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A falling out

March 29th 2015 10:32 pm
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When my mum goes out to work Josie and I spend the day quietly indoors pining for her. At least that's what we've always told her. We're home when she leaves and we're home when she comes back so she has no reason to suspect the truth.

Had no reason.

On Friday evening she was on the phone to my friend Dee, sorting out their Friday night plans. Then she looked at me, still talking on the phone.

"No, he's fine...........Why would he be muddy?"

Dee has a flat which is an upstairs one and nearly but not quite backs onto ours. Between them are other gardens. No road so I am allowed to go there. One used to have a pond but lately they filled that in with soft earth. All the cats like to go there and roll in it as it feels good and smells fascinating and I love a good wallow.

I had no idea Dee was spying on me and would tell-tale to my mum. I thought she was my friend!! I gave her a very cold look when she came around later. It will take quite a few Dreamies before I forgive this one.


Yet more naughty Josie

March 26th 2015 11:36 pm
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Once again it was at night when mum was peacefully sleeping. Josie woke me - "Watch this!"

She went and stood by my mum's head. She often does this on a cold night. Mum lifts the duvet up and Josie squiggles under the duvet and nestles against mum. She finds it wonderfully warm, she gets headrubs and feeling mum's breathing and heartbeat she can forget the cares and responsibilities of being an adult cat and feel like a tiny kitten again, all safe and warmedly.

(Mum interrupts here - Just what cares and responsibilities do you two have? You, I tell her, you are deficient in many aspects and we worry about training you properly. From her face she hadn't expected that. Don't worry, I reassured her as I am a kindly cat, you are making progress.)

Anyway Josie woke mum, up went the arm under the duvet and Josie jumped up onto the arm. There was a pause while mum registered what had occurred and Josie remained suspended and then the arm lowered a sniggering Josie to the bed.

"What was that about?" asked my mum. But Josie isn't hot on explanations and given that the most likely explanation would be 'I thought it would be funny' that's probably for the best.


Josie in trouble again

March 25th 2015 11:39 pm
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We were all sound asleep last night when I was woken by a gentle scrabble. I looked up and saw Josie poised on the chest of drawers.

"Shh!" she whispered, shooting me a warning look, "There's a mouse or something under mum's duvet and I'm going to get it."

With that she bounded down on to the bed and grabbed the lump she had seen, full-blown hunter mode, she grabbed the top with her front paws and struck forcefully and repeatedly with her hind legs.

"Josie - I'm pretty sure that's..." I started to say.

"Ouch! That's my hand," interrupted my mum, pulling her hand away from Josie and tucking it under her, out of reach.

I swear Josie was sniggering as she ran out of the room without so much as an apology.

"Well there's a new and unwelcome way to wake up," said my mum, not looking best pleased. Lucky for Josie mum has a forgiving nature.


Mum's bad morning

March 24th 2015 11:48 pm
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Once someone vacates a seat that seat becomes available for any cat that wants it. That is the rule and it applies even if it is my mum doing the vacating and even if she's having a bad morning.

Yesterday started well. She did not go to work and we like that. She was explaining that she took the day off as she had an event to attend in the afternoon and a dentist appointment in the morning. Only the afternoon thing had been cancelled.

Then the phone rang - the dentist was sick, that was cancelled.

"So I took a whole day holiday for nothing," she sighed. "Maybe we'll all just veg in front of the TV...hello - why is the telly box showing that code?"

She phoned the telly box people and they had her pushing buttons and switching things to no avail. It was while she was busy doing all that that I seized the moment and her chair.

"No, no," I heard her say, "I'll be working. He'll have to come Saturday."

It was when she put the phone down she saw me. "Toby! Really? Now even my cats are conspiring against me."

I did feel sorry for her but rules is rules and the cushion was so very comfy.

"I shall spend today wallowing in misery," she announced. We all spent a few minutes contemplating such a day. "Actually no I won't," decided my mum, "I don't think I would enjoy that."

Funnily enough once she turned her attitude around her day turned around - the dentist rang back - another dentist had a cancellation, would she like an 11.15 appointment? Yes she would. The telly box people texted - it was a fault in the area not in her box and would be all fixed soon. And other things fell into place.

And I spent most of the day on the cushion and it was dleightful.


What I love about Spring

March 24th 2015 12:01 am
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Hunting season is nearly with us. I see lots more birds out there and I'm going to get one. Oh yes I am! Mum says please don't but I know she doesn't want me to go to any bother. It is no bother at all. I love to hunt.

Sadly so far they have all flown away and I haven't got one yet but we are only just at the beginning of the season. It is that bit lighter and warmer in the mornings so I start hunting early - no time for my usual snuggles. Mum says she misses them but she'll have to pet Josie instead.

Another thing I love is that day when mum suddenly announces the clocks are changing and everything happens an hour earlier. I don't know how or why she does that but we are perfectly happy to go along with it. Indeed Josie and I are making sure we don't miss the day by waking her up an hour early every day just in case. She's not as grateful as you would expect.

