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August 22nd 2012 10:41 pm
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I have my breakfast in the kitchen. Whilst Josie has yet to repeat the triumph of having her meal served to her on the mantlepiece she does often wander round, followed by mum holding a bowl. Once Josie feels comfortably out of my reach she stops and down goes the bowl.

This morning as we were eating my mum was taking laundry off the airer which was dry. She was folding a t-shirt at the exact moment I looked up and decided it was time to switch bowls. Josie (in the hall) caught my eye and started to move away but then, quick as a flash, mum held the t-shirt like a matador's cape and I could no longer see my target. From the continued sounds of eating Josie was happy now she could no longer see me.

Several times I attempted to evade the matador cape but mum swished and swirled it and all we needed was some dramatic music. In the end I had to go back to my own bowl. Life can be so unfair!



August 22nd 2012 12:42 pm
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1) Tell me your funny Christmas story.

I was really scared of the tree - until the day before mum took it away. I'll take full advantage this year!!

2) Where's your favourite hiding place when playing hide and go seek?

I can't say - my mum doesn't know and then she would find out. Suffice to say she can't find me when I choose not to be found. I only wish I could resist the lure of the treat drawer!

3) What did you dream of being as a young kit?

Much as I am - totally adored and worshipped!

4) What's your favourite hobby? Anything goes.

Frog hunting.

5) What’s your one "bad habit" that you love and your Mom hates?

Dribbling when I get special cuddles. Sometimes I lean right in her ear and dribble there so she'll really know how much I love her. For some reason she doesn't like that.

6) If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

East, West, Home's best! But sometimes mum and I do Google Steet View to see where my Catster friends live. They live in some amazing places!

7) What is your guilty pleasure? Food, skirts and suits or cars? What?

What does guilty mean? As a cat everything I do is completely jusitifed.

8) What is your favourite make believe monster? And yes girls, unicorns and fairies are included. Post a pic of this mysterious beast.

Loch Ness Monster - rarely seen, never known to upset a cat and a long way away from my home.

9) What is the one dreaded thing you have to do at home? Babysitting, taking baths, entertaining guests....what is your dread?

Mum cuddles me. I put up with it as she likes it but I don't really.


Happy Evening

August 21st 2012 10:35 pm
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Last night I was outside hunting when suddenly I felt the splash of enormous raindrops. I made a run for it and luckily got inside before the rain really came down.

I found mum watching TV and Josie watching mum. Every now and then mum sneaked a peek at Josie and found those green eyes still focussed on her. After a while she said, "You have to stop staring at me Josie. It's freaking me out."

Turns out ever since Josie found out about mum and her not knowing the right way to breathe she's been very worried about her and thinks she must keep watching in case mum needs reminding how.

Time for the Tobester to step in as neither looked very happy. I scrambled up on to the table. "I can run to the front door and back in less than one second. Watch me go!" And I did - the fact the table is shiny and I skidded back on to it doesn't mean I wasn't there.

I was just the distraction they needed. Mum got out my toy box and was throwing my foam balls and mice for me to chase. We haven't played that game in months aqnd I had forgottn how much fun it is. Josie joined in and I don't think you could have found a happier home in the whole wide world than ours last night.


More things cats can teach people

August 20th 2012 10:30 pm
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My mum has been on another course. You would think she would be really clever by now but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

I too like to learn so I asked her about what it.

"It was Presentation Skills"

"What's that?"

"It's about things like how to get everybody's attention when you walk in a room."

Now if I don't want mum to see me then the first she will know is my paw hooking a tasty morsel off her plate but if I want the atention....

"Don't you just walk in the middle and say hello, I'm Toby"

"But I'm not"

I could see her problem.

"What else did you learn?"

"I don't want to tell you."

"But you will..."

"We learned how to breathe".

Now my mum may not be the sharpest claw on the paw but I've never doubted her ability to breathe. In, out all day. She seems to manage that no problem.

Anyway turns out there is a reason. Us cats breathe properly, you'll see the movement is right down our bodies but people breathe from too high up their lungs.

"So now we've established that I have a better strategy, I am the natural Leader and I can even breathe better than you."

"It does look that way."

Every time my mum takes a course she learns even more how magnificent cats are so maybe the time isn't wasted after all.


Warm weekend

August 19th 2012 10:40 pm
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It was very warm this weekend. I reckoned it must be at least as hot as my friends have it but mum says it probably wasn't even 90 but it was hot for us.

I couldn't bear to be indoors and luckily mum was mostly home so almost the whole weekend I was out. When I did come in I found mum and Josie huddled in front of the fan to stay cool. The other cat we think was out was little Leo, the kitten from next door. Mum knew he was due his second lot of shots and they were planning to let him see the wonderful world of garden and we heard them calling him so it sounds like he liked it.

