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Why does my tail squiggle?

January 24th 2013 10:33 pm
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Mum was reading a cat book (not her so-called Cat Expert one which is happily gathering dust on a shelf) and she said she was reading a bit about tail communication. I was glad to see that my comments from Monday had not gone on deaf ears.

"You do this, Toby, and I don't think I ever had a cat that did before," she said.

"What's that?"

"When I am about to give you food your tail quivers."

That is true. Whether it's a full bowl of breakfast or a few treats I get all happy inside and my tail does quiver. The book didn't say why though. Does any cat know?

Josie is going a bit stir crazy with not wanting to go outdoors in the cold and there's been lots of dashing around. I like it mostly but yesterday it was too much even for me so I hid under the throw. It worked and Josie had to run around all by herself. Mum found me and seemed to find it amusing that Josie had worn me out.

 

There may be an accident

January 23rd 2013 10:36 pm
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Mum was sitting on the sofa when she asked us a question.

"Cats - do you think my posture is getting better?"

Josie looked at her with clear confusion - how to answer that one nicely? I just said it.

"No."

"I didn't think so either,"said my mum, "but I'm sure I used to just see the edge of the mantlepiece and now I can see the surface. I think it's leaning away from the wall."

"Why would it do that?" I wanted to know.

Mum sighed. "It was put there to carry a couple of ornaments and cards on celebratory occasions. I don't think it's coping with Josie sitting on it so much. Especially when you chase her and she leaps on it. I know from when she leaps on me that's quite an impact."

"What will happen?" I asked.

"If we can't fix it then I think it will fall down one day when Josie jumps on it."

Excellent! I can't wait to see that happen.

Mum went over and had a look but she can't see how it's fixed on although she can see it wobble suggesting it is falling down. She's hoping it will hang on in there until Uncle Bill is next in town as he's good at fixing stuff. He repaired the curtain rail so I could once again climb the curtains

 

Mum didn't listen to me

January 22nd 2013 10:39 pm
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At bedtime we all go to the bedroom. Josie curls up in her little bed, mum curls up on her big bed and I curl up on my armchair. I like to be able to see my mum at night time but she does roll around so the chair is just perfect.

Yesterday my mum started pushing it about.

"What are you doing?" I asked, all agitated.

"At the moment the chair has its back to the radiator. I thought if I swivelled it round you could enjoy the warmth better" she explained.

"But I won't be able to see you while we sleep. What if I have bad dreams? Or if you do and need me to snuggle?"

But mum was set on her course of action. She seemed to think that the warmth would make everything OK. The chair was swivelled about so its cushion faces the warm and its back the room.

Bedtime came. I tried to settle on the cushion and the warm was nice but I couldn't sleep without knowing that if I woke up and looked over I would see my mum. There was only one thing for it. I perched myself on the back of the chair. It's not as good a place to sleep but at least I had the comfort of knowing mum was there.

She woke up in the night and saw me there.

"That doesn't look very comfy," she commented.

"I did try and tell you," I replied.

"Hm."

So once more the chair got swivelled and now it's sideways on so I get toasty warm and I can see my mum while I sleep. Perfect! If she had listened the first time we could have done this before.

It is still cold but not so bad as it was and my mum did got to work yesterday. She said it took a long time to get the car un-iced up. Her boss was happy with all the work we had helped her do so that was good.

 

Helping mum work

January 21st 2013 10:42 pm
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Yesterday my mum had not long finished my diary and was looking at the Lolcats which is her next favourite website after Catster when her phone rang.

"Yes," she said. "I can do that. Sounds good."

Her boss was asking her if she could work from home rather than drive on the ice. Yey! She was home to play all day. But she said she had to work. She got out her books and paper and her laptop and we settled down to help.

"What are you working on anyway?" I asked.

"At the moment Communication Skills training."

"At last - something useful. Tell them to pay particular attention to the tail. Us cats communicate a lot with our tails."

