Epic The Cat versus the Winged Intruder (official trailer)

Cats and kittens... and other anipals... I invite you to watch the action-packed trailer for my upcoming movie: Epic The Cat versus the Winged Intruder.

OK, I admit. I don't have a contract with a big studio yet, and the whole project is still pretty low budget... But perhaps some Hollywood directors will recognize my potential and make me the star of their next big blockbuster.

What do you think, do I have what it takes to be a movie star?


No such thing as a box too small

Epic's First Law of Cat Physics:

There is no such thing as a box too small.


What a busy summer!

Howdy friends! Missed me? I'm sorry for not posting any updates recently, but I decided to take a little break from blogging during the summer. After all, I had quite a busy schedule! Let me show you what I mean by that.

As you probably know, I'm an avid fly hunter. Now, that might sound easy, but if you want to catch flies, you have to put aside a lot of time for subtle observations of your surroundings. Here's one of the ways of doing it:

Now, it might seem like I'm just casually sitting on my cat tree, but let not my gentle looks deceive you! As soon as I spot anything flying around, I can switch to hunter mode in split of a second. And when that happens, no insect is safe!

See? Even the photo is blurry from all the fast action! Now, let me catch my breath for a little while...

Of course, after such a busy day you have to relax a bit to recharge your batteries. My favorite summer pose for that is flat on the back, belly up, ready for rubs.

And to keep in shape I also have to exercise regularly. Lately, I started doing yoga, and I can already do some pretty cool poses like this one:

So. I hope you enjoyed my summer update! I'll try to post more regularly now that I'm not that busy with air traffic control and fly hunting anymore (it seems that insect don't like flying in the rain...).


Tips for staying cool in the summer

Summer is in full swing over here and while I enjoy the variety of insects in the air, I must say I'm not such a big fan of the summer heat. The temperatures in the past week have reached and passed 33 °C (over 90 °F), which isn't easy to deal with if you're covered in multiple layers of fur like I am.

So, here are some of my favorite stategies for coping with the heat:

Find a nice windy spot: Laying down close to the fan will make wind flow through your fur and keep you both fresh and super cute. Bonus points: humans won't be able to resist giving you a belly rub if you lay on your back and get your fur ruffled by the wind.

Save your energy: Plan your physical activity more carefully during the day. Early mornings and late evening are the best times to hunt flies, so just take it easy during the day, and find a cool spot for your afternoon nap.

Napping should become your full time job when it's hot
Water is your friend: Well, we all know cats and water don't mix well, but be prepared to make some exceptions during the summer. First, make sure to drink plenty of fresh water throughout the day. Next, (and I can't believe I'm going to say this...) allow your humans to help you out; let them pet you with a damp towel or wet hands. This will keep you fresh for a while, but don't show your humans you're enjoying the effects of water on your body, otherwise they might get some strange ideas. And oh, I also like to play with plastic bottle caps that float in a few centimeters of water. It's fun, and you don't even realize that you get wet while playing.

Get a good brush: Another thing your humans can help you with - it really helps to shed some extra fur! Look at how much fur I got rid of during my last session with the Furminator.

Wait... all that fur was on me?!?
Enjoy any cloudy or rainy weather: And my final tip is to be ready to seize up any cloudy or rainy periods that may come along between heat waves. With any luck, you might even be able to get some real wind in your fur, and if it doesn't rain too much, it's actually nice to sit on the window and get damp from the rain (but don't ever tell your humans you enjoy that!).

Aaah, getting some real wind in my fur during a cloudy day

I hope you find some of these tips useful; and please let me know if I'm missing anything important in the comments! Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a nice, cool spot waiting for me underneath the fan...


Epic's Water Quality Ranking

I sometimes hear humans on TV or interwebs discussing whether it is better drink tap or bottled water. They seem pretty confused about this matter, so I hope I can shed some light on the subject based on my empirical evidence. So, here's my official water quality ranking:
  1. Tap water somebody opens when you demand it: in other words, get in the bathtub, look cute, meow/chirp if necessary and voila! humans make the water flow. Easy, fresh and tasty!
  2. Water in human glasses: just wait for the right moment when your humans walk out from the kitchen with a glass full of water and pretend to be super thirsty. Or, if they ignore you, just help yourself to a sip when they live the glass unattended. (Note: water in people's glasses often tastes better than on-demand tap water, but I just haven't figured out how to ask for water in human glasses whenever I want to, so I placed on-demand water in 1st place due to its accessibility)
  3. Water in your bowl: yeah, I know it's fresh from the tap, but it just doesn't taste as good as the other two kinds. Although bowl water is perfectly acceptable if you want to get a drink while lying on the floor.
Bottled water? Forget it, my tongue just isn't that long. So, if you ask me, tap water always wins over bottled water; I don't know why humans can't appreciate the awesomeness of fresh tap water.


Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Cats are well known for our cleanliness, as keeping our coats nice and clean is always one of the top priorities in our lives. But I think it's also important to keep your home clean. And as my humans sometimes forget to clean glass surfaces in our home,  I like to give them a paw whenever I can spare a minute or two. Have a look!


The art of fly hunting

A while back I shared a short video of my first attempts at catching flying insects. Thanks to all your helpful tips and a lot of practice, I think I now perfected my own technique of catching little flying prey. Here are my 3 basic steps:
  • Step 1: Acquire target: You always have to be ready to spot your prey. Don't really on humans for that, their eyesight is quite poor.
  • Step 2: Warming up: I like to warm up before getting to serious business with some vocal exercises. While warming up, keep your eyes locked on the target, plan ahead.
  • Step 3: The hunt: When you've studied your target and are all warmed up, it's time to jump into action! And I mean that literally. Don't be afraid to use your claws, and don't forget to use your tail for balance.
And as usually, here's a short clip of me demonstrating this technique:

I hope you find my tips useful - and if you've got any advice on how I could improve my technique, be sure to let me know in the comments!


Enjoying the warm weather

Aaah, after a pretty cool and rainy May, it finally seems that we're getting ready for Summer. That means little flying insects are back in the air and that my humans are now leaving the window open for longer periods of time.

So, if you've been wondering what I've been up to since celebrating my 1st birthday, here's a little snapshot from my new full time job:

Chillaxing in my window hammock
You know how it's like - us cats have to make sure all traffic is counted and all birds closely observed. But I can't really complain about my job!


Celebrating my 1st birthday

Dear anipals and human servants, it is with great pleasure that I would like to announce my resignation from the kitten club and at the same time apply for membership in the esteemed league of adult cats. I believe I am now old enough to officially graduate from kitten to cat. Let me introduce you to some evidence that shows the progress I have made in the first year of my life:

It all started on May 13, 2009 when my mom gave birth to 6 little kittens. I don't remember much of my early days, but I do remember my mom took good care of us. I was given the official name Flash'n Dash - Amor.

First official photo, still a bit unsure and way more ginger than I really am
(Photo by Suniva)
It was fun growing up with my big cat family, but it wasn't too long until my brothers and sisters started leaving home to live with other humans, and my mom was telling me that someday I would also find a new home. I wasn't quite sure what to think about that, so I wasn't too excited when some humans showed up around my 5 months birthday and started talking about taking me away from my cat family.

Listening to humans discussing my new home - should I be worried?
And sure enough, a week or so later, on October 17, I had to say goodbye to my cat family and after an hour long car drive, I first set paws and whiskers in my new home. It was a very interesting experience, and there was so much to explore! I also got a new, shorter name: Epic. And of course, I had to get used to my new human servants, which wasn't as difficult as I feared it would be.

1st day at my new home - this isn't bad at all!
At the end of October I started writing this journal to keep track of my new, exciting life and share my findings about the world.

Little explorer (November)
Meanwhile, my humans made sure I was getting good food, so was gaining about 1 kg per month in the first few months at my new home. Here's a chart of how I was gaining weight in the second half of my first year:

As you can see from my weight chart, my growth started slowing down in January, but I was still visibly growing up and started to develop more adult features.

Looking all grown up with my fluffy winter mane (January)
And today, I finally get to celebrate my first birthday! My humans have been telling me for some time that I'm a big cat already, but I am glad I finally have the numbers to prove it. As this is my first ever birthday I'm not quite sure what to expect from the celebrations, but I hear rumors that there will be many treats, cuddles and a lot of play time involved, which is just what a cat needs! And oh, a great thing about being officially an adult cat is that my humans now allow me to eat special, king size Maine Coon kibble that I simply adore!

I'm a big cat now!
I hope you enjoyed sharing my first year of life with me, and I promise to keep bringing you exciting reports of my cat life. Thanks for following me!


How to attract your humans' attention

Ah, humans. Such wonderful creatures with the ability to turn almost every inanimate object into prey and keep us entertained for hours. Unfortunately, they also have the tendency to get sidetracked by their silly human stuff and neglect their main duty as servants of cats. And what can you do when that happens?

