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Cat Days

August 1st 2011 12:30 am
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Finally summer is with us and the weekend was sunny and warm. Mum said it should be as these are the Dog Days. I looked at her and asked when are the Cat Days and apparently there aren't any.

It gets worse! She said that they are called Dog Days as the Romans thought that they were warm because of the Dog Star. And where exactly is the Cat Star? I enquired.

Why do they get a star and we don't?

So Mum asked which days I would choose as the Cat Days and I reckon every day except the Dog Ones will do fine. I am still working out what to do about the lack of a star. Mum said I could choose one but I am not allowed out at night so that could be tricky.

I have been out lots in the day though which I have loved. Only trouble is that Dylan has started sleeping in our garden so that he can be right there to move in on any leftovers there may be.

Mum says that I will have to use the magic door. I climbed through it a few times with mum holding it open but to get back in I'll have to wear a special collar. Mum has bought me one but she couldn't quite bring herself to put it on me. She says I won't like it at first but I'll quickly get used to it and Josie says that is true as she wears one and she doesn't mind. And then I'll be able to come and go whenever I like.

 

I get more amazing...

July 29th 2011 12:21 am
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Sadly Uncle Bill had to go back to Scotland. Josie said another of the special things about him is that he always sends us cats individual Christmas presents and that sounded brilliant.

I asked if Christmas will be tomorrow as I want my present and I want to see the tree that everyone talks about but mum says Christmas is so far away that it's as long as I've been alive to wait and then some. And that is a long time to wait.

To make the time go quicker I played some chase games with my mum. They were great and we were having loads of fun. I ran here and I ran there and I bounced and I leaped and then I found myself half way up a wall. How did that happen?

I am a magic cat and I can climb walls. Mum said that the wallpaper will have to go as not only have I torn large chunks of it off but it has just enough grip for my claws to climb up. Result!! But if the wallpaper will go anyway I can help by stepping up my efforts to strip it.

 

I like visitors

July 28th 2011 12:24 am
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Josie turned out to be right. My mum came home and bustled round a bit and chopped up food and put it in the fridge and then there was a knock on the door.

It was Bill who is her brother from Scotland. He had to be in London for work so he came to stay. I like Bill and here is why.

He let me attack his feet even when mum told him not to encourage me. He has a watch in his pocket with a chain hanging down that I could and did attack. He knows good games and likes cats.

Mum said she would just put supper in the oven and he said couldn't they have pizza so I think mum will be eating whatever she had made for a long time as there was quite a lot of it.

Bill has three young children and he was telling my mum that they were all playing pirates when one of their cats joined them and was rubbing his head against all the toys. The children wanted to know why the cat was doing that so Bill told them that the cat was marking the toys as his. His youngest child got very upset and started gathering up the toys in his arms and he told the cat "These are my toys, not yours!"

But as long as they smell right us cats don't mind sharing stuff.

This morning mum crept about and told us to be quiet so as not to wake Bill and we were - until mum went in the bathroom and closed the door. I do not like closed doors and so I sat right outside and made my feelings known - and mum siad that was not being quite but it didn't seem to wake Bill up.

Mum woke him up after a while and they both amused me for about half an hour and then my mum had to go to work but Bill was still at home so that's all extra play time and hopefully he'll give me a don't-follow-me-treat when he leaves too!!

 

Adventure Playground

July 27th 2011 12:13 am
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I wanted to go out again when mum came home but not only Dylan but Kishmal too from next door were in our garden waiting for us so I came back in again. Besides which the sun has gone again and it is all cloudy.

Luckily mum knew just what to do to cheer me up. We have a room that we don't use much. Our tray is in there and lots of boxes and suitcases and stuff really. Mum got all this stuff and made it in to an adventure playground in her bedroom for me. It was fabulous and Josie and I scrambled over it and climbed under it and had a marvellous time late in to the night.

Bizarrely under all that stuff there is a bed and we helped mum put sheets on the bed so I thought maybe that was for Josie so she could have one of her own while mum and I share but Josie says when mum does this kind of thing it usually means that a visitor is coming and the visitor will stay all night.

I love visitors. They know good games and usually have lots of lovely things to say about me! I can't wait to see who it will be.

