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I have forgotten something important

February 4th 2014 10:40 pm
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There is a cosy throw on our cat bed. Josie likes to snuggle herself underneath it where she is snug as a bug in a rug and all you can see is a big cat shaped lump and maybe a paw at the edge.

I would like to do this too and I know that I have done it ... but I can't remember how. I sit on it and I dig and dig but I just can't get through to that cosy den underneath.

I've asked Josie but she won't tell me. I asked mum and she said I have to go in from the side but that's crazy talk. I don't want to be at the side, I want to be in the middle. If only I could remember the way...

It was very windy and rainy here last night. We were extremely happy to be indoors where we're safe and warm.

 

A Happy Cat Story

February 3rd 2014 10:12 pm
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We heard some good news about a cat and like to share happy stories. It happened to a friend of a friend of my mum.

Eighteen months ago her beloved tortie went missing. They looked everywhere, put up posters, the lot. Time ticked by and they were resigned to never seeing her again.

Last week there was a phone call. The cat had walked into a bar, not actually that far away. A kindly bartender, recognising a kitty in need, gave her some food and was able to check her collar and get her name and telephone number and the rest is history.

Her owner didn't dare believe her cat was alive and well until she saw her with her own eyes but there she was - bedraggled and in need of feeding up but no worse than that.

The cat has remembered everything about her old home - where she likes best to sleep, where the food is kept etc. Unfortunately she has forgotten the existence of her brother and there have been some arguments but nothing too vicious and they'll settle down. Maybe he doesn't recognise her - she has a session at the local grooming parlour booked in to restore her fur as best as can be while good love and home life do their restorative work inside.

So much happiness for everyone involved as hope had well and truly been given up and appreciation for all the bartenders out there!! (My mum said that - I said - all the people who help a kitty in need.)

 

It Worked - Thank you Timo Katze!

February 2nd 2014 10:34 pm
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On Friday we all sat down and read the instructions and my mum followed them very carefully and then she pressed the final button to make it work - and seconds later.

"Did it work?" she wondered. "That was very fast."

So we had a look and there were our pages.

"Is it just connecting to the site?" mum pondered. "I didn't think it would be such an exact copy."

So she switched the net off and we could still look at the pages and mum did a big smile and said, "I think we did it!"

Timo Katze does good instructions.

Now we just need to find a new home for my blog.

Our other excitement was carpet man who did come. When I walked in my mum asked, "Are you alright with the cats?" which I thought was rather cheeky. The question should be were we alright with him.

He looked at what we had and mum was right - he had nothing quite such poor quality as we used to have in his bag so our new carpet will be all fluffy and lovely so that's good. It will be blue like our old one. We don't know when they will come to fit it yet. There's no rush - I haven't eaten all the black powder yet!

 

Being a happy cat

January 30th 2014 11:07 pm
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My mum went to the soup market yesterday and came back all stocked up with kitty food. I love to see those boxes piled up and know that Josie and I are going to be just fine. She also bought us a cat-sized box to jump in. Some idiot had put a toaster in the box but once mum had that out it worked just fine.

So we played some games and had some more of the food Nahid gave us and all went to bed. I dreamed happy dreams and woke up thinking how lucky I am really. I thought it so much I had to go and tell my mum right away. I gave her loads of purrs and headrubs.

She stroked me back and said she loved me too but then she kept saying, "Enough love now Toby. I need to sleep." There can never be too much love so I just kept going - more headrubs, more purrs. "Really, really enough now," said but I was undeterred.

Anyway she didn't need to be sleeping and I knew that for today is D-Day - Download Day. Also known as Carpet Man Day. No work for mum and she'll be steeling herself and getting all my blogs off of Catster and to somewhere safe and we'll also be helping her choose our new carpets so a pretty exciting day all round.

Wish my mum luck with the moving of blogs. She is no techno-head and our paws are too big to hit the keys so we can't do it for her.

 

Nice people and bad mum

January 29th 2014 10:57 pm
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Yesterday my mum came home and was emptying things out of her handbag.

"I didn't know you did that," I commented.

"What?" she asked, taking the fourth sachet of cat food out of the bag and placing it with the others.

"Carried food around with you. I expect you like to be prepared in case you meet a hungry kitty or face an empty-bowl related emergency."

I looked more closely. "That's the deluxe stuff!"

"It's for you and Josie. Nahid sent it for you. It arrived in an Internal Envelope at work today which did surprise me."

I love Nahid.

"I expect she wanted us to have it all at once."

"No," said my mean mum. "You can have a little but later."

We did and it was extra specially delicious. So delicious I concentrated on eating mine and didn't even think of taking Josie's. So we have three and a half sachets left meant for me and Josie and I don't know when mum will let us have them. She is so mean - first the black powder now this. She can't claim that kitty food is bad for us.

 

Foraging for my own food

January 28th 2014 10:32 pm
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I have discovered a delicious black powder to eat. It's in the hall. We still have some bits of carpet left in place. If I slide my paw under I get lots of tasty powder to eat.