Here's my basic list of attention grabbers*:
  • Talking. We all know that cats don't really vocalize much among each other, but humans seem to like that, so try to imitate that. Of course, we, Maine Coons, have an unfair advantage in this area with our wide range of vocalization abilities.
  • Staring. Stare at your humans, and make sure you have big, cute eyes. Simply unresistable.
  • Tail swooshing. A universal sign that your require human attention and not receiving it.
  • Fooling around. Do something unusual that will make your humans go "awwww". 
But hey, why am I writing this list when I can just show you my technique with a clip? Have a look, and see how I combine all listed elements into one Epic performance:

* Note: you can always combine one or more elements on the list depending on how busy your humans are.


Spring is my favorite season so far

I'm not yet 1 year old, so I'm still can't tell for sure which is my favorite time of the year. I thought winter was pretty cool with snowflakes falling from the sky, but I must say I'm also enjoying spring a lot! It's not too hot yet, but it is warm enough for my humans to leave the window open for longer periods of time, and it seems that the warmer weather has awoken many strange, flying creatures I can play with. And what more could a cat wish for?

I still have to figure out the right technique for catching those little buggers though. Meanwhile, you can enjoy a short clip of one of my first hunting attempts. Let me know if I'm on the right track!


I love the cat net!

A few days ago my humans got another package from the interwebz for me. There was something called a cat net in the box, and at first I couldn't really figure out what it was for and why I should be excited about this new purchase.

But after what seemed an eternity of my humans working in secrecy behind closed doors (can you imagine they didn't want my help?), it turns out that the cat net is installed on windows and gives my humans a sense of security about letting me watch birds with the window open. Of course, if you ask me, I don't need a security net to protect me - I'm a great acrobat and I'm not afraid of heights - but if that's what it takes for my humans to feel safer, I'm fine with that.

So, without further ado, let me show you some brand new photos of me studying ornithology and human traffic patterns with the window wide open. It sure feels nice to get some fresh air and listen to all the interesting outdoor sounds!

Inspector Epic: my classic pose
Taking a stroll along the window...
Yep, birds also look yummy, errrr.... I mean pretty from the other side


Cats have a busy life

Sometimes cat life gets so busy, you don't even have time to pull your tongue back in your mouth.

You see, apart from my office job, I also have to keep track of the local bird population. It may sound easy, but ornithology is serious science and demands a keen eye and high levels of concentration.


7 tips on how to become an office cat

I hope you all had a nice, lazy weekend. Today is Monday again, which probably means your humans will be back at the office pretending to be busy by endlessly staring at computer screens.

But don't think that your humans are the only ones that are good with all that computer "work"; cats can also easily become super helpful office cats! Here are 7 easy things you can do to blend into the office life and help your humans be more productive:

1) Help your humans fix their computers when something goes wrong. We all know cats are way better with wires than humans!
2) At the start of the work day check the printer status. You want to make sure the printer is ready to spit out paper you will be able to play with.
3) Check the battery level on laptops and be ready to pull the plug when they are fully recharged. You will be environmentally friendly by saving energy, plus the charging cable is fun to play with!
4) Check your human's Facebook News Feed while they take a break. You don't want them to miss anything important, do you?
5) When you notice any cat related posts on Facebook, make sure to "Like" them. Again, just making sure your humans notice things that really matter.
6) Warm your human's wrist during intensive computer work to prevent RSI. A little warmth goes a long way!
7) Make sure the computer mice don't escape. You can easily do that by taking a nap on the tail or (if it's a wireless mouse) just using the mouse as a pillow.
That's just a brief overview of some of my favorite office chores; please feel free to share other helpful tips in the comments. Have a great week at the office!


Cat vs. Balls on the Cat Tree

A while ago I got an awesome cat tree that provides endless hours of entertainment and joy. One of the most interesting features about my cat tree are several strategically placed balls that are a lot of fun to play with. However, the problem is that the balls are confined to the tree, so you can't just take them to your cat cave or nest. And believe me, I tried for months to pull those hanging balls off - and I've got pretty strong paws! - but with no success.

Just when I was about to give up on ever getting those balls, I finally found a new effective technique for dealing with hanging balls! I still have to figure out how to get to the remaining cat tree balls in cages, but until then I think you might appreciate a demonstration of my special ball removal method:

I hope that helps, although I feel I must warn you that these hanging balls aren't as fun detached as they were on the cat tree *sigh*, so keep that in mind before attempting this irreversible procedure!


I make a great Lolcat!

