Friday Meow [26th May]

What a week! It’s been a stressful one, but we’ll be getting our humans back on track next week to give you more from us. We have a vet trip coming up for vaccines and check ups, so wish us luck. Thanks for sticking with us, and we will see you in the next one.

What we meowed about this week…

May 20th We shared a poem our mum wrote about us, it’s pretty good, but we’re probably biased.

May 23rd As it’s been a stressful one we showed our fellow cats how to relax a human.

May 24th Our dad told a really funny joke, well, it’s not that funny but it gave us a good laugh.

Check out last week’s Friday Meow [19th May] for more.

The cat’s meow…

Dad Jokes

Our dad told the funniest joke today.


What do you call a dog in a magic show?

A Labracadabrador!


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Yeah, it’s a good job he keeps the kibble coming.

Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly

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How to Relax a Human

From time to time our humans get sucked into stressful situations, and it makes us sad. So when they get sad we like to make sure we cuddle them lots and purr as loud as we can so they know that we’ll always be here for them. See they think we need them, but really we know they need us way more.

We hope you’ve all had a good weekend and that this week isn’t too stressful for you. Hopefully we’ll be able to convince our humans to write some more good posts this week.


Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly

Friday Meow [19th May]

We’re drawing to the close of our first week in the blogosphere, and our humans have informed us that we have some lovely readers already! Because Fridays were made for relaxing, we’re going to use Fridays as a chance to reflect on the week and share some pictures that our humans have taken of us throughout the week. A purfect way to end the week, if we do say so ourselves. 

If you’ve liked, commented, or followed thus far, thank you! You’re our favourite. 

Welcome to the first, Friday Meow. 

What we meowed about this week…

May 12th We told our story in our very first post.

May 13th Our humans wrote a post all about cats and the charming things we do to make their lives better. 

May 14th We love having fun, but catnip just doesn’t do it for us. Our humans investigated catnip and its alternatives in this post.

May 15th Lolly shared her way of getting motivated on Monday. She’s a genius.

May 16th Some of the things my humans love about me were in this post, the quirks of Kiki.

May 18th Not to forget Lolly, the quirks of Lolly revealed the cutest things about the little meower.

The cat’s meow…

The Quirks of Lolly

The first time we saw Lolly, we knew she was special. Just like Kiki she has her own little personality and everyday we spend with her we learn more about her. Here are lovely Lolly’s quirks.

  • Lolly is what’s known as polydactyl. We discovered this when were watching her play during the first few days of bringing her home, and I noticed something I had never noticed on Kiki before. Lolly has an extra set of dew claws on her hind legs, they’re smaller than the normal front dew claws and the claw doesn’t grow as quickly or as long. It’s completely harmless and is a great talking point when her humans have no idea how to continue a conversation.

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  • Somewhere along the line Lolly has left herself with only one white eyebrow whisker on one side. She’s still a beauty though.

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  • If Lolly wants your love, you’ll hear all about it. Unlike Kiki, Lolly is a pro meower. Whenever she decides it’s time for loves she will run across the room meowing and she will continue to sing to you until you give into her ridiculously cute face.

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  • Whenever she’s up to mischief her ears curl ever so slightly at the tips. Her inner devil comes out to play in those tiny curly ears.

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  • Lolly is a fussy drinker. If there’s anything other than water in her drinking bowl she will dunk her paw in and proceed to flick water as far and wide as she can.

  • Kiki wanted to be in the plastic bags, whereas Lolly just wants to chew them. We’ve been assured by the vet that she’ll be fine, the vet’s cat does the same thing too!

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  • If you disturb Lolly’s sleep she grunts like a tiny little piggy, it’s far more adorable than words can say.

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  • All I (mum) have to do is look at Lolly and she will purr, she also likes me to talk to her, especially if I’m giving her compliments – I know what you’re thinking, but I honestly believe she knows I’m telling her how amazing she is, in her own little cat way.

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  • Dad, on the other hand, is scary and not to be trusted unless he is asleep or otherwise occupied. My theory is that Kiki claimed him, not long after the pair stopped sleeping together in the living room when we first brought the little Lollypop home. But it could just be that she knows I’m way cooler than he is, she’s a very smart lady.

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  • Unlike her sister Lolly is far from polite. If you hold anything down for her to sniff, she will grab it before she pulls it to her nose and gives it a good sniff. She caught her grandma off guard once and almost had herself a hummus wrap!