My mum says it's dessicated underlay and cannot be good for me. She sweeps it up and throws it away and tells me off - so next time I have to strech further.

I wondered when we are getting new carpets and mum said partly the problem is her - she's been so busy at work that she couldn't take time off to meet the insurers who have to see the mess.

"This morning, for example," she said, "I was running 'Realise Your Potential' which is all about being the best possible you that you can be."

I was bemused. "How could I possibly be any better?"

She started to speak but I interrupted her before she could say anything that might embarrass us both. "Maybe it's for the Josies of this world."

Anyway we established that carpet man will be coming on Friday and that means mum taking a day off work which we always enjoy. And she said while she's here waiting she will take a deep breath and follow the instructions so kindly sent to us by Timo and get my blogs safely moved. And then backed up. This is a good plan and I like it.

 

Cold Cats

January 27th 2014 10:44 pm
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We are cold! Mum says it isn't nearly so cold for us as it is for many of you right now but it is cold enough.

Yesterday mum popped out. When she comes back from a long time away we are, naturally, always there when she walks through the door to demand food.........I mean... to greet her. But popping out is popping out. When she came back she walked in the sitting room, looked all round and said, "Hm. Where are my cats?" and she went in the bedroom.

"That's very odd," she said. Then she came back in the sitting room with her cup of tea that she made and sat down and then she saw me. I had nestled myself deep in the cushions in the tiniest ball to keep warm and there wasn't a lot of fur to be seen.

Josie slept the night under the blankets with mum. I would worry about getting rolled on but mum seems to have an instinct and every time she wanted to turn she woke up and there was quite a bit of re-arranging of cat and human. Mum said it wasn't exactly her best night of sleep ever but Josie said it was worth it to keep warm.

And we're eating extra - we had double breakfast this morning. We need to tub up against the cold. So the cold isn't all bad!

 

Wasted weekend

January 26th 2014 10:37 pm
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I expected my mum to spend the whole weekend on the interweb looking for a new home for my blog and moving all my old entries to a safe place.

She did not.

She said she couldn't face it and is in denial. This is no good.

Mum's only excuse was that she was tired. On Friday the landlord of the flat upstairs came to look at our kitchen ceiling for damp is spreading across it. While they were there Mum said that the new tenant has been very quiet and much better than the last lot.

They tracked down the source of the damp to a loose fitting on the washing machine upstairs and have promised to fix our ceiling and off they went.

Normal evening, all off to bed, then THUNK THUMK THUMK. Music pounding through the flat from upstairs. The new tenant not quite so lovely as mum had thought.

Mum turned the light on and looked at the clock. "It's the middle of the night. Seriously!!??"

Mum went and hammered on their door and the musio went down a little but we were listening to it until 2am and then mum had another hour of lying awake being grumpy (which is something us cats would never do).

So mum spent a lot of the weekend catching up on sleep and we were happy to help her do that. We are excellent nap-time companions.

 

Josie 2: Mum 0

January 23rd 2014 10:36 pm
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Having lost out on Wednesday night my mum was determined to get the best seat last night so having distracted us with some sneaky last minute treats in the kitchen mum scooted along and when we wandered in was happily esconced, plate of pasta on laptray.

She looked at Josie and gave a smug smile. But Josie was not downhearted.

She jumped up on the arm of the sofa next to mum and waited. (That's where I usually sit but I was prepared to share because I knew what was coming!)

My part in this was to walk in and demand attention. That's a particular area of expertise of mine. Mum then had fork in one hand and da Bird in the other and was watching me rather than her food. I was good and worth watching - I did amazing leaps and jumps, was in the Cube, paws out of the Cube. Mum did not need her TV I can tell you.

Then she glanced down.

"Josie!!"

Josie likes cheesy pasta and was happily licking sauce off mum's plate. Being on the ram had put her at the perfect height for a little bonus meal. Hopefully mum will remember that point when allocacating seating and let Josie have her seat next time!

 

Never understimate a cat!

January 22nd 2014 10:46 pm
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Mum and Josie share a favourite place to sit - with Josie liking it best after mum has sat there for awhile to warm it up.

This was the situation last night. Mum's supper bubbling on the stove, mum had the best seat in the house, Josie was poised. That supper couldn't bubble for ever. Mum looked at Josie and Josie looked at mum.

Then mum had an idea. She stood up and turned back. She took cushions and stacked them sideways on over the seat.

"Ah ha!" she crowed leaving Josie to assess the situation as she went off to the kitchen.

Josie did what any self-respecting cat would do in such a situation. She perched on the edges of the cushions. It wasn't easy; she wasn't comfortable; but a point had to be made.

Mum came back in, plate in hand, all smiles and expecting her favourite seat to be available, protected by the cushions. There was Josie, clinging on with some nifty claw action. Mum looked at Josie and Josie looked at mum. I had to suppress a snigger - Cats 1: Mum 0.

Mum took her correct place at the other end of the sofa and sighed. After a while she said "I can't look at you like that" and put some cushions flat so Josie could get comfy. So Josie did.

Us cats rule!!

 
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