Gratuitous cat update

Cats

It’s been a while since I posted about the cats! I snap photos of them every so often when they’re being extra-cute so thought I’d share some of them here.

Cats

Yoni is fully recovered from his ordeal over a year ago – he got an all-clear from the vet and no further issues since, which we’re so grateful about. It’s just possibly made him even more of a demanding diva than he was previously.

His favourite things are…

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Looking ponderous while half-upside down.

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His grey stripy cat friend and grey blanky

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Napping in my fabric stash

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Napping while holding his tail

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Napping rolled in a snail-like ball… napping anywhere really.

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He still likes to potter outside but doesn’t venture as far any more.

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Our cats are basically opposites in terms of personality – which might explain why they still don’t really get on at all. Lila is super laid-back and likes to tuck herself off in a lesser-used room (currently Josh’s study, often under the radiator in the hallway) and snooze to herself all evening. On the occasion she does want some attention, she raises her little paw in the air and purrs like crazy.

Her favourite things are…

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Rolling around getting grubby

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Chilling in plant pots

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Wearing hats

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Napping flat on her back, tail and paws in the air

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Her rainbow. She also, less adorably, loves to pounce on fabric and pattern pieces when I’m sewing.

Ah cats. They keep life interesting at least!

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Healing

Well. If you follow me on twitter you’ll have seen that we’ve had an awful couple of weeks. I don’t really feel like talking much in depth about what happened, but in brief our little Yoni cat suffered a massive trauma, during treatment of which they found he had a rare blood type, an aggressive infection leading to amputation of his back leg, anaemia, icterus, and – scariest of all – hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic non-curable heart disease which has caused a thrombus (blood clot) near his heart. The good news is he’s recovering very well from everything that’s been thrown at his little body, amazing the vets who gave him a very poor prognosis when he first arrived. He’s now adapting to life as a three-legged tripod kitty and we hope to have him home by the end of the week. The bad news is his life expectancy now hangs at between one month and seven years due to the heart disease. So on one hand, yes, it’s great that he’s pulled through from the trauma, but also this is just the start of a very painful period of uncertainty.

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It feels like I’ve cried out every tear I had in me, but I do at least take comfort in knowing that this little cat has had the best life we could have given him, and will continue to for as long as he’s got left in him. He certainly couldn’t have been more loved, and I’m very sure he knows just how special he is to us. He’s my best bud and it’s been so lonely not having him around for two weeks. Of course our other kitty Lila is lovely and very special to me too, but they are worlds apart in terms of personality. Lila is so laid back, content and happy – she’ll gladly take a quick cuddle then pad off to lie in the hallway for a nap. Yoni is more demanding: always up in our faces, wanting hugs, wanting food, wanting to see what we’re up to and trying to nose in. So I’ve felt the loss more acutely because everything – from eating breakfast unhindered by meowy demands to share, working at home without my cute furry colleague, to going to bed without his comforting warm weight at my feet – reminds me of him.

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I was basically a wreck last week, when we weren’t even sure if he’d make it home at all. I couldn’t really work as my mind was so fractious. I could barely remember to eat or drink, and only got dressed so we could go and visit him every day. It’s really hard to keep distracted and will the days along when you feel too sad to do anything that you used to find fun. I found the few things that gave me any calm were keeping busy with making and doing at home. Pottering in the garden, tending to our little veg patch and taking quiet enjoyment in seeing the plants and flowers unfold into spring. Every day there’s little jobs to do and progress to see out there, and the recent rain followed by warmth has made our veggies bloom.

sewing

I turned into a sewing fiend. I blasted through the stash of vintage fabric I bought at The Shop the previous week and made two tops, some culottes and a dress in a matter of days – with varying degrees of success. I find time flies when you’re at the sewing machine and that’s exactly what I needed to pass the hours between our visits and phone calls with the vet. I’ll share my makes and a bit more about The Shop soon.

I’m also having a think about if there’s way way I can help other cats and owners who find themselves in this awful situation. It seems like there’s a lack of information about lots of things relating to kitty health – especially blood transfusions – that my internet skillz might be able to help spread. I’ll also be reopening my Etsy shop shortly with some proceeds going to cat charity (and some towards our vet bills – ouch).

Merry Catmas

Merry Catmas

Happy Christmas eve-eve! Josh took these super cute photos of the cats in front of the sparkly Christmas tree last night. Unfortunately they aren’t happy chaps at this time of year: the cold and rain means they stay inside more which makes them fractious and fighty. I always miss them when we go home for Christmas, though they are spoiled with visitors and presents so I know they’ll be fine.

