A friend on Facebook posted a photo of her cats today with the caption: “Is this really all we do now? We can’t leave?! When is the next cat show?! We’re tired of sitting home!!!!”
Dude…I so know that feel.
Because we weren’t able to go to our favourite show in Örebro this year, we haven’t been to a show since November, when we went with Lorelai and Izaak to Turku. It’s the one thing I really miss since the pandemic started.
So, I went back in my backlog of photos and found this set of Zak at the Turku show, after our collection of show wand toys fell over.
He was so cute, playing with the toys. We mainly only ever play with wand toys at shows, so this was a treat.
I even made a short video of it (click on the image to view it on another tab in Flickr).
It’s become something of an afternoon ritual.
Izaak and Angel have a cat tree battle.
Angel occupies the top spot, and Zak occupies the house.
And then Zak attempts to storm the castle and take over the top.
He has some…interesting moves…
He’s very stealthy…
Okay, that’s just plain…what is that, even? What is that meant to accomplish?
May as well settle in, Zak. You’re not going to knock Angel off her perch.
The other day, a little drama unfolded right on our living room sofa.
Dashiell was happily napping in the corner closest to the television, which also happens to get the best sunshine in the early afternoon.
But Izaak wanted to nap there.
So he pulled out the super-stealth licking manoeuver. You start out with just a little friendly licking on the top of the head.
Then, when the target is lulled into docility…
…Zak starts to make his move.
And there you go: Singapuras always get the best napping spot in the house. Regardless if someone is already napping there.
Here’s a little video of Zak assimilating Dash’s napping spot. Resistance is futile!
Today is Izaak’s second birthday!
Zak was a bit taken aback by the flame on his birthday candle.
But since we have a show in two weeks, probably best not to get his whiskers all singed and twisty.
Zak’s birthday present was a catnip fish that was supposed to flop around like a live fish.
Turns out, the site was a scam, and the fishes don’t move. They’re just stuffed catnip fish.
…Zak didn’t care. He loved the fish, with or without gimmick.
Unlike last year’s birthday, Zak was not as hesitant to tuck into his non-raw birthday cake.
Happy second birthday, Izaak!
The other day, Izaak found a stick toy in Kalle’s room. It was a fuzzy green ball with a bell and a leather “tail” attached to an elastic cord, with the stick stuck in a crate.
He really wanted to play with that toy, but I was in the middle of doing laundry, so I didn’t move the stick for him. But that wasn’t really what he wanted; he just wanted to play with the soft toy on its own, not as a stick toy.
Singapuras are very…focused little cats. When they want something, they don’t give up easily.
You can watch Zak’s determination in this video…it went on a lot longer than just this, though. There’s stubborn…and then there’s Singapura stubborn!
You may recall a few months ago, I had bought some catnip snakes on Etsy. I gave one to “everybody,” which Izaak promptly claimed, and then put one away for Jacoby’s birthday…which never happened.
The other day, whilst tidying up my clothes cupboard, I happened to find Jake’s green birthday snake. I had forgotten about it.
So, I called Zak to come and play with it.
He was all over that action.
Lorelai wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
Zak was not about to share his new toy.
One of Zak’s little quirks is, he loves to roll around on the entryway rugs. I have no idea why, but he does it almost every day…I just haven’t captured it on camera yet.
Apparently, rolling about on the rug is much improved with a catnip snake.
He really likes this snake!
When I posted about the first snake, I lamented not catching it on video. So this time, I made sure to sort that. Here’s Zak in action with Jake’s snake.
Since I moved to Sweden, I have absolutely fallen in love with Family Guy. Something about the razor-sharp New England sense of humour and the pitch perfect spoofs of pop culture…what’s not to love?
Recently, we happened to see Seth MacFarlane’s spoof of the iconic closing credits of the classic 1970’s television show Little House on the Prairie. Then a couple of days ago, whilst outside with Lorelai and Izaak…I got inspired.
It’s been rainy and grey the past few days, but today it was sunny and not windy and just…perfect for what I had in mind. It took us a while to get it just right…but at the end of the day, I am pretty proud of myself.