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Catster blogs in peril

July 11th 2016 10:45 pm
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My mum went to work yesterday but she must have pined for us because she came back. Some excuse about a cancelled train but we see right through her.

Anyway she was checking her e-mails and she said, "There's one for you Toby, from Timo."

I was all happy as Timo is a splendid cat and it's been a while since we heard from him but then I heard what he had to say and I wasn't so happy.

For Catster is looking to stop the blogs, maybe from next week. Ever since I came to live with my mum I have been writing about my life and Josie's sometimes and I've been reading other cats' blogs and we have very many special friends here. And my mum has all of Henry's stuff here (she reckons she wouldn't have got through those terrible days after he went without the love and support of all his Catster friends) .

Mum signed a petition today and she's going to send an e-mail to see if there's anything that can be done to save our blogs. We're purring for a good outcome.


I have lovely manners

July 10th 2016 10:17 pm
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Ask anyone. And when we have visitors I like to say hello. Even when they are the miniature visitors which are called children.

For we had five of my mum's nephews and nieces to visit at the weekend - at different times - and they all had one question, after they had petted me.

"Can we give him treats?"

So I had lots. I was actually getting quite full but it's important to be polite so I made myself keep going. This is what we call a good weekend.

Josie is less well-mannered and refused to leave her bed. Children are a bit noisier and jumpier than grown-ups but they are also more generous with the Dreamies so Josie did rather miss out.


Not a tennis fan

July 6th 2016 10:40 pm
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Normally watching TV with my mum is nice. I settle on the arm of the sofa next to her to get my pets and Josie either goes on her lap or behind her and we all snooze off, contented and happy and peaceful.

Not last night though. Not at all.

There is nothing peaceful about mum watching Andy Murray at Wimbledon. "Oh no!" and "Not in the net!" and "How did that happen?" and all sorts. I had to move and attempt to sleep at some distance from her. Still not easy for the shouting.

We were relieved when she had to go out - although there was muttering of "I can't go" but she did and we got our much needed shut-eye.

He won though so it means we'll have to do it all again on Friday.


Josie's tray

July 5th 2016 10:25 pm
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I could hear my mum talking to Josie, saying, "Just give me a minute you crazy cat."

This I had to see so I trotted in.

They were both on the sofa. Josie had clearly wanted to sleep on her tray but my mum had selfishly left it on the floor. Mum was therefore trying to put it on the sofa. Only Josie was so keen to be sleeping on the tray that she was trying to climb on it even as my mum slid it under her.

This wasn't working well for either of them.

Josie is not the sharpest claw on the paw.

I mocked her with a firm meow.

"Don't you start," said my mum. But if there's attention to be had - I want my share!!


Good with technology

July 4th 2016 10:08 pm
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Now my mum works from home sometimes I have been learning more about technology. Turns out I have quite a knack for it.

My proudest achievement so far has been switching mum's laptop to Airplane mode without her realising. She was checking her router and turning things on and off which was funny to watch.

I also managed to mess with her e-mail login so she now has to keep proving she isn't a robot.

Josie tries but doesn't get on with technology like I do. She has only managed a bit of typing.


Unfair things

July 3rd 2016 10:33 pm
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At the weekend friends came for lunch. Including Nahid - who rescued Josie when she was a stray and never turns up without something nice for us cats.

There was wine which was opened and some people had a glass; there were chocklits which were opened and handed round; there were kitty treats which were opened and I had some and there was Sheba cat food which was opened and ... Was it heck?!

I'm pretty sure Nahid would have loved watching me enjoy that but my mum took it and said thank you and we would have it later. How is that fair?

Also, I was the good cat. The sociable cat. I let everyone admire my handsome coat and give me treats and was generally a good host. Josie was noticeable by her absence.

Eventually my mum lured her out from under the bed with lik-e-liks. So Josie's poor manners were rewarded whilst I went without. Well, no, of course I didn't. I made sure I got more than Josie did because I deserved it of course.

You have to make your own fairness in this life!


Josie was a worried cat

June 30th 2016 10:58 pm
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Last might my mum did not come home from work.

"I think she's gone on holiday again," said Josie, with a heavy sigh. I was more cautious. Big bag was in its place and she never goes way without it.

Happily I was right - my mum was just working late. Josie went completely loopy when mum walked in. Well, she's not exactly normal at the best of times but she did that running and jumping thing like she thinks she's a bouncy ball.

That does make my mum laugh which Josie doesn't mind. If my mum is home she doesn't mind anything really. No pride, that cat! At least one of us retained our dignity.



June 28th 2016 10:18 pm
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Sometimes a bad thing can be a little bit good.

My mum went out yesterday to visit my friend Dee. Dee had an operation at the weekend but is home now.

"Are you going to check that her cone isn't too tight?" asked Josie. I never had a cone but Josie has.

"Dee doesn't have a cone," said my mum.

Josie looked quite concerned. "But how will she stop chewing on the stitches on her tummy and getting poorly?"

This is the voice of bitter experience for Josie.

"I don't think she's bendy enough," said my mum.

This is probably true. I've seen my mum bending and she isn't half as wiggly as a cat. Normally that would be a bad thing but if it means not having to wear a cone then maybe it's just a little bit good too.


Cool cat

June 23rd 2016 10:26 pm
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My mum has been telling us about her holiday. Her friends have two cats - and a dog. Whilst cats are discerning creatures and will assess new arrivals and bestow attention on individual merit, dogs will take a cuddle from anyone.

So my mum had arrived and was stroking the dog (she is weird like that) when one of the cats recognised a good petting technique and came over for his strokes.

My mum has two hands so one hand petted the cat and one hand petted the dog.

Obviously an unsatisfactory situation from the cat's point of view. Undivided attention is what he sought so ...whacky paw. One firm smack on the dog and the dog was gone. Problem solved.

Mum said that the dog is bigger than both cats put together but the cats are very much in charge.

Cool cats. I like them already!


Mum is home

June 22nd 2016 11:44 pm
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She came back late last night. She now owes me a week's worth of cuddles and I am determined to get them.

Josie has just been going crazy.

Neither of us is managing to play it cool as we had planned!

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