I think I’m going to burst with excitement! I have seen kitty Christmas stockings that no doubt will be hung up by the fireplace soon! 😆 But I just want to know one thing, and I bet my friends will be able to answer this question for me: Why is it that Santa Claws is allowed to go up and down chimneys, yet when I did it (and made Lula do it too), I get told off and put in the bath?? 😯 That one has been puzzling me for some time…
Here’s today’s pic!
We’re back to our friend, Shakespeare, for today’s kitty word and origin! 🙂 The word is catcalls! The word means a shrill whistle or shout of disapproval made at a public meeting or performance.
It originated back in Shakespeare’s time when impatient gentlemen of that era made noises that sounded like a fence full of howling cats to register their disapproval of a performance! You can imagine the scene! Loud and not elegant at all – not at all like us kitties, we would never resort to such low levels of behaviour! 😉
Please don’t forget to let me know what you think the answer is to my puzzling question that I asked at the beginning of this post! 🙂
Oooh! We’re getting excited now, we can almost smell all the yummy Christmas treats our mummy and daddy will surely be giving us! 🙂 Are you all prepared for the big day?
Time for another of our kitty phrases and here’s the pic to illustrate it:
You’ve guessed it – today’s phrase is Cool Cats! 🙂 This term came about in the roaring 20s and was taken up by the jazz scene in the 40s too. It’s quite appropriate we think that cats are used to describe cool people because we are such cool dudes ourselves! 😆 Similar phrases also came about around the same time: Ideas that were truly too cool for words were described as the cat’s meow and sometimes as the cat’s pyjamas, though nobody seems to know why those phrases were created! 🙂
One of my mummy’s favourite bands from years gone by also had a great song along this theme: Squeeze “Cool for Cats”. Phew! You hoomins certainly know how to recognise our feline superiority! 🙂
Wow! We’re half way through our advent calendar already – time certainly flies when you’re having fun! (hmmm… I wonder where that phrase originates from? 😉 ) Of course, we’re only discussing kitty phrases, not ones involving flies, so I think it’s time for today’s pic!
So today’s phrase is quite a new one (compared to others we’ve looked at) and it is: Like herding cats 🙂 You use this expression to refer to a failure of a collection of people to behave, or be led, as a united whole. The idea behind the expression is that cats aren’t herd animals, so you’re trying to elicit a behaviour from creatures incapable of it. I say we have our own mind and we will do what we want to do and not what our hoomins want us to do 😯
It’s said to come from the IT industry and the problems faced when trying to get computer programmers to do what they’re meant to! A man called Dave Platt is thought to have first used it 🙂 So I’m sorry but it’s IT-related – no mention of racy 17th Century books at all today!
Welcome to day four of our advent calendar – we hope you’re enjoying our countdown to Christmas! As June says, you can look at our advent calendar as much as you like as there’s no calories in our festive feast of pics and phrases! 😆
So what’s today’s phrase? Can you guess from this pic?
Yes! You guessed it: It’s letting the cat out of the bag which otherwise means that you’re telling a secret 🙂 Or, in my case, not letting Lula out of that bag 😯 (you can just see the top of her ear poking out! 🙂 )
The phrase is said to originate when people in the olden days used to trade high-value piglets; they would put them in a bag and sell them. But sometimes, people would put less valuable animals such as cats in the bag (not that cats are lower value than pigs in our view of course) so when the bag was opened, it was said to be letting the cat out of the bag – or letting people know of the secret! 🙂
So now I’m going to let you into a secret…. Day 5 will be posted tomorrow! 🙂
I hope you’re all well? You may have noticed that I’ve been talking about the Supreme Cat Show for a while now but I can’t believe that in just a few short hours, we’ll be in the big show hall! In case you’ve not seen our countdown on Facebook, or maybe you only saw one or two of our posts, we shared some of our favourite all time Bengal Cat World pics this week in anticipation for the big day! We used the letters in SUPREME and here they all are in one place 🙂
S is for … SPOT!
U is for … the ULTIMATE Spot and Lula pic!
P is for … PRETTY Lula!
R is for … ROSETTES/RIBBONS!
E is for … ELEGANT Lula!
