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I am a poorly boy

February 24th 2013 10:39 pm
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Mum heard me being sick and when she came out there wasn't much and she siad to Josie - "that's the way to do it, not too much for me to clean up."

Then later she went to get her boots out of the cupboard and stepped in the rest which was funny so I think we can say that is really the way to do it.

Sadly since then I've been sick a few times and I'm not really hungry. I think I'm going to be and get all excited and then I sniff the food and I'm not. Actually I felt so rough I didn't even want to join in when Josie and mum were playing with Da Bird last night.

Josie says she hopes I feel unwell for a long time.

I've been eating some grass which helps and drinking lots of water. I am still washing and purring and playing a little so mum says she is just going to keep a very close eye on me and see if I need vet. I'm sure I don't.

 

I got my fish back

February 21st 2013 10:32 pm
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I didn't say this when it happened as I didn't want anyone to think badly of my mum but the week before last she confiscated my catnip fish.

I had been playing with it and was feeling all revved up and I attacked her hand and when she told me not to I attacked Josie. After she had rescued Josie mum took my fish and put it in a drawer. She said if it made me mean I couldn't have it.

But I noticed which drawer and I bided my time.

Opportunity arose last night. Mum was writing a birthday card for a friend and needed to check her friend's address and I know just where her address book is. Mum got the book out of the drawer, I waited until she was busily writing and made my move. The drawer was open, in went the paw, extend the claw, hoick fish out and scarper. Mum didn't even see what happened. She sealed her letter, address book back in drawer, drawer closed and on her way.

Then, "How did you get that, Toby?" Having retreived my fish I was quick to indulge in some serious catnip sniffing and she came across me and the fish rolling ectastically in the hall.

Of course she didn't have the heart to take it back and I remembered not to be mean to Josie after so I can keep it for now.

Humans may think they have the power but us cats always win in the end!!

 

What we eat

February 20th 2013 10:40 pm
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Mum gave me and Josie a piece of ham each yesterday. Josie wastes ham - she just gobbles it down. I like to flip it about a while and re-create the adventures of the mighty hunter before I eat it. Mum says this is disgusting but she loves me anyway so that's OK.

We've been watching the news and it would seem that not all meat is what it says on the label and animals that don't normally get eaten have nee turning up in food.

"Is this really ham anyway?" I asked.

"It's the right colour so yes, probably."

I considered this. "Do you think we have been eating the horses?"

Mum looked at me. "Would you mind if you had?" she asked.

"Not really. I like all meat."

"That's good" she said, "as I try not to think about what goes in those kitty chunks of yours."

"They taste good." That is all that matters.

The other story in the news that caught my eye was about increased trade between America and Europe. That sounded dull until I realised it will be so we can import more Cosmic Catnip and that is a good thing!

Mum also told me off as I never said thank you to all my wonderful friends who sent me Valentines Gifts and especially my beautiful Valentine Laura Belle. We saw Ka-Zar had and mum says I must learn from the good example of my Aussie friend.

So thank you very much to everyone for your kindness.

 

How much is enough?

February 19th 2013 10:29 pm
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Normally my mum doesn't give me enough petting and I have to tap her firmly to get more but sometimes I have had enough first. That happened last night. I grabbed her hand and gave her a warning nip.

"OK" she said, "I get the message. Let go!"

I clung on for dear life, gripping her hand with my claws. She tried to slide her hand back. I gripped even more tightly. In the end she had to unhook me to get her hand back.

"If you don't want my hand, why do you hold on so?" she asked.

There are some things us cats never reveal.

 

Mum learned a valuable lesson

February 18th 2013 10:37 pm
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When mum came home from work I noticed mud on her skirt. She brushed at it but into the laundry it had to go. She works in an office - how did she get mud on her? I asked.

"It was in my lunch break when I went up to the park," she explained. "I saw a small dog I hadn't seen before and I was petting him only he jumped up at me and his paws were all muddy."

"What do you mean you were petting other animals?" I demanded.

