Friday, 9 November 2018

We're Inspiring Animals

Hello out there in the Bloggosphere,

We haven't posted for a while, but we've been busy.

The mrbumpycat.com animals have all been very inspiring.  So much so, that Mum's recently published a book of poetry inspired by us!  It's called "Poetic Pets".

If you remember the Poem About Princess that was in the blog a while back,  that's in the book, but there's also poems about Fanta, and more importantly, me.

She's also released a new novel and a new children's book.  Here are the details:


Of course, the only one you are interested in will be "Poetic "Pets".  I don't even know why Mum bothered with the other ones.

Mum says I have to tell you that all the books are available now from www.lulu.com/spotlight/IrisCarden and will soon be available from most online bookshops.

Until next time we meet in the Bloggosphere,
I remain,

Mr Bumpy,
Very inspirational Bloggercat,
Supreme Feline Overlord.

Monday, 27 August 2018

A Poem about Princess

Kitten


Collar bell jingles, soft paws pat her ball,
the kitten is playing her way down the hall.

She wiggles her bum as she targets a pounce,
knocks things off the shelf to see if they bounce.

She leaps into a lap for a moment or two,
but can’t stay there when there’s so much to do.

The world is all new, there’s so much to explore,
for this little kitten there’s adventures galore!

She scampers and climbs, she runs then she stays,
Life is a game, won’t you please come and play?

Then all of a sudden, she comes to a stop,
She gives a small yawn, and she falls with a flop.

And then with a deep self-satisfied purr
she forms a tight ball of warm snuggly fur.

She twitches a whisker and breathes long and deep

the sweet gentle snore of an innocent sleep.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Life is Good Again

Hello.
OK, Fanta may be asleep with
her head buried in Mum's dressing-gown
but trust me, she's very glad to cuddle with me. - Princess
Guess what?

My stitches are out! The cone is gone!  I've had a good all-over lick and the humans can scratch under my chin and behind my ears again.

Best of all, I'm free of the bathroom and allowed to be with my Fanta again!

I'm glad all the bad stuff is over.  Life is good again.

Princess Purrs.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The Op

Hello,
Princess, post-op.

I've had the op.  The one the RSPCA's Operation Wanted calls the "D-53X upgrade".

Mum calls it the "I don't have to find homes for endless litters of kittens" op.

I would tell you about it, but I had a really big sleep and when I woke up it was all over.

I'm a bit sad, though, because the vet said I can't play with my doggy sister until my stitches are better.  So I'm shut in the bathroom away from the other animals.  And I've got this thing on my head, which makes it really hard to do things, and which keeps getting dirty.

I can't groom myself, so Mum keeps giving me powder baths with nice smelly powder and the brush.  It feels nice and makes me purr, but I'd really like to be able to have a good lick.  Mum also has to keep cleaning this thing on my head.

When I want cuddles, I can't just go and find a human. I have to meow.  Fanta hears me and gets a human for me (she's a really good sister, and I want to go and play with her.)

Oh, and I noticed something really strange! Mirror Cat has one of these things on her head too!

No he doesn't. Mirror Cat's still his usual handsome self - Mr Bumpy.

Who's this Mirror Cat? Why don't I know them? - Fanta.

Mirror Cat definitely does have one.  And she's stuck in the bathroom too.

I'm glad my humans keep coming in to visit me, or I would be very lonely in here.

Mum says it's only a few more days and I can have my stitches out and go back to normal. I can't wait!

Princess Purrs.




Note: Until the end of August Operation Wanted is giving 20% discount on desexing your pet.  Check here to find a participating vet https://operationwanted.com.au.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Princess Cleanpants

Princess kitten cleaning her tail.
Excuse me, I just have to tidy the bit of hair that
was washed. - Princess
Princess: Mum! Mum! Meow! Mum! Help!

Mum: What are you yowling about?

Princess: Mum! There's poop in my hair! Poop! In! My! Hair!

Mum: Ooh a bit smelly.  Let's clean you up.

(Mum runs warm water into the handbasin in the bathroom.)

