Yuzu assisting


Yuzu “assisting” during a call for work with a colleague in the UK. Sometimes she also walks on the desk in front of me, demanding head scritches. Then her tail is visible on-camera, but this time she was content to rub her cheeks against the monitor that had the call going on.


Mikan did not agree to being put in her carrier and taken to the vet for her yearly checkup! Her sister was not fond of the experience either. But they have both gotten a clean bill of health and are up to date with their vaccinations too.
For a long time, Mikan was small and slight, and at one time even underweight: we had to feed her extra to keep her going. Meanwhile, Yuzu basically inhales her food and she is strong and active. But we found out that now it is reversed: Mikan has become less active, and seems to be content sleeping on the couch most of the day, and that has resulted in her now actually being heavier than Yuzu! We have to be careful she doesn’t become too heavy either…

Kitty cuddles

Last Sunday, I dropped klik off at her sesshin. As usual, I’ve taken the week off work too, so I’m mostly home doing my own thing (and leaving the house for the occasional Pokemon Go raid…)
This means I get to spend much more time with the kitties than usual, so I get more kitty cuddles than usual!


Yuzu climbed up on my desk (it was at standing height) for an intensive cuddle session, insisting on licking my fingers and forehead…
(Also, I wish I could take better pictures of her, because she’s so pretty. But her fur is too dark in most circumstances, and she can’t sit still at all other times…)


Late-night cuddles with Mikan on the couch.


These two kitties turned seven years old a month ago! I think that means they’re middle-aged now — at least, there is special food for cats of 7+ of age, so I think that means they’ve crossed some kind of ‘milestone’. But apart from Mikan (the one in the back) having had some dental work done, they still don’t show any signs of slowing down!

(I took this photo when I came back from a Pokemon Go raid on the gym behind our house.)

A blackbird had decided to build a nest in the hedge, close to the back door. So far, so good, but then he got Really Angry when the cats went out. Sounding the alarm and even diving towards them! The cats sneaked from chair to chair, but after about a week of this they didn’t want to go out as often anymore: the Angry Blackbird was winning the battle for the backyard. It even got so bad that they’d sit on the backs of the chairs we have in the living, and the Angry Blackbird would see them through the glass, and then would get all Angry again — we’ve spent a few days with the curtains half-drawn…

And then last Saturday, the cats went out — the Angry Blackbird seemed to be occupied elsewhere. But after a while, he had found them again and was again in full-on alarm mode. When I went to the backdoor to let the cats back in, I saw that they had caught a lady blackbird! I let them in, and then I found that the bird was still alive — but she clearly was never going to get up by herself, so I had to euthanise her… Not a happy experience, that. We’re still not sure if this was the prospective bride of the Angry Blackbird, or just a random passer-by.

Later that day, we decided that enough was enough. We plucked the blackbird nest out of the hedge (which was still empty) and chucked it in the green bin. I don’t enjoy interfering like this, but raising a nest of young birds in our back yard is not going to end well for anybody involved.
We haven’t seen the Angry Blackbird since.

Kitty doorkeeper

We had new windows and a new front door installed in Februari. The old windows were only single pane glass, so in winter it wasn’t very comfortable. And since that side of the house is oriented to the south, it needs regular painting — but the new windows are plastic, so we never have to do anything about that again.
I especially like the new front door — though we had to install a mailbox outside since the new door doesn’t have a mailslot. (Which we only found out after it was installed and the mailperson rang the bell to tell us she couldn’t put our mail anywhere…) It has a narrow pane of glass to the side that goes all the way to the floor — a perfect size to act as the lookout post for a cat!
So when I return from work, this is how I am greeted: