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Helping my mum relax

September 4th 2012 10:32 pm
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Mum came home and announced she had been shown a relaxation technique so if we could just leave her be and go about our business she would do it and be all relaxed and free from tension.

Naturally we couldn't wait to join in.

Mum lay on her back on the floor with a book under her head, she had her arms by her side and then she bent her legs to create a cat tunnel. I ran through it several times; seemed only polite. That made her laugh but she said that wasn't meant to be a cat tunnel.

Then Josie decided to relax too by curling up on mum's chest which she finds very relaxing. That made mum laugh as well.

The conclusion is that whoever came up with the position did not have cats. That it may be relaxing in itself but she'll never know. And perhaps having your cats make you laugh is the most relaxing thing anyway.

Sometimes she calls us crazy cats but we think she is the crazy one.


Helping my mum to sleep

September 3rd 2012 10:32 pm
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The bestest way to get a good sleep is to nestle your nose into your soft, furry paw as all cats know. We sleep best all cosy like that.

Last night I noticed that my mum doesn't sleep with her hand against her nose. Then I realised why - her hands are very good at opening cat food but they do lack fur. In fact, poor thing, pretty much all she has is that long fur on her head. Well you have to work with what you have. I reached out a paw and combed some of that hair over her face. There. That's better. Nose all warm.

She pushed it back.

I sighed, reached out and combed it over again. She pushed it back. Three or four times this went on - gratitude is not one of her strong points.

In the end she rolled away from me and I had to leave her to it. But she shouldn't blame me if she doesn't get a proper sleep. I tried my best.


Meeting Leo

September 2nd 2012 10:34 pm
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Saturday was a happy sunny day and quite breezy which makes the garden extra exciting as things blow about. I was having a good time chasing leaves when a small white and tabby cat started walking through the gap in the fence to next door.

"Excuse me, " I said firmly. "This is MY garden."

He looked at me. "I just wanted to play awhile."

Mum came out to see who I was talking to.

"It's little Leo, the kitten from next door." she exclaimed cheerfully. "Hello Gorgeous. Aren't you lovely?"

He seeemd to gain confidence from mum knowing his name and the admiration but I do not want my mum admiring other cats in my garden. I am her special boy. Time for emergency measures. I produced my most blood curdling yodel and he got the message and backed away.

Mum said maybe we could have had fun together and it was a shame but he needs to understand there are certain boundaries in life - and gardens.

Other than that we had a very happy weekend. Josie sat on mum's lap which was a rare treat for mum, especially as she had a good book in hand, the best part of a cup of tea in reach and nowhere to go so they both liked that.

It is a bit cooler though so Josie tried to snuggle under the cushions on her chair and mum took a picture which is now on Josie's page. You'll see Josie was mostly successful. Looks like Autumn is on its way back. And mum is back at work today. We'll miss her.


Noises in the night

August 30th 2012 11:23 pm
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I woke up in the night feeling rather peckish. Luckily I knew just what to do and was chowing down some biscuits when my mum came in the room.

"Oh," she said. "That noise was you crunching."

I would have replied but I had my mouth full.

She went back to bed and when I was full I followed her and jumped up next to her. I was looking down at her thinking how happy it is to have a tummy full of tasty biscuits, to have a warm bed to sleep on and a mum who loves me very much and I was purring away. Sometimes just thinking happy makes me purr. Actually I was feeling so happy I dribbled a bit and that landing on mum's arm got her to stroke me which is what I had been hoping would happen.

We were just settling down again when we heard a strange clang, quietly repeating.

"What's that?" asked mum but I didn't know so we went to find out.

There are still things in the hall that mum is deciding about and we found that Josie was trying to make the smoothie maker work and her claws were twanging against the buttons. Mum explained that it wasn't plugged in so wouldn't work - and also there was no fruit anywhere near it so Josie had better settled for some water - which she would probably enjoy more anyway.

So we all went back to bed but we got mum up early. Today is the last day of her holiday and we don't want her to miss a single bit of it.


Mystery cupboard

August 30th 2012 12:06 am
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Yesterday my mum announced she was going to clear out The Cupboard.

I was worried - "Is this wise?"

The Cupboard is just outside our front door and for over ten years mum has put things in but nothing has ever come out. What would she find? I was worried there might be another cat in there but mum was pretty sure she wouldn't have done that.

One by one the contents appeared in our hall. No cats but mostly kitchen appliances. "Why did I buy a smoothie maker? I never make smoothies?" And not one, not two, not three but four picnic sets. My mum used to live in a flat with no garden but close to a lovely park but even then she doesn't think she used four! Josie kept going to the back of the cupboard to explore which I thought reckless and mum did check each time she was out before shutting it again. I wouldn't go anywhere near it.

So we have an interesting hall at the moment with piles for the charity shop and piles for the dump and piles that my mum just can't make her mind up about. "What if I do want to make smoothies ever? Or have a fondue? Or a very large picnic?"

It rained yesterday so the garden is wet - prime frog hunting conditions so I'm going to leave mum and Josie to sort out the stuff and get going.


The mighty hunter

August 28th 2012 11:46 pm
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Yesterday as mum was home all day we could run around in the garden to our heart's content.

My best bit was when I saw a squirrel. I never did see one before and I really wanted to catch him. He was up on the fence and I was very quietly creeping along for my pounce when my mum came running out all shouty and waving and the squirrel ran as fast as he could all along the fences.

I may have mentioned my mum's very unfortunate hunting style before. No wonder the only meat she can bring us home comes in little packets.

When I ran out of things outdoors to chase I came in and attacked Josie which made mum grumpy. I said I thought Josie liked it but mum reckons that's not a happy growl when I attack her.

It's sunny again today and the big doors are open so off for more epic adventures. Even Josie reckons she'll come along.


Neglected cats

August 27th 2012 11:36 pm
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Sunday was brilliant because mum was home pretty much all day so we got to play all day long. I often find that if I have one extra lively day I need an extra sleepy one the next to catch up. So mum had said she would play with us but Josie and I were just too tired to join in. Which was lucky really as mum went out anyway. So much for our surprise! But we were so sleepy we didn't even get up for our treats which made mum laugh.

She also neglected us on Saturday. She said she was going to a wedding but she came back smelling of dog. She said the bride has a little dog which is called Chewie.

"And was she?"



Apparently it's not the done thing to go to someone's home and then bite their dog to test the truth of their name. I said I would have and mum said that's among the many reasons she doesn't take me places.

Anyway we are all lively today so hopefully will have a happy day and mum promises she is going nowhere. Yey!!


NEVER take my mum frog hunting!

August 26th 2012 11:10 pm
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I brought a brilliant frog in on Saturday morning and mum did her little yelp of happy and set off to fetch her frog catching kit (I know! She should use mouth and paws like the rest of us.) I knew where this was going so I quickly grabbed the frog and ran outdoors again. I could hear mum asking Josie which way I had gone and when Josie told her outdoors she asked did I definitely take the frog with me and Josie was teasing mum and saying she wasn't rightly sure so she could enjoy watching mum looking for a frog that wasn't there.

The trouble with frogs outdoors is they do have a habit of slipping under the fence and the game is over.

I found another one yesterday and was determined not to share with mum so we were playing in the garden but the frog got a bit over-excited and started squealing so my mum came out to see what was going on. When she saw my frog she joined in and in all the confusion he got away. See what I mean about my mum being a rubbish frog hunter!

I was grumpy with her so I played a little trick on her later. I came running in and on her foot dropped a small, green ....leaf. It took her a moment and was very funny.

This morning mum wasn't bustling about like normal so I asked if she wasn't going to work. And she said no. It is a Bank Holiday. Hooray! Mum home all day. "Better," she said. "Your surprise is that I have some holiday days to use up so I'm home all day every day this week." Lots of snuggles, lots of playing, lots of snacks. And maybe something with gravy on just to make it perfect!!


I was NOT sleepy

August 23rd 2012 10:30 pm
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You know when you are playing and having the most amazing wonderful time and you just don't want it to stop.. We had that last night. I asked mum for the toy box again and we had the laser pointer and everything and it was brilliant.

I was in my cube when I just needed to rest my eyes for a moment. Mum saw and she laughed and asked if I was ready to sleep. NO! Keep playing.

Then my eyes got tireder and tireder even though my legs had plenty of bounce yet but I didn't want to miss a single moment of play time. So I kept shutting them for a little bit longer each time until mum said it was bedtime and we all slept like bears.

She says next week she has a lovely surprise for us. Josie said she hopes it's not another kitten as that wasn't a lovely surprise. I don't remember getting a kitten. Oh. I get it. That was mean of Josie!

Anyway mum says the two of us are more than enough so it isn't. I hope it's something delicious to eat and I won't share it with Josie.



August 22nd 2012 10:41 pm
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I have my breakfast in the kitchen. Whilst Josie has yet to repeat the triumph of having her meal served to her on the mantlepiece she does often wander round, followed by mum holding a bowl. Once Josie feels comfortably out of my reach she stops and down goes the bowl.

This morning as we were eating my mum was taking laundry off the airer which was dry. She was folding a t-shirt at the exact moment I looked up and decided it was time to switch bowls. Josie (in the hall) caught my eye and started to move away but then, quick as a flash, mum held the t-shirt like a matador's cape and I could no longer see my target. From the continued sounds of eating Josie was happy now she could no longer see me.

Several times I attempted to evade the matador cape but mum swished and swirled it and all we needed was some dramatic music. In the end I had to go back to my own bowl. Life can be so unfair!

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