Mum: OK Where are you hiding?

Princess: I'm not hiding. I'm right here beside your foot.

Mum:  Oh, you didn't run away this time?

Princess: I'm not a baby anymore.  I'm a big kitten.  And there's poop on my back leg! Poop!

(Mum picks up Princess and puts her back legs in the water, gently washing. Then wraps Princess in a towel.)

Mum: OK all done.Sorry about the water.

Princess: That's OK. It's better than poop.

(Princess tidies her hair up then goes to cuddle up with Mum.)

Princess: I know I'm still damp, but I figured you wouldn't mind because you love me enough to clean poop off me.

Related post: Princess Poopypants

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Princess Sneakypaws

Image: seal-point ragdoll kitten stepping into a handbag.
I sneaked into Mum's bag.
No-one saw me.
Hello

Do you know I'm the sneakiest kitten in the world?

I hide under the bed and when a human or animal walks past I tap them with my paw and surprise them.

I can flatten myself to get under the couch.  Mum says, "I know cats can flatten themsleves a lot, but how does she manage to get her skull through a gap half the size of her head?"

I sneak into the workings of the couch if a human has the footrest up.  Mr D says, "Don't put the footrest down now, or you'll decapitate the cat."

Yesterday,  I sneaked into Mum's handbag. She takes it everywhere, so I thought maybe it had treats or toys or something good in there.  Sadly, it was just human stuff she had in there.  There was a lot of it.

That gives me an idea.  If I could get rid of all this human stuff, there would be room for a half-grown kitten to fit in this bag.  Then I could sneak wherever Mum goes when she leaves the house.

Image: sealpoint ragdoll kitten with head and all paws in a handbag.
I would have to get rid of all Mum's stuff
to fit in here properly.
I wonder what kind of interesting place she goes?  Maybe the place the cat food comes from.  Imagine, a place full of cat food.  That would be amazing.  I've tried to sneak into the animal food cupboard a couple of times, but Mr D's always caught me.  But if I managed to sneak into the place where all the food comes from I'd make sure he couldn't catch me!

What a great sneak that would be!

Why did Mum just zip up her bag?

I'm off to try to sneak into the laundry - I'm fascinated by washing machines.

Princess Purrs

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Princess Poopypants

image: sleeping seal-point ragdoll kitten.
"Mum's been mean to me." - Princess.
Hello

Can I tell you something? Mum's been mean to me!

Yes, really she has.

She's called me a mean name.  She called me Princess Poopypants.

While she called me that, she was using water and a cloth to wash my back end.  I was all wet and she called me names!

And do you know what?  She's done it lots and lots of times.  Well, at least three times.

That's really mean isn't it?  And Mum's not usually mean.  But when she does that, she is. Calling bad names is mean.

I'm going to have a nap under the cat tower, where Mum can't fit.  I don't want to be with someone who's mean.

Princess Purrs



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Monday, 11 June 2018

A Very Good Dog

Fanta and Princess together.
"I'm a very patient big sister." - Fanta
Hello Everyone,

Do you know what Mum said to me the other day?

She told me I was a very very good dog and she was very proud of me.

Do you know what she was so proud of?  My being such a good big sister to Princess.

She said I was very patient with Princess, and how I reacted when Princess was naughty to me.  For example, when Princess kept hunting my tail, I didn't snap at her, I just tucked my tail in underneath me.  I did that because I know Princess is only little and is just learning.

When Princess hunted Bumpy's tail, he snarled at her, knocked her over pretended he was going to bite her throat,  but I ran right at them and knocked cats flying everywhere, to save Princess.

The other thing I do that Mum is very proud of, is that I get food out of my dish and take it to Princess.  Mum says Princess doesn't really need dog food, but I am a very kind dog for being willing to share.

So Mum is very proud of me because I'm a good dog, and a good big sister. So even though being a big sister can be hard work sometimes, it's really great that Mum notices how hard I am trying.

Licks and Tail Wags

Miss Fantasia Dog
(Call me Fanta)

Mischief

Fanta, Princess and Bumpy asleep on the bed.