 

Outdoors

July 26th 2011 12:18 am
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I had forgotten to say that on Friday I went outdoors. My mum said as it was sunny she must mow the lawn and to do this first she opens the back door to run the cable through and then the bedrom window.

I followed Josie as she walked out of the window and along the window ledge. Josie then jumped down. I wasn't sure that I was ready to jump down so I tried to walk backwards. In the cartoons they make walking backwards look easy but it isn't. Actually I fell off.

My mum was there chatting to Paul from next door so she scooped me up and put me back in the window. They were chatting about cats which is what they talk about most and I wanted to hear more and I was feeling brave so down I jumped.

I enjoyed sniffing the grass and the plants but then mum started the mower. It was like the hoover only a million times more scary. I forgot that I had come out of the window and ran to the front door - only it was shut so I ran to the back door which mercifully was open and I was safe indoors again.

This morning I was in a really bouncy mood and mum said to give Josie some respite maybe I should have a run outdoors so she opened the back door for me. I was having a marvellous time sniffibng everything and looking for things to chase but then Dylan appeared and he walked in our door.

Mum says I shouldn't worry about Dylan as he is an old boy and only interested in food but he has a sharp tongue on him and secretly I am a little afraid of him. When he hissed at me mum said he had to go so she put him out and shut the door and that was the end of my outdoors adventure.

I did like it though and I hope I get to go again.

 

Outdoors

July 26th 2011 12:18 am
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I had forgotten to say that on Friday I went outdoors. My mum said as it was sunny she must mow the lawn and to do this first she opens the back door to run the cable through and then the bedrom window.

I followed Josie as she walked out of the window and along the window ledge. Josie then jumped down. I wasn't sure that I was ready to jump down so I tried to walk backwards. In the cartoons they make walking backwards look easy but it isn't. Actually I fell off.

My mum was there chatting to Paul from next door so she scooped me up and put me back in the window. They were chatting about cats which is what they talk about most and I wanted to hear more and I was feeling brave so down I jumped.

I enjoyed sniffing the grass and the plants but then mum started the mower. It was like the hoover only a million times more scary. I forgot that I had come out of the window and ran to the front door - only it was shut so I ran to the back door which mercifully was open and I was safe indoors again.

This morning I was in a really bouncy mood and mum said to give Josie some respite maybe I should have a run outdoors so she opened the back door for me. I was having a marvellous time sniffibng everything and looking for things to chase but then Dylan appeared and he walked in our door.

Mum says I shouldn't worry about Dylan as he is an old boy and only interested in food but he has a sharp tongue on him and secretly I am a little afraid of him. When he hissed at me mum said he had to go so she put him out and shut the door and that was the end of my outdoors adventure.

I did like it though and I hope I get to go again.

 

Outdoors

July 26th 2011 12:18 am
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I had forgotten to say that on Friday I went outdoors. My mum said as it was sunny she must mow the lawn and to do this first she opens the back door to run the cable through and then the bedrom window.

I followed Josie as she walked out of the window and along the window ledge. Josie then jumped down. I wasn't sure that I was ready to jump down so I tried to walk backwards. In the cartoons they make walking backwards look easy but it isn't. Actually I fell off.

My mum was there chatting to Paul from next door so she scooped me up and put me back in the window. They were chatting about cats which is what they talk about most and I wanted to hear more and I was feeling brave so down I jumped.

I enjoyed sniffing the grass and the plants but then mum started the mower. It was like the hoover only a million times more scary. I forgot that I had come out of the window and ran to the front door - only it was shut so I ran to the back door which mercifully was open and I was safe indoors again.

This morning I was in a really bouncy mood and mum said to give Josie some respite maybe I should have a run outdoors so she opened the back door for me. I was having a marvellous time sniffibng everything and looking for things to chase but then Dylan appeared and he walked in our door.

Mum says I shouldn't worry about Dylan as he is an old boy and only interested in food but he has a sharp tongue on him and secretly I am a little afraid of him. When he hissed at me mum said he had to go so she put him out and shut the door and that was the end of my outdoors adventure.

I did like it though and I hope I get to go again.

 

My Holiday

July 25th 2011 12:28 am
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On Saturday morning mum put me in my box and I complained and we got in the car and we drove for miles and miles and I was not happy. Mum said to me to go to sleep and when I woke up we might be there so I tried that but when I woke up we weren't so I complained and mum said to sleep again and after a few sleeps we did get there.

