Cat Spat

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, I have been trying to figure out what has been going on in Sasha’s crazy head these days.

Oh, really? So, am I crazy now?

Yes. Here is an example:

First you were cuddling me and licking me:

Yeah? So? What was so crazy about that?

And then two seconds later you just start attacking me!

Oh, come on! Don’t act like you didn’t fight back!

Well, I did exactly that after a little while. And then it wasn’t you chasing me, but me chasing you!

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FUN FACT:

A hedgehog has between 5000 and 7000 quills.

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Workout Buddies

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Well, I don’t know about you, Lola, but I sure have been workin’ up a sweat with Zoe!

It doesn’t look like you were doing much of the actual workout, Sasha.

Oh, really? As opposed to you, Lola? I haven’t seen you as much as twitch your tail all day!

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You’re kind of a hypocrite, Lola…

Oh, don’t you worry, Sasha, I’m not critical of hippos. But what do hippos have to do with this?

Never mind…

FUN FACT:

There are more than 180 earthworm species in the U.S. and Canada.- Of these, 60 are invasive species, brought over from the Old World.

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Whisker Math

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

This week we have been speculating about what the Whisker Fairy does with our whiskers. We wonder if before sticking them into her body she measures them. (To understand that you have to read our earlier post about the Whisker Fairy.) This is kind of what we were imagining it would look like if that was what she did:

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Just imagine that this is 16 of our whiskers lined up. (Of course, Zoe doesn’t really have 16 of our whiskers in a collection because the Whisker Fairy takes them as we drop them.)

The average length of these hypothetical whiskers is 6.65625 cm. That is 2.62057087 inches.

The longest one is 8 cm (3 inches), and the shortest one is 4 cm (1.5 inches).

Sasha, I bet that the shortest whiskers would be yours and the longest ones would be mine!

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FUN FACT:

When squirrels feel threatened, they run away in a zigzag pattern. This is useful to escape hawks and other predators. It doesn’t work so well with oncoming cars. Slow down for squirrels!

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False Alarm

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

I have been worried about Zoe. I just saw her go downstairs and go into her room. I went downstairs to see what she was up to, but when I came downstairs her door was closed! What was going on in there?! I tried to get Zoe to open the door, but she wouldn’t open!

So, then Sasha sent me around the house to look in her bedroom window. I did that as fast as possible.

When I looked in I saw…

What?! What did you see, Lola?!

NOTHING! She wasn’t even in there, Sasha, you dufus!

She wasn’t?!

NO, she was in the shower!

Oh, umm, woopsie…

FUN FACT:

The only sweat glands dogs have are between its toes!

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Tabby Is the New Black

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Hello faithful 2 Blogging Cats fans. Lola and Sasha have handed the reins over to their cousin cats across the pond this week, as they are busy at the salon getting pedi-claws.

For those of you who don’t remember us here  is our back story.

Us in happier days before Nym went to the Pokey, the Slammer, the Crowbar Hotel.

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We have again asked our faithful servant (Auntie Hanne) to use her human paws to type this document.

I, Dimitri Smirnoff Stalin, have turned amateur detective and solved the mystery of A Study in Scarlet. Our wretched humans abandoned us to starve last month. Yes, starve! They deserted us for a romantic week-end getaway.

They left on a Friday and came back on a Sunday which if you do the math means we were forsaken to fend for ourselves for at least one full day.

Here I am searching high and low for clues:

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Yes, she filled our to overflowing with bowls with kitty pet food. Yes, she filled 4 bowls around the house with water. Yes, we might have managed to put on a few pounds while she was gone. But….we were starving we tell you.

Strange when our human left she was carrying a Scarlet duffel bag with her human essentials. When she returned the bag was gone but we sensed some resentfulness in her attitude and smelled a faint perfume of old cat urine wafting through the air.

I hope you learned your lesson Nymeria.

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Apparently an anonymous feline peed in her bag as she was preparing to leave the house. She only discovered this on the train. Odd. Don’t you think?

I turned to Nymeria and squawked “J’accuse!” which is the French equivalent of “Not it!”

Uh oh, she looks mad!

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There you have it, mystery solved and perpetrator behind bars.

FUN FACT:
If there is one thing that us humans and cats agree on it is that watching birds from our dining room window in summer is more fun than winter. We are still waiting to spot our returning ruby throated hummingbirds. According to reports they are already in New England but we have had an inclement spring. These tiny pugilistic birds can travel thousands of miles from their winter habitats in Panama and Mexico to their northernmost summer homes.

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Lola & Sasha Take Over the World

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
This week we have been noticing how international our readers are!
Yes! You guys are from all over the world!

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Here is a list of all the countries our readers come from since we started this blog in 2015:

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FUN FACT:
The mirror test was invented in 1970 by a psychologist to determine whether animals have visual self-recognition or self-awareness. In the classic version of the test, an animal is anaesthetized and paint is dabbed on a part of the body the animal can’t see, like the forehead. When the animal wakes up, it is put in front of a mirror. If the animal touches or investigates the mark on its body, this is supposed to mean that the animal knows that the image in the mirror is itself, rather than another animal. As of 2016, only the great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, humans), dolphins, orcas (killer whales), Eurasian magpies and a single Asiatic elephant had passed the test. Not everyone believes the test really shows whether an animal has self-awareness. Some people believe that even if an animal fails the test, it still might have self-awareness.

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Alien!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Last night we and our people watched a movie about a heroic cat on a spaceship fighting a horrible and vicious alien! The cats name is Jones. He is a redhead and he is so handsome and buff!

It was amazing how he stood up to that disgusting alien and saved Ripley all while mostly being stuck in that cat carrier!

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The humans were so scared! But we knew of course that Jones was going to pull through! And he did!

We are of course talking about the 1979 movie Alien! Watching that was quite a trip down memory lane for the elders of the house.

FUN FACT:

In 2007, thousands of tardigrades (creatures also called waterbears about 1 mm long) were attached to a satellite and blasted into space. After the satellite had returned to Earth, scientists found that many of them had survived their stay in open space. Some of the females had even laid eggs in space and the newly hatched young were healthy.

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