This was today. Izaak wedged himself into Angel’s bed…again.
Although, she seems to be getting kind of used to it.
She might even, dare I say it…actually like having the little guy around?
Zak seems to really love cuddling with her. It’s funny, but they don’t really ever associate apart from the afternoon cudddle sheshes.
Maybe she just enjoys the free grooming in the spot she can’t reach.
Here’s a short video of them together…what do you think? Friends?
I walked into the kitchen to find Izaak on the stove. And, as you can see, he’s clearly not doing anything at all suspicious.
“La la la…pay no attention to the feline on the stovetop…”
I have no idea what he was doing there.
He’s not usually the one on that counter. That’s usually Alfred, looking for edibles.
“Oh! Hi! I totally did not realise you were standing there!” (Spoiler alert: He totally did know I was there).
“And I absolutely was not doing anything at all naughty.”
Yesterday, I was sitting on the sofa watching something on my laptop, when Izaak decided to sit on me.
I was a little bit entranced by the way the sunshine highlighted his colours. In some ways the sepia ticking is so much prettier than the Abyssinian ticking…I think it’s that ivory undercoat.
Remember when, back in the day, we went to cat shows and didn’t know words like “social distancing”?
Especially in Sweden, the pariah of Scandinavia. We may never have a show again at the rate we’re going.
These photos are from a show in Västra Frölunda…15 September 2019. Back when the world was…normal.
This is judge Ad De Bruijn from Holland examining Izaak.
Zak really turned it on for the judge, too…but he didn’t get the NOM.
I don’t think I have shared one of these before, but this is Ad De Bruijn’s judging sheet for Zak (these sheets are the BEST thing about FIFe).
So, remember what I said about Singapuras sharing, and the other cats just letting them get away with it?
It doesn’t always go down that way.
You know that IKEA cat bed we have? Well, Alfred was sleeping on it.
And Izaak wanted to be sleeping on it.
So, he pulled his usual “Well, I’ll cuddle on in here trick.”
Freddy wasn’t having it.
He showed Zak the meaning of the word “smackdown.”
At first, I thought Zak was going to give up.
Never underestimate the determination of a Singapura.
After the tussle, Freddy let Zak cuddle in, and they slept together peacefully after that.
Here’s a video of the whole interaction. It’s a bit long, but it’s fun to watch their interaction.
Today on Facebook, Anna (Izaak’s breeder) posted a photo of her newest litter of kittens.
Turns out, these kittens are Zak’s full siblings! Their father is Tinytoy Rus Mafoj*PL
and their mother is Angelina Minimali*PL.
Zak also has two older, famous brothers. Paolo and Keiko, five years older than Zak, are famous for their adventures. And they had another adventure (of sorts) today: Paolo and Keiko got neutered!
It wasn’t long before they escaped their Cones of Shame, but their human Kinsey sent me this video of them. Just click on the image to watch the video in another tab on Flickr.
It’s so cool to be part of such an illustrious family!
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.
As I posted yesterday, Lorelai loves to run, and when she does, she practically flies. She is incredibly graceful, sleek and aerodynamic.
…Izaak…not so much.
He can get up some momentum when he gets going, but look at the concentration on his face. It’s not quite as effortless for him as it is for Rory.
Zak kind of bobs along like a three-day old helium balloon.
It’s almost as if his back half goes faster than his front half.
It’s really adorable to watch.
Still no matter how he tries, he’s just not built for speed the way Rory is.
Not to make a generalisation about Singapuras, but both Logan and Izaak decided they wanted to be friends with Angel and Jacoby…no matter what.
In Angel’s case, it means Zak gets in her favourite bed with her.
And then he grooms her.
He’s quite serious about it, too.
With Jake, Zak just sleeps with him wherever he is, be it our bed or the sofa.
Does Jake want Zak’s company? I have no idea. But I also don’t think he has much of a say in the matter.
Because still photos can’t quite capture that lovin’ feeling, here’s a video of Zak forcing his affection on Jake and Angel.
About a month ago, Kate over at Hauspanther made a post about Patti Haskins’ amazing catnip snakes.
Well, they did look pretty awesome, and since both Jacoby and Alfred like to lick and roll on catnip toys, so, even though they were a bit expensive (especially considering the postage)…but they truly did look awesome, so I got one for Freddy and one for Jake. The snakes arrived after Freddy’s birthday, so I gave one snake to everybody whilst holding one back for Jake’s birthday in April.
I took the one out and gave it – I thought – to Jake and Freddy to go nuts on.
I was…surprised, to say the least.
Contrary to any of my expectations, Izaak was the one to attack and dominate the catnip snake.
Zak has never (before) shown any interest in catnip the way Jake and Freddy do.
I was amazed at how fiercely Zak attacked the catnip snake.
