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We are sort of back to normal

January 14th 2014 10:38 pm
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When the mum stays home she should half entertain and amuse her cats and half snuggle with them when they are sleepy. This is not what happened.

It took a while for all the water to go and Josie and I took full advantage by paddling in it then jumping on mum's bed although mum wasn't appreciative of our decorative paw prints at all.

In the night in the panic mum and Paul had taken pretty much everything out of every kitchen cupboard so that all went back and mum did cleaning and then she pulled up all the soggy carpet and underlay and threw it out.

Then she said, "Oh" for what she had forgotten was that the carpet is held in place by sticks with little teeth and she did not want Josie or me to step on the teeth so she put cardboard over where they are. I do not trust that the teeth won't break through so I jump right over it but Josie has stepped on it and seems to be OK.

Then a plumber man came and fixed everything and my mum said how wonderful to have water again. Us cats hadn't really missed it but she had.

So we have water and the floor is mostly dry but we don't have carpet in the bathroom or hall, just cardboard and a few rugs and mum is going back to work.



January 13th 2014 11:25 pm
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Yesterday was normal and we all went off to bed like normal. It was a quarter past three when it happen.

I was asleep on my chair and Josie was cuddled up with mum when we were all woken by the sound of gushing water.

"That had better be rain of Biblical proportions," said my mum and pulled back the curtain. No rain. "Oh no!" said my mum.

She went to see and it didn't take long. A pipe had burst on the bathroom and the floor was flooded. More water was spraying out alarmingly fast.

Mum pulled the side off the bath and found a tap but it was too stiff for her to turn. Then she ran looking in cupboards and things and all the time - more and more water spraying out.

In the end she ran away and came back with Paul from next door. Lots more rushing around. Josie and I ran to and fro to see if we could help but it seems like we couldn't.

Eventually Paul got the water stopped and he went. By this stage it was paddling deep for us cats and paddle we did and then spread our pawprints as we like to do. And mum went to bed and we settled on her. I don't mind admitting it had all been a bit scary there.

So now we have water soaking the floor but no water in the taps. Mum says she will buy some bottled water for us all to drink and she'll have to find a plumber today.

So the good news is that our bathroom is now a water-themed lesiure facility and mum is staying home today. The bad news is the radiators don't work so we have fan heaters on and we are a little afraid of them.


Neglected cats

January 12th 2014 10:40 pm
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Mum had a busy weekend which is fund for her but not so much fun for us. mainly we had our bowls put down and got to see her dash off again. She has promised to make it up to us next weekend but we're not sure that's good enough really.

She had even been hanging out with other cats. We could smell them on her and had to give her lots of headrubs to make her smell like ours again.

Josie did the best revenge - up on the mantlepiece, lean over and barf all the way down onto the floor. Ha ha!! That will show mum!!

Mum wasn't best pleased and serve her right. We hope she has learned her lesson.

I had intended to join in by biting mum but she got her hand away before I could. Apparently my tail gave me away. Bad tail - I must learn to control it.


There should be a law..

January 9th 2014 10:40 pm
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That if the mum, or anyone else for that matter, makes feeding the cats type noises in the kitchen, then they should be obliged to feed the cats.

Whilst it is true that we had already heard our supper last night when I heard the rip of a sachet being opened I ran in, all expectant, to see what tasty morsels were being offered up.

Mum looked at me and laughed.

"You wouldn't like it," she said.

"Try me," I replied. "I might."

But she was planting chilli seeds so she wouldn't. Not even planting a cat food tree or catnip or something useful. The seeds were in a little sachet which is what I had heard being opened.

"But my tummy is all rumbly now," I complained. "It needs filling." But mum just said I have biscuits if I'm hungry only it wasn't my biscuit belly that was empty.

Mum is so mean. Oh - and I have been playing in the cube. Mum was throwing toys on the top and I was pinging them off. I had forgotten how much fun the Cube can be!


Toys I do not play with

January 8th 2014 10:38 pm
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The Cube is still sitting there. I do not play with it.

Mum looked at me.

"Someone did," she commented.

"How do you know?" I asked, "I mean, what makes you think that?"

"It's rolled over since last night."

"Maybe it was you," I suggested.

But mum is pretty sure she doesn't play with Cubes so it was one of us. (It was me but don't tell her!!)

And then she asked about another toy which is one we got for Christmas and never play with. It's a wibbly thing and mum puts treats in it. You knock it with your paw and eventually the treats fall out and you can crunch them up and they are delicious.

We never play with it as mum should just give us the treats.

"It's true I've never seen either of you play with it but how come if I ever put any in they are always gone when I get home and I find the wibbler all over the place?" mum wanted to know.

