Aby-a-Day – 25 Juni 2020: More magpies (Thursday Things)

The other day when we went outside, poor Alfred was the target of magpie harrassment.

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He ran down the hill and the magpies were ON him.

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Look at this in close-up.

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I don’t think Freddy even noticed the angry birds attacking him.

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Here’s a close-up of the second magpie attack.

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After that second attack, they stood down, but remained watchful.

Aby-a-Day – 18 Juni 2020: King of the Dustbowl (Thursday Things)

On one of our outside adventures, Izaak discovered a wicked awesome dustbowl at the base of a tree.

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It wasn’t in the sun, but oh, it was still perfect. And Zak was going to keep it all to himself, prepared to fight it with everything he had.

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First Lorelai came to check it out.

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Look at how Zak watches her.

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Alfred tried a sneakier method. He pretended he was scratching the tree…

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…and then tried to take it over.

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Zak was more than ready for him.

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Freddy wasn’t about to give up to a cat he outweighs by 70% after only one attempt.

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I am not sure what he was trying to accomplish with this move, but…

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…Zak was NOT falling for it.

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“Really Freddy? REALLY!?”

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“Okay, dude. Back off!”

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“Okay, that’s technically still my dust, but fine. But like a good neighbour, STAY OVER THERE.”

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“I can’t even with you right now, Freddy.”

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After his roll, Freddy made another siege on Zak’s dustbowl.

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Clearly, this attack is Freddy playing a long game.

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Obviously, it’s the old “yeah, keep your dumb dustbowl” trick.

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“Just how stupid does he think I am?”

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Freddy walked around the tree and was right back in Zak’s face. Clearly, Zak was expecting him.

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And then, adding insult to injury, Freddy had the nerve to do Zak a heckin’ blep! A BLEP! I loved this last photo so much, on Sunday I posted it to a wonderful Facebook group called this IS an airport, please announce your departure: aeroplane ear posting (as you can see in the top photo), and as of this writing, 1,130 people have reacted to it!

Some of the comments people made were brilliant, too. I laughed so hard at this thread.

I particularly love this comment thread, because indeed, this is a classic Singapura stink-eye.

(Editor’s note: Since this is a public Facebook group, I didn’t block out the names on the screenshots in this post. If you want your name blocked out on my post, please comment and I’ll edit the photo. But if you are here from the Earplane group…thanks for all the love this week! I really needed it!)

Aby-a-Day – 4 Juni 2020: Izaak vs the sheepskin (Thursday Things)

We have some sheepskin circles on our sofa cushions, because they look nice and they happened to be the exact same colour as the sofa. Then, when Björn’s mother died, we got a grey sheepskin patchwork square. We keep it at the end of the sofa, and the cats like to nap on it.

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Except Izaak.

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He’s got a different relationship with the sheepskin square.

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He likes to randomly attack it and kick its guts out.

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But look in the background, at Lorelai.

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Wait, what?

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Look at Rory, flying over the sofa and Zak’s battle with the sheepskin square.

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Did that just happen?

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Hm. Well. Back to grooming and fighting with the sheepskin square, then.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Maj 2020: Dashiell and his trees (Thursday Things)

I mentioned Dashiell’s obsession with the trees outside.

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Well…he’s still fascinated by whatever is in those trees.

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Birds? Leaves? I have no idea.

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Whilst the other cats are running around, Dash is looking up into the trees.

Aby-a-Day – 21 Maj 2020: All we are is dust in the wind (Thursday Things)

When the cats go outside, one thing they love to do is take a dust bath.

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Look at Alfred luxuriating in the warm dust at the base of this tree.

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Lorelai found a different tree…but the same lovely warm dust.

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And finally….here we have Izaak, also rolling in the wonderful warm dust. They are so much fun to watch outside.

Aby-a-Day – 20 Maj 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Guess who barfed up the roast beef netting that he stole out of the food garbage when someone forgot to close the baby lock?)

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Aby-a-Day – 16 Maj 2020: Singas ALWAYS share…whether you want to or not… (Singapura Saturday)

When Izaak decides he wants to nap somewhere…

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…He naps there.

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Regardless of whether or not someone else is already napping there.

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There’s this one old cat tree is especially popular for some reason.

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Dashiell has taken a liking to sleeping in the cat bed in that tree.

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And because Dash wants to sleep there…so does Zak.

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And when Izaak wants something…he usually gets it.

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Whether you want it or not…if a Singapura wants to cuddle with you, you CUDDLE!

Aby-a-Day – 14 Maj 2020: The Great Neck Heist (Thursday Things)

Izaak loves his chicken necks.

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I left the refrigerator door open for a minute while I was making dinner today.

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And…yeah. He jumped up into the fridge.

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Like a heat-seeking missile, Zak zeroed in on his precious necks.

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And he would have stolen one, too…if I hadn’t been standing right THERE. I think there’s a flaw in your masterplan there, cat burglar.

Aby-a-Day – 13 Maj 2020: Wordless Wednesday (When you try to use the litterbox at a show and your little sister is being a brat)

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Aby-a-Day – 7 Maj 2020: Ribs for their pleasure (Thursday Things)

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Whenever we have spare ribs, we lock the cats out of the room. As a sort of reward, we let them chew the meat scraps and cartilage off of the bones. It’s very popular with the feline set.

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Of course Alfred is the first one to grab some bones, with Lorelai close behind.

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Freddy especially loves the cartilage bits.

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Rory may be the smallest cat in our family, but she’s feisty. She gets her share of the bones.

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But possibly the most enthusiastic bone-eater is Izaak.

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Look at him go! All that chicken neck practice is clearly paying off.

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I should have made a video. He’s making little growling noises as he gnaws.

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Angel even tries to join in the rib-gnawing fun.

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It’s kind of hard, though, since she only has two teeth left.

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So we gave her a corn cob instead.

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She was happy with that.

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Dashiell wanted to try corn, too. We may have another corn-eater in the house.

Aby-a-Day – 19 April 2020: “Like sands through the hourglass…” (Silly Sunday)

It’s been wicked crazy windy all week, but it finally died down enough yesterday and we were able to let the cats out for a much needed run. And of course, Lorelai had to say hello to her favourite sandy place, because she loves to play in the sand.

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And when I say she loves the sand…I mean she really LOVES the sand!

Aby-a-Day – 9 April 2020: Good day, sunshine (Thursday Things)

Europe changed to Summer Time last Sunday, and that combined with a few really sunny days has given the cats some great sun puddles.

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The other day, Lorelai was luxuriating in a sunbeam on the living room rug.

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Look at that face..!

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I swear she’s smiling.

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And then, suddenly…she started playing with a goat hair catnip toy.

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This was interesting because Rory doesn’t really play with toys. This is one of Alfred’s favourites. I got it at a cat show and it was called “Stinky Goat.” I think they steeped it in valerian root, because it is really stinky.

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In a good way.

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I swear though, if I hadn’t seen her and just saw the photos, I would have thought this was Izaak!

Aby-a-Day – 2 April 2020: I hear you knockin’ but you can’t come in (Thursday Things)

Even though Angel does enjoy going outside with the other cats, she tends to want to go back inside before everyone else is done exploring. So she goes to the door and waits for it to open.

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Although, usually she knows better than wait at the hinge side…

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…there you go. That’s better.

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It’s pretty cute to watch Angel at the front door, though. She stands up and tries to look through the window.

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She yells at the door.

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She even reaches for the door handle.

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Sorry, Angel. Guess you’ll just have to have fun playing outside like everyone else.

Aby-a-Day – 28 Mars 2020: TImeshare cats (Swedish Saturday)

I’m always amused at how popular napping spots go in and out of style amongst our cats. As an example, for months, nobody regularly slept on this cushion at Björn’s end of the sofa.

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Then Lorelai adopted it and naps there every evening. She’s so cute when she does that, curled up in a tight little ball.

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But what’s even funnier is, during the day, when Rory naps, it’s in other places nowhere near that corner. During the day, that’s Angel’s napping spot! I’ve read that cats timeshare places in the house, and apparently, our cats are big believers in that!

Aby-a-Day – 26 Mars 2020: Reach out and touch someone (Thursday Things)

The other day, we were watching YouTube videos on the television, and I wanted to show Björn the video of Lorelai stalking the geese, which he hadn’t seen yet.

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After that, YouTube autoplayed the next video, which was the one of Izaak sitting on top of Dashiell.

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Dash was intensely interested in seeing him and his buddy on TV. And then the cutest thing happened.

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He reached his paw out and touched Zak! It was so sweet, so tentative…but he definitely recognised his friend.

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Then a different video autoplayed, one of Angel and Zak outside. And Dash patted Zak’s image again! I have never seen a cat do this before. I have seen them play with images on screen, but not recognise another cat that they know.

I made a little video of him…but he went behind the screen looking for the cats. I did finally capture him patting Zak.

Aby-a-Day – 12 Mars 2020: Scoop the poop! (Thursday Things)

As you saw yesterday, the snow is all but gone again.

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But remember when Alfred pooped in the swing area when we went out in the snow? I felt bad about that at the time, but I couldn’t really do anything about it at the time. But when we went outside on Saturday, I went back to look for it…and I found it. And this time, I could do something about it. I scooped it up with a stick and put it under the bushes. They’re mostly sticks, so no one is going in there.

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You should feel bad, Freddy!

Aby-a-Day – 15 Januari 2020: Wordless Wednesday (Illustrating the Singapura personality…)

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Aby-a-Day – 9 Januari 2020: “Chips. All day. Every day.” (Thursday Things)

Once in a while, Björn and I have chips whilst we watch TV. And…sometimes one gets dropped.

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Lorelai found it first, and of course she tried to eat it.

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Pretty sure that it was a salt-vinegar chip. Cats are not big fans of vinegar.

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Izaak, our famously picky, raw-meat-only eater, didn’t even try to eat it. He just played with it…until I picked it up before it got stepped on.

Aby-a-Day – 6 Januari 2020: Dashiell and Lorelai, partners in crime (Mischievous Monday)

We don’t feed dry cat food to our cats regularly anymore at all. When we do give them dry food, it is fed as a treat. The problem is, we have some leftover prescription diet foods that we gave to Jacoby and Pyret. And we also we win bags of dry food at cat shows, really good, high-protein brands, which is what we give them when we do give them dry.

We have a few more-or-less catsafe storage places in our apartment, and one of these is in our laundry room. All the cats know we keep food in there, and the opportunistic little jerks never pass up a chance to try to get a snack when I have the laundry room door open ( you may recall that we have to latch the door because Alfred has worked out how to open that door).

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So, the other day I left the door open for about a minute whilst putting laundry away. The cats, I thought, we all napping around the house, so I thought it was safe. Boy, was I wrong.

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In the time it took me to go from the laundry room, dump the clothes onto the bed, and go back to put the next load in our drying closet…Lorelai AND Dashiell were up on top of it, nomming happily away on some of Jake’s leftover Urinary prescription diet. Since it wasn’t in a bin, I am fairly certain it didn’t have a hole in it yet, either. Never underestimate cats when it comes to food!

I didn’t know Dash even knew how to get up there!

Aby-a-Day – 5 Januari 2020: The Great Escape artist (Cinema Sunday)

So, this is fun. Alfred learned a new trick.

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You may recall how clever Freddy is at opening cabinet doors, especially when he knows there’s food on the other side.

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Lately, however, he has been focusing on a new, non-food-related target.

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The front door.

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So now, we have to make sure we always lock the front door without fail, or he’ll open it and let everyone into the stairwell. He tests it all the time, several times a day. And if we forget…we discover the door is open and all the cats are playing on the stairs.

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Click on the image above to see a video of the evil genius in action in a new tab…Spoiler alert, the door is locked in this video. FREDDY! (Sorry, gotta run…just heard a crash in the kitchen…)