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Toby - the Great Hunter

October 30th 2011 11:32 pm
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On Friday I was out hunting. My alert eyes caught a twitch of movement, I was patient and stealthy and I grabbed him, carrying my prey that was struggling in my jaws, back inside to show mum.

She looked, said, "oh yuk!" and fetched a brush and dustpan and scooped up that earthworm and took him back outside.

I'll be honest, that wasn't the reaction I was looking for.

Mum went off line dancing on Friday evening but she didn't come back until really late. She said that the band were great and everyone shouted for more and no-one thought of the poor cats waiting at home. We thought maybe she had gone away again so we were extremely excited to see her. When she opened the front door out we ran. She ran after us. Game on!! It was brilliant!!

We love a good chase.

I think she realised that as she went back in after a while but left the front door open. Soon we heard going to bed noises like tooth brushing and we thought about how cosy our flat is at night and in we came. Night time is exciting but home is always the best place to be.


Very proud cat

October 27th 2011 10:33 pm
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I was extremely honoured when I found out that I was a Pick of the Day and felt extra special when I saw lovely messages from my friends. I love being a Catster Cat!

After all the excitement of the day before Josie and I were quite sleepy yesterday. I learnt that when I throw myself on my back in my mum's arms it is best to put my head closest to her heart. That's what I normally do so she nestles me close to her. But I tried the other way so my head was hand end of her arm. She nestled my head quite nicely in her hand it just wasn't as comfy for either of us.

Turns out that's mum's fault. She said normally she twists me round but I fell so suddeenly she didn't have time. I knew it wouldn't be my fault!

Mum went out yesterday and was specially looking for her Halloween socks to wear. I love rootling through the sock drawer and they were right at the back. I was very taken with them - bright orange with lots of pictures of me on. Actually I've noticed pictures of me springing up all over which is cool. A bit stylised of course as they don't show my white patch but even so I do find them splendid.


Bouncy legs

October 26th 2011 10:40 pm
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Last night Josie and I both had very bouncy legs and we had a brilliant time chasing each other all around the flat. Sometimes our flat is too small for our bouncy legs and there will be a crashing noise and mum will come from wherever she is and ask what it is that we have knocked over. Obviously the key then is to get as far away from the crashed thing as possible and hope that the other cat looks more guilty than you do.

Last night mum couldn't see what we had knocked over although she looked all round.

She found out later of course - when she got wet feet in the bathroom. Next to her loo she keeps a special brush in a special pot and it only gets used to swish the loo and nothing else and it lives in special water. Or at least that's how it used to work. It got in the way and all its special water was all over the bathroom floor.

Best of all we didn't get told off as some very wise cat told her that you have to tell cats off at the time or they forget what they have done. So when we heard her exclaim with yuk we put on faces like cats who had been discussing the Eurozone crisis and never leapt around on bouncy legs sending things flying!

It is definitely getting colder here at night so last night Josie slept on mum's back and I slept curled up against mum's knees. Mum likes to sleep on her side but Josie has got the gentkle nudging down to a fine art so mum wakes up on her front, leaving her back a comfy mattress for a young cat.


Clocks changing

October 25th 2011 10:25 pm
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Mum told me that our clocks are to change by one hour as it is becoming winter time. I took this information on board and was careful to wake her up at 5am this morning. She tried to resist and go back to sleep but I am very persistent. I did not want her to be late for work.

Josie woke up too and was chasing the light from car headlamps as they ran across the wall. That's her special winter hobby. She can't do it so much in the summer on account of its being light. She has never caught one yet but she will one day.

Mum wasn't as grateful for all this activity as you would think.

Turns out that the clocks don't change until the weekend. Also, she reckons that she gets an hour extra sleep, not less. Not if I have anything to do with it she doesn't!


The best gift you can give a cat

October 24th 2011 10:31 pm
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Mum bought us a new catnip toy. That is - it says catnip on the label but Josie and I can't smell any so the toy is not a success. However on the back of the package it says something very wise. It says "The best gift you can give your cat is your time."

This is so very true. Mum does the best chase games and when I am sleepy I like best of all to be close to my mum and have her give me strokes and scratches and Josie says the same.

Yesterday I had an other go at chasing birds but they still fly so I came indoors and chased Josie instead which is a lot easier on account of her not being able to fly. After we had a good runaround we found mum was lying on the sofa with a book so I settled in my place on the arm of the sofa and Josie curled up on mum's legs and we all fell asleep. It was so peaceful all being together like that.

Then I woke up and realised mum's toes were right by me. I just couldn't resist a quick grab with the claw and a bite. Then we were all wide awake!! Mum said that is not a nice way to wake up but I thought it was funny!