All that curiosity - she should be a cat! We won't tell her anyway. She can be left mystified.


Our Surprise

January 7th 2014 10:34 pm
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Mum made the rain stop. I knew she could do it if she could just be bothered so Josie and I went in the garden and took full advantage of that.

We came back in and Josie curled up on mum's lap and I nestled next to her and I asked why she hadn't done that sooner.

"I can't control the weather. That wasn't your surprise."

Then we looked on Catster and I was a Daily Diary. That did make me feel special and happy. So that was my surprise!

"No. I don't control that either," said my mum. "Haven't you seen your actual surprise?"

She pointed across the room, all proud and happy with herself.

I looked.

"What is it?"

"Don't you remember?"

When I was a kitten I had a cube to play in - there's pictures on my page of me in it and I loved it. But I loved it so much it got shredded and mum threw it away. But yesterday, there, in pride of place, was a brand new cube.

I looked at my mum.

"I'm not a kitten any more," I said. "I don't want it."

Mum muttered about never understanding cats. It's staying put anyway as she thinks I will want to play in it. She reckons I've forgotten how much fun it can be. We'll see.


So that's what it is

January 6th 2014 10:38 pm
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Last night mum tripped over our Christmas present - again.

"Are you two ever going to use your Massage Centre?" she asked.

"Our what?" I asked.

The snake part has a ball in. I have tapped it and it rolls but I can't get it out so get bored fairly quickly but I didn't know the round part was called Massage Centre.

"You rub against it and get delicious sensations," said my mum, "like the cat on the box is doing."

I looked at her coldly. "Surely that's your job - to rub our fur and give us delicious sensations." She is getting very lazy.

"So can I take that as a no?"

"You can."

So mum's going to move it out of her way. I am so fed up with the rain and not being able to play outdoors but my mum says she has a surprise for me tonight that she thinks will cheer me up. I wonder what it is.


Christmas is over

January 5th 2014 10:39 pm
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Mum took down all the decorations yesterday and she was sad to so that. Josie wasn't - there have been cards in many of the places Josie likes to sit and now they are hers again. I was when I saw mum bundle all the baubles and tinsel and tree ornaments in a bag but luckily we had removed our favourite and she had missed it. We have a green felt star that is an excellent toy and it was behind the armchair at the time so we get to keep it.

Mum sighed and said she will miss Christmas but we reminded her that she can give us special food and presents any time she likes so she doesn't have to miss it too much.

It is still cold and wet here but we've seen poor people flooded out of their homes and we've seen the snow-storms in America and it doesn't seem so bad really.

Mum baked cookies yesterday and then watched an old musical while Josie sat on her lap and I nestled next to her and winter may not be so bad really. Cosy is good!


People noses

January 2nd 2014 10:29 pm
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I was sleeping on my chair this morning when I heard mum say, "Josie?"


"PLease stop doing that."

A pause.

"I mean it. Stop right now."

Mum thinks she likes to sleep on her side so Josie waits until mum is asleep and then by dint of patient nudging and pushing rolls my mum onto her front. Then Josie likes to sleep on mum's back - it's soft, warm and mum breathes nicely giving Josie a gentle rocking. Mum grumbles about waking up with a sore neck but hasn't worked out a way to stop Josie so it's all good.

On this occasion Josie wasn't asleep. She was awake and contemplating the mysteries of life when she spotted one - why are people noses so big and funny? Josie reached out and patted mum's - several times to be sure. Apparently claws on your nose is a horrid way to wake up. Mum's fault for having a comedy nose of course.

Mum rolled and Josie hasn't worked out how to stop her doing that so she jumped off. I would call that a draw as neither got what they wanted.

It's nearly the weekend again. More mum time. Hoorah!


Keeping our New Year Resolutions

January 1st 2014 10:31 pm
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Oh yes - we're all doing really well.

Mum just looked at me funny. "I saw you beating up Josie yesterday," she said.

I did do that, it is true. "I thought that was one of yours," I replied.

"Why would I have a resolution about not beating up the poor poppet? I've never done that."

"You might have seen me do it, thought it looked fun, decided to give it a go and then resolved not to," my explanation makes perfect sense.

But mum said she has never attacked a cat and never wanted to. Oh - so maybe that was one of mine.

Oh well - might as well start 2014 as I mean to go on. Anyway it wasn't my fault, it was the cold, wet weather. I did try going out but after a couple of minutes was all miserable so I came back in the warm and dry. I was still full of pouncing energy though and I saw Josie and the rest was inevitable. To be fair to me I think Josie needed a good run as much as I did so really I am the kind and thoughtful cat in this situation.

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