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Fearlessly brave

March 30th 2016 10:30 pm
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Yesterday my mum did some sorting out, mostly helped by Josie. I could hear them. Mum saying, "Please don't climb in the drawer Josie, that isn't helpful."

I joined in when my mum started on our kitty treat drawer - the emptiest drawer in our home. We only have about twelve bags in there. Mum wanted to sort them all by expiry date and check what was open etc. and "What's that tucked behind the drawer?"

She pulled the whole drawer out to reveal a previously unsuspected pack of meaty sticks. Oh yes - I never understood mum's sorting outs before but this was indeed a marvelous find.

She examined it. "How long has that been there?" Then, "Best Before February 2012. Four years. I'll throw it."

And in the bin it went. I am fearlessly brave and was willing to risk my health to try the delicious scrumptious meaty sticks. But my mum is not so brave and perfectly good food was waste.

Sighs! Luckily it's not that long before Josie's birthday and that is usually good for a kitty treat drawer top up.


Mum scalped Josie

March 29th 2016 11:05 pm
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Sometimes Josie gets a happy that is just too big for her body. She has to run and bounce and leap and prance until it's down to size.

She was like that yesterday morning when she woke up and there was mum, asleep in her own bed, where she belongs. I say asleep, that didn't last long once Josie got going.

So mum had her revenge and scalped Josie.

Mum reckons Josie had something matted in the fur at the back of her neck that resisted all attempts to tease it out but a quick snip with the nail scissors and it was gone.

Mum says it doesn't show but Josie was most indignant, convinced that she had a narrow escape from losing a whisker or worse.

I have inspected the fur that was removed and we still have no idea what that tortie was foolish enough to rub up against.


Mum went away

March 28th 2016 11:21 pm
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She's mean like that. Luckily our lovely neighbours came to feed Josie and me.

Mum came back yesterday. Josie was so uncool - all excitedly barging in and out and all around and then she did it again when she woke up this morning and found mum still here.

I was better - just 'accidentally' went to sleep on mum's arm so she couldn't leave us again.

She said that her friend's cat, Mo, slept on her lap while she was there

"Josie sleeps on your lap all the time. That's nothing special," I said.

But Mo was borned in a wood shed and took a long time to trust anybody. Worse - just as they were gaining her trust she developed a really bad eye infection/injury and had to go to the vet and have one eye removed.

Even though they had to do it that did rather shatter her fragile faith in them. But she copes fine with just the one eye and is getting steadily more brave.

"Was food involved in your acceptance by Mo?" I inquired.

"Might have been," said my mum. Ah - the power of kitty treats!


I am a sociable cat

March 24th 2016 11:15 pm
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My mum had visitors. They were sitting talking. I have lots of interesting opinions so I was joining in.

"Sorry about Toby," said my mum, "he's not usually so chatty with strangers."

I think they found my input most stimulating. Then I got bored and had a wash.

"Why always the butt when everyone's watching?" asked my mum. So they can admire my elegantly stretched out leg of course.

I could tell I was losing their attention so I trotted out, then ran back into the middle of the room, stopped dramatically and called out, "I'm here."

"What has got into you today?" asked my mum. They were all looking at me which was exactly my plan. I repeated that a few times.

I am a sociable boy. When I want to be.


Yey! Back in.

March 24th 2016 9:33 am
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We couldn't login to Catster but can now. Hoorah!

We've all been fine except Josie licked my head. I know! Ugh! I stretched out a paw to whacky-paw her but caught mum's eye. So Josie got away with it. This time.


Cheering my mum up

March 22nd 2016 12:29 am
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She had a phone call and she said, "OK, thank you for letting me know." And she sighed afterwards.

I told her she should have taken kitty treats to the interview but she didn't listen and they gave the job to someone else.

But now was not the time for recriminations. She needed cheering up.

So I lay beside her and rolled over. Who could be sad when they get to rub my fuzzy tummy? We haven't done that in a while and I had forgotten how good it felt. I purred and purred and drifted off into a very contented sleep.

when I woke up I was a bit embarrassed and hoped Josie hadn't seen me being soppy. I jumped up and went to sleep on my bed. I only did it to make my mum feel better. Honest!


My greedy mum

March 17th 2016 11:52 pm
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She had a bag of crunchy munchies yesterday and she was eating while she cooked. Chop, chop, chop....hand in bag, munch, munch.....stir, stir, stir....hand in bag, munch munch.

Then suddenly "UGHLY!!" and out came the munchies and in the bin they went.

Hand in bag whilst not paying attention and she had accidentally put her hand in the wrong bag. Not her basil and olive crackers but our salmon and tuna biscuits.

Actually they are rather delicious. I can't think why she didn't like them.

But hopefully a valuable lesson learned.



March 16th 2016 11:23 pm
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I do like the sun. I do like seeing lots of birdies (I only caught one last year; determined to do better this year!).

I do not like my mum mowing the lawn. Anything else in the garden is fine - playing with us ideally but even cutting things back is OK but what's with the lawn mower?!

She did that yesterday. I hid. Better safe than sorry.


We are my mum's cats

March 15th 2016 11:45 pm
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Yesterday was not sunny. I asked my mum to make it so but she just couldn't be bothered, just kept saying that the weather is out of her control.

When there was a loud knock on the door and a policeman was standing there I assumed he had come to arrest her for kitty neglect but this was not so. He had come to give her some magic water.

She was to dab it on everything that she values. If some thief stole it the magic water would prove it was hers.

She dabbed some on her laptop and tablet and then looked all around. "Hm, what else do I have that is valuable?"

I looked at her. "Does it work on cats?"

"(A) You would just lick it off and (B) You are both already chipped so we know you're mine," she said.

So it's official then - Josie and I are more precious than mum's laptop and her tablet and any of her gadgets as we were chipped and marked as hers long before any of them were.

(Although when I say "hers" I mean her owners rather than anything else. I'm in charge and then Josie in this house.)


My toasty space

March 14th 2016 11:31 pm
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Not Josie's!

I am loving Spring. In the day it's sunny and I lie on the back of the armchair by the window, letting the sunbeams do their thing, warmed and delightfully snug. Then when the sun goes to bed and it starts getting cold I move across to be toasty by the radiator. It's perfect.

Except for just one thing.

Yesterday there I was, asleep in the sun, dreaming about dragons and epic battles. I woke up to turn over and became aware of something. While I had been soundly asleep that sneaky Josie had crept up and settled herself next to me - in MY sunbeam.

She was stealing my warm. I looked at her. She looked back at me anxiously, for she knew she had done wrong. I intensified my glare and she got the message and skedaddled off.

"You're so mean," said my mum, "There's room for both of you there."

To the victor, the spoils. I made myself all comfy again. Mum picked Josie up and put her on the sofa where the sun was also shining. But it had already passed over me at that point so I had the best bits and I don't mind Josie having leftover sun.

"I will fix this," said my mum. Tap, tappety, tap on her keyboard. I don't know what she did but Josie took a look and it made her purr. We'll see.

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