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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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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Windows

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have been sitting in the window watching the snow fall. Yes, snow, on the 7th of May.

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Our faithful readers will know that we sit at the windows a lot. It’s actually quite nice and peacefull. Here we are a couple of days ago, before the snow came again:

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What I like the most about windows is that you can kind of be outside while still being inside and that Zoe thinks I look very pretty in the window.

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What I like the most is that you can look out but everyone on the outside can’t see what you are doing on the inside!

Umm… But, Lola, they can.

What?

Yeah, everyone on the outside can see what is going on on the inside.

Are you sure?

Yes. One hundred percent.

Wow. Well, that changes everything! Windows are even cooler than I thought!

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FUN FACT:

Cats rarely suffer injuries when they jump through windows — because they rarely jump if the window is too high. There is a name for what happens to cats when they fall from heights, it’s called high-rise syndrome.

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The Blue Square

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TOO:

This morning we were taking a nap and we woke up peacefully in Zoe’s bed. It started off very normal, but then we heard Zoe calling us from upstairs.

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We ran upstairs expecting a treat, but to our surprise we saw a LARGE…. BLUE…. SQUARE!

We had heard all about the blue squares. But we had never actually seen one in real life. The myths and stories have been going around for centuries. You step into a large blue square and you NEVER come back!

One thing was for sure: we were not going to be stupid and go into that blue square.

We want to warn our readers about the blue quare. Please, if you have been visited by the horriffic blue square, then do not go inside those deadly blue lines.

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FUN FACT:

The closest relatives of the hippopotamus are whales and dolphins.

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This is the only known cat that has been inside the large blue sqare and miraculously escaped, but you can see the after-effects: