet said I am very beautiful. He was admiring my unusual colouring as I do have stripes underneath my black coat. Proof, were it needed, that I am actually a tiger.

He called me a black tabby. My person says she has a very large soft spot for tabbies so she likes my stripes.

The vet gave me a very thorough examination which I did not appreciate, I do not like to be poked and prodded like that. But he is happy that I am in good health and weigh the right amount. And my person got a pack almost bigger than me to read all about how to keep me happy and healthy.

Then I had my shots and it was time to come home. I've been really sleepy since then. I never liked to sleep on Josie's bed but it seemed like just the right place today which is where my new picture comes from. As I'm in the sunshine you can see my stripes.

And I've slept on my person and nestled up on my person and I was sick once and she says it must be a bit of a reaction to my shots and I'll be better soon.

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