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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.

 

My mum is wrong again

July 20th 2011 12:27 am
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She was late back again yesterday on account of her course but she still says some foolish things.

Yesterday she said she had a nice surprise for me and that at least was true as I had special visitors. They knew some excellent games and they admired me a lot and I really liked them. And they wore trainers with laces and I LOVE shoe laces.

Turns out these people have a cat who is called Jasmine and when she was little they bought her a beautiful, fluffy, cosy pink bed - and she spurned it. So they gave it to my mum who tucked it under her bed where Josie found it and made it hers. Then I found it and made it mine. (I think I'm butch enough to carry off pink.) So it's them I have to thank for my special bed.

So what did my mum get wrong?

Firstly, as I had always thought it is indeed funny when I launch an aerial attack on an unsuspecting Josie. Mum tells me off but they laughed.

Secondly, we played such wild games and I bounded around so much mum said I would be tired and she would have a quiet night once they left but I was so charged up and hyper it took me some hours before I could sleep.

My mum has so much to learn!!

 

My mum - not as clever as she thinks!

July 18th 2011 10:05 pm
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Yesterday afternoon there was more of that horrid thunder stuff and I didn't like it especially as mum was late home as she said she was on a course. She needs to be learning stuff but I think Josie and I could teach her best.

Firstly Josie didn't want to go outdoors because of all the rain so she wanted to play in with me and we had the best chase game ever and my mum was wrong as although we knocked lots of stuff over we didn't actually break anything.

Then I was tired but my mum was on her computer which was pretty dull for me. I tried to help by adjusting the settings for her and typing some stuff but she wasn't as grateful as you would think she would be.

After a while she said she was sorry and all her stuff was done and she wondered if there was a website that I might like to look at (apart from Catster which is my favourite of course.) So she typed in "websites for cats" and found one which looked pretty cool. Would I like butterflies or fish or birds? Butterflies please. I like the way they flutter. And the screen filled with beautiful flittery flutterly butterflies and I watched and watched and then mum said "I think you're meant to chase them" and that's where my mum is a bit not very clever.

Her computer is all in one box with the picture at the back abd the tappy bit at the front so the only way that I could get close to the flutterbys was to step on the letters and everytime I stepped on the letters things came up in front of the picture. We tried a few times but I decided this was a silly game and we should go back to flippy toys that don't vanish (I would say Josie but sometimes she vanishes too!)

 

My scary weekend

July 17th 2011 10:19 pm
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I am, of course, an unusually brave cat but two things that were scary happened at the weekend.
Sometimes when my mum comes home I run out of the front door and I have a sniff about until I get bored or my mum fetches me in and she leaves the door open when I do that.

I was so fast and she was so laden with soggy things on Saturday that she didn't see me go and before I knew it the door was shut and I was locked out. I knew I needed to find somewhere safe to hide but I couldn't leave the porch as it was raining a lot.

Luckily for me there was one thing. Every Saturday a man comes with a box of vegetables for me to try out as toys and mum leaves the empty box from last week for him to take away. It was folded and on its side but I was busily unfolding it to get in when my mum heard my cries for help and opened the door. I was very happy to see her I can tell you.

The rain carried on a lot with little bursts of sunshine inbetween and I was asleep on my bed when there was a big noisy rumbling all out of nowhere. I looked at my mum and she was no help as she said it was just thunder. JUST thunder! It is terifying stuff. I knew exactly who would understand and where she would be so I trotted off to find Josie in her bed under mum's bed. I was hoping for a reassuring cuddle but Josie thought I had gone there to attack her - was ever kitten so misunderstood?

She ran out but I stayed under the bed until all that noisy thunder had gone. I told my mum that she must make sure it never happens again. She said she will be more careful with the front door but she can't stop the thunder. We got by perfectly well without it for the first few months of my life. I don't see why we need it now!!

I have recovered anyway and had a lovely night cuddling up with my mum and purring lots.

 

Fun things

July 15th 2011 12:43 am
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My mum looked at me yesterday and she said of all the cats she has ever known I am the most destructive. Coming from her that is quite something as she has known a lot of cats. I felt very proud and said thank you.

She said that isn't actually a good thing but it is for I am a cat who recognises fun when he seee it!

There is fun like my special cat toys, my little mice and my foam balls and the fishing rod toys that my mym flips about for me. Pretty much any cat can recognise that kind of fun.

And attacking Josie is always fun of course.

Then there is the fun that I find myself. The ongoing search for the perfect vegetable toy for example - we tried mushroom yesterday only I ate it so carrot top still leads the way on that front. Mum is fine with that but she doesn't like all my fun.

I noticed a stray white mark on the wall a few weeks ago. Much to my delight when I got my claw in it a piece of the paper covering the wall tore off and now I have been able to scratch lots more bits off and the best part about that game is it has to be sneaky attack as my mum tries to defend the wall. Guarenteed attention and clawing opportunities! I am really pleased with my handiwork and my mum says she will now have to fix it but she thinks she might wait until I grow out of this game. I can't imagine not finding this tremendous fun so she might have a long wait.

Yesterday my mum did not go to work but she was out a lot as she said she had things to sort. Today she has to wait in for a parcel so I will have games and snuggles all day. Life is good sometimes!!

I haven't really destroyed too much else if we can agree that tooth marks are decorative

 

My Holiday

July 13th 2011 11:36 pm
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I have been on holiday and I went to stay with Alison and Glyn and my favourite person Lydia. I had lots of playing and lots of cuddles. Then yesterday my mum came and brought me home.

My mum had a nephew with her so he carried me and we went in. Josie was there and was very pleased to see all of us. I was tired so settled in my favourite place on the sofa and it was Josie who was the excitable one. She knocked the lamp off the mantlepiece so many times it's on the floor now. Not many things to go now until Josie has the mantlepiece to herself.

My mum and the nephew played a game and Josie wanted my mum to win so she kept pushing the dice around to get the right numbers for my mum which is cheating but Josie didn't care.

We saw Kishmal outside and his leg is back to normal now so he must be getting better which is good.

Mum took the nephew back to his home and it was just us again.

I was still really tired so we all had a good night's sleep and this morning I am completely back to normal and am enjoying chasing Josie around again. I like holidays but I like being at home best. Mum said the same.

 
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