Merry Catmas
Merry Catmas
Merry Catmas
Merry Catmas
Merry Catmas

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

Happy cat-birthday

Kitties

It’s both of the cats’ birthdays at this time of year – Yoni is 4 and Lila is one. What better way – or excuse – to celebrate than to share a montage of adorable photos.

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Yoni cat
Yoni cat
Yoni cat

Yoni is still the handsomest cat I know, and as he’s got older he’s mellowed into such a sweetie. All he wants is laptime and cuddles, especially now it’s cold out. He jumps up for a snuggle as soon as I get in from work, and sleeps on the bed next to me when I work from home.

Lila
Lila
Lila

Lila is very much settled in now. She’s still feisty with other cats and has sparred with every one in the neighbourhood (her current nemesis is a little black and white kitty who even dared to come into the cat flap once – that didn’t go well for anyone). She loves all people though and purrs like crazy if you stroke her. Her favourite things are the bathtub, naps by the radiator, and her fluffy toy which she drags around the house in her mouth.

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Kitties

Happy birthdays kitties, love you both loads xx

Lila update

We’ve had Lila a month now so thought I’d update on how she’s settling in. It hasn’t been an entirely smooth transition period… we went from worrying that Yoni would terrorize her to quite the opposite being true – she takes any opportunity to pounce and chase her much bigger brother! I guess she got used to defending herself living rough and she hasn’t learnt that not all cats mean harm, plus a large part of it is her normal kitteny energy and hunter instinct.

There’s currently lots of this stand-offing and eyeballing going on, but we’re trying to distract and re-train her with endless treats and playtime, and I think it’s slowly getting better. It also doesn’t help that our flat has lots of twisty corridor that they can hide and pounce around in. It’s become a bit of a no-mans-land in the cat trench wars.

Yoni was terrified of her at first, hiding and crying whenever we let her out of her safe room, but now he’s started to stand up for himself and defend his territory, swatting her attacks away with the air of a bemused older brother.

Aside from terrorizing her big brother, Lila seems happy in her new home. She loves her food (and goes for Yoni’s after finishing hers, something we need to put a stop to!) and has definitely filled out. She LOVES to play – I forgot how exhausting kittens can be to entertain. She’s particularly obsessed with chasing ribbons and twigs from the garden. I’m taking her to get vaccinated and microchipped soon so she can start going outside which I think will defuse the home situation some more.

Luckily I’ve been working at home for the last few weeks so I can keep an eye on them, as they still aren’t quite ready to be left on their own unsupervised. It’s pretty hard staying focused on work with two kitties around for distraction, though!

My first Lomokino

Josh got me a Lomokino for Christmas, and I took it out in the garden last sunny weekend. Happily I had a couple of co-stars in waiting: Yoni and the neighbours’ sweet kitty, Catty Cat. (These two used to hate each other but now they’re kind of buddies. I hope the same applies to Yoni and Lila soon…!)

When Lomography develop the film for you, they send the movie, the scans and each frame separately on a CD, which is handy. Here’s the full film straight out of camera.

And here are some of the frames and some little gif vignettes I made.

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Lomokino

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Lomokino
Lomokino

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Lomokino

I’m rather pleased with the results, though I need to work on my steady hand! Any other ideas of things that it’d be fun to shoot on the Kino?

Meet miss Lila

Meet the latest addition to the What Katie Does household…

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Lila cat

This is little Lila, she’s a 6 month old ladycat who my friend Arianna found living rough in their neighbour’s coal cellar. They’d been hearing her for a month or two but couldn’t track her down – well, black cat in a coal cellar – but eventually brought her in after they found her sleeping on their doorstep. We aren’t sure if she was born stray or ran away, but no one has claimed her after advertising, so we made the decision to give her a new home (Arianna already has four cats so couldn’t keep her!).

Lila cat
Lila cat
Lila cat

We named her Lila (lee-la) after her gorgeous green lilypad eyes. Given her rough start in life she’s totally healthy, so incredibly friendly and loves to be around people – her lovely purrr is near-constant when you walk in the room and she loves snuggles.

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She’s currently settling into one of our spare rooms to get acclimatised to her new home. We’ve yet to introduce her to the alpha-male of the family, who I’m not sure will be thrilled to become a big brother but has been surprisingly cool about the new arrival so far. I’ll be sure to keep you posted with pics and how she’s settling in.

Snow Sunday

snowy Stokey

I’m not a cold weather lover, but a thick dusting of pretty snow definitely takes the edge off, hmm? Especially on a Sunday when there’s no need to go anywhere except a walk around the village for a coffee and to snap some photos.

It’s the first time Yoni’s seen snow since he’s been going outside, so it was pretty fun seeing his reaction. He had a nose around but has spent most of the day curled up inside – sensible kitty.

Snow cat
Snow cat
Snow cat
Snow cat
Snow cat
Snow cat