There was a big house filled with friendly people. I was a little shy at first bit after a while I had a good explore and settled right in. I could smell another cat but I didn't see him. Apparently he has never quite got to grips with house training so he spends a lot of time outdoors and when he is in he stays in places that are easy to clean. That gave me the run of all the places with carpets and beds and chairs as I am a very good boy.

The people there gave me lots of strokes and cuddles and we played lots of games and then it was bed-time. We live in a flat so the bedroom is very close to everything else but mum and I had to go all the way upstairs to another room and I purred her to sleep which is my important job.

At about twenty past five I woke her up to tell her that it was light so probably getting up time. She took me downstairs becuase she thought I might have forgotten where my tray was but I hadn't and I had some breakfast seeing as we were there and my mum went back upstairs. When I joined her she said she was going back to sleep so I went to find some other entertainment.

Much to my delight I found another open door and some people sleeping so I woke them up in case they wanted to play only they seemed to want to sleep instead. Luckily they have blinds with dangly bits so I attacked them which was fun.

Eventually everyone got up and we had lots more games and cuddles and I had my picture taken many many times. When it was time to go home no-one wanted me to go which I can understand but mum said that Josie would be missing us.

The drive home I remembered that sleeping soem of it made it go quicker so I did, inbetween trying to get out of the box but they make those things pretty solid.

Josie was pleased to see us. She said that every cat gets taken to that house in Norfolk, she doesn't know why but people there are kind and she wishes she had thought to sleep on the way up because she meowed all the way there and back.

I was happy to be home and very tired after all my adventures so I nestled up on my favourite sleeping place and dreamed of big houses and lots of people admiring me.

Today is sunny. Mum said to put that as we haven't had many sunny days at all and it is meant to be summer here!

 

Being helpful

July 22nd 2011 12:20 am
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Yesterday evening my mum said she wanted to clear out some drawers and while I wasn't sure exactly what that would entail I thought she would like the company. Some of the drawers were a bit dull but one was full of entertainment potential.

It contained pens and paper clips and dandy things like that, just all thrown in as a magical mixture. Mum tipped everything on the floor and we went through to see what still worked and what should be thrown away. My favourite find was a marble which I enjoyed chasing until my mum took it off me. She was afraid I might try and swallow it - how foolish does she think I am?!

But I enjoyed flipping through the pens with my paw and a really great game where my mum put all the paperclips in a little pot and I fished them out again. That was fun although after a while my mum put the lid on the pot which was cheating.

Later we played some of my favouriet chase games (Oh - laser pointer, how I love you!) and I was all tired out at bedtime so I cuddled up with my mum so she could go to sleep to the sound of my purrs. I call that a pretty perfect evening!

 

A mystery explained...

July 21st 2011 12:23 am
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My mum will never win 'Housekeeper of the Year' award but our home is a happy one and there are some things that she always does do. We always have clean bowls, her bed is made every day and when she is done with her clothes in the laundry basket they go. And yet....

At first she just looked bemused at finding clothes on the floor and then she started muttering "Am I going mad?" and then yesterday she caught me.

I love the laundry basket. It is made of wicker which us cats love as you can sharpen your claws on it and I like to break bits off and play with them. When I was smaller I would sometimes climb in but since then I have found something new to do. I can fish stuff out.

I thrust my paw in and grab something. If it's heavy like jeans I have to let go but if it light like tights I can get it out. There is something deepy satisfying about feeling the initial tug turn in to a smooth pull and finally a flurry of fabric as the thing falls to the floor. Once that part is over they don't have much entertainment value so there they stay.

And then there is the hilarity of watching my mum trying to work out how she was sure the thing had been in the basket and there it was on the floor and how this had happened. She knew she wasn't in the habit of throwing dirty clothes down there but the evidence was all there.

The good news for me is that she was so relieved that she wasn't channelling some inner sloven and casting things where they fell and it was me all along that I am not in trouble. Although she did say she wishes I wouldn't be pulling the laundry basket to bits but we've already had that conversation and I've agreed not to do it when she's looking so it doesn't upset her so much.

 
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