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Moulting happy.

Arnie’s purring is causing great swathes of hair to reverberate off his body. It’s quite mesmerizing…

moulting again

 

Return of the den.

It’s summer holidays and the den is bigger than ever.

return of the den

Sandwich thief.

Arnie’s quite partial to a ham sandwich. Just eat them before he does.

sandwich thief

Hero’s return.

Evie has been on her Brownie pack holiday this weekend and has been sorely missed by everyone. (Especially Gruff).

heros return

A room with a cat.

room with a cat

Bath time.

Still there at every bath time waiting to swipe the bubbles.

cat bubble

Dominoes.

We’ve got to eleven so far without them being toppled by shaky hands, sneaky sisters or curious cat.

dominoes

Cat wrap.

I’ve had a very busy fun day drawing in Swansea and I’ll post all my drawings once they’re all scanned in as there are quite a few.

I’ll leave you with Arnie tonight who has just come in from the rain absoltley dripping wet. So he’s been wrapped in a towel before I let him upstairs to sleep on the kid’s beds.

 

cat wrap

What?

yoga cat

Mousey in the housey.

Four ‘o clock this morning, on Evie’s bed. One proud cat, one horrified daughter, one obliging Dad.

Mousey in the housey

Surprise!

Evie threw a tea party for all her cats and kittens (and herself of course) but the guest of honour was Arnie who had real fish on a plate.

surprise

Vibrissae.

Thought that one of Arnie’s whiskers had somehow fallen on my face whilst sleeping but then discovered that it was one of my own (as it was attached to my own face…).
whiskers

A visit to the vet.

Bonnie had her yearly check-up today and has passsed with flying colours. Don’t know why Arnie is looking so smug, his appointment is tomorrow…

a visit to the vet

And then there were two.

Another one appeared this morning…

and then there were two

Love me, love me.

Leaning tower of cat, all purry and happy. Oh, is that a dead mouse I see? ….ah….

love me love me

Something fishy going on.

Lesson learnt. Do not get engrossed in phone when balancing a plate of fish on your lap. There will be consequences!

something fishy

The Mummy.

I’m just so glad it wasn’t Arnie Evie mummified but one of her toys…

the mummy

Poorly.

Millie was sent home from school today. She’s not very well. Arnie is on call as cat nurse.

poorly

I’ve got your back.

When in fear of local moggies, hire some muscle. Job done!

ive got your back

Tufty.

Tufts of fur hanging off, fighting again were we Arnie?
At least there’s no vet’s trip this time!

TUFTY

The return of the cat pillow.

The colder weather this week has seen the retirn of the nocturnal visits of cat pillow. Evie has been wondering why her dreams have featured a lot of purring…

the reurn of the cat pillow

The life of a box.

This particular box is enjoying it’s retirement being a des res for Gruff and Arnie. Neither are happy sharing but neither will be the one to get out first.

box life

Rescue me.

Both Arnie and Bonnie come from animal shelters.
Arnie was handed in because his owner’s child had developed an allergy to him and could no longer keep him.

Bonnie had been on quite a journey from Ireland before we had the luck of finding her.

Both live with children, both get on (after a lot of bribery with sausages) with each other  and both are utter sweethearts.

So please, whatever you do, give those rag-tag animals in shelters a try, they won’t ever disappoint you, I promise.

rescue me

 

Urban sprawl.

Nothing to do?

Bored?

Just drop to the floor and sprawl. You know it makes sense…

urban sprawl

Big cat little cat.

Best. Onsie. Ever.

best onsie ever

 

 

Where’s me jumper?

Arnie’s given my jumper added mohair…
wheres my jumper

Chicken.

The smell of it fresh from the oven is too much for some of the smaller feline members of our family. The larger ones who carve it, can’t help themselves either…(sorry I ate all the skin again).

chicken

December the 20th.

Well it’s that or Tardis slippers…
dec 20 2015

December the 11th.

dec 11 2015

Clean.

Show off.

clean

Similarity.

similarity

New cushions.

This is approximately ten seconds after new cushion was placed on our sofa. This is now Arnie’s cushion.
new cushion

Remember…

…your animals tonight and tomorrow, they don’t appreciate explosives as much as we do.
remember

What goes “Yowl, eek, yowl eek?”

