Happy Holidays

I'd like to wish Happy Holidays to you, my furry and human friends. May the upcoming year be full of purrs, loving head butts and nibbles, and may your bowls or plates always be full of tuna.


My favorite kneading blanket

Here's the thing: I usually don't like to sleep on soft surfaces, or even stay on them for long. I find the good ol' hard floor to be comfortably cool for a cat with a heavy coat like mine.

But I do admit I have a soft spot for a special blue blanket in my room. Well, I don't use it for sleeping, but it's really great for kneading (and occasional grooming)! Don't believe me? See the video below:


I love watching TV documentaries

I like to think of myself as an educated kitten. And I love to expand my knowledge of the world around me by (among other things) watching documentaries on TV. Especially if they include birds, rodents or cats.

Recently, I've been watching David Attenborough's series The Life of Mammals. I like this show, as the human host doesn't get in the way too much, and he always makes sure we hear a lot of interesting sounds. Last night's episode was about rodents, and it was so interesting that I decided to get up-close with the subject.

I must add that the downside of TV documentaries is that they never come with real animals *sighs* Ah well, a cat can still dream, right?


I'm a Naughty Kitty!

Well, to be honest, I'm not a very naughty kitty, but Amy and her naughty kitties said I could join the brand new Naughty Kitty Club anyway. And I also got a shiny new badge for joining! How cool is that?

I think I should share a naughty story to celebrate my new membership. Currently, my favorite naughty thing to do is playing with tissue paper that my humans keep by their bed and use it to blow their noses (what a silly human thing to do!). I like playing with tissue paper because it's soft and makes an interesting sound when I bite it. It almost feels like biting feathers.

My humans say I'm a naughty kitty for "stealing" their tissues, but I don't really understand what all the fuss is about. I get a nice, interactive toy, and they get to search for it around our home. I often hide it under the bed, but other random places are good too, just to keep things interesting. Fun for all, right? It's too bad my humans can't understand it.

Anyhow, if you're a naughty kitty too or know one, make sure to visit the Naughty Kitty Club blog and apply for membership (cool badge included!).


I love snowflakes!

First, I must apologize for the lack of posts and tweets in the past week. My human has been through some sort of surgery, and as you all know, it's a cat's duty to cheer their humans up when they're not feeling well. I think I did a great job this time, as my human is recovering well and fast. She still needs my attention though, so I might not post as often just yet.

Anyhow, today I have a special news to share with you: it's snowing! So what, you say?! Well, it is a big deal for me, as I've never seen snow before! (I was born in May.) And I think watching snowflakes is pretty fun. Almost as fun as watching birds. Too bad my humans don't leave the windows open or I'd surely have a blast catching the white, puffy stuff!

Yesterday, I saw snowflakes for the very first time. Here's a short video of that:

I didn't realize the white stuff could stick to the ground though. But today we woke up into a white morning. I spent most of it on my perch (aka the speakers), watching the snow fall. It's so pretty!

"So white, so pretty..."

"Some day, little snowflake, some day you shall be mine..."

"Hey! Why are you looking at me? Take pictures of the snow!"


Happy Monday!

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Meow Monday with a short video of me fooling around on my favorite chair (and you can even hear my beautiful voice at the end of the clip!). We all know Mondays can be tough for our humans, so make sure you give them some extra cuteness today *nose tap*


Fiona needs our help

Harry Spotter, my charming hairless blogging pal, recently got a new sister, Fiona. As it turns out, she's having some serious gum and teeth problems (I can't imagine how that must hurt!) and she needs blood work, biopsy, teeth cleaning and extractions done, which will cost her mom over 1 000 $ (yikes!). Fiona has had this problem for a while it seems, but her breeder doesn't want to take responsibility for these problems.

So, if you have any change left, I'm sure Fiona's family will appreciate your help - even spreading the word will help! You can find the ChipIn widget for Fiona's dental surgery bill on Harry's blog. I already got my humans to ChipIn (they say it's super easy to do that with PayPal) and I'm sending loud purrs to both Fiona and Harry!


Kreativ Blogger award

My blogging friend Katie honored me with a really nice award: the Kreativ Blogger award! Thanks again Katie, it's a real pleasure to receive this award from you.

