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Water - good and bad

July 18th 2013 10:26 pm
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It's still really hot but that hasn't stopped us running around. Josie has been double checking everywhere that the bird went in case it has popped back for more fun and that's thirsty work.

We have our bowl of water and we're glad for that. Josie was having a good, long drink yesterday evening from it when mum came in with her supper, and a big glass of water for herself.

Josie looked at it and knew that mum's water would be even more delicious than ours so trotted over and started lapping from the glass.

"It's the same," said my mum in exasperated tones. "You were happily drinking your own."

But it is good to drink plenty of water so Josie was right to drink both.

What is bad is mum's new habit. She has the little spray bottle she uses when she's ironing to wet the clothes and she's started spraying herself before she goes to sleep. She says it's nice. It isn't for any cat who is close by as we tend to be. Her aim isn't great. We do not like to be sprayed.


Josie and my mum bird hunting (Not very well)

July 17th 2013 10:37 pm
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Yesterday morning I had something of a result. When mum opened the door right outside was a small bird. I grabbed it and ran back in with it. My mum screamed and that surprised me so much I dropped it and it flew under the table.

No problem, I thought. I'll pop out and get another. So I had to rely on josie's account of what happened next.

Apparently the bird was very still and quiet and mum said to Josie that maybe she had imagined it and she got on with her morning until suddenly out flew the bird. Mum and Josie were soon in hot pursuit. Josie reckons she nearly caught it once but mum grabbed her which was distinctly unhelpful. They pretty much had it cornered in the spare room and mum said, "Think, Harriet, think!"

She then had an idea. She opened the window, took Josie out and shut the door.

"It will fly out. Hopefully before I go to work," she said.

At go to work time my mum went the room. No sign of the bird so she shut the window - but just in case closed the door again.

When she came home she very carefully opened the door - and out flew the bird again. It flew to every door and window - alas for it still shut - so my mum was rushing round oepening absolutely everything. Too late, the bird retreated to behind the books on the bookshelf. Josie did try and catch it but found out that she cannot climb walls.

Later my mum had a friend round. Josie noted that she didn't mention the bird. Josie had a good examination of the friend's handbag and then decided she was a good person and settled behind the lady's head on the armchair.

So there they all were enjoying girl talk when suddenly the bird swooped out from behind the books and out of the window to freedom.

"What was that?" asked the friend, somewhat surprised so my mum explained.

So a happy ending for the bird, not so much for Josie although she did enjoy the chase. Mum just said you can't truly appreciate a flat without a bird flying around in it until you've had one with a bird flying around in it but can I please not bring in any more.

What - and miss such high jinks? I will bring in as many as I can get my paws on.



July 16th 2013 10:36 pm
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It's still hot here but luckily mum was home all evening so we could run in and out. I came in one time, jumped up on the scratching post and settled for a thorough wash.

Mum looked at me. "How do you cats always know?"

"What?" I asked.

"I was just thinking neither of you have been near that thing in months and I could get rid of it and there you are, using it."

"Don't touch this. I love it," I told her and carried on licking. Then prrfftt.

"Are you OK Toby?" - alarm in mum's voice.

"Mmmmmm," I couldn't actually speak at that moment.


More work then I got the thing and spat it out. One of those little round green seeds that stick to my fur so. They take a while to remove once they get on your tongue.

"Let me brush you and get the seeds," suggested mum but I wouldn't let her. She tugs on them and although she tries to be gentle they are so very sticky. I would rather remove them myself. The one downside of the hot weather. I do come back covered in little seeds.

The other one is my mum still not sleeping so well. She says she plans to spend the whole weekend catching up. We'll probably join her.


Sleeping on a hot night (or not)

July 15th 2013 10:36 pm
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By the time mum came back from dance class last night our flat was all oven hot. She has this crazy idea about all being indoors at night so we just had to make the best of it.

I settled on my chair and mum tried to settle on her bed. She kicked off all the covers and spread out like a star fish. She put her fan on so the warm circulated better. Much sighing and re-arranging. Then she got her special smelly (she says to say scented) spray and sprayed her pillow. Some deep breathing, more sighing and re-arranging of limbs. Then she got her sleepy time CD.

This is one of the most ridiculous things ever. It plays plinky plonk music and a lady says "It's sleepy time. Go to sleep." and my mum does.

Then just as all went silent I heard Josie nudge my mum.

"How did you do that?"

"Fygneech" mum muttered.

Josie persisted. "How did you get to sleep like that with all the hot?"

Mum sat up and looked grumpy. "I WAS asleep. Now I'm not. It took me ages."

Josie considered the situation and then carefully nestled herself against mum. Usually a snuggle cures everything but strange to relate it didn't make either of them cooler. Eventually Josie gave up and started twanging the wardrobe door. I was quite enjoying being the well-behaved cat for once.

Eventually we did all get to sleep. It's still hot this morning. Mum reckons despite the heat she'll get so exhausted she will sleep - but she wishes she was still on holiday! I've given her extra head rubs this morning to help her be more happy.


Mum is back

July 14th 2013 10:33 pm
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We were happy to see her again - mostly because it means we can go outdoors again. It is still being stremely hot so outdoors is where we want to be.

I did ask my mum if she had a happy holiday. She sais it was perfect; she had been at the seaside and had been on outings and all sorts. The only downside was missing Josie and me.

"Were there no pets where you were to look after you?" I asked.

"None," she replied, "although I did see some relatives of yours at the zoo. There were lions and they looked like just you only rather larger and yellow."

"Did you rub their tummies?" I wanted to know. I think they would have liked that.

