Sorry To See You Go

We are now well and truly out of the Christmas period, all the decorations have left leaving the house looking very bare. However worst of all, is the fact that on Christmas Eve my dear old friend Bubbles got ill, he was taken to the emergency vets, who gave him some antibiotics, however he got worse Christmas Day and by Boxing Day he couldn’t even swallow his medicine. He just lay there on the cushion and never moved.

My people said that he wasn’t very well and that we should say goodbye to him. I gave him a sniff and a lick and that was that. My Daddy and eldest person took him in the carrier the next morning and I never saw him again. I was told he went to the kitty and puppy heaven and I would see him again some day. I miss him a little, I have a look on the chair he used to sit on sometimes but he isn’t there. Sway his sister was sad for a few days too, she wanted cuddles a lot more than usual.

I don’t like it when people leave, I wish they didn’t. The house seems a little empty without him there, but I have other friends and family to be with me.

Bye Bye Bubbles. xxx

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The Christmas Kitten

I am told a few years ago (maybe 5 or 6), a couple from up the road had a cat. A little black cat. Now this cat had her sister a small tabby, sadly the little sister was hit by a car. She died. Now this little cat had no friends and she was full of kittens. She eventually had the kittens, all 4 of them and was a happy family for a few weeks.Till one day, the family up and left, taking her kittens with them.

 She was alone in the world, and no one would let her in her home, it was snowing and cold, and generally not nice for a small cat. She wandered down the road and found some people who knew what had happened. At first they let her stay in the shed. They gave her a hot water bottle and a basket at night, and breakfast in the morning. But still no one came for her. On Christmas Eve, with no one coming back top collect her, my people decided that she wasn’t going to stay in the shed any longer.

She was given a name, a nice warm home, friends and a family.

Meet Inky the Christmas kitten.

(I am told she used to like getting in bags when she first came to the family)

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Now I know her back story is sad and all but Inky I can tell you is a little Madam! After having the kittens she got a big belly and it hasn’t left her, so she wobbles as she walks. She gets a grump on easily and can be really jealous of other cats, but not of me! (Is that good or bad? I don’t know to be honest) and she steals other peoples food; including mine (which is mean).

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She likes a conversation with my people, she will sit next to them and meow and meow as they say nice things to her. She likes to poke people with her foot. Especially in the face!

I like Inky because she is funny but she doesn’t seem to like me!

(Note from Human)

Inky is a great cat, if you have ever read the book A Christmas Kitten by Vivienne French (as my sisters and I did as children), she so just reminded us of her.

We do love you Inky, and you can stay here forever.

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Sway Not Squeak

Sway is a camouflaged ninja cat!

She is a funny colour so when she hides in the bushes you can’t see her and  she can whack you before you even know she is there! Sneaky eh?

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She is Bubbles’ sister (I mean … I know we are all brother and sister but, these two came as a set). A matching pair of felines.  She was supposed to be called Squeak I think… so we had a Bubbles and Squeak like the grub, but somehow that got lost in translation I guess so she ended up as Sway.  A bit of a funny name if you ask me but cats can be like that, and I guess it isn’t as bad as ‘Excalibur’. Still the name stuck, personally like Alfie better but hey ho.

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To be honest she doesn’t really care for me. No matter how much I try to play or even if I sit next to her, she doesn’t want to know me. She just put her nose in the air and walks off.

Her ear is a little bit ripped, the people tell me it was because a big monster tried to attack the house and she saved everyone. But I spoke to Bubbles and he said he did it to her when they were kittens.

I even tried to chase her but NOTHING, she just sits there and stares. Only If I do something wrong or if I am asleep does she do anything, which is when I want to be left alone! I don’t like it when she sits in my basket though. That isn’t fair she has all the baskets and the cat stools and can even get up on top of this I would never reach! Yet she chooses my basket. 

She is an old girl and likes to be with her mummy all the time, which is nice enough.

She is a bit scary, and she gets away with everything, so I will leave it at that!

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Excalibur and Quinevere.

