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Better safe than sorry

June 7th 2012 10:32 pm
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Once upon a time there was a mum and she started to feed her cats. She got out the bowls and she picked up the food but then something terrible happened. She completely forgot what she had started doing. She didn't feed her cats and they starved to death. The End.

Mum says she is pretty sure that never happened and Josie says our mum always finishes what she starts but I say better safe than sorry so as soon as mum picks up the bowl I start meowing to remind her that I am there and I am hungry. Josie just patiently waits but I don't dare take that risk. I meow and meow right up to the very moment my bowl is put in front of me. It always works; we always get our food.

It is really wet and windy here today so I haven't gone for my run. By rights mum should entertain me instead but she said stupid stuff about needing to eat her own breakfast. Some people are so selfish!


The corpse of my prey

June 6th 2012 10:35 pm
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I left it right in the middle of the kitchen floor where my mum couldn't miss it - and she didn't.

"Where did you get that?" she asked as she bent down to pick it up.

I never disclose my secrets but the mighty hunter has his ways. I found that little bird, stalked it, grabbed it and it will chirpy chirpy cheep cheep no more.

Mum thinks it is the little toy Easter chick that she got given with a bag of chocolate eggs back in April. At first she couldn't think where she might have left it but then she remembered. She tucked it on a shelf in the kitchen, thinking it was out of our reach. She has this crazy idea we might swallow stuff.

It is fluffy and actually from the kitchen sides (which of course I would never be naughty enough to climb up on to) you can stretch a paw and reach and hook with a claw. It was fun and best of all it didn't fly away like the outdoors birds always do. They are so mean. I only want to have some fun with them.


Flea treatment turned me white!

June 5th 2012 10:44 pm
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Yesterday was another happy day as mum was home all the day and we helped her do some clearing out and then she dusted and we love the feather duster more than any of her other toys.

But then it was flea treatment time. Mum was using a new brand as it's cheaper than the one the vets sold her. I didn't really notice it go on but later Josie said it smelled wrong and tried to lick it off. Mum stopped her as it isn't good in cats' tummies she said.

Then this morning mum noticed all white on my fur where it had gone on. She thought she had bleached me and it took a lot of tummy rubs to make me feel better about that I can tell you. Only all the wiggling about rubbed the white off so I am OK again and back to my normal colours in the normal places.

I reckon I would rather have fleas!!


Home with mum all day!

June 4th 2012 11:54 pm
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Mum wasn't at work and I love days when she stays home all day. She said she had a lot to do. Some of it was very dull - cleaning the oven is not a cat friendly activity. Some of it looked tremendous fun but we weren't allowed to join in - cats are such naturals for sewing but she won't let me near the needle. Some of it was brilliant - we all found long forgotten things under mum's bed although some of them needed a wash.

Then Josie and I settled down for a sleep and for a while shared the bed and mum took a photo so you have proof. Only I woke up and had a wash and I thought Josie needed a wash too so I started licking her only then I forgot and bit her and that didn't go down so well.

Mum also took a picture of me that didn't work so well. She tried to sneak up on me as she said I looked so cute but as she started to take the picture I realised and peered into the camera and it didn't come out how she planned.

And mum gets another Jubilee Celebration Day today. Hoorah!


Jubilee Weekend

June 3rd 2012 11:37 pm
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The Queen wanted the celebrations to be very British so arranged for it to rain and rain yesterday. That suited us as we like a cosy time indoors. Josie was on my mum's lap and I was next to them and we were happy as anything but then my mum said she had a party to go to which did not suit us. Lucky for mum it was an indoors party not a barbecue or street party and she said she had a lovely time. But today will be all about us cats!

She also saw Victoria yesterday who said that the kittens had been taken to a foster home to get used to people before they are adopted and that they have seen the missing tabby one but not close enough to catch and that Aysha is doing well but comes in the house a lot less now the kittens are gone. But at least she knows that there is food and shelter whenever she does need it. And we saw my tabby friend. He was under the tree keeping out of the rain. Funny to think only last week he and I sat under the very same tree to get some shade and keep cool. I decided not to go out and join him on account of wanting to stay dry.


My secret stash of toys

May 31st 2012 10:27 pm
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I made an amazing discovery last night. I had worn out both mum and Josie out but I still wanted to play so I did some exploring - and I was so glad that I did. I found a whole stack of toys at the back of a cupboard in mum's bedroom.

