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When we don't see one of the cats of the evening, we don't particularly worry. They'll usually be there for breakfast.

Occasionally, they're not there for that either.

The last time we'd actually seen Toro was on Saturday, though I was pretty sure that he'd burrowed under the duvet early Sunday morning. But we didn't see him on Sunday. Or on Monday.

By yesterday (Tuesday) evening, we were round the neighbours asking them to check their sheds for him, but we were definitely worried. I was coming to terms with the likelihood that we'd not see him again.

Four-bloody-a.m. this morning, I hear a demanding yowl. It doesn't sound like Sake who has a slightly different note. I got out of bed in the darkness and headed downstairs to the conservatory where the noise seemed to be coming from. I turned on the light, to see Sake in the doorway. Oh, no, not a false alarm. And then behind the cat tower, there's another cat.

Yes, it is Toro, and he's decided to wander along home to see if there's any food, and if not, why not.

I will admit to the cardinal sin of rousing [livejournal.com profile] bellinghwoman at 04:00 to show her that he was back. He was dutifully appreciative of the attention and snuggled under the covers for a while before later wandering off downstairs to be fed.

Of course he was gone by the time I roused this morning to the sound of a neighbour knocking on the front door to tell us she'd seen him for the first time in a few days.

Cats

Sep. 17th, 2012 01:14 pm
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There we were last night. We'd watched Dr Who and were watching QI. About ten minutes in, we heard a cat yowling.

Now there are a lot of different yowls, not to mention a number of different cats around, so we just assumed one of ours was asserting territorial rights over the black and white mog that keeps wandering into our garden. But after a few minutes, it was apparent that there were no replies, this was a lone cat yowling.

And it sounded like the "I'm here, would you please come and retrieve me?" yowl. Not a desperate yowl, but one where we were supposed to do something. Oddly enough, it was quite distinctly audible within the living room, less so elsewhere in the house.

so what happened next )

Kitties

May. 31st, 2011 12:23 pm
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For those who follow me, but not [livejournal.com profile] bellinghwoman, here is her set of pictures of the Kitties

Last night (their second with us) we gave them freer run of the house. Saki decided that burrowing under the duvet with us was a good idea - this appears to be something imprinted into the DNA of Abbies. Toto is somewhat less brave than his sister and didn't do so, but the pair were to be found on the covers this morning.

They definitely approve of the main staircase, which has a narrow ledge outside the bannisters along the upper landing such that when the stairs bend through 180 degrees, this ledge provides a perch above the lower steps from where they can see into the hallway and kitchen. It's an ideal place for them to sit and watch the world.

Cats

Feb. 24th, 2011 03:12 pm
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Regarding cats, yes, we do intend to get some more.

We're currently talking to a breeder over in Colchester, one who is not unhappy about us letting cats out of the house. There is a litter due next Monday, and another a month later, so we should have a better idea of what will be happening in a while.

Abyssinians, of course.

If there are two suitable kittens in that first litter, then we could have them at the end of May. If the second litter is more appropriate, then we might attend Swecon after all.

(One of the tags on this post is inapplicable.)

Cats

Feb. 24th, 2011 03:12 pm
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Regarding cats, yes, we do intend to get some more.

We're currently talking to a breeder over in Colchester, one who is not unhappy about us letting cats out of the house. There is a litter due next Monday, and another a month later, so we should have a better idea of what will be happening in a while.

Abyssinians, of course.

If there are two suitable kittens in that first litter, then we could have them at the end of May. If the second litter is more appropriate, then we might attend Swecon after all.

(One of the tags on this post is inapplicable.)

Update

Aug. 9th, 2010 05:14 pm
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Kosh is going back to the vet this evening. He's spending all his time panting, and getting weaker.

Update

Aug. 9th, 2010 05:14 pm
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Kosh is going back to the vet this evening. He's spending all his time panting, and getting weaker.
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Kosh went to the vet this morning.

He's still there.
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Kosh went to the vet this morning.

He's still there.
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No, not Britney Spears dropping another sprog.

This is our Abbie queen, Talia. Both cats are still being kept in, but late yesterday evening, I realised Talia wasn't to be seen. Looking around, there was absolutely no sign of her. Neither of us humans had been outside, or opened any of the external doors, since before she'd been fed.

So, same procedure as last year same procedure as last week. Kosh locked on his own in a bedroom, cat flap reopened. Sure enough, a few hours later, Talia wanders in with a mouse (live), which she then ignores in favour of real food.

Our conclusion is that she found the main bedroom window ajar (it was fairly muggy last night) and squeezed out onto the window ledge before jumping down onto the lawn. OK, that's onto nice soft grass, but even so, it's quite a drop, about 4 metres. And it's probably how she 'escaped' last time too, so she's doing it deliberately.

Bugger. We really don't like having to seal the bedroom in this heat.
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No, not Britney Spears dropping another sprog.

This is our Abbie queen, Talia. Both cats are still being kept in, but late yesterday evening, I realised Talia wasn't to be seen. Looking around, there was absolutely no sign of her. Neither of us humans had been outside, or opened any of the external doors, since before she'd been fed.

