It’s furry time everyone!
Today is all about Jo from Today We Are… and her cute kitty cats.
Jo can sew (I mean really sew). She makes everything from small sewn items to her own clothes! Just visit her blog. She writes so well (on the banner, it says Today We Are… with something different each time) and I know you will all enjoy her blog.
She also has her own shop called Full of Handmade Things. As you can imagine, you can find lots of handmade things made by Jo. Images I put here are all from her shop. You know that she made the with lots of TLF. They a lovely
Jo is also a mother-to-be (congratulations!). The baby will be sorrounded by full of handmade things. How wonderful is that?
Let me introduce you to:
How did you find your Charlie and Bert?
Charlie came from a local osteopath, whose young cat had kittens. She’d given them all away very young (a bit too young really), so that when we went to get Charlie she was the last kitten left, but only 8 weeks old. She’s consequently certain she’s human.
Bert came from my sister-in-law, who already had four cats, when one of them had a litter. We brought him home when he was nine months old, so he was very well socialised and is very much a cat.
They make an interesting mix.
How would you describe Charlie and Berts’ personality?
Charlie is very independent, and definitely knows what she wants, whether that’s a treat, the door opened, or me to sit down so she can get on my lap or gravy. She comes to find me to ask me for whatever she needs, and everything has to be on her terms. She’s a cautious cat by nature, and can be a bit jumpy (though not in a thunderstorm, and she doesn’t mind a bit of water either), so we’re careful to introduce new things slowly. She loves to knead her humans, but hates having her tummy rubbed, and likes to be in enclosed spaces.
Bert is a lovable fool, and the most laid back cat I’ve ever come across. His answer for everything is to roll on his back to get tummy strokes, especially if he knows he’s done something naughty, like knock everything off the mantle piece, or rip open the food bag even if there’s food in the bowl. He has no idea what he wants really, but loves to come and lie in whatever room I’m in, and opportunistically follows everyone into the kitchen just in case there’s any ham going spare. He hates thunder, and a single drop of water is enough to send him running.
What is Charlie and Bert’s favourite toy?
For Charlie it’s probably cardboard boxes turned on their sides to make a den, or propped up to make a tunnel. Bert goes mad for a squeaky thing on a string, which he can chase for hours.
What do Charlie and Bert eat?
They have Hill’s science plan light, because they’re pretty much indoor cats aside from the time they spend on the roof terrace. (Bert wouldn’t last two minutes if he was an outdoor cat to be honest – he’s just not very bright.)
What is your favorite website for cat (e.g. shop, arts, toys etc.)?
Oh gosh – well I like vetuk.co.uk for food and feliway supplies, and petplanet.co.uk where I recently bought a bed for Charlie that she finally deigned to sleep in, but for laughs it has to be http://icanhascheezburger.com
What do you like most about living with Charlie and Bert?
Whenever I come in from being out (and this includes just putting the rubbish in the bin) Bert comes running to greet me squeaking. He can’t miaow, but he tries. And I love hearing Charlie chirrup from somewhere in the house, asking me where I am – we have some lovely conversations, and she’s very loving. The house is always welcoming with a cat in it. I also love waking up in the morning – they wait for the alarm to go off, and for us to say good morning to each other and then come onto the bed for a cuddle.
What is the most annoying thing that Charlie and Bert do?
Charlie likes to lie on our clothes. We know this and yet we still lie things on the bed, so really I’m never annoyed at her but myself. I actually think it’s quite nice that she likes to be on things that smell of us.
Bert just tries to open food of all descriptions, and get anywhere he’s not supposed to be. He does like to barrell Charlie out of the way to get at whatever interesting thing she’s looking at, and she’s so much smaller than him, and looks so upset it makes me a bit cross with him. He’s not really a thinking sort of cat though so it’s hard to stay mad at him.
What is the most memorable moment with Charlie and Bert?
For me it would be when we came back from being in Japan for two weeks last year. For four nights when we got back Bert slept on my pillow wrapped around my head, and Charlie slept on my chest. It was very hot but I felt I’d been missed.
Which part of Charlie and Bert’s life style do you care most about?
Their mental and physical health. It needs a bit more work since they’re indoor cats, so lots of attention and games, and lots of affection.
What has living with Charlie and Bert taught you?
A home isn’t a home without a pet in it. I used to think all cats were alike but it’s so not true – they have their own personalities, their own wants and needs, and they are definitely capable of giving affection.
Thank you Jo, Charlie and Bert!
Have a great weekend everyone!