  • Lolly loves bread. I’d go so far as to say that bread is Lolly’s favourite thing, other than sleeping.

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Just as with Kiki, there are so many more, but they can be saved for a future post! Every cat is an individual, but just like us, they sometimes share aspects of their personalities. If you recognise any of Lolly’s quirks in your fluff balls, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly

The Quirks of Kiki

Now at the age of one, Kiki is edging ever closer to cat-hood. In our time with the chirper we’ve grown to know and love her quirks. Here are some of the odd and brilliant things we love about the one and only Kiki.

  • Although she’s almost an adult cat, she has yet to grasp quite how to meow. Instead Kiki chirps, just like she did as a kitten.

  • The chirps are incredibly cute, but they lose their adorableness when you are awoken at ungodly hours to find a chirping banshee sat on your chest. Every morning. Occasionally she’ll be lovely and quiet and snuggly, but more often than not, she is banshee cat.

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  • She has one black jelly bean on the back on her front leg. Her nose and all of her other toes are baby pink, bar one solitary bean.

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  • If she can’t see you she cries, and she will do whatever it takes to get to you. Her love for her humans is strong!

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  • She’s always the first to run to the door when we have guests, and always the first to run away when they come in.

  • Kiki’s favourite place to be is under the duvet with her humans, cosy, warm, and she knows exactly where we are. Even when we’re not there she loves to burry herself under the covers.

  • In a past life Kiki was a parrot, or at least her latest quirk of sitting on our shoulders suggest that this is the case.

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  • Her purrs are incredibly quiet, but you know they’re there when she’s against your chest.

  • She will often carry around the toy mouse her grandma made for her and chirp, demanding that we throw the mouse across the room so that she can run to it and then simply stare at it, waiting for us to do it again. Fetch without the fetching.

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  • If she isn’t expecting you, or is mid slumber, she will chirp a confused ‘murp’ when you pet or kiss her.

  • She loves plastic bags. She especially likes to be in them.

There are so many more, but for now to keep you awake I’ll leave it there! Every cat is an individual, but just like us, they sometimes share aspects of their personalities. If you recognise any of Kiki’s quirks in your fluff balls, let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one – which will be all about Lolly.

Kiki & Lolly

 

Motivation Monday, a Cat’s Nap

‘Guys! Hey guys! It’s Monday!’


‘That means it’s time to motivate the internet people.’


‘But, maybe I’ll just rest my eyes for a second.’


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Lolly determined that the best way to motivate yourself is to take lots of cat naps! We won’t argue with that.


Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly

Are All Cats Catnip Crazy?

The first cat I ever saw on catnip was Fizz, and it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. Fizz could have been the poster cat for the power of catnip, the same cannot be said for Kiki and Lolly. Catnip, from the mint family, creates what scientists recognise as a ‘sexual response‘. However, this isn’t the case in some cats, in a study of 100 domestic cats in their normal living environment, only 68% responded to catnip. If your cat falls into this 68% you might be surprised to hear that not all felines react to the insanity inducing plant, but lo and behold, many other cats have many other vices.

So, what about the 30-40% of cats that don’t get the pleasure of catnip? Fear not, because there are alternatives. In the same study linked above silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle, and valerian root were also tested for responsiveness. The honey suckle and valerian root were much more hit and miss, with only 53% and 47% response of the 100 cats observed having responded. However, the silver vine was successfully responded to by 79% of the cats. For more details on the cats observed in the research and all of the science talk check out the study, it’s an interesting read!

This is great news for the catnip snubbers, and in our own experience silver vine was a hit with our ladies. Silver vine can be used in its powder form, or as its original stick. The stick, or twig, of silver vine is great as a natural toy and dental stick for cats, and helps to clean off plaque on those hard to reach back teeth. Lolly is especially good at chewing the stick, Kiki hasn’t quite gotten past hugging it yet. To give some background about our cats, Kiki and Lolly are both spayed, Kiki is around 1 year of age, with Lolly being a little bit younger somewhere around 9 months. So it might be the case that Lolly will grow into responsiveness.

In regards to the final two stimulants, Kiki has also reacted positively to valerian root. When we have our bedtime tea to settle she goes wild! Lolly hasn’t ever reacted in any way to this, but considering the study’s results this isn’t all too surprising. We have yet to try honey suckle, but seeing as Lolly hasn’t reacted as strongly as Kiki to the other stimulants, we hope to try it out and see if that is to her taste. However, of the 100 cats observed in the above study, 3 responded to none of the stimulants, so it might juts be the case that for Lolly nothing will cause her to have the insane response we see from her sister. If you cat isn’t a fan of any, there’s no need to worry, there are other ways to play and have fun with your cat.

Catnip and its alternatives are great for cats and we really recommend trying them out. They’re not addictive and are great ways to enrich your furry friend’s life. Cats can be susceptible to stress and overtime this can cause negative impacts to their health, but through the use of catnip and its alternatives this can offer stress relief for our little bundles of joy. Even if there is nothing overly stressful going on in your lives, it is a wonderful way to bond with your cat and to make you both happy. I don’t know about you, but seeing our girls rolling around in absolute euphoria just makes me smile. In the calm that follows the crazy, it’s a great time to get closer to your cat and make your relationship even stronger.

To wrap up, catnip or any of its alternatives are a great source of fun and relaxation for both your cat and you. If at first they don’t respond to one, try again with the others, and chances are you will find something that works. Very soon I hope to have compiled enough footage to make a silver vine montage of Kiki as she is absolutely adorable on the stuff. Let me know what your cat loves and if you’ve found anything else to make them go wild!

Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly

10 Things All Cat Parents Know and Love

Number One

When you bring a kitten into your life you will discover parts of your home you never even knew existed. If there is a nook or cranny anywhere, your kitten will find it, and they will explore it. Even when they reach cathood, if they think they can fit, they will attempt to sit, or contort their bodies to unimaginable lengths to curl up in that bizarrely small space. All boxes also now belong to them, always and forever.IMG_5313

Number Two

Anything that was once yours, is now theirs. Your shoes? Theirs. Your books? Theirs. On top of this theft, anything you want to eat, they want it too. Even your lettuce is not safe, and there’s absolutely no hope if sweetcorn is on your plate. On a serious side note, as a general rule of thumb people food is a no go for cats, unless you have the opportunity to Google every ingredient or food item, please don’t risk it! IMG_4996

Number Three

If in the last few minutes you haven’t devoted your entire attention to the boss, I mean the cat, you will be reminded of this fact. And they will not relent until you give in to their fluffy demands. Be it a meow, a pat on the head, or a chin nibble, they will get you.

Number Four

Beware of the cat belly. Some cats love belly rubs, just like dogs. Most people associate a belly on show as an invitation to tickle away, thinking they’re doing a good thing. But be warned. For every one cat that loves belly rubs, there are ten who will wrap every limb around your wrist and gnaw at your fingers.

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Number Five

Sleeping, grooming, and eating, in no particular order, are the most important things in life. If your pal isn’t sleeping, chances are they’ll be grooming or eating, and if not chances are they’ll be sniffing around for their next meal as they haven’t eaten in the last five minutes. Lord help their tiny grumbling bellies.img_0345.jpg

Number Six

If your cat isn’t doing one of the above, prepare for the zoomies. Pupils dilate, ears spike, and the zoomie begins. Whether they run like fluffy Road Runner or they popcorn over the bed hunting your body parts; a zoomie is incredible to witness. But, beware of the dangers of the zoomie. If you are in close range of the hunter you may find yourself soon becoming the prey. No hand is safe.

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Number Seven

Generally, drugs and humans, bad. But, drugs and cats, amazing. Okay, so not human drugs, keep those well away from the cats, but cat ‘drugs’, go for it. Be it cat nip, valerian root, or silver vine, cats go hard. Well, some cats, you might have a cat like Lolly whose reaction is more ‘meh’. Cat drugs are relaxing for them (and are non-addictive), and they are hilarious for us humans. The calm after the storm is beautiful too.

Number Eight

No keyboard is sacred. Do you have a school or work project? Are you trying to have some downtime online? HA! Think again. Cat bums will occupy all and every keyboard, and this will happen until every last keyboard has been sat on and cats take over the internet.

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Number Nine

Approval from a cat is the ultimate validation. If you’ve ever felt less than, if you’ve ever craved approval for who you are, just look to your cat. If they give you that loving slow blink, you know you’ve made it. Cat approval is the only approval you ever need to worry about.

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Number Ten

There is no end to the love you will receive from your cat. Some people call cats all kinds of names, but we say here that all cats are the best kind of love. When their little eyes look up to you, their little chirps and meows call out for your attention, their jelly bean filled paws reach out to remind you of their amazingness, you can’t help but feel completely and utterly loved.

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Thanks for reading, and we will see you in the next one.

Kiki & Lolly