The Life and Times of Charlie (a.k.a. Furballs)

This is a blog about looking exceptionally gorgeous, mousing, fishing, licking oneself and ranting about my owner. If that doesn't interest you, go somewhere else. My owner (a.k.a. SHE or TCM (the cat's mother - "who's 'she', the cat's mother?" get it? no neither did she) may occasionally amuse us (ahem) with her own tales of my activities when SHE thinks she can tell the story better. Oh well we have to patronise these humans....

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hard at work

Just thought I'd share some photos TCM took of me hard at work on my blog....

I'm not sleeping, honest...

I'm sure there's a mouse back here.... somewhere....

Hitting the CAPSLOCK, ready to vent my spleen...

Having a well earned tickle break...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Good smell, bad smell

Not much to say today but I thought I'd say a little something about my likes and dislikes, particularly smells.

Now as you know smells are very important to cats. When my friend Samuel and I greet each other we sniff each other's bottoms and touch noses. But humans are strange creatures and have a very different idea of what makes a good smell. Not cats' bottoms for starters I don't suppose. More fool them.

So let's see - I like the smell of fish, meat, kitty bottoms, fresh earth. TCM likes the smell of perfume, soap, flowers.... Sometimes she tries to stroke me when she's just put that muck on her face. I mean eeeuuuuw! And she complains when I turn around and put my bum in her face?! Humans!

You may be wondering why I haven't mentioned catnip. Now some of my fellow felines got completely, well, mad for it. Not me. Never got it myself. But TCM has these teabags and just thinking about them makes me drool. Apparently they are made from a herb from Valerian. Well whatever it's called, bring it on! And humans? Apparently this Valerian thing is meant to make them calm, relaxed and sleepy. As our transatlantic cousins would say, go figure!

Bye for now kitty cats x

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Feline superiority

Postmaster P. says I should blog more. I probably should, I suppose, just to keep my many fans happy lol. But the truth is, when you're a cat there are so many other things to do it's hard to find the time. That and the fact that TCM (who is my blogging assistant) has been off gallivanting when she should be entertaining *me*.

So what have I been up to? Well, I found a new impossible-looking position to sleep in recently which was an achievement. The weather's turned a little chillier here in London - perhaps Autumn is finally on its way - so I've been cuddling up to TCM more of a night which she seems to quite like until her leg falls asleep :-)

Just to prove I'm not an entirely insular creature, I thought I'd add a little something about the current situation in the Southern United States. Another feline blogger (I'm sorry mate I forgot to bookmark your blog) drew our attention to this little article from the Houston Chronicle
It's good to know that it's not just the British who are sentimental about animal welfare. I draw your attention to the comment about cats v. dogs:

"Most of what we've seen are dogs. The dogs come out and look for assistance. Cats are kind of survivors. In the coming weeks we'll start to see the cats. They're probably in a lot of attics."

Well put! As all sensible creatures know, we cats have a way of surviving any situation.

Talking of feline superiority, Lame Duck made some comment about me not being a 'taking over mankind' sort of cat. Just to set the record straight, I am more than capable of doing so but have more important things to do. In any case, I have one specimen of femalekind completely subjugated to my control and frankly that's a full time job. If you think about it, LD, I bet you know quite a few other female humans who are similarly controlled and if you have control of the female humans..... Think about you would say - job's a good un ;-)

Gosh, just talking about world domination is enough to make a cat hungry! I'm off for a snack. Later....

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Fan mail!

Well, dear readers, I've had complaints that I haven't been blogging and admittedly it's true. Not that I haven't been busy doing blogworthy things but it's just been far too nice weather to stay indoors poring (or should that be pawing) over a computer. Anway, I'm here now so quit complaining will ya!

Right, on to important stuff. I have had a comment on my blog from a rather gorgeous creature in Seattle! Yes, really! That's Postmaster P. to you and I've added his blog to My Links for you to enjoy. There's a rather cute picture of him as a teeny weeny kitten which I'm sure he's very embarassed about now that he's a big tough cat (ha, ha - who are you kidding Post!). On a more serious note, I sadly don't have any pics of me as a tiny kitty because TCM only adopted me when I was about 3 and before that I was a rough tough street kitty in Hackney or somewhere. I'm not sure exactly, I think I lost my memory when they chopped off my knackers - ouch! Oooh, painful memories, let's not dwell....

Changing the subject completely I read recently about a very silly human invention. It's a program called PawSense and it claims to *train* cats! I mean really! Who thought of putting train and cats in the same sentence. TCM and I were highly amused by this concept particularly as the invention is designed to prevent cats from walking on keyboards which I must say is a favourite pastime of mine. It's particularly entertaining if TCM is trying to conduct a serious conversation (smirk!) on Messenger and I say 93ujhigoreqt43qoi to whoever she's boring on the other end. Hours of endless fun! Sometimes the silly humans even talk back. Anyway, I digress. To read all about this foolish program, visit Incidentally, TCM played the two 'annoying' sounds used for 'sonic training' of cats to me and my reaction was....well I was licking my leg so I carried on licking my leg of course. Perhaps we should invent a sonic training program for humans. We could play them the sound of nails on a blackboard whenever they tried to feed us *light* cat food. Hmmmm.....

Later, kitties!