Fun and Games

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Thanks Efurryone who could teleport on over to Casa Cabán for my birthday party! It was fantastic getting to spend my day with my friends! There were lots of great games of Thundering Herds of Elephants up and down the stairs, lots of good bird watching and squirrel watching, and best of all, time with friends!

Well it was a big busy day for sure. Of course there was our big virtual party, which was way cool.  Cats started showing up shortly after Mom and Dad left for work.

Thanks to Daisy for bringing some primo quality catnip! Thanks to Alexi from Krasota Castle Cats for bringing some salmon and some home grown nip! Thanks to the Meowers from Missouri for bringing a tray of real live fresh dead shrimp!

I really appreciate all the warm birthday wishes!  It made me feel really good to read all your comments. Thank you! It was nice to hear from so many cats on my birthday!

King of the perch!

The house was a tad messy after the party, but not to worry.  Mommy and Daddy will clean it up!

Ooops!  We gotta learn to clean up after such a rockin

For dinner, Dad cooked real live fresh dead chicken boobs, and gave us some!  Mmmmmmmm it was very yummy. Meerkat turned up her nose and said she’s cutting back on such decadence to prepare for her next modelling shoot, but me and Panda Bear enjoyed the food without her!

Yummy real live fresh dead chicken!

This was my haul from the big day!  Now I gots my own Catnip Bananer!  Plus yummy foods and two new milk rings and a feather butt mousie!!  I am in heaven! 

 All my birthday gifts!

Mom and Dad gave me a nice birthday card.  This was the outside of the card:

 Cover of my birthday card

And this was the inside of the card!  Everyone signed it for me!

Inside of my birthday card! 

Well, of course I had to check out my new catnip bananer.  Mommy wrapped my bananer with my new milk rings so we would know it’s mine!

 I got my own banana!  Notice the milk ring decoration!

Meerkat has her own bananer now, so she had a good chomp-fest on hers.

Meerkat gets chompy on a catnip bananer!

And Panda Bear went crazy with his bananer too!

 Panda gets chompy on a bananer

After the catnip bananer games, I was feeling a little loopy.  Turns out I started wearing the milk rings as earrings.  I didn’t expect to see myself like this!

 Ooooooo … too many niptinis!

Then I had to have the feather butt mousie! 

Grabbing for the feather tail mousie!

I gave it a good chomping and tried to run away with it!

Chomping the feather tail mousie

But, Panda Bear had to butt his head in to start playing with MY Toy!

Panda trying to steal the feather tail mousie from me!

So, I just went back to playing with my milk ring!

Playing with my new milk ring!

Finally, Mommy gave me a good grooming.  Ooooooo aahhhhh … she should do this professionally!

Oooohhhh yeah … a little lower … mmmm …. right there! 

Now, for some rest to help me get over this nip hangover …

Steeeerrrettttcchhhhh

I must be really hungover to allow a photo like this one:

We really do like each other … sorta

Thanks so much to efurryone who could make it to the party!!

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Mommy let me go outside with her! Well, she made me wear this horrendous harness and a leash. But I got to go outside!

I climbed on the snow, and sniffed the bushes in the front yard.

Investigating the front bush

I ran behind the rho-do-hee-dron bush, then back onto the front porch. Then I went back inside. What an adventure!

Later, I went out the back door. I sniffed around on the back porch, and looked inside the big tall window. If you look closely, you can see my harness in this picture. The harness is black, so it blends in with my furs.

On the outside looking in

Another thrilling adventure!

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Mom Here: On Tuesday, March 4, we got an ice storm, followed by a few inches of snow that covered the ice. Then we got the big snow storm last weekend (on March 7-8). The news reporters were calling it “The Storm of the Season”. The Weather Channel even paid some idiot a trained meteorologist to stand outside at East Ninth and Carnegie all day during the blizzard. It was as if he was reporting each snowflake as it fell.

We live in one of the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, on the southern shores of Lake Erie.  We live in the “snow belt” which means that when there is “lake effect” snow, we get lots. Last year at Easter, we got about 30 inches of lake effect snow. Lake effect snow occurs when cooler air blows across warmer water and picks up moisture. The moisture then falls as snow when the air rises over land.

However, the snow that we got last weekend was not lake effect snow. Lake Erie is mostly frozen over now, and the snow came from the south. Other Ohio cities, such as Cincinnati and Columbus, also got record amounts of snow. Unlike our neighbors to the south, communities in the Cleveland area have large fleets of snow removal equipment. Within a day of the snow stopping, things were pretty much back to normal. However, in parking lots, there continue to be residual MOUNDS of snow, six or more feet deep, where the snow was plowed to make room to park cars.

Panda Bear Here:
Last weekend, we gots lots and lots of snow. Here at Casa Caban, we got about two feets of snow by the time the it stopped snowing late Saturday night. Mommy and Daddy stayed inside most of the day and played with us! Twice, they opened the front door and let us walk around on the front porch.

Panda Bear Steps Out into the Snow!

It was so much fun! I dug in the snow, and bit it and ate some of it.

Digging in the Snow!

I enjoyed myself very much. Here I am taking a leisurely stroll on the porch.

A stroll in the snow

It took Mom and Dad many, many hours to dig out the driveway and the-room-that-moves. It became the-room-that-doesn’t-move. This is what it looked like before they started digging. It’s almost invisibubble:

Over 22 inches of snow!

Mommy said that she could not lift her arms above her shoulders for the rest of the week. We think that she is a wuss. 🙂

Of course, Mommy made sure to feed the beaver squirrels and the birds (the ones that did not fly south, like the blue jays and snowbirds).

We enjoyed watching the blue jays and squirrels out the big tall windows. Do you like our stalking technique? The snow was so deep that we could use it to hide behind, so the blue jay wouldn’t see us.

