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Happy New Year Everybody!!

December 31st 2012 11:26 pm
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I didn't exactly like the start of 2013 as lots of bangs were happening and flashes in the sky but I remember they happened in November too and they don't come indoors so cats are safe on their chairs. Josie always goes under mum's bed if in any doubt.

But now it's 2013 morning Number One. No work for my mum again. That's good except she says we need to think about what we'll be doing in 2013 like our resolutions.

My resolution last year was to help more with the housework and I have done that. Sometimes mum has taken 3-4 times longer to change the sheets thanks to my intervention. A fun job like that should not be rushed! She said for this year maybe to think about what went well in 2012 and do more of that.

2012 I caught my first frog and my first mouse. I like to be the mighty hunter so I'll do more of that.

Josie says in 2012 her best bit was spending more time on mum's lap so she proposes to do more of that in 2013.

Mum says she needs to lose some of her tummy this year. Josie looked alarmed. She loves mum's squishy, soft tummy, perfect for a cat to lie on gently padding as she drifts off to sleep. Mum says not to worry, she doesn't think it will go in any massive way. She just wants her clothes to fit properly again.

So that's us all ready now. As ever we plan to have lots of fun times, lots of snuggles and a home full of love all year and we wish the same to all our Catster friends.


My mum's relaxing bath

December 30th 2012 10:34 pm
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For Christmas my mum got some special bubbly stuff so last night she had a special bath. I heard her pour the water and go "mmmmm" as she sniffed the bubbles and she put her pyjamas on the radiator to be toasty when she got out and she dimmed the lights and she put on her plinky plonky music and in she slid. All relaxy.

Which reminded me. I wasn't relaxy. My tummy was empty. I called her. She ignored me. I called again, louder.

"Seriously?" she called back.

"I am a poor starving cat," I gave it my most piteous mews.

"When I checked there were chunks in your dish and biscuits in your biscuit bowl" she said. She really did think she had thought of everything.

This carried on a while. I did go in and peer at her in the bubbles but I didn't want to get too close for fear of getting wet.

I thought I might actually lose this one but fate intervened on my behalf. Mum suddenly went, "NO!" And then she leapt out of the bath, grabbed her gown and ran outside. She was banging on the door of upstairs for water was leaking through the bathroom ceiling and giving her a cold shower on top of her warm bath.

I heard voices and she came back in and waited. Then she went back out as the water kept pouring and when she came back she had the guy from upstairs with her - maybe he didn't believe her but he could see the water for himself. He claimed to have no idea where the water was coming from but it did stop after that.

But my mum was grumpy and not relaxy at all so bathtime was over and kitty supper time was here. Every cloud and all that!!

Mum is back at work today which is good as we have had an earlier breakfast. We will miss having her around on snack duty though.


Mum has the sniffles

December 27th 2012 11:19 pm
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She started out alright yesterday then she said, "I don't feel too good" and sat down. Nurse Josie swung into action. "It's very important that you rest," she said, "and arrange your legs just so. That's how you'll get better."

"Just so" was by coincidence legs arranged perfectly for Josie to curl up and sleep on mum's lap which she did. I think they spent pretty much the whole day like that. They watched a film that mum chose and then Shrek which Josie chose because she likes Puss in Boots and mum read her Christmas present book - The Cat who came for Christmas - which she loved and read out bits to Josie. And they both slept quite a bit.

I did venture outside but they are saying on the news that 2012 will be the wettest year on record for the UK and I'll believe it. It hasn't stopped raining for ever - actually pretty much since they announced an official drought back in the summer. I am not a fan of rain.

Mum says she has things to do today so she has taken some medicine and won't be taking Nurse Josie's rest cure so much. I have given her plenty of headrubs and purrs as we know they work to make people better.


Mum abandoned us

December 26th 2012 11:46 pm
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Mum went away on Christmas Day and came back yesterday evening. She said she went to her sister's and we weren't invited. (This is due to the Henry/chimney episode; some years ago but never forgotten. When he visited he went up the chimney to see if he could find Sandy Claws. He didn't but he worried my mum enough to be talking about getting the chimney demolished and when he did come back down he brought large quantities of soot with him and on him. So us cats are no longer welcome in case we do the same!)

Luckily we had plenty of toys to be going on with - mostly tree ornaments if I'm honest. I still don't get the track thing with the ball in. Mum changed it round to be a loop and has been pinging the ball round and I watch nicely but I'm not sure what she expects me to do.

Despite next door people popping in to feed us we were still happy to see our mum home. Josie spent all night perched on her purring - not cool, Josie, not cool.

Today mum is not going to work so maybe we'll have another go at understanding the ball in track thing!


Merry Christmas Everybody

December 24th 2012 10:55 pm
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I have been so good Sandy Claws did come. Now I can be naughty again for ten months. Thank goodness for that.

We have lots of treats and new toy mice and toy fish and balls and a tube with a ball to bat about in it - except I think mum's played with that more than I have. She keeps tapping the ball, watching it fly down the tube and saying, "Look Toby! It's fun!" but I'm not sure I get it. Maybe later.

My top favourite present so far - a very snuggly tummy rub and snooze with my mum right by my side. Love is our best Christmas gift.

So I wish you all (and all the kitties out there) Love, warm sleepy places and full tummies and a very Merry Christmas.


We're getting festive

December 24th 2012 12:27 am
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Mum had a happy weekend arranging all our Christmas cards and we spent a happy weekend knocking them all over. Josie and I seem to have lots of presents under the tree now. Mum thinks we might have more than her. She said that like it was a bad thing.

The weather hasn't been so festive. It has rained. And rained. And rained. We love Gather Round Time on a rainy day. Mum settled on her favourite part of the sofa with a cup of tea and put her feet up and a movie on and we Gathered Round. Josie snuggled on mum's lap and I was by her side in a cosy ball and we were so very happy.

Yesterday mum went to the pantomime and she saw "Dick Whittington and his Cat". I asked if the best character was the Cat and she said of course it was. But it wasn't a real cat but a man dressed up as one.

Today will last a hundred years. It's raining again so we have to play indoors and we aren't to open our presents until tomorrow. That is so unfair!! We know that some lucky cats will be opening theirs today as they open them on Christmas Eve and Ka-Zar our Aussie friend will be having Christmas before us because they get day first. We are pleading and I think even mum has itchy fingers...


Being a good boy

December 20th 2012 10:07 pm
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It's not much longer that we have to be good but it is hard!

One thing I know my mum complains about is when I wake her early. Trouble is that I wake up when the warm starts to happen and I see her in her bed, all fast asleep and no idea of the miracle that is happening as silently the house turns cosy. So I wake her up to tell her and she doesn't like that.

So to avoid that temptation I slept in another room last night. I was proud when I heard mum's clock go and her say "Good morning Princess" to Josie and then "Where's Toby?" and then again in a more urgent tone "Where's the Tobester?"

They came through the hall and it wasn't until mum was in the kitchen to make my breakfast that I bounced in. I was expecting her to say thank you for my lovely lie-in but she picked me up and squidged me and said she didn't like to wake up and not see me.

Sometimes a cat can't win!


Our Present

December 19th 2012 10:36 pm
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Mum is acquiring an interesting pile of gifts from her friends. Last night Josie was rootling through them and declared, "This one is for us" and started opening it. Mum grabbed it off her and took it away. Josie was right it turns out. She doesn't read so well but she said there was a distinct odour of pet shop on it. It's from our friend Poppy who may be a dog but shows a fine appreciation of cats.

We don't know what it is yet. Mum was too fast.

Mum was training again yesterday. I love to know what she tells them about. People make me laugh.

"It was Assertiveness" mum told me.

"What's that?" I wanted to know.

"It's about being able to calmly and confidently express your own opinions..."

"I should so run that course" I said.

"...while respecting the rights of others to do the same."

There was an awkward pause.

"Is it Chrsitmas yet?" I asked to change the subject.

"Not long now."

I purred. I can't wait to see what's in our presents.



December 18th 2012 10:36 pm
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I love curtains. I cannot lie. Sometimes I like to test the bounce in my legs and spring from a standing position and see how high I can go. Sometimes I give myself a good run up and scramble to the top and enjoy seeing my world from the ceiling.

My mum is less impressed so I decided that rather than climb the sitting room curtains where she woulod see me and get upset I would try the bedroom curtains. They aren't as tall but I am willing to make these sacrifices to keep my mum happy.

All was well initially as I made my leap but then I heard a scary sound and I only just managed the heroic leap onto mum's bed before the curtains came crashing down.

I thought it probably safest to vanish under the bed as mum came rushing in.

"Toby!" came the cry.

"It wasn't me. They just falled down" I peeked out.

She gave me a look that made me decide to stay right where I was for the time being.

She did manage to get them up again but said they are frail so I am by no means to try and climb them again. Challenge accepted!!


"The Cat Expert"

December 17th 2012 10:29 pm
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Mum had Secret Santa at work and Santa gave her a book which is called "The Cat Expert". I was quite relieved that someone had realised she needs help and we need proper care.

She brought it back and read bits to us.

"Do not spoil your cat."

"That can't be right. Read it again"

But it read the same. Must be a mis-print. How unfortunate.

"How do they suggest you spoil your cat?" I was keen to know thinking my mum could get some ideas.

"Don't let your cat sleep on your bed at night."

There was an indignant squeak from Josie. "I thought you liked that."

"I love that" mum was quick to reassure her so there won't be an end to bed sharing.

"Then it says not to do everything for your cat as they ask otherwise they'll come to expect that."

"I do expect that" Then I thought about it. "Cats are borned expecting that."

So Josie and I think we are better off with our mum's making it up as she goes along and loving us than the Cat Expert after all.

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