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My Bathtub’s Dirty Secret!

AMARULA: Many of you may not realize just how much I suffer since Frodo has been added to our feline trio. Being pounced on indiscriminately, my favorite box-of-solitude being appropriated and my privacy in the litter box now a forgotten luxury…..

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Yes, Frodo’s crimes are legion and now he is stealing my toys! I had noticed the disappearance of my favorite ping pong and fuzzy balls since his arrival so, over the last few weeks, I have been forced to stash them in what I thought was the perfect secret spot known only to me (and now you dear readers)…the bathtub!

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I had thought these porcelain walls would hide my beloved baubles, but alas, I was wrong! Over the last couple of days, I have noticed that they are slowly disappearing. So using the advanced online degree in engineering I acquired while the Human was sleeping, I set up a hidden camera to get to the truth of what was happening in MY bathtub. Beware dear readers…the shocking photos you are about to behold are enough to curl your whiskers! Frodo was indeed playing with my toys!

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Shocking–no? But it only gets worse…Not only was Frodo frolicking with my toys, he has been using my porcelain palace to do a bevy of bad acts:

Napping:

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Bathing (OK, even I can admit that a bathtub is a pretty good place to self-clean):

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Just looking stupefied as usual…

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And the most terrible act of all…inviting Zulu to join him for playtime:

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I ask you…have I not endured enough??

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Ah well! It is February 29th and leap year only happens every four years so I will make a once-every-four-years exception…if you can’t beat em, join em!

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The Idiot Box

AMARULA: Life with Frodo continues to be an incredibly taxing experience. My efforts thus far to frighten him into submission with my superior intelligence, wit and sharp claws seem to have had no effect on the nincompoop, who remains frustratingly cheerful and friendly! Curse that ginger’s gregariousness! But now that imp must be stopped! He has taken to using MY beloved Sour Puss box for his own ends! Though I have clearly said that it is off limits, he continues to sleep, play and just lounge about in it.

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AMARULA: To make matters worse, Frodo even invites Zulu to join him in MY box! I know they get together in there to plot against me!

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ZULU: (in a whisper) Let me guess…Amarula thinks we’re plotting against her again…

AMARULA: Silence you mocha miscreant! Don’t interrupt! But now Frodo has gone too far! He is using my own box against me! Lately, when I approach my cardboard sanctuary innocently planning to catch an eight-hour nap…

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WHAM! He lies in wait and strikes without mercy and scares the bejesus out of me.

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How am I supposed to endure when my very own box is used for such nefarious purposes?! Now wait a minute…what’s this…

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Frodo seems about to do the same thing to Zulu…

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And Zulu does not look happy!

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Well maybe I can get used to Frodo borrowing my box sometimes if he is going to put it to such good use by terrorizing Zulu!!

My Bathtub's Dirty Secret! | Hairballs and Hissy Fits

Frodo’s Feline Life Lessons: Look on the Warm Side of Winter

FRODO: Well this is my first winter and I gotta tell you I think it’s terrific! Now I know that Amarula hates Canadian winters but I think that’s just because–between you and me–she can be a bit of a nay-sayer! She tends not to look on the positive side of things. Since the temperature has dropped, mom has started using this indoor fire contraption that I think is just the cat’s pajamas! It’s like having your very own personal sunbeam in the house! Now I am new to this whole indoor, boxed sunbeam thingy, but I have learned a thing or two about how to get the most out of the clever contraption. It’s all about positioning…

  1. Firstly, before jumping into that comfy looking basket, I’ve found that it’s better to get started slowly…one body part at a time to be sure not to get overheated! First the back:

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2. Then the toes:

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3. Next the tummy (which gives you an excuse for a good stretch!):

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4. Finally, just let it all hang loose…become one with the fire…

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5. Now that you’ve got a good “base” warmth going on, it’s time to move to the basket. But don’t let the lure of the comfy cat bed distract you from your primary objective: keeping as much of your body by the fire as possible:

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6. Don’t forget to lift up your arms to get your armpits in on the warmth:

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7. Now comes my favorite part: invite a friend to join in on the fun!

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8. Not only does a friend make a fire more enjoyable, but they also provide additional body warmth:

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9. Sometimes if you’re really, really lucky, they’ll even give you a fireside bath!

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10. Yeah! I don’t know what Amarula is talking about, I love winter!

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Nemesis of the Month: Retraction!! (babies aren’t so bad…)

FRODO: I know Amarula is going to kill me! She really feels strongly about just who makes her list of “Nemeses” but good golly I just gotta print a retraction against Amarula’s wishes on Amarula’s “behalf.” A few months ago she must just have been having a bad day when she declared that babies were bad!

The other day, mom’s sister brought her baby, Vera, over and I just thought she was darn delightful! veraandfrodo1

Unlike most humans, she even crawls like me! And she chased me around for hours! Even Zulu gets tired of playing with me after awhile–but not Vera!

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We had lots of fun playing with my toys!

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We had a very pleasant nap and I didn’t even mind when Vera used me as a pillow.

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Vera ended her visit by sharing a sunbeam with me

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Yep! Amarula might call Vera Nemesis but I call her Friend!

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