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Maybe I was too hasty about that toilet thing?

My Mum was reading the book of faces and someone had posted this link which she found very amusing. (I think you might be only able to see it if you have a book of faces, sorry if that’s true).

This cat seems to enjoy using the human toilet. I wonder if I can do that? Our toilets don’t seem to have a metal lever on though so I wonder how it works? I have seen it flush of course, and it is a lot of fun. I would like to play it too!

That is a much better thing to do with the toilet than have my litter tray on it!

Is my nose going to change colour?

We watched a programme about lions today. My Mum says they are a lot bigger than they look in that funny box. But what colour is a lion’s nose?

The answer depends on how old the lion is! If he’s five or more his nose is black. If he’s younger it is pink like mine.

See, my nose is pink.

I’m younger than five, so is my nose going to change colour like a lion’s?

I have no idea!

Do you know?

My Mum’s not very well

I’ve been busy looking after my Mum with lots of cuddles and purring. She’s not feeling well.

I don’t know what’s wrong with her, she’s a bit dopey, more than usual anyway. She spends a lot more time in bed, which I like as then I can sit on her more.

The cuddles seem to help. We like them anyway.

I don’t have time to blog much at the moment though. She needs her cuddles.

Is this erudite enough for you, Dad?

I wrote a post yesterday about poo.

My Dad read it and said it was a bit crap. What does he expect? I am a cat!

Does he expect me to blog about quantum chromodynamics or something?

People sometimes expect cats to know stuff about quantum theory because of that stupid thought experiment of that guy Schroedinger.

Which we do of course.

But that doesn’t mean we think it is an interesting thing to blog about! I mean, everybody poos, right? So it’s a universal and therefore interesting. But not everybody is fascinated by particle physics.

Some of that stuff is downright weird.

Take the electron. Apparently it has a rotational value of 1/2, which is bizarre.

A cat, for example, has a rotational value of 1. That means if you rotate a cat one time it will look the same. It doesn’t look the same until it has turned all the way round. Unless it has wriggled, or begun to wash, which might happen, but that’s not what’s going on with the electron.

Well, probably not, although it might explain a lot about sub-atomic behaviour if particles have similar traits to cats…

Now a poo has a greater rotational symmetry. At least a nicely formed one will. End over end it will be 2, as you can turn it 180 degrees and it will look similar. End on it should be round and thus have a rotational value of infinity.

I think I have the numbers the right way round, my memory for numbers is not my strongest suit. I’m better at mice. But I try.

So back to our odd little electron, with it’s rotational value of a half. Turn that all the way round and it is not the same! As if you turn a cat round once and it suddenly looks like a mandolin, or a Faberge egg. Then one more rotation and it is back to looking like a cat again.

Not that it stops being an electron. Just it looks different somehow.

Like I said, the whole thing is weird.

And don’t get me started on string theory!

I prefer to chase it… mrrrowl!

Now I shall post both this and the one I wrote yesterday. Please comment and say which one you prefer, then I can tailor my blog towards either poo or particles. Or say what you’d like me to blog about if you don’t like either!

New Year is odd

Maybe I should have entitled this post ‘people are odd’ or ‘my Mum is odd’. They would all be true…

What’s with the old lang zyne thing? Late at night and past this little kitty’s bed time, I was minding my own business, waiting for Mum to go to bed where she ought to be, when she grabbed me, picked me up and started singing!

Why?

She said it’s traditional.

What about my traditions?

What about my bedtime?

Oh no, those are not important! Not when she wants be odd.

Thank goodness it’s 365 days until the next one!

Fortunately she went to bed not long after that, so I could warm her feet up. I like lying on her feet. They might be lumpy, but maybe I like lumpy. At least I know where she is.

She has done her resolutions.

I don’t think much of them. She left off ‘play with Pebble more’ and ‘buy lots of string’!

Maybe I should resolve to be more demanding?

I can’t complain too much though. She did play with me for several minutes yesterday, more than once. And a bit this morning. She usually plays for two minutes while her porridge cooks. And the snuggles are nice.

How was your New Year?

Resolutions?

Mum tells me it is nearly the end of the year so I should be thinking about making some new year resolutions.

What a funny human idea!

I asked her what is the point of these resolutions. Do you know what she told me? That resolutions are to make you a better person.

What an insult!

She thinks I need to be a better person! As if I am not perfect!

Dad would say I am a cat, not a person. They have arguments disagreements about that.

But it’s not that half of the comment I am disagreeing with!

I hope Mum has made resolutions to feed me nicer food and play with me more.

And I hope Dad has made resolutions to not insult me. And to play with me more.

But I don’t need to make any, so I don’t see why I should waste my time thinking about them.

Are you planning on making any resolutions? Do you have a better explanation of what they’re for?

The best toys

The best toys in life are free

And that includes both the birds and bees…

Well, maybe not the bees. Birds, sure, most excellent and tasty toys. But bees, not so much. Mum would never want me to play with bees.

For a start a bee sting can be very dangerous on a small kitty like me.

For another thing, Mum likes honey. And fruit. And flowers. Lots of things bees are useful for. They don’t call them busy for nothing!

Also, they probably don’t taste nearly as nice as birdies!

Anyway, I was actually going to post about toys, when I got distracted by that silly human song.

Mum tells me that some cat toys they sell in shops are really expensive. I’m sure they are good toys. After all, cats can play with just about anything.

Which is why the best ones are free!

Humans tend to ration the expensive ones. They worry about treading on them with their big clumsy feet and breaking them.

They worry about them getting lost under the furniture.

They probably don’t even want them to get all chewed up! What’s the point of a cat toy you’re not allowed to chew up? Chewing is the best bit. And clawing. And chasing.

OK, they’re all the best bit!

But none of that is any good if your human takes the toy away from you and puts it in a drawer. Even if you can open the drawer…

They tend to figure that out and put it somewhere you need opposable thumbs to get into or something!

So free toys are much better.

Like string!!!

Did I mention I love string?

Except that it’s only fun with a human making it run. And they don’t always want to play. Mew mew.

Another great one is shiny balls of foil.

Humans like to wrap little bits of shiny foil round their treats. Especially at this time of year. My Mum squidges them up into balls and throws them for me to chase.

It’s brilliant!

They go really fast if they are nice and round. About the size of a couple of toes seems the best. And best of all they are fun to play with by yourself. Once the human has thrown it, that’s all they need to do.

Apart from noticing when it has got lost and throwing another one.

But that’s hardly a chore is it?

Of course they get lost under the sofa. But that doesn’t matter.

It also doesn’t matter if a human treads on them. It doesn’t hurt their feet, even in socks. Have you noticed how wimpy humans are about their feet without shoes on?

Also it doesn’t matter if the ball gets squished.

And it doesn’t make the carpet dirty. Unless they forgot to take the treat out, but I don’t think that’s very likely, do you?

So here’s my hint to humans this Christmas. Don’t waste money buying fancy toys for your cat. Get a big box of choccies, the kind with shiny foil, and you can both enjoy it!

Oh yes, and a ball of string…

Mrrrrp!

What are you giving your cat this year? Cats, what do you most want from Santacat?

I want string… and for my Mum to spend three hours a day playing with it with me! And some nicer food. And shiny foil to chase. And mices.

Did I say string? Don’t forget the string…

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