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Our awesome Christmas

December 29th 2014 1:50 am
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Mum says that poor Sandy Claws must be losing his touch. She's fairly sure we haven't been good cats but she's wrong. We have the piles of treats and catnip toys to prove it. We have been really good. Rather meanly most of our treats have been put in a drawer - I would have liked one from each bag to start with but they are being rationed.

We also got a food maze. Mum put Dreamies in and the idea (I think) is that we knock them through the maze. I've had a couple of go's but I get bored easily. Josie's been nowhere near it. Why would we go to all that trouble when there's food in our bowl?

We also got a snuggle blanket. Mum says it has a thermal lining so will keep us toasty-warm. Unfortunately it also has a very noisy crinkle so we haven't been on it yet except to sniff.

Our actual favouritist thing was having some turkey. We don't often get meat like that and it makes my hunter ancestry emerge. I like to pretend it's still alive and I pounce and attack and carry it around. Mum said she thinks there's more turkey spread around than in my tummy but I ate plenty and then had to sleep for hours.

All in all a perfect Christmas!!


Happy Christmas - and a happy story

December 24th 2014 10:45 pm
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I wish all of my Catster friends a very Happy Christmas and hope that you get lots of lovely presents and mostly lots of love with your people as that is what us cats need more than anything!

Your people have you so they already have all they need but my mum wishes them all a wonderful Christmas too.

And my mum had a happy story from her work. On Monday a lady rang to insure her cat. They started to take his details but the lady said that they already had them. Turns out six months ago he had gone missing. After some weeks the lady cancelled his insurance as she didn't think she would ever see him again.

At the weekend - in he strolled. In perfect health and no explanation of where he has been but she could not have asked for a better Christmas present. He's obviously been looked after somewhere but realised there is no place like home at Christmas.

The story made my mum smile and us purr.

Now I'm off to see what Sandy Claws has left for me.


Christmas Eve at last

December 23rd 2014 10:35 pm
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Mum came home yesterday and squiggled herself comfy on the sofa and Josie climbed on her lap and squiggled herself comfy there and a few minutes later both were happily asleep.

Whne she woke up my mum said she knows she is lucky to have so many fun things to do but she was very happy just to have an evening in - since she was ill there's been a party, a pantomime, dancing, a carol service and a get together and very little opportunity for Josie to enjoy mum's lap.

When she has been home she's been writing cards and wrapping presents. I love Christmas but it's probably a good thing that it's only once a year.

And we're nearly at that day. Maybe we could persaude my mum to go continental and start opening presents tonight!! I can't wait to see what she's got for us and to see all the treats from our friends. Purrs.


Christmas Presents

December 22nd 2014 10:33 pm
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I didn't want the treats my mum was offering me. "Can we open some of our Christmas ones?" I asked.

"What makes you think you're getting any treats?"

"We always get treats from our wonderful friends," I said. Besides which we've already had a good sniff round the tree. You can get that pet shop smell at twenty paces.

My mum is complaining that we have more presents than her. She does have some that are already opened that have a certain theme. A calendar - with cats on. A book - about cats.

And from our lovely neighbours - a fridge magnet which they said made them think of her instantly. It says, "Crazy Cat Lady".

Crazy cat ladies are my favourite sorts of peoples and my mum is our very own crazy cat lady and we love her just like that. Even though we weren't allowed to open any of our presents.

But it's Christmas Eve Eve today, Christmas Eve tomorrow ..not long to wait!! Purrs.


Josie back on the naughty list

December 21st 2014 10:30 pm
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My mum had just the one question.

"Why are my Christmas cards all on the floor?"

We looked and there they were, scattered colourfully. "They were in my way," said Josie, helpfully.

My mum picked them up and arranged them neatly on the mantlepiece again.

"Please leave them be," she said.

It took Josie less than an hour to find them inconvenient again. We were playing tag and she leapt up there. She didn't only move the ones immediately in her way, a few paw swipes and the whole lot were on the floor again.

"Josie!!" said my mum. "You used to be so good. What happened?"

