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Annie and Spike’s first week… and our fantastic surprise! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Well, it’s certainly been an eventful week! Spike and Annie are now purrfectly at home and have had many new adventures in such a short space of time!

 

The weather has been beautiful, very warm for this time of year, which has meant lots of play time in the cat garden!

 

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Such fun in the sun!

 

They also discovered the joys of my favourite toy, Dave the Dragonfly

 

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Gotcha!

 

We had wonderful gifts from our friends at Butterfly Cat Jackets, which means we can all take the hoomins for a walk once the babies are old enough :)

 

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Oooh! I’ve not had a new coat before :)

 

They found lots of places to rest their weary paws…

 

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Tired out kitten

 

We’re often asked how the existing cats get on with the two newbies, so here’s a quick summary:

 

Friday: Accepted them both straight away without batting an eyelid! She has seen it all before!

Harry: He is seen it all before too, though he’s not quite as accepting as Friday – he took a little bit longer, but now pretty much accepts them. Apart from when they try and steal his food! He does love his food, does our Harry.

Robbie: As we expected, he is going to take a while to accept them. He’s still in the hissing and growling phase… things will get better, hopefully sooner rather than later ;)

Lula: She’s a bit like Harry. She’s ok with them, as long as they’re not too much in her face or trying to steal her food.

Me? I am a good boy. I was a little bit growly and hissy at first, but now I think they’re ok and I even like to play with them! :) I quite like their kitten food too – I like to steal it when mummy isn’t looking :)

 

So I suppose you’re wondering what our fantastic surprise is? Well…. yesterday, my mummy and daddy went to a cat show (without any cats, silly people – what was the point in that??) and when they came back, they had lots of big boxes…. they had only gone and bought us another Tigga Towers cat tree, to put in the conservatory! Needless to say, we all love it! :) Here’s some pics! :lol:

 

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What a great surprise!

 

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Oooh! Look what’s going on out there!

 

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Bengal Cat Tree

So I’ve now decided my mummy and daddy are quite nice people and I might even give them extra cuddles! :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxxxx

When Annie met Spotty (and Lula met Spike)!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oooh! It’s been a funny few days my friends! If you follow us regularly, you don’t need me to tell you about the two little spotty invaders to our World! All was reasonably ok when they stayed in their bedroom, I knew they were there, but didn’t really have to think about it too much and just got on with my usual routine :lol:

 

But what happened today? The sun was shining and so my hoomins thought it would be nice for the two little pesky kittens to spend time in MY cat garden! (OK, Mine and Lula’s cat garden)! I was just sitting there, minding my own business, when I heard funny little squeaks getting ever closer, so I kept my eye on the gate….

 

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I’m keeping an eye on the gate

 

Then when it opened, I saw my daddy coming in with Spike and – double trouble – my mummy coming in with Annie! :shock:

 

Lula decided to play it cool…

 

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Lula’s on the prowl!

 

Ignoring both of us, they had a bit of a sniff around, and Spike soon realised that the grasses are a nice place to lay!

 

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Spike, making himself at home :)

 

Mmeanwhile, I’d gone to look at little Annie!

 

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Hmmm…. not sure what to do about this!

 

After a while, I went back to my platform… only to be followed by that persistent little pesky girl! :shock:

 

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Hello pesky thing! You smell all funny!

 

I was a good boy though, and only did a few growls and hisses :)

 

By then, Spike was exploring near the cat house, and wondered where Annie had gone!

 

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Spike – getting everyone’s attention, including all the neighbours!

 

After a while, our hoomins decided that we had all had enough excitement for one day, so Spike and Annie went back to their room to have a play whilst Lula and I stayed in our garden to have a snooze and some peace and quiet! I have a feeling things are not going to be quiet around here for a while! :)

 

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Kittens at play :)

 

Phew! What a day! We hope you had a lovely weekend :)

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

All the news from our World! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

I thought I would bring you up to date with all that’s happening in our World because things are going to be a-changing pretty soon! Yes, the time is very nearly upon us when, not only Spike, but also Annie, will be welcomed into our World! :shock:

 

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Spike is a model model :)

 

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Sweet little Annie

 

When I say “welcomed” , I think that some of us will be more welcoming than others! Here’s how I think it will pan out:

Friday will just give a little sigh and accept them both – she’s seen it all before…

Harry will go and hide behind the couch for two weeks, venturing out only for his breakfast and dinner, but will eventually realise that it’s not so bad after all and will decide that he will be friends :)

Robbie will not like them at all for at least 4 months. He will hiss at them frequently. After a while he might tolerate them, but they will never be as good to play with as his best mate, Harry.