Sometimes, the mrbumpycat.com animals forget that Mum also likes to sleep in the bed, and they forget to leave enough room for her.

Princess, amid mass destruction.

Sometimes, one offender gets caught on camera, while the accomplice gets away.

Princess, biting Mum's toe.

Sometimes, humans learn things, such as how sharp a kitten's teeth are, by painful experience.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Art of Puking Redux

Yes, I'm awesome - Mr Bumpy.
Hello out there in the Bloggosphere,

A few years ago, I wrote an informative post on the Art of Puking.  I'm sure many, many cats have learned a great deal from that post.

Today, I want to give you a masterclass to show exactly where refining your puking skills can take you.

For this particular puke,  I really had to do my preparation.  I gulped down my wet food in two seconds flat, then I ate a huge amount of dry food, and topped it off with what was left over from Princess' wet food.

I had super-gorged and the shortest amount of time possible.  That is really the absolute best preparation for a master puke.

Then I went to the tallest floor of the cat tower, leaned over the far side and hurled.

I puked over three floors of the cat tower (on the inaccessible side, so the humans had to move it to clean up) the curtain, the wall, the floor, and Princess.  Oh, did I mention Princess was having a nap under the cat tower?

You should have heard Mum scream!

Mum screamed as she ran to the bathroom with Princess and stuck her under the tap.  She yelled as Mr D cam running with a cloth for her to use to clean up Princess.

She'd settled down to a rant as she and Mr D pulled out the cat tower and cleaned everything up.

She was still grumbling when they put the cat tower in place and the whole lounge room smelled like disinfectant.

It was great.  It was the absolute best entertainment I've had in ages.

Yes, I know I'm awesome.  I know I deserve all the accolades. You can all prostrate yourselves before my glory.

Until next time we meet in the Bloggosphere,
I remain,




Mr Bumpy,
Bloggercat,
Master Puker,
Supreme Feline Overlord.




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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Free Love

"Really, all I'm asking for is total and complete
adoration." - Mr Bumpy Cat.
Hello out there in the Bloggosphere,

I would like to advocate for free love.  That's kitten-free love, dog-free love as well.

When humans are cuddling me, stroking me, generally giving me adoration, that time should be all about me.

They should not have to put me down to go and stop a kitten from chewing a power cord, or getting into the washing machine.  (Actually the little furball has a lot of hair, the washing machine could be an efficient way to maintain it.)

The lap I'm occupying should not suddenly have a dog head placed on it, with pleading puppy eyes looking up at my human.

No-one should suddenly pounce me or the human who is giving me attention. No-one should have any kind of crisis that requires human intervention.

Really, all I'm asking for is total and complete adoration from the humans.  Is that too much for a supreme feline overlord to ask?

Until next time we meet in the Bloggosphere,
I remain,



Mr Bumpy,
Bloggercat
Supreme Feline Overlord






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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Bumpy's Fan Club

Princess
Princess: Bumpy, you're amazing!

Bumpy: I know. Leave me alone.

Princess: Can I cuddle with you?

Bumpy: No.

Princess: One day I'm going to be a big cat just like you. I'm going to go out into the yard and fight the possums and get a scar on my face just like you.

Bumpy: Clear off kid, and leave me alone.

Princess: Bumpy guess what? I've learned how to pounce!

Bumpy: Don't even think about it.  Oh! (Pawswipe.) Get off me!

Princess: Aren't I good at that?  Is that how you pounced the possums? I bet it was. I bet you're the absolute best at pouncing.

Mr Bumpy
Bumpy: How many times do I have to tell you to leave me alone.

Princes: You're funny, always pretending to be grumpy. I love you Bumpy. (Smooches.)

Bumpy: Ew!  Clear off kid.  This is just too much. (Snarls.)

Mum: OK Princess, let's give Mr Bumpy a break for a bit, huh?  (Picks up Princess and takes her away.)

Princess: (Wiggling wildly.) But Mum! I want to go and play with Bumpy.  He's the absolute greatest.

