Cat House Masters

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

This week we have been SO generous!

Care to elaborate a little for our readers, Sasha?

Well, to just mention one extremely generous thing we did this week, we let Zoe and her friend Giovanna make a cat house for, yes, another cat. To be specific, they made it for a tiny gray and white kitten named Hugo who lives in Giovanna’s neighbor’s house.

That’s right! That’s just how nice we are. It was worth the sacrifice when we saw the pictures and videos of how much Hugo ended up loving it!

Here are some pictures and a video of the completed palace before they surprised the kitten with it:

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You can see Giovanna’s cat, Totoro, also being generous as he helps the girls by giving it a test run:

Hugo especially liked the “get-away clear room”. Because he could get away from the dog, Rosie, but still see and interact with her:

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High five Sasha! We just made the world a better place!

FUN FACT:

The last common ancestor of dogs and cats lived about 42 million years ago.

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Just Kitten’

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have just been chillin’ in Zoe’s bed, telling jokes.

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FUN FACT:

Lungfish can live out of water for several years. It secretes a mucus cocoon and burrows itself under the unbaked earth. It takes in air with its lung through a built-in breathing tube that leads to the surface. A lungfish has both gills and a lung.

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Steps Towards Weirdness

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

This week I have been observing Lola’s “special” sairs climbing method.

Our early readers might remember that we have a staircase outside so we can climb up from the garden onto our balcony and then from there we can go inside through the cat flap in the balcony door.

What fascinates me about Lola’s method is that instead of jumping from side to side up the stair, she always at a certain point jumps straight upwards, skipping a step and making it very difficult for herself. Check it out here:

Do you guys see what I mean?

Oh, Sasha, don’t you get why I do it that way?

Is there a reason?

Of course! It is because that way I can stay in shape! Haven’t you ever noticed how ripped my upper body is?

Well, I guess now that you say it, I think I am noticing it now.

It’s not only you that works out, you know! I’m a lean mean stair-climbing machine!

FUN FACT:

Flamingos are pink because of beta-carotene in the crustaceans and plankton that they eat.

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Circus Purrformance

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

This week a circus came to town. And guess who is their latest high wire artist. I’ll give you a hint: It’s a cat that lives in this house and its not me. Take a look:

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Haha! April fools! That didn’t really happen! Sasha is actually sitting right next to me trying to get cozy with Zoe on the couch:

Jeez, Sasha, it looks like Zoe isn’t really in the mood for some cozy time! But that doesn’t stop you!

Nah, if I wanna cuddle, it’s happenin’!

FUN FACT:

The smell of a skunk can be detected by a human a mile away.

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Speaking of circuses, here is a video of the world’s best circus, which by the way doesn’t use any animals!

 

Fairry Sized

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have been thinking of what it would be like if Zoe was as tiny as a fairy! We have used this same theme in other blog posts, but you guys can’t seem to get enough of it! Now Zoe is the one who has changed her size for the better!

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Isn’t that crazy? We think it’s pretty cool.

What if that could one day be a reality…

Yeah, then we could carry Zoe around everywhere and she could ride on our backs as if we were huge horses!

Awesome!

FUN FACT:

The world’s oldest cat was a tortie and she reached the age of 27 years!!!

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Mystery Snow Sculpture

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Just yesterday we had a major snow shower! It’s been really fun because we have had abnormally little snow this winter so far. And apparently it’s been fun for the humans too! On Saturday morning Zoe and her mom went outside in a jiff. They started to build something out of snow in the back yard. We went to check it out — Umm, I went to check it out because you were too scared because you said that what they were making looked like a huge frog.

Naha!

Yeah!

Ok, FINE! YOU went to check it out then… jeez.

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Well, we still have no idea what it is… Is it a frog? It it a dragon head? Is it a two humped camel? An alien? Is it Jabba the Hut, that thing form Star Wars? What is it? It has whiskers so it can’t really be a frog. Can you readers help us figure out what it is?

FUN FACT:

Wood frogs can survive more than 60% of their body freezing for as long as two weeks.

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The Whisker Fairy

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Zoe has been making art with our shed whiskers, which she has been collecting over the years. She put them on origami paper and stuck them in some slime that she made.

But she doesn’t know that we actually want to keep them so that we can put them under our pillow for the whisker fairy to collect them and reward us with a treat.

Here is a picture of the whisker fairy.

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We think it is a miracle that those tiny little wings of hers have managed to hold her up for so long considering that she is quite heavy for her size. Her main body is made out of  slime so that when she finds a whisker she sticks it into her body. We think that is pretty cool.

Every time Zoe finds a whisker on the floor she says “Aha! I got one!”

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And then she puts them in a box at the top of her shelf in her bedroom where we cant reach them.

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I don’t think Zoe knows about the whisker fairy…

No, I don’t think so either. Otherwise she would let us keep our shed whiskers.

I think she would understand because it’s kind of like the humans and their tooth fairy.

Yeah, but with the tooth fairy all the teeth are the same value. But with the whisker fairy you get double the prize if it is an especially nice one and you get quadruple the prize if the whisker is a white whisker.

Right. That is why I always get a double prize and you don’t!

What is that supposed to mean?!?

I’m just saying in a clever way that my whiskers are nicer than yours.

Ha ha… very funny… My whiskers are gorgeous! Here is a collage of my whiskers:

And this is a collage of my even more gorgeous whiskers:

FUN FACT:

Cats’ whiskers (also called vibrissae) are embedded more deeply in their skin than the shorter top-fur coat. Sensory organs at the end of the whiskers, called proprioceptors, send signals to the brain and nervous system. This organ makes the cat’s whiskers sensitive to tiny changes in the cat’s environment.  A cat has whiskers on either side of its nose and upper lip and above each of the eyes and on the back of its front legs. When a cat is resting and happy, its whiskers won’t be doing much. If the whiskers suddenly bunch up and lie flat against the cat’s face, the cat may be scared.

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