Lula and I are a bit more difficult to predict as we’ve not been introduced to new cats on our territory before, but here’s what I think :)

Lula will be a bit wary at first but will decide quite quickly that they’re ok and nothing to worry about.

I will hiss at them both until I get bored of hissing at them :lol: I will do this despite the fact that they are my half-sister and brother (Harley, mine and Lula’s dad, is also their dad) ;)

 

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Harley a.ka. Grand Champion Starwinds Noir-Diamond

 

The next thing we need to think about is cat shows. Spike and Annie will both hopefully be going to shows if they like it :) Spike will be going into the usual Pedigree breed classes, but little Annie will not ;) Unfortunately, she has developed a bit of a problem with her jaw. It’s nothing to worry about and shouldn’t affect her in any way, but it means that her jaw is not perfectly aligned. To be a pedigree show cat, you mustn’t have any ‘show faults’ and if you haven’t got a purrfect bite, then this is a fault.

But all is not lost! We can show Annie as a Pedigree Pet! They earn titles just in the same way as the pedigree breed classes, and they have wonderfully-titled side classes such as “Most Appealing Cat” or “Cat the Judge would Most Like to Take Home” :)

As for Lula and me? Well, Lula is going to carry on to try and earn an Olympian certificate or two :) But I am going to be retired from showing – yay! I haven’t really enjoyed it over the last couple I’ve been to, and I would quite frankly rather stay at home and have a nice catnap so I am going to retire having earned a respectable title: My official name is Grand Premier Tobysden Sunspot :)

 

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Yay! No more shows for me!

 

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Lula: Still looking for her first Olympian certificate :)

 

If you’re in the UK and you would like to meet us at shows, just get in touch by emailing us and we can let you know which ones we’re planning on going to!

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

Toadally good day! :)

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Lula and I had a toadally good treat today! We were hopping and jumping for joy! :) I bet you’re wondering why I’m talking like this? Here’s a clue….

 

*croak*

*croak*

 

So here’s what happened … Lula and I were chillin’ out in the cat garden when we thought we saw out of the corner of our eye something moving in our grasses! We looked at each other and back at the grass and decided we must have imagined it… but then it happened again, so we had to go and investigate! It meant being stealthy and quiet (not one of Lula’s strong points, but she did it ok. Sort of ;) )

 

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Being stealthy in the cat grass

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Almost being stealthy in the cat grass…!

 

And there it was! A toad in our cat garden! We hardly get any visitors so we made sure we checked him out and chased him in and out of the grass! He kept trying to get away from us, but he didn’t get very far! Pretty soon, my mummy realised something was going on and came to see what we were doing… and then went away again! That meant more time for us to talk to toady! :)

 

But pretty soon she came back with daddy who picked toady up and took him away! What a spoily-sport! He asked my mummy why she didn’t rescue toady, she said she couldn’t be picking him up – what a scaredy cat she is! :lol:

 

Soon after that, mummy said she was going off to see the kittens yet again, so Lula and I had a play fight, which I of course won, despite appearances to the contrary …

 

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I’m just letting Lula think she’s on top…

 

Then, mummy came home and showed us a couple of photos, though I was more interested to know where toady was!

 

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Hungry kitties :)

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Skye and her litter

 

Unfortunately, toady was nowhere to be seen, so it was time for my favourite tuna tea and then a nice catnap… What a purrfect day! :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxx

Busy Bees and Kitten Knees!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oh my! I am so tired out… my mummy and daddy have had such a busy week, it’s very tiring just sitting on my cat tree perch watching them! :lol:

 

They are definitely plotting something and I think it has something to do with the outdoors! I think they might be planning on making our cat garden bigger. I suppose this makes sense when you consider that we’ll be sharing it with Spike as soon as he’s settled enough to spend time outdoors.

 

We love our cat garden as it is, though, so I hope there’s not too much disruption when they do whatever they’re going to do! Lula would certainly hate that – she loves to hang out in the long grass

 

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Mmm… that’s a nice smell!

