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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 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!!


We're bored...

January 21st 2014 10:40 pm
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If only mum trusted us with her laptop we could be busy building a new Catster World for all our friends but she says she's worried we'll work out how to order stuff online and she'll come home to a porch full of gourmet kitty food and toys. I've told her that she wouldn't but we both know she would.

What with the bad weather and all the things that have been going on around here lately we have preferred to stay home but we do get bored. I get the boredest.

My newest game is this - where mum pulled up all the carpet from the flood we have tiles on the floor. They are old and some of them are broken. I've been pulling out the smallest broken parts and bringing them into the sitting room to play with. Mum obviously appreciates this as she keeps putting them back for me so I can do it again.

At supper time I was flipping bits of food out of my bowl so I could chase those too.

Mum says Roll on Spring!


The Beetle

January 20th 2014 10:40 pm
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Mum was on the sofa last night idly watching TV when she suddenly said, "Waht's that?"

"What's what?"

"That shiny beetly looking thing by your water bowl? Where did that come from?"

I looked and remembered. "I found it," I confirmed.

She shifted uneasily and asked the important question. "Is it dead?"

"Oh yes," I assured her. "It put up quite a fight but I was more than a match for it. You are welcome!"

I know she feels strongly that there are indoor creatures and there are outdoor creatures with beetles fitting firmly in the latter camp. Personally I favour a more fluid approach and like to bring outdoor creatures in and see how they like it.

Mum made a face and went and fetched dustpan and brush, cautiously she approached and at arm's length flicked the beetle into the dustpan. She looked at it.

"That's a kidney bean," she said.

"But it did fight back," I was quick to pip in. "I was very heroic."

"They don't normally," said my mum.

This one did and I had to bring it all the way from the kitchen to bat around and see the thing defeated.

So that was my adventure.

Thank you to everyone for the suggestions as to where I can blog. Mum's going to vestigate at the weekend when she has more time.


Where shall we go?

January 19th 2014 10:40 pm
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Thanks to everyone who has catmailed me and let me know their thoughts. So far Facebook seems the most popular - it wouldn't be quite the same though as they let people do blogs on there. I love my fellow cats. Would I be allowed my own page or would my mum have to have a page and let me blog on it?

Other than thinking about Catster we had an interesting weekend. Josie went back to the vet for her post-op check and all is healing nicely. She even purred for the vet as her heart was checked just to prove everything was working as it should - Josie had no intention of getting left there again.

Mum says I have to leave Josie's food alone as it has tablet mixed in it but I keep forgetting.

Thank you everyone who purred for her. Catster purrs really work.

Mum did a big clear out of the spare room and Josie helped but I hid in case mum decided to clear out a cat - she would choose the one she saw I would think so best to stay out of the way. But Josie is still here so mum is keeping us both. (I couldn't quite relax with our kitty box in the hall - it's gone now.)

And a man came and looked at the kitchen ceiling - since the last flood from upstairs the damp has been gradually spreading. Mum was explaining about that flood and then explaining why there are no carpets down; he must think we are water magnets. Anyway our ceiling will have to come down and be dried out so that is something I suspect Josie and I won't enjoy. At least mum said she shouldn't have to pay for that one as it wasn't our fault.

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