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Tabby in my garden

May 27th 2012 10:37 pm
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On Friday evening we heard a mewing outdoors so as the man of the house I went to see what was happening. There was a tabby cat there and he said hello and asked if it would be alright if he enjoyed our garden awhile. Seeing as he asked nicely I said that would be fine. He looked so comfortable enjoying the shade of our largest bush that I went and sat with him companionably.

We stayed there until my mum called me in. She did say hello to him but he was scared and ran away although my mum is always kind to polite cats. He came back on Sunday and it was the same, he called me, I went out and we sat together.

He isn't the missing kitten as he is too big for that but he is fairly small and mum thinks he might be one of the kittens from the last litter the mum cat had. So far as we know two of them survived the cold winter and were taken in by a kind lady so if he is then he does have a home.

My mum has a real soft spot for tabby cats so she hopes he comes back and as he is friendly to me I hope he does too. (Josie was too shy to come out but I think she will if we see him again.)

Other than that top weekend. Very warm and sunny and lots of quality mum time.


Melty legs

May 24th 2012 10:32 pm
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It's funny how fast we've gone from wet and cold to sunny and warm and I like sunny and warm much better only it makes my legs melt. Normally I stand quite happily but when I am hot I like to lie down - I stretch myself out on the cool tiles in the kitchen and mum has to step around me. Or if I am outside I lie down just outside the kitchen door where the ground is cool.

Then when the evening comes Josie and I ping into life. We love having adventures outside in the mysterious dark. We pop back every now and then to check mum is OK and then one time she says, "bedtime now" but she's wrong. She goes to bed and because she locks the door we can't go back outside so we carry on the adventures indoors.

Last summer mostly I was too little to go outdoors but this year I intend to make the most of every minute!


Nearly caught out but I think I got away with it

May 23rd 2012 10:35 pm
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Like most cats Josie and I are active members of Neighbourhood Watch. We see it as an important part of our duties to spend time at the window looking out, keeping an eye on what is going on.

Then Josie made an interesting discovery. Behind a curtain there is another window in the spare room so sometimes we have a window each.

Yesterday after mum had gone to work I decided to vestigate the new window. I think that the curtain needs to come down and there's a candlestick in the way. I was just working on these issues when I saw my mum walking up. I jumped down very fast so she wouldn't see me. I never expected to see her home so early. Maybe her boss saw the lovely day and sent her home to play with us.

Turns out she did see me in the window and what exactly had I been doing with my paws raised again and again? I looked innocent and assured her that I had just been having some little stretches. Luckily she wasn't home for the day and had to go away again fast so didn't have too much time to question me.

I think summer has finally come and it has been warm and sunny - at last!


Suspicious of my mum

May 22nd 2012 10:27 pm
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Yesterday was warm and sunny. My mum said, "Excellent news Cats! I shall have all the doors and windows open and you can roam freely."

I wasn't so sure about this. "And what will you be doing while we're doing that?"

"Nothing. The usual."

I suspected she just wanted us out of the way so she could do exciting and fun things without us so I stayed in. Mum says she doesn't understand cats. On Monday when we couldn't go out that's where we wanted to be more than anything but yesterday when we could go out we didn't want to. She claims to have lived with cats for years but we can still keep her guessing and I'm proud of that.


Grumpy with my mum

May 21st 2012 10:32 pm
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When a cat who is a Daily Diary Pick and has been referred to as Toby the Great by his vet wants to go out and explore the night - well, he should be allowed to. But mum says that we are in at night cats and that isn't about to change. I even sent Josie to ask and mum said no to her too.

It has rained for about a hundred years now and we really need to run outdoors when it is dry and yesterday it was. Mum was out in the evening and we had so much bounce by the time she came home.

Also I didn't like my supper. Mum says she's seen me enjoy it before but I think she's mistaken. We don't get a choice, we just get told there are biscuits if we're hungry.

Sometimes my mum doesn't love me at all! (She reckons she does and keeping me safe at night is part of that.)

She said that all day she was checking the animal shelter website to see if the kittens had arrived safely but their pictures aren't on there yet. So far as we know they have gone but they probably let them settle down a bit first before taking their pictures.


Another busy weekend

May 20th 2012 10:43 pm
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On Saturday my mum was helping out. Pual had gone to fetch Cheryl and Victoria back from holiday so mum went to feed the kittens. She said first time they looked so very scared and she felt sorry for them but when she went back with lunch they were less scared and she could see they had been playing with their ball as it was in one of their bowls.

She also gave the grown up cats their breakfast. She said Smudge was a bit funny with her. When he was a homeless stray he used to beat us up so mum would shout at him but now he is a contented home boy (and neutered) he is a much nicer cat and mum doesn't have to shout at him any more - but he remembered and thought she might. She didn't.