I could see panic as she thought how to answer that one.

"I miss you and Josie so much in the day I have to go to the park and pet the friendly dogs," - she had thought quickly.

"Your answer is acceptable. How do you know they are friendly? I would hate you to get bitten." I was worried that she might not be able to open our food with a bandaged hand.

"There's a gang, the same every day, and they all know each other and are happy well-loved dogs. Anyway there's more. The dog's owner came over to me to apologise and remove her dog and to my surprise it was someone that I know. I remembered her telling me when she got that dog as it was a sad story."

"It's always sad when someone adopts a dog not a cat," I agreed.

"No this was really sad. He was a rescue dog and when he arrived when they raised a hand to pat him he would flinch. The poor thing had been beaten and expected more of the same. It was very lovely to see that a few years of a very loving, caring home had turned him into a happy little dog. I thought that was so beautiful I didn't mind the muddy clothes although I did think I had got all the mud off."

So it's a happy ending for the dog although hopefully my mum will think twice before petting dogs again.

In the night Josie was snuggle puss with mum, curled up in her arm next to her. Mum said she dreamed that she was taking Josie to work with her today to attend the training she is delvering.

"What's the training?"

"Letter Writing and Report Writing."

"Josie will not be attending that training. She already writes exemplery reports. You should read her analysis of hunting opprtunities within our home. It's fascinating stuff!"

 

Where was mum?

February 17th 2013 10:39 pm
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She was late home again on Friday although not quite as late. I asked if she came another way and she looked a bit embarrassed. Turns out she had tried to take some back roads and much to her delight found herself speeding along a road alongside the one she wanted to avoid. She thought she had been really clever - until she saw a roadsign and found out she was speeding along in exactly the wrong direction, every moment taking her away from home.

When they were handing out senses of direction I think she got lost on her way and never got one!

It finally felt like Spring here on Saturday. You can tell how warm it was - Josie came outside with me. We wandered about for a while and it felt marvellous.

"I expect we'll be in and out all weekend" I told mum.

"Ah" she said. "That's not going to be possible".

For big bag came out and she was off and we were confined to our quarters. It felt cruel when Josie had finally found weather wram enough for her to be out in.

Our kindly neighbours popped in to feed us and mum came home on Sunday. Josie was not cool. She gets so excited when mum comes back from anywhere.

OK - I admit it. I was pretty pleased too and there was another bowl of biscuits incident. In my dashing about I skidded on the mat they share with our water bowl and everything went flying. This is why we need mum - to clear things up.

Mum was telling us that shed had been to look after her nephews while their parents were away. "I expect you missed us," I said. Mum agreed that it had felt odd to read a newspaper without a paw wiggling under it or watch a TV programme without a plaintive mewing demanding playtime. I imagine it was. Poor mum. I gave her plenty of snuggles to remind her how lovely I am.

 

Sad mum

February 14th 2013 10:35 pm
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Mum was very late when she got home from work yesterday. As she had been the day before. Our poor tummies were rumbling like billy-yo.

"Where have you been?" I demanded to know.

"Sitting in traffic. There's major roadworks."

"How long will they go on for?" - hoping for an answer of one day.

"Two.."

"Two weeks? Well it will be hard but I think we'll cope."

"No. Two.."

"What - a whole two months? What will we do?"

"Two years."

I haven't even been alive two years. I can't imagine such a long time.

We sat on the sofa and comtemplated our fate. Mum says she will find another route but they will all be longer otherwise she would have been taking them all along.

And she was also sad because yesterday was Henry's birthday. He still visits us of course but mum can't see him and I don't think a day goes by when she doesn't miss him. The love between cat and human is unbreakable.

Mum needed cheering up and no mistake. I know what makes me happy so I suggested she flip Da Bird about a bit and see what that does for her spirits and I think that seeing me leaping about did help. And then Josie joined in and we showed her just how much fun life can be. I think we helped bring her happy levels up a bit.