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What silly names for cats! I much prefer their usual names Skall and Quin. Well these two are brother and sister, they came as a set, like Bubbles and Sway but younger. My people say they are the most ‘aloof’ (whatever that means) because they have had a good life from a very young age. Skall is the silver Tabby and Quin is the white odd eyed cat. They are both 9 years old now, and don’t really show their age much.

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These two like me the least! I can understand with Quin, she is partially blind so perhaps a bigger happy barking doggy would be scary. Skall on the other hand is the monster cat. He is the ‘top dog’ of the house. A mean lean fighting machine, he has been known to escape the house, walk across the road, find their cat and beat it up in it’s own garden, to return happily and go to sleep in his basket.

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He sits on top of the kitchen cabinets and stares at you. It is a little bit creepy if I am honest. Them big golden eyes all scary and big. He is a fussy eater too! I love food ALL the time, but he decides that one day he doesn’t want chicken and wont eat his food. He wants fish instead, and he wont eat anything till you get him that fish. I think that is a little rude, the people are nice giving us tasty things, we should love them for it. Not turn our little posh noses up and walk away.

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Quin likes to sit in one of them snood thing and hiss at anything that goes past (especially me).

(She also looks a bit like a demon in some photo’s)

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I like Bubbles better he is nicer to me.

(Note from Human)

These were the only two cats we have had from kittens and by gum you can tell they aren’t rescues. They are the King and Queen of our own little house, and they do let you know. Skall has more than once got out of the house and beat up neighbors cats, so we made the decision to make them all house cats who go out on a lead in the garden every now and then.

Quin … well she is just Quin. Loves a bum scratch and a chin tickle, and is never frightened of fireworks or lightening. She likes to play with the shapes and shadows whilst sitting in the window. It must be to do with the fact she can’t hear the noises properly, seeing as everyone else is scared.

Quin and Skall we love you even if you seem to just about tolerate us.

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Jealous

Why do cats get all the boxes? I know boxes are a cat thing, but for once in a while I’d like to sit in a box.

Perhaps it will make them like me more if I start sitting in boxes too.  Skally is king of the cats and has all the boxes first. It’s not fair.

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Well I rebelled against it and stole that box! For dog kind! We like boxes too, especially ones you can just fit your bum in. They make nice chew toys and good hiding places.

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Though I had to give it up eventually, it was too small for me to sleep in. I tried though, I will just have to keep to sitting in them and ripping them apart and eating the pieces. Who says dogs can’t like boxes?

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Boring

I have had such a boring week this week! We haven’t been anywhere different or anything fun.

Yes  I have had my favorite chews, and tripe sticks and the cats are nice enough to be around, (Bubbles is warm and fluffy), but I do wish my people could be here all the time.  What else can you do when they aren’t around?

My people have been working a lot this past week, I still get my walkies and I am still fed and played with, I just miss them a bit too much. They are my people I love them.  I show them I love them by wedging my head in between their legs till they cuddle me.

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 They did promise that we’d go out this weekend though 😀

Ed

Contrary to popular belief (don’t I sound posh?) Ed is actually a girl AND I am actually a boy. I wish people would stop telling me I am a pretty girl, it does knock a boys confidence you know.

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Anyway Ed is a girl; a grumpy, skinny, sassy girl.  She has a right attitude on her, and she eats soooooooo much for a skinny cat! If I ate that much I’d be a chubby puppy. She isn’t too fond of me but I like to sniff her bottom, it smells quite good in a morning I do tell you.

A tabby cat with a little white chin, I must admit she is a pretty little thing.

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She wont play though no matter who tries; person or doggy, she wont play. She also has a really annoying meow, it isn’t really a meow more like a grouch? drawl? croak? I can’t describe it really. She was the most recent addition to the family before I came along, and was found not far from where we live I am told.

I like Ed but She doesn’t like me!

(Note from Human)

Ed was found at the back of a Chinese takeaway about 1/4 of a mile from our house.  She lived with the black bin bags and ate from them. A friend of ours found her and asked if we could take her. With 6 cats already we thought it might be a stretch but as soon as we saw her we just couldn’t say no.