But apparently I was on the wrong track. Whilst cats communicate with ecah other perfectly well without any special courses turns out that people sometimes need help talking to other people.

So Josie and I both settled down on the table to keep mum company. Weirdly it seemed that every book and every piece of paper wasn't for sleeping on but mum needed it. She put cushions on the table for us saying encouragingly that they would be much more comfy but we treated that with the comtempt it deserved. Soft they may be but they wouldn't come with the fun of mum trying to slide them out underneath us.

So we had a happy day with mum and she reckons she got quite a bit of work done. There was no more snow. This morning the road outside is so icy the cars sound scrunchy when they drive past.

 

Still snowy

January 20th 2013 11:03 pm
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Mum did come home early on Friday and we all snuggled on the sofa and watched people dancing while the snow kept falling outside. (Mum said not people, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, but not one single animal so to us - just people dancing.)

On Saturday morning it was cold and mum was sitting up in bed reading. Josie was nestled on her legs looking all warmedly. I don't normally favour sitting on mum but she looked so warm and soft.

Hm. How to remove Josie without getting in trouble? Got it!

I let myself out in the garden for a moment or two, then padded frantically at the door to be let back in. I knew mum wouldn't leave me outside, especially in the cold, and I was right. She came, Josie being dislodged in the process.

Back to bed, legs stretched out and book in hand. I moved fast and settled myself where Josie had been. It was deliciously comfy and in reaching distance for an ear rub so I can see why Josie likes it so much.

Josie came to reclaim her spot but I was there. Ha Ha!

A moment's thought on the part of that cat and she tried to settle herself on mum's chest instead. Gravity was against her but mum took pity on her so mum wriggled herself down to lie flat so Josie could also curl up and sleep on the warm mattress of mum's body.

All three of us fell asleep like that. I love cosy days.

On Saturday the snow was quite slushy but lots more came on Sunday so mostly Josie and I have played indoors. My best bit was when a lamp tried to join in and threw itself off the mantlepiece. Mum heard the bang and went to the front door. She thought someone was knocking. When she saw the lamp all was revealed. She asked us to play more carefully but really she should be putting her stuff out more carefully.

 

My new game

January 17th 2013 10:39 pm
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It's still way too cold to be outdoors so we have been playing indoors. One of my absolute favourite things is my Cube. I like to run into it and out the other side. If I get a good enough run up I can roll with it across the floor or slide in it.

I was doing that yesterday and then I peered out of the top. When mum saw me peeping at her she threw a toy mouse in with me only she missed and it landed on the edge. Game on! Could I get it with my paw without rolling the Cube?

When I had defeated the mouse - Score One to Toby, I got it in - I peeped out again and mum threw scrumpled up paper which worked pretty much as well. We played that for ages.

Mum says the forecast is that the snow will come today and there will be lots of it. She said she was worried about driving home from work. I looked at her.

"But it's not here" I pointed out.

"Not yet."

"And you're sitting on the sofa, not driving at all" I added

"That is so at the moment."

"So you're having a special bonus worry to add to the one you can have when you start to drive?" Just checking that I had properly understood the situation. She nodded.

People do seem to like their worrying. You don't catch cats thinking about what might happen in the future. I worry about the vet when I see that box and not one second sooner.

Anyway mum says if it does snow they might send her home from work early and then we can go in the garden and play in it which sounds brilliant.

 

Brrrr!

January 16th 2013 10:34 pm
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I am beginning to regret shedding so much coat. It's really cold.

Yesterday Josie and I dared each other to go outside to see who could stick it the longest. Josie won although I did manage about three hours. Oh - mum says it was more like three minutes but it felt like three hours.

At night-time Josie stays very close to mum to keep warm. I didn't deliberately walk on her when she was under the duvet but it was quite a bonus when she shot out like that. She said she was staying in plain sight from then on. Mum curled her arm into a Josie nest and they cuddled up together.

