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My mum is jealous of me

July 3rd 2012 10:41 pm
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It's too rainy to be outdoors this morning so I've been amusing myself indoors. Sometimes I'll be strolling along when I'll see a tasty snack just lying there waiting to be eaten. Or is it? It could be a corner of a treat that Josie didn't quite finish or a little bug or other good thing or it could be a little stone off mum's shoe or a scrap of plastic off a wrapper that mum didn't see fall or other bad thing. One way to find out - munch it.

Mum is jealous of my ability to find snacks on what she thought was clean carpet so when she sees me chewing nowhere near a food bowl she grabs me, "What are you eating? Spit it out!" and that happened this morning only I was able to swallow fast so mum will never know.

"Don't blame me if you get poorly sick from eating that", she said but I won't.

And her other reason for being jealous is me being a Diary Pick of the Day. "Did you ever get picked?" I asked her. I know the answer to that question and that's why I especially enjoy asking it. She looked at me. "I expect I'm your Pick of the Day though, aren't I Toby?"

"Most days" I answered and then could see from her face that was the wrong answer but some days she takes me to the vet or gives me flea treatment and some days my other friends visit and bring treats and new toys and they would be my pick. How to get out of this one? I thought fast. "Some days it's Josie."

Good answer Toby! Good thinking. But I think I had best give her a moment to think about that one while I face the rain and I'm sure she'll have mellowed by the time I get back.



July 2nd 2012 10:48 pm
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It has been raining here but I love to be outdoors so much that I have been darting about in the undergrowth, being an intrepid explorer of the long grass and making full use of the cover of the trees and bushes.

It's very important that the creatures don't see me coming so I put on camouflage of mud, twigs and leaves. The other good thing about having an outer coat of mud and twigs and leaves is that mum is much less likely to pick me up for a cuddle when I come back in. Once she did that just before she went to work and she was wearing a lovely pristine white top. Not after cuddling me it wasn't. She looked like she was trying to be in camouflage and she didn't think that would go down too well at work.

Yesterday, among all my stuff was a small slug. He had disguised himself as a blob of mud and he hoped to escape the damp and dirty world outside for the glamour of an indoors existence . Once we were safely through the door he jumped down. Unfortunately for him he jumped a bit too early and my mum saw him. Thinking he was mud she scooped him up and then dropped him almost as fast making that high pitched eeky sound that she does sometimes.

Sadly for slugs one thing they can't do is run with any particular speed so he was in the dustpan and flying out of the door about thirty seconds later.

It was a brave attempt my friend - although maybe not thought through enough.

I have been out this morning again but it is still wet and Josie wants to play indoors this morning so I have to go and chase her now.


Timing is everything

July 1st 2012 10:53 pm
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It is funny to be outdoors, see mum wash the kitchen floor and wait until she is completely done before running in with muddy paws. That's good timing.

It is not so funny to run in while it's still very wet and skid onto the fridge and bump yourself. That's bad timing.

The other bad bit of timing we had was when mum pushed open my door to let me in and I pushed forward at the same time and she banged my head. The next time I wanted to come in I didn't know what to do. I wanted to come in but I didn't want my head banged again. So I stood outside asking to come in but every time my mum came and pushed the door open I looked at her like she was an evil monster and wouldn't come in.

This went on until a sharp rain shower decided me to take the risk and I think my mum has learnt her lesson and she didn't bump me.

Other than that we had a happy peaceful weekend, lots of sleeping, lots of playing and lots of running outdoors. I love summer time.


I was right - of course

June 28th 2012 10:36 pm
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It was a hot night last night so mum let us run outdoors until the last minute. Josie got very excited by this and was in and she was out and she was running all about.

Then bed-time. We all settled down. My mum, stretched out on top of the duvet to try and be cool, me lying like a good, quiet boy next to her and Josie. Well, what can I say?

We were all just dozing off when scrinkle, crinkle, scrinkle. "What are you doing cats?" mumbled mum. Then she realised that I was doing nothing. "Josie?"

Josie had found our crinkly tunnel only it was the wrong way up so she was trying to turn it round. Mum went over and moved both cat and tunnel so we could be quiet again.

We settled down again. Then like something out of a horror movie, a very slow, scary creak of a door opening.

"What now?" Josie was lying on the carpet, leaning against the wardrobe door, closing it very very slowly making that satisfying creaking noise.

"Now do you want to trade her for Tabby?" I asked. Mum said she wasn't so sure Tabby would be the peaceful night-time companion I'm imagining but I'm pretty sure he would.

So I was right about the whole cat trade thing only mum won't admit it. It's sunny again this morning so I'm off out to find Tabby and tell him.


My mate Tabby

June 27th 2012 10:39 pm
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Although we still have some rain it is warm so I am outdoors as much as I can be and mostly playing games with my new mate. We have so much fun.

Yesterday I came in and when I looked back he was still outdoors. "Why doesn't he come in?" I asked mum. "Because he can't. He doesn't have a magic collar" she said.

I thought she should let him in but mum says two cats are quite enough. Myabe we could trade. Tabby looks like he has a home so maybe they would like Josie instead?

Mum has a particular way of looking at me when she doesn't think my idea is a good one and she gave me that look then. And that's nothing to how Josie looked at me. She is very happy with the current arrangements. No sense of adventure that girl!

Mum did admit to nearly letting the little black cat in a few times. She sees a small black face peering in the cat flap and she thinks it's me. Luckily he has no white medal on his chest so she realises in time it isn't.

tabby is out there now so I have to go out and carry on our game of Kitty Tag. I am in the lead.


All back to normal

June 26th 2012 10:39 pm
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Yesterday was good as my mum got up and gave me cuddles and then Nicky got up and mum went to work and Nicky stayed behind and I got more cuddles but Nicky has gone now so we are all back to normal.

One conversation interested me. At some point in the future mum is to stay in Norfolk again and for a few days. She said she was worried about me being shut indoors for all the time she is gone so Nicky said, "Bring him." Mum said, "What about the kittens?" And they had a think about whether I would get on with the kittens as they are sociable and I am too or whether I would prefer to stay here and I don't think they have decided.

Mum said if I would wear a collar there would be no problem as I could come and go but I've won that particular battle.

Anyway mum says nothing exciting is due to happen for awhile. I already miss all the extra fuss but Josie is happy to have our mum to herself again.


Tummy rubs

June 25th 2012 10:37 pm
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Yesterday morning felt quite normal. My mum got up, I had a run outdoors and then I came in for my morning strokes and tummy rubs and all was well. Then my friend Nicky got up - she had been staying over. She sat where my mum usually sits while they chatted so I sat in my usual place and Nicky gave me strokes and tummy rubs. Double love, a good start to the day. But then I had enough so I bit her. Not hard but she should have realised!

They chatted and chatted and suddenly mum said "the train leaves in half an hour and we're still in our pyjamas" and there was lots of frantic running around and no tummy rubs at all.

They were gone all day and it got dark and they were still gone and then they came back. They had been at Wimbledon to watch the tennis. I don't think I would like to watch people flipping a ball about as I would want to get stuck in and chase the ball myself. My mum said that running on court and chasing the ball yourself is very much frowned on at tennis tournaments and so they hadn't done that.

Nicky stayed over again so I thnk I'll be getting double tummy rubs again today although mum says not if I keep biting people I won't.


Ice cream is not for cats

June 24th 2012 10:35 pm
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My mum has been so very busy lately but on Saturday she said she had nowhere to go and was looking forward to some quality cat time. Well, she may have had nowhere to go but I did. I was out playing with my new chums most of the day. I think Josie had some snuggle time with mum.

Luckily I didn't miss out on the top treat of the day, a little cream. Mmmm! I love cream. Mum was beating it up and stirring it with other things and in the freezer it went.

Sunday was another happy day and I helped mum change the sheets in the spare room and tidy up generally. In the evening first my friend Dee came over and than Nicky who is the friend I stayed with in Norfolk on my epic adventures there.

They ate and one thing they ate was from the tub in the freezer. Mum said it was home-made lemon and mint ice cream and everyone said just how delicious it was. I wanted to try some but I know mum doesn't like to see me on the table when people are eating.

She got their bowls and cleared them to the kitchen. She doesn't like to see me on the sides in the kitchen either but I thought that as long as she was busy chatting she would never know. It didn't take long to find the bowls and lick as much as I could from them. I jumped down satisfied with myself. They would never know!

But it would seem that lemon and mint ice cream may not be the best thing for cats' tummies. I started feeling very peculier indeed. Better out than in so I went just outdoors and got on with the matter in hand.

I heard someone say, "Probably a furball" and then "is that ice cream?" and then "yeuch!" and mum said she wasn't sure that it could be and then she checked the bowls and I think saw tongue marks on the spoons.

So we've both learnt a valuable lesson. Mum has learnt that she should crack on with the washing up right awayand I've learnt that lemon and mint isn't for me. That won't stop me trying other flavours if I get the chance though.


My dilemma

June 21st 2012 10:36 pm
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A dilemma is when you really want to do one thing and you really want to do another thing all at the same time. Which will you choose? And that is what happened to me last night.

It rained in the day but when mum got home from work it had stopped so she opened the big doors for the garden. Excellent. As you can imagine I was straight outdoors - and before long there was my tabby friend too.

Mum always says for her friends to come indoors so I asked him if he would like to and as mum wasn't in the sitting room he came in and had a good sniff around. "You have a lovely home" he said as he does have excellent manners. Then mum came in the room and he isn't sure about her yet so he went back in the garden.

I went with him and we were playing chase games. Then my dilemma - mum called me in. Would I go? She had a bag of treats in her hand and they looked like the new Felix ones I like best but chase games with Tabby are fun. I came half way to my mum then ran back for more games.

Mum called me again and I ignored her. Rustle, rustle went the bag of treats. "Toby - I have to go out" she called. But chase games are good too.

In the end she actually came out to get me and I had to go in. And they were the Felix treats! But I wish I could have had treats and games too. I hope Tabby is back this evening. He is so cool.


More visitors

June 20th 2012 10:39 pm
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Yesterday Uncle Bill came to stay. He is working in London and would normally stay in a hotel but they are all full on account of a thing which is called Lympics and it must be very special as everyone always says Oh! Lympics and it is happening not so very far away from us. It isn't happening yet but people are arriving it would seem.

As they weren't paying for a hotel his people had said he could take my mum out to dinner but they would rather stay home with us cats so they had pizza instead. And we had a brilliant evening running in and out and even Josie was leaping after bugs in the garden.

Mum was telling Uncle Bill about my little tabby friend and then she said "there he is" and there he was. He came indoors again, just a little bit further this time and I watched him. Then I went out and we were playing and it was fun.

They talked until it was late so we could make the most of the fine evening and I am glad we did as mum was right. In the night it started to rain again. I woke my mum up to tell her but she wasn't as grateful as you would think.

I haven't been outdoors this morning on account of wanting to stay dry. On the plus side mum and I had a snuggle and we haven't done that in a few days.

Mum has put some new biscuits down for us so I have to go and test them out now.

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