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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The Flappy Game

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

I have been playing this really fun game with the cat door!

Oh, so that is that weird thing you have been doing with the cat flap. I was getting a bit worried that you were going crazy or something.

So, how do you play this game then, Lola?

Well, I go up to the cat flap, then I paw at it 20 or so times, and then I go through the cat flap and go outside. And then I have won the game!

Sounds, um, easy.

That’s where you are wrong. It is actually quite dificult.

Well, good for you, Lola.

Thanks. I am very proud of myself!

Ok, well, I give up.

And here is a video of me demonstrating how I play:

FUN FACT:

The oldest cat video on YouTube dates back to 1894 (when it was made, not when it was uploaded, duh).

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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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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!

Forgive

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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Ends and Odds

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

We have been looking back at some of the little kooky things we’ve done this winter.

We investigated this really stupid cat toy:

I dug in the snow:

*Note: The door sill is about a foot above the ground, so there was a lot of snow out there..*

And this week I watched a really smart crow solving a complicated problem on tv:

I  think that crow is smarter than you, Sasha.

No comment.

FUN FACT:

Crows are emotional animals. They react to hunger and invasion by vigorously vocalizing their feelings. They display happiness, anger and sadness.

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