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Strange mouse

January 30th 2013 10:35 pm
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A very peculier mouse-like creature turned up in our home yesterday.

I was having one of those especially wonderful sleeps, nestled close to mum where I could reach out and touch her every now and then and get a little head rub back and feel all loved. Blissikins!

Then I woke up and saw it on the sofa. I was quick to act, I walked over and batted it with my paw, and again.

Then mum grabbed it.

"Don't you know what that is?"

I looked at her blankly.

"What was happening before you fell asleep?"

I thought about that one. Oh yes, part of the whole happy experience.

"You were brushing me."

And then I realised. Mum takes the fur out of my brush as she goes and I must have moulted a whole handful, a mouse-full you could even say so, there it was all furry and sitting there. How embarrassing not to recognise your own fur!

It's gone for compost now so I can never make that foolish mistake again.

Mum had a good day at the Trade Show and brought back all her goodies in a big bag which is now my big bag. I like climbing in and having mum poke the outside and I attack where I hear the scratchy noise. They gave her lots of books and my mum loves books. One is called, "Go mad!" I think they are too late.

I wasn't sure if she wanted waking at 6 this morning so thought it best to trot along a bit before and ask. She rolled over and looked at the clock and groaned which I took as a 'yes'

 

Treasure Chest

January 29th 2013 10:33 pm
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A button had falled off mum's coat so she went and got her button box to see if she had a matching one.

Button box? Treasure Chest!!

It was filled with all sorts of buttons for me to paw through. They were beautiful colours and shapes and all different sizes. Once mum found the one she wanted she let me carry on playing with my treasure. She is very selfish when she sews and cats aren't alllowed to join in so that was the next best thing. She made me promise not to swallow any small ones but actually my best favourite thing I found was a thimble. So she has a button on her coat and I have a new toy.

At six o'clock this morning I remembered that mum had told me something very important about six o'clock in the morning but I couldn't remember what it was so I woke her up to ask her and she told me. It was that she is off to a Trade Show so can have a lie-in so please not to wake her at six o'clock.

Oh well - too late! And now she was awake she could really do something about my empty tummy...

 

Mum is grumpy witn me

January 28th 2013 10:34 pm
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but it's Josie's fault!

Last night I was on the arm of the sofa chatting with my mum when I noticed Josie. She was on my bed, all happy and smug and warmedly, so I went and attacked her. Mum says that was mean and she's right that I didn't want the bed myself but that doesn't mean I wanted Josie to have it.

Mum says she will trade me in for a hamster but she always says that and she never does it. I think secretly she does prefer cats.

Anyway Josie and I are friends again. We played a good game of chase after mum went to bed last night which was fun. And mum must have forgiven me as I've had a snuggly tummy rub this morning.

I still think Josie should stay off my bed though.

 

Snow is gone

January 27th 2013 10:39 pm
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The warm that Ka-zar sent from Australia got here. He must have sent it express as it arrived with a big whoosh of wind and rain and washed all the snow away. Mum told Josie that she really ought to go outdoors now but Josie poked her face out of our door, felt that wind and decided that she still isn't ready. I went out. It was brilliant, lots to chase in the wind.

Overall we had a good weekend. A man came to fix mum's TV. It had been scrambling the pictures up which wouldn't have mattered but it whined when it did that and hurt our ears. The best part was that the man had to move the table out to reach the cable box and he found a handful of our toys that had gone past paw reach.

I helped mum change the sheets like I always do. I scrambled under and was so busy chasing monsters under there that I wore myself out. I curled up and falled asleep. I can see why mum and Josie like sleeping under the duvet at night, when you are covered up you feel all safe and hidden. Mum says I wasn't hidden as there was smooth sheet and one very clear curled up cat shape in the middle but nothing attacked me so I must have been invisible.

 

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.

 
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