It was also Josie's Gotcha Day. Mum and Josie have been together for a whole five years. Mum asked Josie what she would like to do to celebrate. Josie gave this important question much thought.

"I would like to play with my feather stick and then have some dleicious food and then sleep on my bed WITHOUT Toby attacking me."

This was the most difficult thing anyone has asked of me and it's lucky I was so busy outside and I was able to leave Josie be all day. I am very proud of myself.

Actually she and mum were having such a good time Josie did try and stop me coming back in one time. She had found her Inner Tiger and I was getting smacky paw and I hadn't even done anything. Mum made her stop as this is my home too.


My favourite visitor ever

August 16th 2012 10:31 pm
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A few nights ago I was helping my mum shop on the puter. And my helpfulness really paid off when the man came last night.

Mum answered the door and there he was with boxes and boxes of cat food. Everyone should arrive like that! Mum looked at it and asked if there was anything for her in the boxes and the man looked and he found some diet cola but that was pretty much it. Our normal food, our special food, our biscuits and some treats.

When mum was putting it all away she wondered if she could really have ordered so much but of course I had been there helpfully reminding her. "Cat food is heavy so you might as well get plenty while he's coming"

Turns out though just because there is a lot we don't get extra portions. Actually because it's been warm we haven't been so hungry as normal. We are on half rations. Mum says she doesn't mind how much we eat but she is danged if she is throwing food away every day.

Nearly the weekend - we're ready for happy times with mum.


Josie being crazy cat

August 15th 2012 10:34 pm
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Last night we were all being normal. Josie and I had a good run in the garden (no frogs yesterday - they do seem to come out more when it's wet and it was a sunny evening). Then we came in. I curled up on my bed and Josie was perched on the back of the armchair and mum was watching something on TV that was making her laugh.

Then all of a sudden Josie leapt up, sprang into the air and bounded out of the room.

We both looked at her. I said, "No idea". Josie ran through again "Chaaaaarrrggee!" she was calling and indeed she did. Mum asked if I didn't want to join in but I was enjoying the show.

Mum says I am always a bit crazy and but Josie is mostly normal with little pockets of crazy. Apparently that's more disconcerting.

I said there's nothing crazy about it and she should try just running around bouncing off things as it is fun and you don't need a reason. Maybe it would make her work day more interesting? Mum said this is why cats don't work in offices. If you can't bounce this is why cats don't want to work in offices!


Good manners

August 14th 2012 10:34 pm
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Mum went out yesterday evening to see my friend Alison. The set up there is very similar to ours - handsome younger boy cat and beautiful older tortie cat.

Mum came back full of praise for Sandy which is the younger cat. She reckons I should go and stay with them and have Sandy teach me some manners.

"What do you mean?"

"I was telling them how you always take Josie's food and they told me that at mealtimes Sandy waits until Minnie has had enough to eat before he starts."

"Why would he do that?"

"He is a gentleman cat."

I pondered this but have decided not to be a gentleman cat after all. He does run the terrible risk of missing out on something in the other bowl after all.

Mum said on reflection it might be more that Minnie taught Sandy to do that when he arrived as a kitten and maybe Josie needs to go on Assertiveness Training and get in touch with her Inner Tiger.

I do not wish this to happen. I am very content with things just the way that they are!


Good chase games

August 13th 2012 10:37 pm
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We can tell the Lympics are over as when the atheletes flew away they took the sunshine they had brought with them and we are back to rainy weather. Everyone here is very happy with how they went and we'll miss watching the exciting contests every day.

But us cats are never down for long. Josie and I were both full of energy yesterday and even after mum had gone to bed we were chasing each other all around. Sometimes I love to have a sisfer.

This morning my mum wanted to know why we hadn't tidied up after the chases though. It is true that quite a few things weren't where she had left them and the throw slid down the chair all on its own. I'm sure it did.

Anyway I'm too busy frog hunting this morning to be bothered about tidying up so she'll have to do it herself. And I reckon some things look better on the floor. It's not like we actually broke anything.


Surprise visitors

August 12th 2012 10:45 pm
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On Saturday Paul came round and asked if mum had seen Nipper. Nipper is a handsome black cat like me who lives next door. He was due to go to the vet and although they had locked their cats' door he had lived up to his name and nipped somehow.

They went in the garden to see if he was hiding somewhere there and I went to help looking in the places I would go if I wanted to avoid a vet visit.

Turns out when you are looking for one black cat having another black cat skulking about isn't particularly helpful.

Mum said, "I see a black tail. It moved that way." And they both went to look but it was MY tail.

You'll be glad to know that Nipper was found all very smug and pleased with himself a safe time after it was too late to go to the vet. He was indoors so they don't know if he was all the time and hiding or if he had managed to get out and come home again.

Next time I see him I must ask him and get some top tips!

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