"Go to sleep Toby" mum said because I was rustling and wiggling but how could I with so many toys to look at?

I thought they were all new but Josie says they are our old toys. Mum read somewhere that if she hid some of them for a few months we would forget them and think they were new. The plan worked perfectly as I did think they were new - but she needs a better hiding place.

Mum reckons she is a bit tired this morning on account if me keeping her awake. But she is excited about going to work as they are having a big Jubilee Party today. I asked when we will be having our party and turns out what the Queen wants for her loyal subjects is an extra day at home with their cats to celebrate so no work for mum Monday and Tuesday next week which is pretty cool and surely means some quality play time!


Taking my re|||||||||sponsibilities seriously

May 30th 2012 10:41 pm
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I did some of that typing with my very own paw!

When mum types up my diary I always supervise and sometimes join in typing some parts, I turn on the capital letters and other helpful things. Mum says she would be much quicker if I told her what I wanted to say and then had a nice sleep or a run in the garden but then she might get it wrong. She reckons no-one can actually read what I type but that's the stupid laptops fault as the keys are too small.

So, rest assured, no matter what I am doing as soon as she gets the laptop out I come and sit by her and help. Sometimes she tries to type it up while I am outdoors but like most cats I have a feel for these things and come back in.

So rest assured I am close by and everything my mum says is personally approved by me.

The garden has been free of random cats and people with laundry. Mum did see Aysha yesterday and says it looks like where she was spayed is healing nicely. Soon the fur will grow back and it will be like it never happened. She reckons Aysha looked very wellfcd so hopefully she is settling to her new life. Mum hasn't seen the neighbours in a while for a proper update.


Strange man in my garden

May 29th 2012 10:30 pm
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Yesterday when my mum was at work a man we have never seen before was in our garden. Unfortunately we were shut in so I couldn't go and ask him what he thought he was doing. He went away after a while.

When my mum came home I meant to tell her but forgot in the excitement of supper. When she opened the back door though she said, "oh" and then "they weren't there when I went to work." The man had pegged all his laundry on mum's washing line.

So she went to the flat upstairs and sure enough there was a new man and mum tried to explain that this is my garden and their's is the one beside it. His English wasn't great so she doesn't know if he got it but later he did come and take all the laundry away again.

Now she knows how I feel when strange cats come in my garden! Except nice ones of course although we haven't seen the tabby one since the weekend. I hope he comes again soon.


Drinking water

May 28th 2012 10:40 pm
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In this hot weather it is extremely important for cats and their people to drink plenty of water. We have a big water bowl that is filled with fresh every day and I drink a lot of that - and Josie drinks some. She tops this up with water drunk straight from the tap if mum will turn it on for her. She says it is delicious and fresh but the whole awkward head angle thing puts me off. Josie also drinks from mum's glass if she can and this is what I thought I would try.

Mum has a big glass and was already half way through so I lowered my head right in. Achoo! The sides of the glass on my whiskers made me sneeze right into the water. I dipped my head in three times amd three times it happened.

Then Josie came up and told me I wasn't doing it right. When the glass is half empty you have to dip a paw in and lick the water off and she showed me. It's not very efficient and she had to do it several times.

And mum then said as her water had been sneezed in and then had paws dunked in it she wasn't so sure she felt like drinking it herself any more so the plants got the rest.

I think I will stick to my own water bowl in future as it doesn't make me sneeze.


Tabby in my garden

May 27th 2012 10:37 pm
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On Friday evening we heard a mewing outdoors so as the man of the house I went to see what was happening. There was a tabby cat there and he said hello and asked if it would be alright if he enjoyed our garden awhile. Seeing as he asked nicely I said that would be fine. He looked so comfortable enjoying the shade of our largest bush that I went and sat with him companionably.

We stayed there until my mum called me in. She did say hello to him but he was scared and ran away although my mum is always kind to polite cats. He came back on Sunday and it was the same, he called me, I went out and we sat together.

He isn't the missing kitten as he is too big for that but he is fairly small and mum thinks he might be one of the kittens from the last litter the mum cat had. So far as we know two of them survived the cold winter and were taken in by a kind lady so if he is then he does have a home.

My mum has a real soft spot for tabby cats so she hopes he comes back and as he is friendly to me I hope he does too. (Josie was too shy to come out but I think she will if we see him again.)

Other than that top weekend. Very warm and sunny and lots of quality mum time.

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