That had to be stopped. I jumped up to the windowsill and sneaked a paw down. As I was behind the curtain mum wouldn't know I was there and would just think Josie had decided to jump about as I poked her.

It was a perfect plan with just one flaw. Josie leapt up and poked back and that was great fun until between us we dragged the curtain right back and mum could see me.

"I need some sleep" she muttered, "Settle down you two" but we were all awake and ready for our day and so I told her.

Although it is so cold there isn't any snow but mum says it is coming. Maybe tomorrow. I hope so. She hopes it can hold off until she is safely home from work on Fruday night. Then we can all stay in together and be cosy.

 

Mum thwacked Josie

January 15th 2013 10:37 pm
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It was brilliant!

As if my mum isn't confused enough sometimes she likes to relax with a puzzle book. Yesterday was one of those evenings - but she couldn't find the book. Was it in the magazine rack? No. Had it fallen under the sofa? No. Was it - and here's where it gets interesting - under the throw and/or cushions on the sofa?

As mum pulled them all around Josie wanted to help and came up to go under the throw. Mum didn't see her move and threw her arm back and THWACK - right on Josie's nose. I haven't laughed so much in ages.

The search was abandoned as mum went to console Josie. She ended up consoling her with a little beef that was in the fridge and I had some too so all in all it was great.

I am all betterer now from my poorly tummy. I didn't like being poorly and don't think I'll bother with that again. The good part is that my mum keeps being happy to see me eating and asking for games and she pretty much does everything I like so it was probably worth it.

 

My poorly tummy

January 14th 2013 10:39 pm
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When mum came home from work yesterday she gave us our supper. I sniffed it but my tummy didn't want any so I went and settled on my bed. I just didn't feel right. Then suddenly I felt really bad. I jumped up, yowled and ran to the kitchen, closely followed by my mum, and I was sick.

After mum tried to soothe me with strokes and soft words but my purr was gone. I just sat there feeling sorry for myself.

She brought me treats but I still felt bad. So she brought me different treats but I didn't want them either. I didn't want anything. So mum went out anyway.

She was home early (not as you might think on account of concern for me but she said only ten people showed up at dance class so they finished early). She asked me how I was and I was still sad. She served up some posh cat food with salmon and I sniffed it but didn't eat any. And then when I would normally be chasing Josie around I just sat with my mum.

Mum and I were both sad at bed time. Josie was very happy - meals in peace and no getting pounced on. She said she hoped I wouldn't get better too soon.

But she was out of luck! At about four o'clock this morning I did feel better. I went and woke mum up. I cranked the purr box up full blast and she was very happy with me. Not happy enough to get up and feed me but lots of snuggles happy.

Today I have enjoyed a hearty breakfast and Josie's breakfast and my tummy is back on form. Hoorah!

It did snow by the way yesterday but not enough to really make any difference - except to the people at mum's dance class it would seem.

 

Snow is coming

January 13th 2013 10:39 pm
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Or at least so mum says.

Yesterday when she and I changed the sheets on her bed it was extra good because she got the skinny duvet and buttoned it to the thicker one so she has one enormous soft duvet to keep her and Josie warm. This provided lots of bonus opportunities for me to grab at bits and tug the other way and wiggle myself under things. Mum tells me not to do it but she laughs as she's saying it so I keep going.

Just as mum warms everything up I've been busy preparing for Spring and shedding my coat. Mum was stroking me and noticed the spectacular flurries of cat hair that showered around with every caress. She got the furminator out and I had a wonderful brush. I just love that thing. I am now silky smooth and extra handsome and - yes, coatwise less warm.

Mum said she wasn't sure when the snow will come and at 5am I checked the window and it hasn't come yet so I woke my mum up to tell her. She wasn't as grateful as you might expect so I gave her lots of headrubs and purred right on her ear to make it worth her while being awake.

I wonder when it will be here. What I like best is heavy snow so my mum can't go out but she says she has a busy week at work so she really doesn't want that.

 
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