Mother cat is home from her operation and has a name now which is Aysha. She was tested for FIV while she was away as she has been around but the good news is that she doesn't have it. And today the kittens go to the animal shelter and hopefully soon to a furever home.

On Sunday my friend Alison came to see me. She brought some treats and a new toy for us. I think she should come more often. She also had the most interesting smelling shoes I have ever smelled. I kept going back to sniff them all over again and I told Josie and she came and sniffed them and agreed and Alison promised my mum that her feet are clean and she had no idea what we were smelling. Pity the poor humans with their not very good senses of smell!

They were making bath bombs which is a lot of stirring powders and not much for cats to join in with.

Then Glyn came and the verdict is that I have grown into a very large and impressive cat. (Mum asks if I'm really sure that's what was said but I am!) and Josie is a bit more brave than she was so it's all good.


Mum stole my toys

May 17th 2012 10:45 pm
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She looked all ready to go to work but then she began scooping up my balls in a tub. Excellent. I concluded that she had decided to give work a miss and stay home and play with me instead. But instead she took the balls with her.

She said she wanted to throw them in a box in a training session and explain about objective setting. "What's an objective?" "Something you have to do" People really make me laugh. Why would you need telling what to do? If it feels right, you do it!

When the balls came home at the end of the day there was one missing - and it was one of my favourite foam balls. Mum gave it away! She said it has gone to two lovely cats. Someone asked her where she had got it as her cats had an old one so loved it is all battered and yukky but she couldn't find a replacement. Mum told her but then said we have plenty and handed it over. We do have more it is true but I hope mum doesn't make a habit of giving them away.

There is also kitten news. The two kittens in the pen have been given lots of lovely food including chicken and fish and are learning that people can be OK. On Monday they are off to the animal shelter where they should have no trouble finding a furever home as they look very cute.

Today their mum is off to be spayed. It has to be done as otherwise there will be a whole load more kittens to worry about. Our mum did worry about the missing kitten but Paul has taken advice on this and they say as he is weaned he will be OK for 24 hours and then his mum will be back. They still hope to find him so he can be got used to people and given a proper home too.

I think my mum was hoping that as he has been given food here before he might remember that and come back. We'll all be keeping our eyes open.


Giveaway sneezes

May 16th 2012 10:35 pm
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Yesterday was actually sunny which made me a happy boy. I went on a dragon hunting adventure in the garden and had a top time (didn't catch any but scared off a few!) Then I came back indoors.

I was just strolling across the sitting room when the sofa sneezed. "Bless you" I said politely before suddenly remembering - furniture doesn't sneeze. This matter required further investigation. I looked closely and detected the faintest wibble in the throw.

I jumped up for a closer look and the wibble wobbled. I thwacked it with my paw and the wibble wobble moved. Game on! Pounce! And Josie shot out of the other end of the sofa. Turns out she amd mum had been playing and Josie had been hiding under the throw. Playing without me?? Lucky I came back in when I did. Time for Josie and me to have a good game of chase. She is lucky I am here to join in her games.



May 15th 2012 10:27 pm
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It rained so much yesterday evening, inbetween being confusingly sunny, and we all stayed in. I was sleeping on my bed when I heard an odd noise, something of a scritchety/flipping. I looked up and could see mum leafing through the pages of her book really fast. I glared at her so she said sorry and stopped. I curled myself back up again and sighed heavily at how annoying it all was. Mum laughed.


Apparently Josie was curled up in the exact same position, had also been glaring at my mum for waking her, curled up at the same time as me and we sighed with perfect synchronicity. That's not funny, now she has been doubly annoying to the Cat Kingdom!

No kitten news. Mum saw Paul leaving home as she got back from work so couldn't get any update.


Latest on the kittens

May 14th 2012 10:34 pm
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Mum went to visit the kittens yesterday. She said they still looked quite scared but they are warm and safe in their pen and Paul says they are eating well and enjoying a toy ball he has given them.

The mother cat has been a constant visitor. Even when Paul put the cat flap on out only she hooked a claw under it and let herself in so she comes and chats to the kittens and sees for herself that they are OK. There is no sign of the little tabby one but as the mother cat goes away a lot the most likely she has moved him to somewhere she feels is more safe but we don't know where that might be.

Paul is talking to the kittens a lot and hoping they will get used to him and realise he is the source of food and good things and maybe if they are happier the mum will bring the other kitten back. That's the hope anyway.

Their other cats seem quite unperturbed by the new arrivals.

This has made me think about how lucky I am to have a good home and I thought about how I might be more kind to my mum. She has said she is fed up of being woken up at 5am so this morning we woke her at 4.40am so she could see the sunrise for herself. I thought that was kind but I've seen her happier if I'm honest.

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