Another live “present” from Arnie. I think my cat is having a mid-life crisis and is busy proving himself at the moment. Nothing beats seeing your dog chase the cat who is chasing a mouse around your living room at nine o’ clock in the evening…
yowl eek

Doctor cat.

Gruff’s had an unsettled night with growing pains again.
In the midst of crying, we hear a little meow from the door and in prowls Dr cat.
Up he leaps, settles by Gruff’s side, and starts his purring lullaby.
Five minutes later, both are asleep.
Thanks Dr cat.
Dr cat

Supercat.

Evie’s made a little red cape out of paper and now her toy cat possesses awesome super-powers…
supercat

Worming your cat.

Cat: 1 Hand: Nil.
worming your cat

Flushed.

Arnie loves to watch the toilet being flushed. I’m relieved that someone other than me can actually flush the toilet in our house…
flushed

Sandwiches…

…lots of them, towers of bread. I sliced through eight rounds tonight in one go, living dangerously…
sandwiches

Wet cat.

Here he comes, expecting a lap to dry out on…
wet wet wet

Mousey.

Saw Arnie playing with something in the corner of the dining room this evening. Thought it was a big spider and turned away but then the image of what was actually…

dangling.
out.
of.
his.
mouth, hit me!

Mouse.

Mouse, after being dropped and picked up by my lovely feline, was still alive albeit a bit dazed.
Mouse was very small, so I scooped him up with one hand and then promptly remembered how one bit me like this a few years ago.

Mouse experienced air travel up the garden before any more harm was done.

If mouse returns then Arnie is welcome to mouse…
mousey

Supermoon.

There’s a very large moon in the sky tonight. Arnie seems mesmerised by it. Evie says it’s a bit scary, Gruff’s already changed into his Nasa spacesuit and Millie’s hanging out of her window taking moon selfies.
supermoon

Hold it down…

…come on Arnie put your paws into it, the washing basket can’t be full again!
hold it down

Getting on a bit.

Arnie’s getting old. He’s looking a little less sure of himself these days. He’s only ten.
He even let Bonnie have a sniff without swiping her today but maybe that was simply an act of compassion to those less worthy than himself.
He is a wise old cat after all…
getting on a bit

Stretch.

I wish I could stretch like a cat, it looks lovely, I can almost hear all my vertebrae clicking back into place…
stretch

You stole the sun.

you stole the sun

Pillow pet.

A halo of feline purriness to send you to sleep.
cat versus boy

Fluffy.

Oh yes, we love anything fluffy, cute and cuddly in our house! Enjoy!

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It cometh…

…the harbinger of lego doom, fear me!
hoover

Welcome to July.

No don’t bother, don’t even look outside, turn back now. Go and curl up somewhere warm and dry.
july 2015

New pillow…

…now owned by the cat…
new pillow cat

Stretchy.

Hard life, isn’t it Arnie?
stretchy

Flying fur and ants.

Arnie is moulting at the moment and his fur has been happily taking to the breeze today along with thousands of flying ants. A lovely combination don’t you think?
flying fur

Water hole.

It never fails to amaze me how Arnie likes to drink out of Bonnie’s water bowl and how Bonnie is always happy to let him. She never growls at him, she knows who the boss is in this house.
bonnie and arnie and the water bowl

If you build it…

…birds will come.

if you build it

The sound of music.

The gorgeous sound of food sizzling on a hot barbecue. Eagerly guarded too.
bbq

Get off my sketchbook.

get off

Fought and lost.

Arnie’s been licking his fighting wounds today. I don’t think he won.
fought and lost

Fluffy.

fluffy apr 2015

Come dine with Evie.

come dine

I’m not your friend.

You took me to the vets, I hate you and I will not speak to you until dinner time (when you will feed me lots because you are feeling guilty).
vets 2015

Bathe with a cat.

One of these days I’m sure he’s going to jump in.
bath with a cat

The sun’s out.

suns out

While you were sleeping.

while you were sleeping

You’ll have to go through my dog if you want to pick a fight.

Yes Mr nasty, barky German Shepherd dog, this cat has his own dog,(and human to open the door).
arnies protector

Different strokes.