Bambinos on Bird Patrol!

Even though it was fun to play in the snow, we are very grateful to be indoor kitties! See how deep the snow was?

Snow piled high around us!

These are my footy prints in the snow:

Footy Prints!

OK. The snow was fun. But it can go away now. When will Spring get here?! Mom keeps saying that she is “OVER the snow already”.

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Can you believe it? Last week The Furry Bambinos had the great fortune of getting to hunt three mousies in the same night!!

It all started after dinner. We could tell that there was a mousie in the basement, so we surrounded it, and I brought it upstairs to the fambly room where we like to play with them.

Panda Bear pins down the mouse!

We roughed the mousie up a little bit before Mom and Dad took the mousie away from us. They released it out the back door.

Within 5 minutes, Meerkat had caught a second mousie and ran upstairs from the basement at top speed. She took the mousie into the fambly room, where we proceeded to play with it. We roughed the second mousie up, too.

“Another mouse?” Dad exclaimed. “Do you think it’s the same one we just put outside? He looks kind of sluggish.”

“Who knows?” Mom answered. “Maybe we should start tagging them.”

Mom and Dad took the second mousie away from us, capturing it in the mousie catcher.

The mousie teasing Meerkat

They released it out the back door.

Then, the three of us Furry Bambinos headed to the basement where we surrounded the third mousie. This one took a little longer to ferret out from its hidey spot under one of the big white machines. I caught it, and all three of us raced back upstairs to the fambly room for the playing.

Panda Bear tags the mouse!

Mom and Dad took the third mousie away from us. This one was real easy for them to catch, because he wasn’t running very much. This time, they released it out the front door.

Mom and Dad were wondering if we had three dumb mice, or the same really really STUPID mousie.

The Furry Bambinos will never tell! 🙂

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… There is a sign of spring …

Snow view out the front door

… Somewhere My Love …

Snow on back railing

… There are birds that sing …

Panda Bear playing in the snow!

… But there is no sign of spring here in Northeast Ohio!

Meerkat sniffs the snow!

OK. The picture of the kitty on the wall with all the little blocks says that today is March 1st. We still have lots and lots of snow here! Mommy says that the snow the other day reminded her of some guy named Dr. Zhivago. I don’t get humans sometimes. Why would snow make her think of a V-E-T?

A few days ago, Mommy opened the back door to throw peace offerings to the big fat beaver squirrels, and to the tiny little snowbirds, and to the bluejays. Mmmmm, blue jays, now I’m getting hungry just telling you this story. Anyway, I got to sniff and eat and play in the snow a little bit. Then Mommy picked me up by the scruff of my neck and hauled me back inside.

Next, Meerkat got to sniff and eat and play in the snow for a little while, and then Mommy grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and hauled her back inside too.

We had a great time! Mommy said that the snow was too cold and too deep for us to play in, but it sure was fun while it lasted!! 🙂

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So far there is an extremely high correlation between Mom and Dad using the Rug-Sucking Monster and then visitors showing up. So we should have expected that after Mom and Dad dragged the Rug-Sucking Monster all over the downstairs yesterday morning, that we would be having visitors soon.

Mommy also gave us our pedicures yesterday morning. Daddy and Mommy put more of the Christmas nail cover thingys on Meerkat’s and my toe nails, to replace the ones that we managed to remove that fell off all by themselves.

Around lunch time yesterday, Mom and Dad went out. When they came back, they brought some visitors with them: Miss Edie, Mr. Scott, and their Sticky Little People, David and Jane.

Mr. Scott introduces me to Little Jane

Now, I have read about Sticky Little People on other cats’ blogs. So, I was a bit nervous about meeting them in person. I did not want them petting me funny or grabbing my tail. I was also a bit miffed that Mom and Dad did not consult The Furry Bambinos before permitting the Sticky Little People into the house for a visit.

I kept my distance from the Sticky Little Girl

Anyway, the Sticky Little People freaked me out initially. David walked around on his hind legs, and Jane sometimes walked on her hind legs, and sometimes on all fours. Jane was very interested in our water fountain and food dishes, but Miss Edie and Mr. Scott kept an eye on Jane and didn’t let her steal any of our food or water.

Padre sidesteps the Sticky Little Girl

After awhile, David decided to play with us. He took the neato pink boa feather toy and waved it around and ran around and laughed and squealed a lot. It was fun to chase David and the neato pink boa feather toy. David sure knows how to play!! And he doesn’t get tired as quickly as Daddy and Mommy do.

 Young David teases me with the boa feather

Apparently, there is a cat-kitty named Fiowwwwnnnnna who lives with David, so I guess that is why he was so good at playing with us. Meerkat and I had a great time chasing the neato pink boa feather toy, and Padre even got into it too.

Meerkat catches the boa from Young David

When it was time for them to leave, David was having such a good time that he had to be carried out of the house, while kicking and screaming that he wanted to stay.

Padre, Meerkat, and I were worn out by the time Mr. Scott, Miss Edie, David, and Jane left. Mommy fed us our supper, and then I curled up in a ball on Mommy’s chair and went to sleep! Meerkat and Padre took power cat naps too.

For Sticky Little People, I have to say that I was totally and pleasantly surprised at how much fun they could be. Mr. Scott and Miss Edie must be very good human parents. If David and Jane are as much fun as they were yesterday, then they can come back anytime for more play dates!

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We had a blizzard here in Cleveland on Sunday!  It was so much fun to watch the snow falling and blowing around.  Then, we went out to play in the snow with Mom and Dad!  The five of us had a great snowball fight!  Meerkat got to dump snow on Mommy!  They hit me good, but I was able to bounce back and nail Daddy real good.

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