"No, strangely enough they kept us well out of arm's reach. Imagine wacky paw or a friendly nip scaled up and you'll see why."

Only I am allowed to give my mum wacky paw so I'm glad she didn't touch the lions. And we are happy she is home to play games and have snuggles with. I have heard that some cats sulk when their people go away but we are just happy to have her home.


Still hot hot hot

July 8th 2013 10:30 pm
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Yesterday mum set off like normal but much to our surprise came home an hour or so later. She explained that she is on holiday all this week. Actually she had gone for a blood test and now she was home and at our beck and call.

I'll be honest - I am a cat who thoroughly enjoys the weekends and makes the most of them. By Monday I'm ready for catch up sleep. I did go out some but I also slept more. You'll know how tired I was when I say mum did some card making and I didn't help. Normally I love picking out the things for her to stick on.

When a cat stretches out in a sunbeam, all contentedly, he does not necessarily want his tummy kissed. Mum said sorry but she just couldn't resist. Actually I did purr. I've been out so much I haven't had many snuggles with my mum and I had forgotten how good they feel.

"So you'll be home all week, just available for tummy rubs and snack times?" I asked.

Mum looked shame-faced - and well she might - for this morning out came Big Bag and she's started putting things in it. Swimming costume, sun tan lotion, camera....these are not the things she will need for a quiet week at home with Josie and me. It looks horribly like she is off away so don't worry if there's no diary for a time.


Hot Hot Hot!!

July 7th 2013 11:04 pm
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All weekend it's been hot and sunny. I can hardly bear to be indoors. Sadly no succesful hunts to report. Mum makes me come in just as twilight falls and the hunt gets good. She has no appreciation of the art.

Josie and mum cope with the hot by lolling about a lot. They watched the Wimbledon Final together although Josie said mum did some watching and soem covering her eyes saying, "I can't look!" Then opening them after a cheer and re-winding the point to watch when she knew it was safe.

Happy ending for us anyway. We were due a Champion!

One really important thing in hot is to drink plenty of water so when mum was carrying our water glasses to bed last night Josie and I were trailling her, very excited that we would finally be getting a drink. We both tried to push our faces in the glass at once in an attempt to get that delicious water.

Mum laughed and reminded us that we also have a bowl but it tastes better out of a glass I think.

I am not going to say how hot it is here as compared to some places it probably won't seem hot at all but for us it is. We don't cope well with snow and we don't cope well with hot!!


A Happy Day

July 4th 2013 10:35 pm
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It began with my mum being at home extra long so I got more garden time and still time for a tunny rub. I thought maybe she wasn't going to work at all but she said she was on a course that started a bit later.

"What will you be learning?" This is usually good for a laugh.

"Presentation Skills." I was not disappointed. I've come across that one before.

"Isn't that just telling people stuff?"

"In an interesting and engaging way," my mum said.

"So you mean yes." I pretended to give the matter some thought. "Don't you already know how to do that?"

"You can always learn a bit more," said my mum.

This is one of the many wonderful things about being a cat. We know enough and we're there, already perfect.

Anyway it meant she left a bit later and came home a bit early and she seemed happy that she learnt good stuff.

Then she logged on and Josie and I saw that we have loads of fireworks on our pages. The very best sort of fireworks that soar and sparkle but never go bang. Thank you so much to all our lovely friends.

And I was a Diary Pick. Life is truly good for this boy!!


My mum is wrong. Again.

July 3rd 2013 10:38 pm
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She says she doesn't want cats any more but she does. My mum without cats is unthinkable. It would be like morning time without breakfast, like a purr without a head bump. It just couldn't be.

I'll explain why she said what she said.

I caught a bird and brought it to the back door. It was only a little one and I didn't try and bring it in so I don't know what all the fuss was about. Josie wanted to bring it in and mum asked me if it was actually me that caught the last two that Josie had and yes, I am proud to say I am that mighty hunter.

Mum says she doesn't want me catching birds but they are such fun to chase.

Then Josie barfed up all her supper and mum had to clean it up and this is when the hurtful comments came. Mum reckons she doesn't want to be clearing up dead birds and barf.

I'm pretty sure mum doesn't really want us to move out. She takes quite a lot of looking after so I don't think she would get by without us to supervise. But just in case we were both on best behaviour for the rest of the evening and this morning I think she's forgotten.

Happy July 4th to all my American friends!! I'm wishing you all plenty of barbecue food and sunbeams to sleep in after and safe places to hide when the fireworks start.


The fox

July 2nd 2013 10:23 pm
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Yesterday morning I was innocently trotting about my garden seeing what I could see when there was a bang behind me. I looked up and there was an enormous fox, he was bigger than any animal has a right to be.

I did what any cat would do in such circumstances. I made myself big too, sideways on and every hair at full stretch. We stared at each other.

Then I heard my mum call me from indoors. I appreciated the thought but there was no way I was turning my back on that thing. I concentrated on being big and watching his every move.

Then my mum shouted at the fox. He glanced at her, "You and whose army?"

He was rather less brave when mum made good her threat and came rushing out in the garden. He was gone as suddenly as he had come. My mum walked up to where he had gone and saw a hole in the fence. Actually that's my hole for sneaking into next door's garden. I didn't think it was big enough for a fox if I'm honest.

Mum says she'll nail something over it.

"Leave a Toby sized hole when you do that," I requested.

We came in and gradually I brought myself back to normal size.

"Your tail was as big as the fox's" commented mum.

"All of me was as big as the fox," I corrected her. She started to say something but I fixed her with my beady stare and she didn't.

Naturally I am extremely brave but I hope I don't see that fox ever again. I think it would worry Josie too much.

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