Just a snigger by way of response.

I hope Sandy Claws was watching and gives me Josie's presents.


Josie is a good nurse

December 18th 2014 10:24 pm
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She stayed by my mum's side until my mum said, "I think I feel a bit better now."

Josie was so excited that she ran all around the flat for ages - she had been quiet and good for so long she had a lot of energy to burn off. My mum wanted some soup so she went to the shop - and also stocked up on kitty food.

That made me realise - what if she didn't get better and nobody bought us food? Who would give me my morning tummy rubs? I gave her extra headrubs and purrs this morning.

I hope Sandy Claws has been watching as this has to put us firmly on the Good Cat List. We didn't even complain when she forgot to give us our supper that first night. That's got to be worth a present or two!


My mum's not well

December 17th 2014 10:50 pm
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She surprised us by coming home from work at lunchtime yesterday. Josie and I had our usual morning of rigourous intellectual pursuits and just happened to be having a nap when she came in.

Josie is nursemaid in our house so mum lay back on the sofa and Josie snuggled up with her, purring for her to get better. Every now and then mum ran into the bathroom and made dreadful noises and would come back and slump on the sofa moaning and Josie would calmly snuggle and purr and I think it's working and mum is getting better.

I like having her home but she didn't want to play or anything and she forgot our supper so she might as well have been at work.


Josie's bed

December 16th 2014 10:41 pm
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My mum wants me to say that, of course, each night she lays the table and sits down formally to eat (which isn't actually true, is it mum?) but occasionally she has her supper on a tray on her lap. It's a special tray with a beanie-bag bottom.

Its other function is that of Josie deterrent. Mum slopes it up over her seat when she leaves the room to foil Josie's attempts to steal her seat. Last night she learnt a valuable lesson.

It must be left shiny side up. Beanie-bag side up is no good. No good at all. By the time she came back in Josie was very happily snuggled in the beans. She reckons they make a perfect bed, just a bit noisy when she turns over.

Mum sighed. "I cannot win." She lives with cats, so no, she can't.

Other than that Josie and I played a brilliant game of tag and later Josie gave me a little lick on the head. Sometimes I really like having a sisfur.


Sleepy kitties

December 15th 2014 10:43 pm
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Having vistors is fun but what with all the rushing around before and entertaining them and all the tidying up after it is tiring. (Mum is giving me her hard stare and wondering how much of all that exactly did I do. I am so unappreciated!)

Anyway my mum had taken a day off work on account of having holiday to use up and she was writing more Christmas cards and having a happy day. Josie curled up on the sofa next to her and was soo asleep.

She looked so content I wanted to be that content too. I jumped down from the chair I was on and jumped up next to Josie, had a good sniff (she didn't even stir) and I settled myself down right next to her. Then I had a thought and yes, Josie makes a great pillow. My head rested on her soft fur and soon I was deeply asleep.

The last thing I remember was my mum saying, "You two are so cute together."

Mum says she hopes that's a sign of things to come. There's no picture as she was so happy we were snuggled she didn't want to move and wake us. (Actually my mum fell asleep too so we were a sofa of dreamers for a while.)

Winter days can be nice and cosy.


We had visitors

December 14th 2014 10:52 pm
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They came for lunch on Sunday. I was polite and let them all admire me. It is true - I do have a sleek and handsome coat and a particularly fine tail. Josie was shy but did join us in the end. All my mum's friends like cats (I think that's how she chooses them) so there's never any need to be shy.

Mum wanted to be sure that everyone would have a comfy seat so she brought my chair in from the bedroom. It's a large, well-upholstered beast of a chair and the doorways are narrow. Luckily for my mum, as she strained and tugged and heaved, Josie joined in to supervise. Mum wasn't as grateful as you might expect seeming to think the prescence of a cat, winding her way between wall and chair, might actually make things harder.

Despite this ingratitude Josie did the same helpful task when it went back.

Mum put a blanket over it as she said otherwise anyone sitting on it would get a layer of fur on them. I did think people would rather like that. They did admire my fur on me and I don't mind sharing.

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