Bumpy: I finally get someone around here who understands my awesomeness, and it's an annoying little kid.



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

No!

Image - seal point rag doll kitten, Princess
"How could anyone say 'no' to someone as cute as me?"
- Princess
Hello

My humans have a favourite word.  It's "no".  They use it all the time.

They say: "No, Princess, don't eat that electric cord."

And they say, "No, don't drink my coffee."

And they say, "No, don't pounce Bumpy, he can't cope."

And they say, "No you can't go outside."

And they say, "No, get off the dining table."

And they say, "No, get out of the workings of the recliner."

And they say, "No, you can't get in the washing machine. No, you can't be in the cupboard. No don't eat that. No, don't climb Budgie Towers."

They say "no", "no", "no", to me all day!

Now I ask you.  Look at me.  How could anyone say "no" to someone as cute as me?

Well, my cruel, heartless, humans do. They say "no" all the time.

Don't you think that's just wrong?

Princess Purrs


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Introducing a New Kitten to Your Home

Princess
Mum wrote a speech about us for her Toastmasters Club.  We animals thought you would like to read it.

I recently purchased a kitten, and being a dutiful pet owner, I researched from websites, including the RSPCA’s and some vets', how to introduce a new kitten into the household.

Feeling very confident, I brought my kitten home to a household with existing pets.

That’s when I discovered that neither the kitten nor the other pets had read the same websites I had.

After all the research, and the lived experience, I can tell you the right way to introduce a new pet into your household, and give you examples of how each point works in real life.

My new kitten is a seal point rag doll. Imagine a handful of cream-coloured fluff with darker paws, nose, tail and ears.  If a cappuccino came to life, it would look very much like her.  Her name’s Princess.  My son keeps suggesting I change her name, so he can call her “The Kitten Formerly Known as Princess.” 

One of the most important things to do with a new kitten is to keep it on the same food it’s been eating, and only gradually introduce it to new things.  Kittens don’t adapt to sudden changes in their food. I dutifully bought a bag of the food Princess had been eating.  She happily eats that.  She also eats the bigger cat’s food, the dog’s food, and anything else she can get hold of, including paper.  A photo frame in our hallway has seashells and other bits and pieces attached to it - she pulled off one of the shells and tried to eat that. 

An older cat will readily accept a kitten of the opposite sex, so, If you are introducing a new cat into a household which already has a cat, it’s best to bring in a new kitten of the opposite sex. Princess is female.  Our 14 year old cat, Bumpy, is male.  Theoretically, he should accept Princess. Bumpy is a black and white mixed breed cat, whose personality is akin to Horse from Footrot Flats, or Scarface Claw from Hairy McLary.  He was not impressed with the new kitten. He hisses every time he sees her.  It doesn’t help that she helps herself to his food. 

Princess is adorable and is at the very mischievous stage of kittenhood.  She’s recently discovered pouncing, and she pounces everyone, humans, the dog, Bumpy cat.  The humans and dog are quite indulgent and don’t worry about a kitten flying out from any one of a number of hiding places, to grab us with all four paws, and then suddenly let go and run off. Bumpy Cat is not so tolerant.  He does his best to stay out of the kitten’s way, but will hiss, or swipe her with a paw if she doesn’t show him due respect.  Far from accepting a kitten of the opposite sex, our old cat barely tolerates her.

Bumpy has been spraying all kinds of surfaces in the house, and starting fights with the possums that live in our yard in protest.  He’s covered in bites and scratches, and refuses to come inside during daylight hours. (He has to come in at night - in our house, that’s not optional.)

To make your older cat more comfortable with the new kitten, use artificial cat pheromone spray to help keep your older cat calm.  This stuff costs a truckload of money, smells worse than all the disinfectant used to clean up the older cat spraying, and makes absolutely no difference whatsoever.