Now I just have to convince my humans to start printing all these awards and hang them in my room, so that all visitors can see that I'm more than just a pretty face *purrs*

Ok, before I get too excited, here are the responsibilities for each Kreativ Blogger award winner:
  1. Copy and paste the Kreativ Blogger picture onto your blog. Check.
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and post a link to their blog. Check.
  3. Write 7 things about yourself we do not know. Check, see below.
  4. Choose 7 other bloggers to award. Check, see below.
  5. Links to those 7 other bloggers. Check, see below.
  6. Notify your 7 bloggers. Will do as soon as I publish this post. Check.

Ok, so I now have to share 7 things about me that you don't know yet. I already shared 10 interesting facts when I received the Honest Scrap award, but I'll try to think of 7 more:
  1. I love the taste of cat toothpaste! I don't understand why my humans insist on brushing my teeth (or well, trying to brush my teeth) with the toothpaste instead of just giving it as a treat.
  2. I love it when my humans play with this thing they call the Wii - it makes all sorts of funny things appear on the TV (though my humans aren't too happy when I try to catch them).
  3. I love lying under the drying rack and I try my best to resist the urge to play with drying clothes.
  4. I love exploring closets and drawers.
  5. I haven't yet figured out a way to climb on the fridge on my own (my humans keep cat grass up there). I keep on trying though!
  6. I think playing with cat grass is more fun than eating it.
  7. I'm quite vocal, and can do a lot of different chirps and trills. My humans love all the sounds I can make, and they say that's a characteristic of my breed.

And now, my favorite part, I have the pleasure to pass* the Kreativ Blogger award to:
  • Albert The Cat - a very active and opinionated blogger.
  • Amy and The House of Cats - Amy is an awesome cat loving human. Plus, she's launching the Naughty Kitty Club, which is a great idea (I'll have to work on my naughtiness to apply!)
  • Ginger Jasper - a list like this just can't be complete without a hairy, ginger cat, don't you think? And he's also a very active blogger!
  • Linus The Cat - his extra thumb gives him a special blogging edge.
  • Romeo The Cat - this cat has some great wake up tactics!
  • The Island Cats - how cool is it to be an island cat?
  • Tygana @ One Cats Nip - I just love reading about his adventures.

*The blogs are listed in alphabetical order. I wish I could list more of you, dear blogging pals!


Basic tips for human visitors

One of the side effects of being a beautiful cat is that I get a lot of human visitors, who all want to admire me and pet me. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but I still think most humans would benefit from some basic tips on how to behave when visiting a cat.

Here are some of the most important things I wish my human visitors knew:

First of all, never forget that cats aren't dogs. We don't get super excited by human presence (especially if you're a new human). We have dignity, and we like to take our time to get to know you and trust you. You won't impress us by doing silly noises, especially if they're loud. That only makes you look silly and unattractive.

So, always give the cat some time to get used to you. Each new human means a lot of new smells. Your shoes, your bags, your clothes all have a mix of unique and exciting new smells, and it takes time to go through all that. I'll let you pet me when I get used to your smell and presence. Be patient. And make sure you don't make me feel cornered. Humans can be quite big and intimidating, so it's always welcome to have a clear exit path, you know, just in case.

Next, remember that gifts are always welcome. But bear in mind that it's usually not a good idea to bring food as a gift, unless you know our preferences. We usually don't appreciate sudden changes in our diet. On the other hand, it is worth noting that we never have enough toys. Just don't expect us to start playing with your toy right from the start. That doesn't mean we don't like it or don't appreciate the thought. It's just that we often like to take our time to explore possible uses of a new toy on our own, and the presence of a new human can be a distracting factor.

And finally, learn how to play with a cat. Feel free to consult our humans on which toy is best and which methods work best for us. If you're not the only visitor, please remember that we can't be in ten different places at once. I know you all want to play with me, but please learn to take turns. Hunting is a delicate art that requires a great deal of attention, and I just can't focus if you're moving three different kinds of toys in ten different directions at the same time.

Also, keep in mind that we all have different temperaments, and something that works for your cat or your neighbor's cat might not be well accepted by me or some other cat. And when in doubt, it's always wise to listen to our humans - after all, they are the ones that know us best.

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