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!
Just in time for Valentine’s day, Björn found a package of chicken hearts in the “Ät Snart” (past date meats) bin at our loval ICA. He thought the cats might like them…
…Gee. Raw meat. What’s not to like? We served them to the LunaTicks on Valentine’s Day (of course). So I rinsed the hearts off…
…And served them to our feline family.
Angel, Alfred and Izaak, not too surprisingly as they are our biggest raw food eaters.
Still, Jacoby and Lorelai joined in to eat some hearts.
Angel gets nervous eating close to the other cats (probably something to do with someone stealing her food in her foster home), so she took her heart a little ways away to eat it.
Not that anyone was looking at her specific heart. There was enough for everyone.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day hearts.
So I have been an avid fan and follower of LOLcats since they first appeared on the internet in 2007 (Yeah. Think about that. They’ve been around for 12 years already). I love them. So, when I got the most recent professional photos of Lorelai and Izaak (taken by Madelene Jonsson at the Örebro show in January), I couldn’t help but notice that some of them were infinitely LOLcat-able.
Rory had two photos that fell into two classic meme categories.
But Izaak had the best shots of all. Taking two shots together, it made a classic “I Love to Sing-a” meme, only made stronger by the fact that it stars an actual Singa!
Along with the thank you note Emma drew for Björn, there was something for me, too. I have given Emma a couple of Top Model kitten colouring/sticker books, and she sent me one of the pages to colour in myself.
I decided to scan it and colour it on my laptop. The kitten she sent me kind of looked like a Singapura, so that determined my colour scheme.
The only problem was that, when I was finished, the eyes looked…wrong. Not very Singapura-y…basically, they were just too small. So, I enlarged them. Not quite sure I like the way they look, but they bother me less than the original.
Whilst Emma was busy playing with Lorelai, Björn and Izaak played together with the Ferocious Friends mousie on a stick. It’s very well made and sturdy enough to play with outside.
Zak just loves mousies of any sort, as you know.
This mousie is no exception.
I often wonder what Zak would do if he ever saw a real mouse.
Look how intent he is on his prey!
…Where are you going…? The mousie is back there…
Okay, well, I guess those are fun, too.
I think Zak had almost as much fun playing with the leaves as he did with the mousie on a stick!
As I have posted the last couple of days, we’ve gotten some snow.
And really deep. This is my foot in the snow. At some other points, the snow was almost to my knees.
You can see some really wonderful things in the snow. Here is where some crows, magpies and jackdaws congregated. I love the wing prints.
I let Alfred, Lorelai, Izaak and Jacoby out to play in the snow. Jake basically took one look at the snow and said, “NOPE.” He went back into the apartment. But Freddy explored the snow for a while.
Freddy slogged through the snow like a champion.
But he did leave these skidmarks close to the front door when he was finished.
Zak was…less than thrilled with the deep snow.
Although, to be fair, Zak's legs are not as long as Freddy's.
Still, he slogged along in the snow like a champion.
But he was clearly more happy to be in the cleared out areas.
Here’s a video of Zak in the snow. I apologise for my nose sniffles.
Rory was also running about in the snow. I posted most of those photos yesterday.
But here is a movie of Rory running in the snow, with a bonus leap through the snow.