She was named after a rescue cat from the Mann Cat Sanctuary (website here http://www.manncat.com/)

Little Ed was a female one eyed tabby who still got around and loved life, although sadly that was a few years ago and I believe she has passed on. After seeing the ‘Chinese cat’ and looking at how familiar they looked, we knew what we had to call her.

She is a strange little thing. She is so tiny, no matter how much she eats. She will not play if you are watching and she hates her feet being touched. But the saddest bit of them all is that she likes black plastic bin bags. If we leave one out waiting to put something in it, or even if there is a full one about, she will sit on it and go to sleep. No matter what baskets or cushions or beds, she will choose to sit on the bin bags. They must be a comfort to her, a little quirk she can’t let go form her past life. She knew they were a safe place and one where she could find food; the poor little thing.

Now she is as ‘happy as a clam’ and loves to be with you. You can shout her name and she will purr, she just wants to sit next to you and appreciate your company.

Ed you are odd but we love you.

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Bubbles Brown

As you may know I live with a lot of Cats. And I have decided it is time to introduce you to Bubbles. Bubbles is the eldest in our little animal kingdom being 13 years old.

P1020068My people tell me he had nasty flu as a kitten and a ‘heart murmur’, supposedly his heart literally skips a beat! He is daft, docile and loves a big cuddle as much as I do! He used to love running round the house and playing with that annoying red dot thing, but now her prefers a nice relaxing potter about the garden and bathing in the sun.

To be honest although Katie isn’t the nicest of cats I do like bubbles, possibly … a little. Okay okay you go me! I like him enough to cuddle up with him and eat with him and even let him give me a little cat bath. I know he is nearly ten years older than me, and a cat. But I don’t care!

(Note from Human)

Bubbles came with his sister Sway, (whom Alfie will introduce soon). They were millennium kittens and a member of the family couldn’t look after them anymore and who were we to say no! They have been a part of my life for such a long time I can’t imagine it without them. He is such a calm cat compared to his sister, he will quite happy sit on your shoulder as you carry him round the house talking to him. He just wants a love, a fuss and a bit of grub.

He was a kitten of cat flu we believe (to be honest we aren’t sure). But when he came to us he had fought his way through it. He does have a heart murmur, and recently in his older years he has ended up with allergies (something like hay fever but for cats).

Bubbles you may snot in our face, our food and on our clothes; and you may be becoming slightly incontinent. But we love you none the less!

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New Basket!

I forgot to tell you! When I went for a trip to Chester , I  came back with a brand new, posh and comfy, basket just for me!

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My old one has been given to the cats to nap in; high up on their units in their room. But mine is a nice red basket to mach the living room! I also got a new leather lead, though to be honest I don’t know how long it will last; lets us see if I get a taste for leather! it is all red and shiny and supposedly matches my red harness. It is for my ‘dog about the town’ days. I prefer the basket to the lead. Did I tell you it was comfy.

Katie Cat

Now all dog kind know that cats can be a problem, they poop indoors! in a box!, they climb places where I can’t go and they steal my biscuits! However I have a confession. I live with 7 feline friends (I use the term ‘friends’ loosely).  Now … 5 out of 7 I can live with,  1 is frightened of me and wont be anywhere near me. But the final cat … the other is the bane of my life! Meet Katie – a calico cat with attitude!
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Now my people have told me Katie has a sad story to tell and I should feel sorry for her and love her none the less. I do try, but she is a big bully (okay she is actually smaller than me) and although she gets her claws trimmed and she can’t really bite, I wont look her in the face. I did try to befriend her at first, but she just doesn’t like me. I guess we can’t all get along.
Either way Katie isn’t very nice so Canine companions I beg you to beware!
(Note from Human)
Katie was abandoned as a young mother cat with kittens. Sadly her kittens died and she was left alive. We ended up with Katie as someone in our family worked at at Cattery that was helping her to be adopted, and after a few hints (Mum there is a cat at work….. it is sad…. it would love a home), we adopted her. She was scrawny and ugly when we first took her home, but with a lot of love and kindness she turned into the pretty cat you see today. She prefers men – mainly my dad, and hates a cuddle. Though her growls are all show; even when she does bite or claw she has no strength. So Katie even thought you frighten Alfie a little we love you lots.
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