 

And there’s no place better to have a wash than on the platform by the apple tree

 

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Lula keeping clean

 

Whereas I prefer to have a splash in the fountain! :)

 

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Splish splosh

 

As well as all of that, of course, the other thing the hoomins are getting very excited about is the imminent arrival of our new brother, Spike, and they go to see him every couple of weeks or so :) He’s 10 weeks old now, so there’s only 3 weeks to go until he’s ready!

 

Before I go on, though, you may be wondering if all I’m going to show you are pics of kitten knees? Well…. this is of course not the case! It’s just that I couldn’t think of a better word that rhymed with Bees for the title of this post! Ha!

 

Here’s some nice pics from the latest visit

 

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Annie is a sweetheart

 

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Mia is plotting something methinks!

 

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Spike is so chilled out!

 

So I think we’re going to be seeing some changes in our World over the next few weeks! Watch this space, my friends, to find out what they are! :)

 

Take care!
Love from Spot

xxxxx

Cat Fight!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

We’ve been so lucky in our World again this week – the weather has remained warm and sunny, so Lula and I have been getting up to all sorts of mischief on our cat garden! But sometimes it can get a bit annoying spending so much time with your sister, especially when she keeps pouncing on me – you may remember the video I shared on Facebook recently?

 

So I decided to get my own back! :) You knew I would, didn’t you? When she wasn’t expecting it, I decided it was time for a fight! Though the outcome wasn’t quite as I had planned…

 

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Hey Lula! It’s time I got my own back!

 

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You know you had it coming, didn’t you?

 

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Oooh! She’s not happy – look at those ears!

 

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What happens if I push just there?

 

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Ouch! That’s what happens! You push me over and do the same to me!

 

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Time for me to go, though Lula kept her eye on me :)

 

So on this occasion, I decided to let Lula off lightly, though she may not be so lucky next time! :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

 

Lula: Is she going green?

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Tee hee! I bet that headline got your attention? Just to clarify – I’m not being literal about Lula going green ;) Her fur is still very much snow spotted with her gorgeous pearlescent glitter that sparkles in the sunshine!

 

But I do wonder if she should consider an occupation as a botanist when she grows up as she loves her garden so much! And of course with all the nice weather we’ve been having recently, she’s really been making the most of it! :)  In fact, she has been enjoying her time outside so much, it leaves very little time for her to be naughty so she’s been very well behaved lately :shock: (but don’t tell her I admitted that to you, will you?)

 

Here’s some pics to show you what I mean!

 

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On the perch, looking for something to pounce on!

 

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I wonder what’s caught her eye?

 

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Just chillin’!

 

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Resting on top of the cat house… watching the world go by!

 

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Lula loves playing in our grasses!

 

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And of course… what could be better but a nice juicy bug to play with! :)

 

Lula says she’s so happy there’s so much for us to do in our cat garden – let’s hope the weather stays nice for a bit longer! :)

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

All the news from the Show!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

As you may know, Lula and I were both at the Merseyside cat show yesterday so, as promised, here’s all the news for you in detail! :)

 

We had to get up very early as we were giving Sue our breeder, and Duty Vet at the show, a ride as she can’t use her car at the moment. So my daddy got up first and after giving us our breakfast, he then let me and Lula have a run round outside in our cat garden! My mummy wasn’t happy when she got up a little while later because she’d given us both a good groom and clean up the night before! :shock:

 

But then, when she came out to get us back in, she realised we were staying quite clean, and Lula wasn’t rolling round in the catmint like she usually likes to do, so she let us stretch our paws out there for a bit longer ;)

 

Very soon afterwards, we were on the road and off to the show! We had heard that there was meant to be severe weather and storms, but it was really quite bright and sunny as we drove so we thought perhaps some of the weather people had had one too many liquid refreshments or something…

 

We got to the venue, parked up and into the show hall safe and sound. Then we passed vetting in with flying colours and mummy made sure we were settled in our pens

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I’m settled in my pen

 

She then went back out to collect all the stuff she has (and it’s a lot! :shock: ) for the trade stand. Just as she was getting everything together, guess what? The heavens opened and she just managed to get back inside before the ferocious thunder storm! So perhaps those weather people do know what they’re talking about after all?