I've got some exciting news, dear friends: today one of my pictures got featured on I Can Has Cheezburger?, which is of course one of the best websites on the interwebz (just the Lolcats section, of course). So, make sure you visit ICHCheezburger today and take a look at my Lolcat debut.

And oh, my humans also say you can also capshun my other Lolcat ready pics ^^

April 14, 2010 shall be remembered in history books 
as the day of my first Lolcat appearance
UPDATE: You can see more awesome Epic Lols at Wendy's LOL-Spot. Thanks for featuring me Wendy!


O hai guise, Epic is back!

O hai everyone, Epic here! Yes, yes, I'm doing great, just didn't get a chance to blog much lately. You see, my humans have been pretending to be busy a lot by staring at computer screens and playing with their silly computer mice, so I really couldn't get my paws on their keyboards to steal a few minutes to write an update.

But don't worry; I had a serious talk with my humans and we all agreed I deserve at least a few minutes for blogging each week. (They still don't want to get me my own computer though...)

So, in case you've been wondering about what I've been doing lately: pretty much the usual cat stuff. Getting at least 16 hours of beauty sleep each day, charming guests, practicing my hunting skills on anything that moves and eating well. One of my favorite recent hobbies also includes exploring various new territories, so I'm gonna end this update with a snapshot from one of my travels into the depths of a closet and a promise to write more updates soon.

Sokz? Unnerware? Tihrd flore!


The subtle art of napping

Ok, so I'm a cat. And cats are supposed to be really good at napping by default, so it really isn't a big news that napping in one of my favorite hobbies. But attracting human attention while napping is a special kind of art. An art that I've been practicing really hard lately.

Exhibit A: Looking cute while napping in my cat carrier; 
Humans love it when they find you napping in unexpected places
Now, we all know that cats are naturally good at looking super cute when napping regardless of where or how they choose to nap. But here's something you might not know: making cute noises while napping will make you absolutely unresistable for humans. Let me show you how it's done:


Wordless Wednesday - Spoiled Kitty

Don't tell anyone, but I love grooming myself while being held by my humans!


My awesome cat tree

Today my humans suddenly got this really big box by mail. A box so big you could fit three adult Maine Coons in it! And guess what came in the box? A brand new cat tree! Just for me!

I cannot describe how excited I am about this new arrival. There's so much to do on the new tree: I can jump on it from different angles, use it as a scratching post, play with balls... oh my, it really is awesome! And a really good replacement for my old, small scratching post.

So, without further ado, let me share with you a short video of my first test ride of the tree, still fresh out of the box. My humans say we'll have to move the tree from the middle of our living room, although I honestly think it's fine where it is. Lots of room around, and I can monitor different parts of our home from the top platform.


What's so funny?

Sometimes I really don't understand my humans and their weird sense of humor. For instance, they seem to find my latest favorite lying pose pictured below funny, and I don't really see why.

So I ask you, dear anipals, what's so funny about a cat stretching his paws? All I know is that this pose is extremely comfortable, and I do wish my humans would stop acting all silly every time I do it.


How to steal fridge magnets

As you probably already know, I'm a proud member of the Naughty Kitty Club. And to keep my membership active, I feel like I have to do the occasional lil' naughty thing.

Like, for instance, stealing fridge magnets. Now, this isn't always as easy as it might sound, as humans tend to put their magnets high up on the fridge. And when they do that, it's not easy for a cat to reach them. But fear not, my friends, Epic shows you how you can steal some fridge magnets today just by using a nearby chair that humans left unattended. Watch and learn!

P.S.: Don't tell your humans you learned this trick from me.


I need my own computer

Greetings, dear friends! Yes, yes, I'm still here, no need to worry. My humans have been really busy lately, and I just couldn't get my paws on a computer. You see, my humans close the door of the room with all the computers when they go out and during the night, so I can't even blog or tweet when I'm alone. They say that's for my own good, as I'd probably harm myself while chewing on cables, which is complete nonsense. Who has ever heard of a cat attracted to string-like thi-... oh wait, hm, never mind.

At least they let me nap on the computer desk...

Anyhow, my point is that I really deserve my own computer. Preferably one with lots of wires (I don't understand why are humans so crazy about wireless gadgets...) and one that doesn't come with software with cat-like typing detection. As you can see in the photo below, I already have some experience with fixing computers, so I see no reason why I shouldn't get a computer that will be all mine.

funny pictures
But alas! my humans say I'm too young to have my own computer, so they just promised to let me blog and tweet more often instead. And they also helped me set up my own Facebook page to make up for the lack of posts on my blog, so I guess I'll forgive them this time.

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