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Definitely autumn

August 27th 2015 10:04 pm
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In the night I heard Josie ask my mum if she could snuggle under the duvet with her. I would worry about getting rolled on but Josie is a warmth junkie and will do anything to be cosy.

So mum lifted up the duvet and Josie nestled next to her all warm and purring. Apparently this felt good. Really good. So good after about half an hour Josie was a re-energised cat, out she popped and started running everywhere.

Mum said she has to be up early anyway. She is feeding Sandie and Minnie on her way to work. Lydia has gone.

My mum had a long chat with Lydia and was reminding her of when she looked after me. Lydia needed no reminding. She said it was one of the best weekends of her life. I expect many people who meet me feel the same but are too shy to say!!


Josie is a spoiled cat

August 26th 2015 10:29 pm
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I have two bits of evidence for this.

One is that every morning when my mum goes to get dressed and ready for work Josie trots after her to the bedroom. I hear my mum say, "No, Josie, there's no time to play. I have to go to work," shortly followed by the distinctive sound of cat pouncing on feather stick being poked under the duvet. (Josie loves that game. I don't quite get it. I prefer my fishing rod toys where I get to leap.)

The second thing was last night. Mum sometimes eats her supper on a tray on her lap. This tray has a hard top (with a picture of cats on of course) and a bobbly cushion thing underneath. Josie has noticed that this is soft and comfy and about the perfect size for a sleepy cat.

So normally when my mum has finished eating she flips it over for Josie. Yesterday Josie was happily curled up on it and my mum was using a far inferior tray, no cushion or anything. She hadn't liked to disturb Josie who had got to the tray first.

It's a very good thing I'm here to keep Josie in her place!


Nearly a drama

August 25th 2015 10:37 pm
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Yesterday evening my mum was looking at the local news when she suddenly said, "Gosh! That's very near by." Then she read more. A massive fire in a block of flats in the next road along to us. Then "That's where your friends Alison and Glyn live" then "And they have a block of flats attached to their house."

I was extremely worried. Alison never turns up without a bag of kitty treats. Could her supplies be in danger?

"Actually," said my mum, "they are on holiday. Lydia is cat-sitting. If it is that block they would probably need her to leave the house and I don't know if she knows anyone except me in the area."

"She knows me," I pointed out. Lydia looked after me when I was a kitten and my mum was away. I can honestly say I never took to anyone quite how I took to Lydia.

Mum grabbed her keys and went to check. It was only after she had gone I wondered what she would do if Sandie and Minnie needed to leave the house too. This flat isn't big enough for four cats.

I was therefore relieved when she returned without cat baskets in hand. Apparently she walked all the way up there and it wasn't those flats but other ones further along. The fire was out and no-one hurt which is good but lots and lots of fire engines.

"Did you see Lydia?"

"No. I didn't like to disturb her." And then a thought dawned. "So I walked up, looked and walked back again. I look like someone who just went to gawp at the hunky firemen. Oh no!"

"And did you?"

"Only a little. Hard not to be impressed by men so brave."


Just one thing to say

August 24th 2015 10:45 pm
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If my mum throws her sweater on to MY chair and leaves it there she must want cat hair on it.

I found it very comfy to sleep on thank you. I don't know why she said, "Oh no" and frantically started brushing it when she got up this morning.

People are odd and no mistake!


More Jasper

August 23rd 2015 10:33 pm
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Having been busy the last few weekends my mum was home a lot this weekend which was good. Some of it was so hot and we had everything open and that Jasper came calling.

I did my most impressive yodel of doom but he didn't seem to notice as he had found a ping pong ball and was batting that about everywhere. Then he went behind the sofa which my mum only realised when a tabby paw poked up behind her and waved.

When it was time for her to go to church she was worried in case he was still in our flat as he is an investigating kind of cat and does wander. But he wasn't.

It rained in the afternoon and I snuggled up next to my mum and fell asleep there feeling all warmedly and loved. Actually I had forgotten how good that feels. Mum says it's another sign of autumn. She gets more snuggles and she likes that.

Don't be thinking I'm soppy - she's warm and is good at tummy rubs and that is why I let her pet me thus,


First sign of autumn

August 20th 2015 10:43 pm
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This morning it happened at about five-thirty. A car drove past and as it was still dark its headlamps swept across the wall - pursued by a delighted Josie. It's too light in summer for that particular hobby.

She ran down to my mum and announced the news in a bright and cheerful meow. Then she sat on the bedside table purring, so happy as she's missed doing that.

My mum laughed and said she loves her crazy tortie. She's normally grumpy when you wake her but she thinks the whole headlamp thing is funny.

I am the only sane one here!


A new rule

August 19th 2015 10:46 pm
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Last night was a bit rainy outside. When it is damp outside the nicest possible place to be is cosy next to your mum inside, gently dozing and having the occasional stroke. And that's exactly where I was. All calm and tranquil, just beginning a dream about the biggest bag of treats ever when..

Ker-bam! The magic door went with a big bash and Josie shot through the kitchen, across the hall and into the bedroom.

I leapt up. What emergency was this that required my attention?

"Josie?" asked my mum. The tortie came bounding in.

"Isn't it marvelous just to be alive?" she asked no-one in particular. "Hi Toby. Isn't it brilliant to be a cat?" and she circuited the armchair at high speed to make her point.

"Has she been on the cat nip?" I asked.

My mum laughed. "Go on - chase her. That's what she wants."

So I did. But I want a new rule. We build up to these things gradually. No crashing in and startling people!


My mum forgot

August 18th 2015 10:44 pm
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I was looking at her. "Ahem!" I said.

She looked up from her book.


"Did you forget a certain day at the beginning of the week?"

She thought about it. "No-one's birthday. No-one's Gotcha Day. No-one due at the vet. No - I don't think I missed anything."

"So Black Cat Appreciation Day passed you by? I didn't feel specially appreciated".

She looked stricken. "I appreciate you every day," she said, feebly.

Josie pipped in that she doesn't see why black cats should get a special day anyway. Torties don't.

It's because us black cats are awesome!!

Oh - mum says it's because they often get left behind at shelters as people think they don't photo so well and some people think they can do magic.

I am extremely photogenic as are all my fellow black cats and we only do good magic - the vanishing treats kind of stuff. Heck with it - we should have every day for our appreciation Day.


Oldest cat

August 17th 2015 10:31 pm
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My mum was looking at the news and normally this does not make her smile but yesterday she did.

"Do you know how old the oldest cat in the world is?" she asked me.

"I forget. How old are you Josie?" I asked.

"Not Josie. She's really pretty young. The oldest cat is 26 and looks pretty good."

"26 human years or cat years?"

"Human years," my mum told me.

"Wow! That's older than you," I said.

She laughed. "I wish."

Which is weird because if we're happy the cat is enjoying such a long life we should be happy for peoples too.

Anyway mum says we must look after ourselves and keep 26 in our heads as how old she wants us to be. I am pretty sure plenty of treats and tummy rubs will help get me there.


Missed my mum

August 16th 2015 11:49 pm
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She went away for several weeks (oh - she says it was one night. It felt like several weeks!)

She came back yesterday evening, her bags smelling of strange cats. Most of her friends have cats of course.

Anyway I woke up in the night and realised there she was, in her bed, where she belongs so I went to tell her I love her. I began with a cheek stroke but when that didn't seem to be getting the message through I added the claws. Nothing says I love you like claws in the face!

And I purred and purred.

"Toby I need to sleep," she said.

"And I need my head scritched," I said. Because I did.

Cat versus human. There could only be one winner and scritch my head she did.

I am glad she is back.

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