 

In the show hall, things were a little less dramatic. Lula was in her Olympian class where she competes against all other breeds, and I was in my Imperial class where I compete against all other breeds in the ‘Foreign’ category. Both of us had very stiff competition, and neither of us got the title certificate, though Lula did get Best of Breed.

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Please stop sticking your tongue out, Lula! :)

 

Lula is a natural show girl and loves strutting about in her pen

 

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Lula strutting her stuff

 

I’m ok as long as I get one of my favourite treats or two!

 

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Hey! Where’s my treats? :)

 

But by far the best performance of the day was that of our half-sister, Lucy, who Sue took to the show. It was the very first show she had competed in and boy did she do well! She won all of her classes, including Best of Breed, and then she also won Best of Variety, Foreign. Which basically means she was judged to be the best cat in the Foreign category out of all the kittens, adults and neuters! Here she is with Sue – a natural star!

 

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Lucy the star kitty!

 

Being Best of Variety also meant she was up for Best in Show, but before that, she was in a special kitten class where all the ‘Best of’ kittens for each variety competed against each other – this includes British, Persians, Semi Longhairs, Siamese etc. Here’s the judge of that special class checking her out!

 

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Hey! I hope you’ve warmed your hands up!

 

And the great news is – She won that class! Clever girl! Then she went straight from that class to the Best in Show judging! It was all so exciting! Here’s the Best in Show judge having a good look at her!

 

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Hmmm.. I wonder what’s happening over there?

 

Lucy just took it all in her stride and loved all the attention! Unfortunately, she didn’t win Best in Show, it was won by a very much more mature and experienced Maine Coon who has won BiS at many many shows, but she still did herself proud! What a great day for her and Sue! :)

 

After that, it was time to pack up and go home. Luckily it wasn’t raining when we left, it was sunny again, though as we got nearer to Sue’s we encountered yet another thunder storm! Luckily it stopped by the time we got to Sue’s house ;) My mummy and daddy had a quick visit inside to see the kittens, and then we all went home where we had a special dinner and a nice catnap!

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx

 

Just the cutest! Bengal Kitten Pics!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

As you may have already gathered, my mummy and daddy are getting quite excited (though my daddy doesn’t admit it) because they’re getting their new kitten, Annie, in July :) I’m not really sure what all the fuss is about purrsonally, I’ve not decided yet whether or not I’m going to be her friend, I’m just going to wait and see if she’s nice to me! :)

 

Being as they are such good friends with Sue the breeder, they’re able to go and see her quite often and went there again this week. They’re spending far too much time there, if you ask me ;) But I must admit, my daddy did manage to get lots of nice photos so I thought I’d share a few with you here.

 

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Flirtini and Annie

 

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Pfft!

 

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Awwww…. I think red suits her!

 

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Four little mischief makers

 

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What a pose!

 

I hope you liked these? I tried to show you a nice selection of different ones :)

 

Take care my friends!
Love from Spot

xxxxx

 

It’s time for a change!

Hello my friends, Spot here!

 

Oooh! We’re not liking all this miserable weather we’re having in our World! Such a difference to last week :) You may have seen on our Facebook page that when I get fed up, I also get a little naughty! :) But I’m not the only one as Harry and Robbie have been up to some tricks too, it’s just that they never get caught! Our Friday cat said she’s much too mature for such shenanigans, and decided to have a sleep on my favourite pink cushion instead ;)

 

But along with being naughty, we decided to try some new experiences too, just to confuse our hoomins! :) Of course, you will know that Harry, Robbie and Friday are allowed in the big garden….

 

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Harry and Robbie hanging out

 

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Friday strolling back home

 

Whilst Lula and I enjoy our cat garden

 

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Me chillin’

 

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Lula chillin’

 

So what’s wrong with this pic? I was trying to disguise myself as Harry, but I don’t think I’m fooling anyone? :)

 

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Hey! You’re not Harry!

 

But then – worse than all of that – Robbie had the cheek to come into my territory! :shock: Doesn’t he know that’s not allowed? :)

 

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There’s a newcomer in the cat garden

 

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You’re not supposed to be in here ;)

 

But I decided to be generous and let him stay for a while – after all, it is a great place to hang out and we’ll need to share with Annie when she joins us and is old enough to go outside :) I might as well get used to sharing now, don’t you think?

 

Take care my friends!

Love from Spot

xxxxx