 

Mum not being sensible

February 13th 2013 10:39 pm
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As all good cats know it is healthful for people to rub our fuzzy coats and hear our purrs and I make sure mum gets plenty of snuggle time. I nestle by her side and let her rub my tummy and head and it's happy time. Last night I was all contentededly enjoying this time when she tugged at my paw, trying to push it, then my tail was brushed out of line.

"Toby - don't dip your paw in my tea," she said.

I purred and attempted to stretch back to how I had been.

"You'll get burned" she said and tried to push back. Then she reached over and picked up the mug which I now realise was rather close to my foot and tail. The coaster came with it so I tapped that as the mug moved close by and it fell down on me. Luckily it didn't fall far but even so...

"What were you thinking, putting your hot drink so close to me at snuggle time?"

She said that the tea was there before I was but I found that a feeble explanation.

She had needed snuggle time as when you change banks you have to telephone a million people and tell them it would seem and you have to kind of like hold music. Yesterday she rang our pet insurance people so Josie and I will be Ok and she rang her car insurance people only that was embarrassing. She gave them all the details and then I heard her say, "So I don't have a policy with you any more. Oh. I wonder who I am insured with." She found out from her old bank statement but she had to admit that wasn't ideal.

It's a good thing she has us cats to look after her otherwise who knows what trouble she would get herself in!

 

Cosmic Catnip

February 12th 2013 10:36 pm
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I was very tired yesterday morning after my night-time snuggles so settled down for a sleep and mum said it was alright for some. Then she got herself ready for work. she wore her wraparound dress so that Josie could chase the ties and then Josie chased her tights as they wiggled as she put them on and then Josie pounced on her pendant as she dangled that enticingly from her hands. She was very kind to give Josie such entertainment.

As she left home she wondered aloud why she ever thought that cats were a good idea.

But we know she loves us as she came home with a wonderful surprise. She has changed her bank and her new one is just two doors down from the pet shop. I expect that's why she changed.

Years of training have paid off and she cannot walk past a pet shop so she had gone in and we got a cosmic catnip fish.

Not everything that says catnip on the label lives up to its promise but mum is wary now and sniffs what she buys. If she can smell it then it must be good - and this was!!

Funny it doesn't seem to have the effect on humans that it does on us. Josie had it first and then me and we felt all happy and wild and wow inside. Then we fought but only for fun. Mum said if we got mean no more catnip but we didn't. We just got crazy.

I said I felt sorry for mum that she would never know the pleasure of catnip but she said we never know the pleasure of a good cup of tea so maybe we're even.

 

Sometimes life is good

February 11th 2013 10:35 pm
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Last night we had new food for supper. It was the most delicious food I have ever tasted. I licked my bowl clean and then licked Josie's in case she had left any. She hadn't.

"Have you got more? That was amazing."

Mum looked at me. "I do have more but that's for tomorrow."

"I want it now," I said because I did. But mum says she doesn't want us to get chubby so we have to wait.

Mum went to bed so to pass the time Josie and I had a brilliant chase game. She actually dive-bombed me from the table which surprised me but I had to admit was clever and we ran all around.

When we were tired out and ready to sleep I thought about my tasty supper and the games Josie and I play and my happy home and that I do love my mum. I woke her up to tell her.

"I love you too Toby. Now settle down."

But my heart was too big and I needed to purr and be stroked and give my mum lots and lots of headrubs. I think maybe she thought she didn't deserve so much love as she kept trying to bury her head under the pillow. But she has to breathe so I found where I could sneak a paw in and get more snuggles.

When I could reach it I purred right in her ear so she could hear just how much I love her. It's true that I do get so blissed out I forget to swallow and dribble just a bit but I think she over-reacted.

Once I was really sure she knew I love her and I had purred my fill I went to my chair and dreamed happy dreams.

Mum is tired this morning and muttering about lack of sleep. She also wants to know why half of our biscuits are scattered around the bowl when last night they were all neatly in the bowl. I think she is probably happier not knowing that one.

 
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