The arm of the sofa

October 23rd 2011 10:31 pm
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This is the best spot in our home, cosy and comfy and close to mum so she can give you headrubs. On Friday Josie took this prime position. Cheek! It is my place! I got revenge though. I climbed up on her mantlepiece to see how she would like that. She didn't seem too bothered actually and just sat next to mum looking smug. So I clambered down and shared the arm with her. There is room for two cats. Mum said we looked very sweet side by side and jumped up and walked out of the room so naturally I followed. Turns out she was heading for her camera but I was up and about now so no picture could be taken. Mum and Josie keep telling me that winter is coming and it will be cold. I see it getting darker but we keep having sunny warm days and I had lots of fun in the garden at the weekend. I was chasing birds and I will catch one just as soon as one doesn't fly away which is cheating. I also helped mum hang out the washing and it all dried in one day in the garden and that doesn't sound like winter so I think they are wrong about that.


Bouncing and sleeping

October 20th 2011 10:27 pm
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When we got home on Wednesday Josie was very excited to see us. She got very bouncy so naturally I joined in. We were quite exhausted by that, Normally we help mum get ready for work but both of us opted to stay on the sofa and catch up on sleep so she had to get ready all by herself.

Josie then wondered if mum might have gone away again and left us so when mum came back from work at her normal time Josie exploded into bounce again. It's been fun having her in chase mode and good games have been had.

I have very bouncy legs again this morning so I think I had better run in the garden a while and stretch them. Josie says she has bouncy legs too but it's too cold to go outside for her.


My Holiday Highlights

October 19th 2011 10:41 pm
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Mum and I went to Norfolk and here are my three favourite things there.

1. The miniature people that are called children. They know top games and always have time for a headrub and snuggle. Their only downside is that they go to bed too early. I stood at the bottom of the stairs and called for them to come back and play but mum told me to be quiet as they needed their sleep.

2. Stairs. I wish we had stairs at home. I loved running up and down them. Sometimes mum threw a ball up and I got to chase it down and we played that again and again.

3. Fire. I thought they had an interesting pile of logs and paper in one place but didn't know what it was for. They put a match to it and it went all crackly and sparky. I wasn't sure at first but I edged closer and it was gloriously warm. Really toasty. I got closer anc closer but my mum said I was getting too close for her liking and made me move back but I liked it even at a distance.

Lots of people were there and everyone loved me so it was a pretty good holiday.

I did not so much like being in the box going there but mum is right that it helps to sleep some of the way. I also met their cat who is called Cosmo. He has been to the Dylan School of Charm. I was all for making friends and we bumped noses but then he said some rude words and walked off and that really set the pattern for our relationship. They kept finding him up in high places and mum said that Josie would understand!

He isn't allowed in most of the house anyway as he is not as perfectly housetrained as we would wish. I am allowed everywhere because of my exemplary personal habits.

We came home yesterday and Josie was actually pleased to see us. She said she had missed us so much that she even let Victoria from next door pick her up when she came round to feed her. That's Victoria feeding Josie; the other way round would be weird!

So I had fun but it is good to be home. I've asked mum if we can have children, stairs and a fire but she says we live in a small flat so no to all three which is a shame really.


I had a suprise

October 13th 2011 10:36 pm
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I was just sharpening my claws on the armchair - we have one old one we are allowed to use and sometimes I humour mum by using that instead of the new sofa.

I was all engrossed in that delightful feeling of flexing those claws when BAM! I was ambushed. Josie pounced on me. "How do you like it when it is done to you?" she asked as she bounded away.

I was never more surprised. I wanted to call this entry "The Worm turned" but mum said Josie wouldn't like to be called a worm. Once I was over the shock of course I liked it fine as off in pursuit I went. We had some of our best chases ever yesterday evening. Mum was pleased that Josie seemed to be as happy as I was and we didn't break anything so that's a top night all round.

Mum said to say I am going on holiday next week. (I am??) so I'll have to write all about that when I come home again.


Purring mum to sleep

October 12th 2011 10:35 pm
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What not all cats realise is that when they sleep people have dreams just like cats do. I like to think that my mum has happy dreams - about playing with us, and feeding us, and snuggling with us. But you just can't leave these things to chance.

So every night I curl up next to her on the pillow. I have two techniques depending on my mood. Sometimes I push my nose right into her ear so she gets maximum volume purr. Sometimes I lie right across her ear so my tummy completely covers it so no other sounds can sneak in. Occasionally there's some movement and a muttering about needing to breathe but I have a job to do.

Onced she is safely asleep I move to somewhere a little more comfy, maybe nestled by her side or maybe further down the bed or maybe my own bed. If she gets up in the night I follow her to make sure she's Ok and when she gets back to bed I purr her back to sleep.

It's a responsibility that I take very seriously.

My other mission at the moment is to be so persistent in my pleas for milk when mum eats her cereal that she gives me my own bowl. Hasn't worked yet but I can be very determined - as she'll find out.

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