Left my pens in Evie’s room and I don’t want to wake her up so I’ve borrowed Millie’s pens instead…
ooops

The hairball look.

It’s that look of surprise, like he never knew this happened to all cats.
Like Gruff and burping really.
hairball

Quiet house.

It’s very quiet here tonight as the kids have all gone for a sleepover at their Auntie’s house.
Arnie’s making the most of it.
sleepover

Cleaning time.

Always a little strange when Arnie sits upright and cleans his belly…
clean cat

Socks.

Tricky things to put on unless they are permanently attached to your feet….
SOCKS

Happy New Year.

Another one eh? Where did the last one go? Arnie doesn’t remember, he slept through most of it.
2015

Stand in.

Arnie’s standing in tonight as it’s been just one of those days. Over to you Arnie, tell them the one about the time you got stuck on the roof…for two days and how me just barely pregnant with Gruff, scaled my neighbours back wall to get you down.
over to Arnie

Read me a bedtime cat please.

Get off the book Arnie or the Gruffalo will get you…
bedtime cat story

Tree hugger.

tree hugger

Snooze button.

Wake up Evie or the cat will evict you off your pillow!
snooze button

A quiet moment.

Get comfy I said, just have a quiet moment.
quiet moment

Cat-boy.

I really couldn’t make this up. I have no idea where he got this from but he assures me it’s very comfortable.
boy imitates cat

Who’s behind the door?

It’s the cat, he’s been expecting you.
Wait another couple of hours if you like but there’s no way he’s budging first.
whats behind the door

Chest to chin.

chin on the ches

The paw.

The paw appears when we’re eating, Bonnie is very good, she knows we won’t feed her until we’ve finished.
There are no rules with Arnie, it’s his way, the law of the paw.
the paw

Pillow pet.

I haven’t the heart to move them.
CAT pillow2jpg

Come home please.

Bonnie is a rescue dog, she still isn’t brilliant at being left so I try to keep leaving her to a minimum.
Some days I have to go out without her, she has her open crate to curl up in and often, if she’s lucky, Arnie will snooze in the computer chair in the same room.
If they talked, I wonder what they would say to each other?
Probably not much, Arnie isn’t talkative…
where is everybody

Remember…

My animals don’t like fireworks and nor should they. They’ll be locked up safe and warm tomorrow night.
FIREWORKS

Arnie’s favourite story.

Arnie loves cat stories. He leaps onto the bed with us to hear what his favourite feline is up to.
mog

A brief interval.

My broadband is down tonight so my little phone will have to suffice. I don’t stop drawing though….

image

Do cats hiccup?

Oh yes they do, I was woken up this morning by a hiccuping, purring feline.
hiccup

My bowl’s fuller than your bowl.

I’m sorry Bonnie, Arnie does not share and does not do re-fills.
my bowl's fuller than your bowl

What?

what

Intruder alert!

A great, big, fluffy intruder slunk his way onto our roof tonight. He was really friendly and very, very fluffy (much to Evie’s delight).
So I decided to open the window to pat him and forgot I had a cat too…
Big, fluffy intruder cat is now cowering in our next door neighbours garden and Arnie is back to snoozing on Evie’s bed.
intruder alert#

Mondayitis.

Monday-itis has struck once again. One poorly boy with a roaring temperature and a gloriously sunny day outside.

mondayitis

Cat lifting.

Evie can lift a whole cat these days…
CAT LIFTING

Swiped.

swiped

Back home.

Gruff’s not coping well with being back in his bedroom on his own. I keep finding him in Evie’s room, fast asleep, with a cat snoozing on top.

two in the bed

Purry happy to see you.

It’s only been a few days but Arnie is ecstatic to see us! He has been well looked after by our lovely cat and chicken sitter.
purry happy

Heat.

hot

I saw a mouse…

…well evidence of the rodent variety in my greenhouse taking little chunks out of my beefsteak tomatoes.
Care to do anything about that Arnie?
theres a mouse

Hug.

Evie loves her old tatty cat.
hold

Tidy.

And he wasn’t asked either.
tidy

Snoozipuss.

snoozy

Let the right one in .

Arnie knows where the cat flap is but being a true gentleman, prefers to be welcomed in through the front door with a fanfare.
letv the right one in

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