The great outdoors beckons. Off I go!


A worrisome weekend

March 22nd 2015 11:38 pm
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I'll start by saying the clips was a big disappointment.

You know when it gets a bit dark outside and you bury your face in your paws and your mum says, "It looks like rain" and then it rains.

It was like that without the rain. I don't think I'll bother again.

Then on Saturday my mum did something terrible. She thought we wouldn't know but we could smell him on her hands. She went to a friend's house and cuddled the new puppy. For some time. She brazenly admitted it.

"He is a Black Labrador and he is so cute and his head and paws are just a bit too big for his body and did I say how cute he is?...." On and on she went.

Then a hideous thought struck me. Occasionally she's talked about stuff she's admired in someone else's home and in due course we've got one. I don't mind of it's a type of cushion or a phone or anything really but I do not want a puppy.

I have been extra affectionate so she'll know she doesn't need one. Lots of headrubs, I even purred when she picked me up which I don't normally do. It worked in so far as we got some turkey to eat and she hasn't mentioned the puppy lately. Paws crossed and all that!


A Clipse of the sun

March 19th 2015 11:32 pm
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This morning we are having a clipse of the sun. This is where the moon passes in between the sun and the earth and blocks some of the light. This has never, ever happened before.

"Toby - it has."


"It happens quite a lot. We've definitely had them in the UK before."

"I do not remember this."

"It was before you were born."

Ah - that mysterious time mum invents stories about - before I was borned. I'm pretty sure nothing really worthwhile happened before I was here to witness it.

Mum spluttered in her tea. She loves history and learning about the past. She even claims there exists a time before she was borned and lots of things happened then.

"Did they involve cats?"

"Mostly not."

My point is proven, nothing significant.

Anyway I am quite excited to see the clipse although it is cloudy in London this morning so mum says there won't actually be much to see.


Mum's embarrassing moment

March 18th 2015 11:41 pm
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My mum loves her job but her office has one major flaw - no animals. Most of them are animal lovers and there are pictures galore of cats and dogs but not one actual pet.

So every lunch time my mum takes herself off for a walk. She knows all the best places to meet friendly dogs (most of which she now knows by name) and where the sociable cats live. This carries her through until she is back with us once more.

Yesterday she met a cat she hadn't seen before. He stopped and looked at her so my mum told him how handsome he is (long-hair black and white apparently). He said meow, politely. Then my mum commented on the lovely day and he meowed again and emboldened by this my mum moved in for the stroke.

Too soon - they hadn't been introduced. He backed off hastily and my mum felt bad. She backed away too so he wouldn't feel threatened. "I mean you no harm," she explained, "I think you are gorgeous."

Then she heard a laugh, looked up and saw a woman watching her, clearly wondering just why my mum was apologising to a cat.

To my mum this is of course normal behaviour but she is aware not everyone can communicate with cats. She smiled at the woman and walked on. Serve my mum right for petting other cats!


I want it too...whatever it is

March 17th 2015 11:34 pm
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Cosy quiet night last night. Lucky for Josie I am not a fan of the lap so she could curl up on mum's lap all contentedly and I nestled beside them and mum watched a programme about a handsome fluffy black and white cat.

Oh - she says it was about what people ate in the 50s and the cat wasn't even mentioned. We did see him a few times though and when you look that good people know it's all about you even if that isn't mentioned.

Then mum said it was bedtime so Josie and I played tag for a while. Then I heard Josie mewing desperately and mum saying, "Let me put it down for you."

I went running in. "I want it too." That made my mum laugh. "You don't even know what it is." If Josie wants it that's good enough for me.

And I did. Mum had put fresh water in our glass, all yummy and cool , and we were thirsty from all that running around. I drank long and deep and then so did Josie.

"You do know you have a bowl of water down?" mum said, watching us. But that had been hanging around since morning time.


Saddest news on Chaos

March 16th 2015 11:37 pm
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He got worse and worse so the vet operated and found that he had cancer, and it had really spread. His mum took the tough decision to release him from the pain and now he is at the Bridge.

Peoples don't properly understand the Bridge and get very sad when their cats go there. Mum was telling me the news and I was listening sympathetically when Josie came in, once again completely mis-reading the mood.

"I am actually running at a million miles an hour" she shouted as she passed.

"You are completely crazy," said my mum.

"Can't hear you over the sound barrier breaking," Josie called back, continuing to run.

I held off as long as I could but Josie clearly wanted to be chased and I really wanted to chase her. Mum wasn't going to shout at us today, not even when I skidded so hard on the bedside table and knocked the alarm clock on the floor.

But I did give her special Toby love at bedtime. Leaning right in her ear and purring so she couldn't miss it.

My mum's friend does have other cats and a dog even who will be looking after her too. Us animals must stick together when our people need us.

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