So, same procedure as last year same procedure as last week. Kosh locked on his own in a bedroom, cat flap reopened. Sure enough, a few hours later, Talia wanders in with a mouse (live), which she then ignores in favour of real food.

Our conclusion is that she found the main bedroom window ajar (it was fairly muggy last night) and squeezed out onto the window ledge before jumping down onto the lawn. OK, that's onto nice soft grass, but even so, it's quite a drop, about 4 metres. And it's probably how she 'escaped' last time too, so she's doing it deliberately.

Bugger. We really don't like having to seal the bedroom in this heat.
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We've a scabby Abbie at the moment - that's why this occurred.

Friday last week, Kosh (the Tom) went to the vet about his idiopathic rodent ulcers (he gets them every summer, nasty scabbing in his fur which he then gnaws at and makes his belly raw). This time, the vet upped the pill dosage, put a large plastic cone collar on, and said he had to be kept in for a fortnight.

Well, he didn't like the collar at all, and didn't like being kept in.

Talia (the Queen) didn't like being kept in either. They're both keen hunters.

But for the first few days, it was OK. A certain amount of grousing from both of them, but it's only temporary after all. They could deal with it. Then, come Tuesday evening and we get home, there was no sign of Talia. Now, she's a small cat, and when she doesn't want to be found (such as when she's about to be taken to the vet, or whatever), she can be remarkably absent. But we looked everywhere, and no sign. We looked around outside, called for her, but no.

She hadn't magically reappeared on Wednesday evening. Well, if she had been hiding in some tiny crack somewhere in the house, she'd have reappeared by then. But no sign of her outside, no reply to calls, nothing. If she'd slipped out when we were leaving the previous morning, then she'd managed to do it remarkably invisibly.

So yesterday morning, we decided to split the house. We reopened the cat flap into the conservatory, closing the door from it into the rest of the house, and put food and water in there. I popped home early afternoon, but the food hadn't been touched.

[livejournal.com profile] bellinghwoman went off to Norwich after work on, and got home at about 19:30. The food had been touched by then, but no sign of any cat around. Since a neighbour cat does steal in sometimes, it looked like that might have happened.

OK, if that was her, not a stranger cat, then she was probably sulking. The only option was to lock Kosh in a bedroom on his own, open the rest of the house up, and just hope she'd reappear. We sat down, had our evening meal and watched a bit of TV, and still neither sight nor sound.

And then it was time to pop upstairs to check my mail and forums.

And there she was, sitting on my chair, casually washing herself.

I could have strangled her.
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We've a scabby Abbie at the moment - that's why this occurred.

Friday last week, Kosh (the Tom) went to the vet about his idiopathic rodent ulcers (he gets them every summer, nasty scabbing in his fur which he then gnaws at and makes his belly raw). This time, the vet upped the pill dosage, put a large plastic cone collar on, and said he had to be kept in for a fortnight.

Well, he didn't like the collar at all, and didn't like being kept in.

Talia (the Queen) didn't like being kept in either. They're both keen hunters.

But for the first few days, it was OK. A certain amount of grousing from both of them, but it's only temporary after all. They could deal with it. Then, come Tuesday evening and we get home, there was no sign of Talia. Now, she's a small cat, and when she doesn't want to be found (such as when she's about to be taken to the vet, or whatever), she can be remarkably absent. But we looked everywhere, and no sign. We looked around outside, called for her, but no.

She hadn't magically reappeared on Wednesday evening. Well, if she had been hiding in some tiny crack somewhere in the house, she'd have reappeared by then. But no sign of her outside, no reply to calls, nothing. If she'd slipped out when we were leaving the previous morning, then she'd managed to do it remarkably invisibly.

So yesterday morning, we decided to split the house. We reopened the cat flap into the conservatory, closing the door from it into the rest of the house, and put food and water in there. I popped home early afternoon, but the food hadn't been touched.

[livejournal.com profile] bellinghwoman went off to Norwich after work on, and got home at about 19:30. The food had been touched by then, but no sign of any cat around. Since a neighbour cat does steal in sometimes, it looked like that might have happened.

OK, if that was her, not a stranger cat, then she was probably sulking. The only option was to lock Kosh in a bedroom on his own, open the rest of the house up, and just hope she'd reappear. We sat down, had our evening meal and watched a bit of TV, and still neither sight nor sound.

And then it was time to pop upstairs to check my mail and forums.

And there she was, sitting on my chair, casually washing herself.

I could have strangled her.
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The first photograph I like with my new (second-hand) camera.

Behind a cut, to avoid breaking friends pages )
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The first photograph I like with my new (second-hand) camera.

Behind a cut, to avoid breaking friends pages )
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Summer has finally departed, and we are now well into Autumn. How do I know?

Last night, for the first time since the Spring, our Abbie Kosh wedged himself between us under the duvet, and did his best to push me out of bed.
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Summer has finally departed, and we are now well into Autumn. How do I know?

Last night, for the first time since the Spring, our Abbie Kosh wedged himself between us under the duvet, and did his best to push me out of bed.

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