M is for … my MARVELLOUS Dave the Dragonfly toy!
E is for … EXCITED!
I know lots of our friends are hoping to make it to the show – if you’re one of those, here’s a little sneak preview of the hall plan for you! You will find me in the “Foreign” section and our trade stand is in Area G (stand number G2) so not too far away! 🙂 🙂
But if you’re not able to make it, we understand – after all, a lot of our friends live lots of miles away! So we will of course post an update after the show, it may not be tomorrow as we’ll be very tired, but hopefully within a day or two 🙂
I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, we’ve spent most of it indoors because the weather has just been quite damp and miserable. We do like being nice and snuggled indoors, like on the cuddle pics we share last time, but it does make us a bit bored and sometimes a bit naughty too!
So I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on ten things kitties shouldn’t do… but we do anyway! 🙂
1. We shouldn’t climb into household appliances. This can be very dangerous so you should always check them before you switch them on.
2. We shouldn’t bite our sister! 🙂 Luckily I was a kitten and only had baby teeth at the time!
3. We shouldn’t stand on frozen ponds, we don’t know how thick the ice is, Robbie!
4. We shouldn’t pull all the towels onto the floor and then use them as a bed to sleep on!
5. We shouldn’t escape into the big garden and then run around and not let our hoomins catch us! 🙂
6. We shouldn’t have our back to the camera when our hoomins are trying to take a photo of us!
7. We shouldn’t steal Daddy’s bit of the couch when he wants to sit down…
8. We shouldn’t try and sneak up on our friends when they’re up the tree!
9. We shouldn’t go hunting for all the baby frogs and toads in the pond like little Friday loves to do!
10. We shouldn’t attempt to mow the lawn
I’m sure there are lots more things your kitties do that they shouldn’t? Feel free to share in the comments 🙂
I hope you’re all well 🙂 Now the clocks have gone back, I can’t believe how quickly it gets dark around here! So I thought I’d try and brighten up your day by sharing some of the reasons I think you love cats so much… because I’m guessing you do, otherwise why would you be reading a feline blog?? 😆
1. You love us because we like to do impressions of things we see around us.
2. You love us because we keep the bed warm for you when you’re not in it
3. You love us because we like to check things are ok in the garden
4. You love us because we are very clean and like to look our best!
5. You love us because we like to sing to you!
6. You love us because we chase all the nasty bugs away
7. You love us because we keep watch over the territory
8. You love us because we like to make sure things are ok with the trees
9. You love us because we “help” with the gardening
10. Last, but not least, you love us because we are just so cute!
I think these are only a few of the reasons why you love us cats, I’m sure you could think of some more? 🙂
I hope you’ve all had a nice weekend? 🙂 Many of us in the UK are set to finish ours with a bang as we’re bracing ourselves for a wet and stormy night! So on that theme, I thought I’d share with you some of our soggy moggy photos! But before I do, some of you who aren’t in the UK may not know the term “moggy” – this is a term of endearment for kitties, it’s not known where it comes from but is widely used over here 🙂
So I thought I’d start with our Robbie, after he had an unintentional swim in the pond!
But sometimes we get wet on purpose as Lula and I love to play in the sink! Here we are as kittens 🙂
A good alternative to the sink is the water fountain in our cat garden!
But Robbie’s not the only one who leant a little too far to try and catch the fish!
You would think Lula had fallen in the pond looking at this pic, but no – she had just been out in a heavy rain shower and didn’t want to come in!
