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Bad news from mum's work

January 24th 2016 10:19 pm
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on Friday mum told us that Nahid at her office has been made redundant. I didn't know what that meant but mum explained that they don't need her any more so she has lost her job.

"We need her," said Josie. (It was Nahid who took Josie in when she was homeless.) "She can come here and pet us all day while you're at work."

Mum said actually that Nahid is near retirement so thinks she will volunteer at the animal shelter and pet cats and dogs that have no-one.

"And there will be more redundancies so I don't know if I'll have a job," said my mum.

"So you can stay home and pet us all day," I said. This seemed like good news so I didn't know why she looked so sad.

"That won't pay the mortgage," she said, "I'll have to find another job and I don't think I'll be lucky enough to get another job where everybody is an animal lover."

So my mum is off to work today and we have to wait and see what happens.


A new toy

January 21st 2016 10:32 pm
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Mum bought it in the sales for us and was very excited. Only it took forever for us to find out what it was. First she didn't have the right sort of batteries and once she had bought those she didn't have the right sort of screwdriver to get the battery compartment open.

But yesterday it all came together, And what can I say?

It's a sort of yellow disc and under it a thing keeps darting about, accompanied by the sound of a motor.

Josie goes absolutely loopy for it. She chases the thing and grabs it but the minutes she lets go it darts away again and she gets all hyper and jumps around. When mum turns it off she scrambles up to mum and meows until my mum turns it on again. I never saw that cat so crazy (and that's saying something.)

Being a more intelligent cat I am treating it with a healthy caution. I won't go near it when it's on but have patted it after. So far so good!


Josie's Feliway works

January 20th 2016 10:28 pm
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So there I was, quietly minding my own business, when I got a massive whack from Josie and a "tag- you're it!"

I engaged mt Ninja-mode reflexes and had her grabbed before she could make good her escape. A lively tussle followed but she managed to wriggle free and off she went, me in hot pursuit.

"Josie definitely started that one," commented my mum. "She is not stressed."

Then, after a little thought, "Actually I don't think she is licking so much."

Later mum had a good look at Josie's hind quarters and yes, the official verdict is that Josie is much furrier. So the Feliway is doing the trick. Mum didn't think it was but then she was expecting the fur to grow back overnight and cats don't work like that.

So that's good. As long as Josie doesn't get too confident. I'm top cat around here and I won't let her forget it.


Now we're being starved

January 19th 2016 10:38 pm
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Josie has been sick again so we are on tiny portions. Mum reckons we get the same amount just in installments but my tummy isn't sure.

Mum reckons Josie wouldn't eat quite so fast if I didn't keep trying to steal her food before she finishes. It's not stealing - it's sharing!


Mum locked us in

January 18th 2016 10:31 pm
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She came home from work (late I might add) and after we had our supper Josie wanted to go out. Mum went to open the door and realised her terrible mistake.

"I forgot to unlock your door this morning. I am so sorry," she said, unlocking it and letting Josie sniff the air and conclude that it was a bit too chilly for the actual going out. Even so locking us in was a bit much.

Mum said something about stress at work this week but to truly know stress you must be locked in a small flat with a crazy tortie for a day. That's stress!

Josie was right. Outdoors is for strictly small portions at the moment. It even snowed on Sunday and I did wonder if we would ever get out again but mum said she thought "a dusting of snow" would be the correct description and it wasn't going to stop anybody doing anything.

Better safe than sorry and Josie and I have been keeping mostly cosy.


Time with mum

January 17th 2016 10:31 pm
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This can be hard to come by. She comes and goes too often. She remembers what to do as it is all written down in her diary, open in the hall.

I had an idea and talked to Josie about it.

"You're good with pens. Write our names in mum's diary so she knows she must spend the weekend with us."

Josie looked uncomfortable. Turns out - if you want a pen knocked off a table, Josie is your cat. She's great at that. But she's not so good at the whole writing thing.

Luckily I am a resourceful cat and it had been a damp day.

"Paw prints! We'll muddy our paws and make good clear signatures on the page."

So we did. She couldn't miss that we had booked her weekend out.

When she saw what we had done she laughed, "Is that a hint?"

"It's an appointment," I told her.

So we had a lovely weekend. There were games and Josie got to sleep on mum's lap and it was all rather marvelous.


Josie the literary critic

January 14th 2016 10:19 pm
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My mum was reading a stupid soppy romantic novel so Josie barfed on it. Now my mum will never find out if the the hero got to enfold the heroine in his manly embrace.

Spoiler alert: I am pretty sure he did. They always do

Not that us cats disapprove of reading. Mum sitting quietly, probably with Josie on her lap, it's all good. We just don't want her getting ideas about men with square jaws, steely eyes and rippling muscles. We don't need one of them. We just need mum and us cats!


That's my seat

January 13th 2016 10:35 pm
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It's definitely getting colder now. Josie in particular feels the cold and will do anything to stay warm. She loves to use mum's warm so when my mum stands up, Josie takes her place.

Only last night she couldn't wait. Mum was just sitting there and sitting there and Josie was cold so she took direct action. She started by poking mum with a paw and then moved on to trying to push with her head.

"Hey!" said my mum, "leave me be."

I was fascinated to see how this battle of wills would play out. Cats usually win of course but mum was using her size to her advantage - and the fact she was already in the seat.

It looked like mum had won but lucky for Josie mum was going out so Josie did get her nicely warmed up cushion and was a very contented cat. She doesn't ask much really; just that mum plans her life around that tortie's whims.

Which is crazy. My whims are so much more important!


Cats Rule; Dogs drool!

January 12th 2016 10:18 pm
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It was raining when my mum came home from work last night, rainy and cold. She gave us our supper and made herself a bowl of pasta and we all settled down on the sofa to be cosy.

"This is the way to spend a winter's evening," she declared, and we could not disagree.

Turns out she was chatting with a friend at work as they were leaving. The friend has a dog. The friend was saying she would go home and her dog would be delighted to see her and run and fetch his lead. He loves his walks so out into the rain she would have to go.

Mum was quite contented to think that we would be happy to stay indoors. Don't worry - we got our exercise. Nothing like a good game of tag to get the system going and that can all be enjoyed indoors. Us cats are just awesome!


Thank you SureFlap

January 11th 2016 10:26 pm
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It was a couple of months ago I was heading out when I heard something of a clatter behind me. I thought nothing of it but Josie told me that my mum went rushing through to see "what has the boy broken this time?"

Turns out I had kicked the lock out of our magic door. Awesome! I could come and go as I pleased. No more being shut in at night nonsense.

But mum fitted it back in. So I kicked it out again. And she fitted it back. So I kicked it out...

Anyway she reckons if I kick the lock out then any old cat could come wandering in. So she contacted SureFlap who made the door.

Right away they have sent her a new lock and they didn't even ask for any money for it which is kind. Given how many cats live round here we need a door that keeps them out. Now if I could just work out a way to keep Josie out...!!

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