Don’t let bigger dogs play with the new kitten.  Especially don’t let a dog chase the kitten. They could get carried away and hurt the kitten by accident.  When I saw Princess and my four-year-old Staffie, Fanta chasing each other up and down the hallway, I put a stop to it.  I told them this was dangerous and Princess could get hurt.  They both sat and looked at me while I told them this.  Then Princess tapped Fanta with her paw and ran off up the hallway.  Fanta ran after her full pelt.  When they ran back to me, Fanta picked up one of her toys and shook it violently.  Her point was clear, she could tell the difference between a kitten and a toy. 

Far from being a threat to the kitten, Fanta goes out of her way to be friends, and will put herself between Princess and Bumpy to stop any nastiness.

Your kitten will feel safer and more secure, if you shut it in a room by itself during the night.  Make sure it has food, water and a comfortable bed and toys. In fact, keep the kitten in the one room all the time at first, then slowly introduce it to other rooms of the house. I tried shutting Princess in a room by herself for her first night in the house. She yowled as if she were being tortured, and her paws reached under the door as far as they would reach.  The room was, apparently kitty Guantanamo Bay. After ten minutes I let her out, and she slept in my room with the other animals.  I do shut her in the room alone when I leave the house, so I can leave the dog door open so the other animals can come and go between the house and the yard.  Princess seems to accept this, grudgingly - just not being shut in alone during the night.

Keep your kitten inside the house at least until it has finished its first course of vaccinations.  Princess still has one vaccination to go in about a month’s time. We’re not letting her out to the yard, even though it’s cat-proofed, until she’s had that, in fact we may keep her in for longer because we’re afraid of losing something so small out in a large yard. At her current size, if she sat in the middle of a strawberry plant, I wouldn’t be able to find her.  She does not think this is a very good idea.  She sees the other animals regularly being let in and out, and is very determined to see what’s on the other side of the door.  It’s a constant battle to keep her from darting out when one of the other animals comes or goes.


So what I’ve learned about introducing a new kitten into the home is that, no matter how careful you are to follow all the guidelines, anything at all can happen. 


If you are thinking of getting a new kitten, the things you will most need are a sense of humour and the ability to cope with the unexpected.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Little Kitten, Big Future

What kind of cat will Princess be?

Image of Prince, seal-point ragdoll kitten, sleeping in cat tower.
Princess, in the high tower.

Miss C: I think Princess looks like Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt.
Source: EleanorRoosevelt_640x400.jpg

Mr D: If we change her name to Mocha, then she could be The Kitten Formerly Known as Princess.

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
Source: 29906170001_5401090409001_5401068827001-vs.jpg

Mum: Those are some very, very, big shoes, for a tiny kitten to fill.

Princess, trying to fit into big shoes.
Fanta: Maybe she'll just want to be my little sister.

Princess, seal-point ragdoll kitten, with Fanta, Staffordshire bull terrier.
Princess, with Fanta.

Princess: I want to grow up to be just like my hero Mr Bumpy!


Princess, seal point ragdoll kitten, and Mr Bumpy, adult black and white domestic shorthair cat, eating out of bowls.
Princess, eating dinner with her hero, Mr Bumpy.


Bumpy: Go away, and stop annoying me.


Image: Mr Bumpy, adult black and white domestic short hair cat, sitting in a box.
Mr Bumpy, avoiding Princess.
Princess:  Maybe I'll just be beautiful.

Image: Princess seal point rag doll kitten.
Princess.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Princess Purrs

Hello!

I'm Princess.


I'm new here.  Actually, I'm quite new everywhere.



Whoops!



I'm a three-month old sealpoint rag doll.


This tastes better than kitten food. I wonder if it belongs to that big Bumpy cat who hissed at me.



Can't stop to talk, got a whole house to explore, toys to play with, people to meet, things to climb.  Busy, busy busy.



Yawn.

Princess Purrs.


Farewell Percy

It is with great sadness we farewell Sir Percival Yowling-Feline.


Percy had not been in great condition when we adopted him, and was always quite a frail cat.

Among other issues he had quite severe anaemia.

Eventually, he succumbed to an infection.

Everyone in the Mr Bumpy Cat household is feeling a great loss.