And let’s finish where we started! Here’s a pic after Robbie had fallen in the pond – AGAIN!! Will he never learn? 😯
You may wonder why there are no pics of Harry or Friday? It’s not that we deliberately excluded them, it’s just that we don’t have any pics of them being soggy moggies! They’re much too wise to fall in ponds or play in the fountain! 🙂
I don’t want to alarm you but Lula and I are worrying our mummy… we’ve been so well behaved for a record time (at least a week!) that she’s wondering if we’re coming down with something! 😯 Purrsonally I think she should count herself lucky, especially when I think back to all the naughty things we’ve done, and how much trouble we can cause when we want to…
So here’s my top 7 list of my favourite naughty tricks, I’ll start off at number 7 and make my way up to the naughtiest thing we ever did! I wonder if you can think what it was? No peeking now! 😆
Number 7: The Cows
We start off with a time when we were allowed free access outside, when we used to love going in the big field. Our favourite naughty thing then was to tease the cows! 🙂 We would go up to them, very close, and stare at them and then if they tried to chase us, we would run very quickly into the safety of our garden 🙂
Number 6: The Big Oak Tree
Lula and I were very adventurous even from a young age and it didn’t take us long to work out the attraction of the big oak tree, and how cool it was to climb it! Mind you, we worried our mummy very much the first few times we went up it as we were so small and the tree is so big! We don’t know why, we were purrfectly safe!
Number 5: The Garage Roof
Sticking with being up high, one of my best tricks is when I decided to climb up onto the garage roof! My mummy and daddy still have no idea how I did it as there’s nothing nearby that could help me get up there… my lips are sealed my friends!
Number 4: Friday and the Chicken
I told you about this one in a recent blog post,and it just goes to show that it’s not only us Bengals who are naughty! In case you haven’t read our other post, our Friday, who is a quite small little thing, decided one day to steal daddy’s chicken that he had left out ready to cook for his dinner! It was on the worktop and he turned his back for one minute: next thing, Friday jumps up there, grabs the chicken – which was almost bigger than she was – jumps down, and runs off into the garden with it! Then daddy realised and chased after her, but off she ran with this chicken hanging out of both sides of her mouth, into the field and into the bramble bush where daddy couldn’t get her 😆 😆 All daddy could do was listen as she crunched and ate his dinner!
So…. we’re more than halfway through now! I wonder if you know what will be in the top 3?
Number 3: Jumping out of Upstairs Windows
Lula and I have both done this very recently. Mind you, when I did it, it wasn’t my fault as the man who came to measure up for new windows left my mummy and daddy’s bedroom window wide open, so what else was I supposed to do, other than jump out of it? 😀
Lula’s escape out of the window was much more sneaky and dangerous – she somehow got through a very small gap and was perched on the windowsill, looking ready to jump down about 15 feet! Daddy just managed to get to her in time and bring her back inside!
We don’t have a pic of either of these occasions, but we did show in this photo how much we like being on window ledges, though this one was at ground level! 🙂
Number 2: Lula and the Road
This was a very worrying one for my mummy and daddy and the reason why our freedom was curbed and our cat garden built. We live in the countryside, but have a busy road in the vicinity of our house. It is quite a long way in cat terms, and none of the cats that have been part of the family, past or present, have ever gone as far as the road… until Lula did one day! She was chasing bees and butterflies and was oblivious to the dangers nearby. Needless to say, it worried mummy and daddy very much, and since that day Lula has never been allowed outside other than in the cat garden or on her harness (other than on the couple occasions when she’s managed to escape).
It’s such a shame as the field is great for us cats to run and play in, but the risk of it happening again was much too great and our safety has to come first.
So here we are at number one! Did you guess correctly what it was? Here is where I reveal all!
Number 1: The Chimney!
Oh yes! We like to explore anywhere and everywhere, so why not the chimney? It’s all dark and mysterious – purrfect for a curious Bengal cat! One day, when our hoomins were out, we thought we heard a birdie in the chimney, so that was it – we were up there like a shot!
When my mummy came home, she looked at me and she knew something was different about me, but she couldn’t quite work out what it was, she was very puzzled! Then she looked at Lula, and it was much easier to tell looking at her fur because, instead of being a beautiful snow colour, it was black! 😯 She then went into our lounge and saw the evidence! Black sooty paw prints all over the cream carpet and big blobs of soot near the chimney too!
Well, she didn’t even stop to make a cup of tea! (very unusual!). She whisked us both off into the bathroom and gave us both a bath! We do like water, but we weren’t really in the mood for a bath if we’re honest! But then the worst part was, because the first bath didn’t get all the soot out, she gave us another bath the next day too! The cheek of it! Here’s a pic of us after our baths 🙂
So there you have it! Seven of the naughtiest things we have done… so far!! Ha! What else will we get up to in the future…..??