In retrospect, I guess I should have made a video of Zak and the snake. But what’s even stranger is, since that first day, he has entirely ignored the snake in favour of his mousies. What a funny little cat!
The little show we took Izaak to at our DjurMagazinet at the beginning of December was more than just a cat exhibition.
It was also a Christmas party. There were gingerbread cookies and Julmust and other traditional holiday treats. There was also a duo who sang Christmas songs and played the flute and guitar.
Whilst we were listening to the singers, we explored the store a bit.
I showed Zak the fish tanks first.
Zak really liked the big fish.
I think he liked them more than the little ones.
Next I showed him the gerbils.
At first, he didn’t notice them…
…but when he finally did…Oh, boy! I thought he would like real mousies since he is so fond of his Ikea mousies. We didn’t stay too long because I didn’t want to freak the rodents out too much. Also he was making the rabbits (in cages on the floor beneath the gerbils and hamsters) nervous, even though most of them were bigger than Zak!
Then we went to look at toys. I was amused by this squeaky carrot.
I ended up buying Zak a little Christmas bow tie, to join in the Christmas spirit.
Zak also schmoozed with the man who played the guitar.
I think Zak thought he might be Santa, because he was telling him what he wants for Christmas.
It was a really fun day out for all of us.
One of the fun things about having a cat show in a pet store is, there’s plenty of cat trees to play with.
There was one right in front of Izaak’s cage.
He loved them and how tall they were…but he also really loved this little cubby.
The instructions were folded up inside, but that didn’t stop him from playing in there.
If anything, it gave Zak something to play with whilst he was in there.
I don’t exactly know what he was doing in there…chasing his tail, just spinning around…but he seemed to be having fun.
And then, after a round of spinning and rolling about…
…it was time to attack the post.
Zak loved it in there.
But eventually he started to look around at the rest of the cat tree.
Both Björn and I were taking photos of his adventures.
Zak seemed to notice that high shelf, and he started to get ambitious.
Zak’s not much of a climber at home – much less so than Logan was – but at DjurMagazinet he was fearless.
He even branched out onto the grey tree next to his brown one.
But he soon jumped back to his brown one.
But what was really funny was, after Zak was done playing, the little Neva Masquarade in the cage next to ours went out to explore the cat tree…and was very interested in the smells Zak left behind.
This really awesome video of a Singapura paddle boarding with her human in the UK popped up on Facebook yesterday. Noodle and her human, Nigel, go paddle boarding regularly on rivers in Essex and Sussex. They even have an Instagram page.
But as cool as this story is, it gets cooler. Noodle (Singaneko Artemis) comes from a British cattery, and her father is Bakardi Minimali*PL (“Keiko”). Kinsey, the breeder, has also written two children’s books about Keiko and his littermate brother Paolo (Bolt Minimali*PL). I discovered – and bought – these books last year after we got Logan, delighted to find any books starring Singas.
Of course, you know that our Izaak also comes from Minimali*PL. But if you look at Paolo’s, Keiko’s and Zak’s pedigrees, you’ll find that all three boys’ parents are Tinytoy Rus Mafoj*PL (father) and Angelina Minimali*PL (mother)…so Zak is Paolo and Keiko’s full brother, and Noodle is his neice! Paolo and Keiko are three years older than Zak…but how amazing is it to discover that Zak’s brothers are children’s book stars!? And his neice is a famous paddle boarder!? I guess Zak has a lot to live up to.
Recently our nearby pet store started carrying Vaisto Mush frozen chicken necks. This is the same brand that makes the raw balls I feed them, so I thought I would get them to see if they liked them. At the very least, I thought, Alfred will eat them because he loves to chew on bones.
Well, I wasn’t wrong. Freddy does like them. But I was surprised that Izaak really loved them.
This is the very first time I gave Zak a chicken neck. Not only did he attack it, but he guarded it, growling and snarling as he ate it.
Despite being the smallest cat in our household (and this was right after he came to live with us), he managed to keep Jacoby, Lorelai and Freddy at bay. Angel didn’t even try.
Here’s a video of that first encounter with a chicken neck. I hope you can hear the growling!
Zak is now addicted to these things. Everytime I go near the refrigerator, he yells at me to open the door and give him a neck! I try to limit them, because too many bones can cause constipation. But it’s hard not to give him one when he is so insistent.
And he is so funny to watch! Even if no cat is around, he growls, snarls and hisses.
…But if anyone gets too close…
Look at Freddy! He doesn’t even try to take it from Zak! He knows from past encounters, he can’t win.
The best he can do is hope for leftovers. Even though he weighs more than double what Zak does (4kg to Zak’s 1.8kg), he just won’t go there.
Here’s a video I made this afternoon showing the stand off. Towards the beginning, Zak hisses with his mouth full of neck. It’s pretty funny to hear!