Outdoors

Katzenauge

Did you know that reflector is also called cat’s eye (Katzenauge) in German? My dictionary claims that you can also say so in (British?) English, but I had problems finding a better reference. Many of you are English native speakers, can you help me here?

Two real cat eyes and two fake. Good to know that all 4 are working!

According to the Finnish law, pedestrians must use reflectors during the dark months of the year. I know that wearing reflectors for improved safety is very uncommon in most countries, but I encourage you to give it a try. I admit that I thought it was a bit silly when I came to Finland. I had lived in Northern Norway before moving to Southern Finland, so Helsinki wasn’t dark for me in winter. However, I changed my mind when I drove a car for the first time in Finland: it really makes a big difference!

If you’re interested to think about it: the Finnish Road Safety Council has a great animation where you can compare how well you’re seen with and without reflectors. Change the distance as well, 20 meters (default setting) isn’t a long distance – and you want to be seen as early as possible when walking in the dark.

 

Bad Neighborhood

We already know that we can’t rely on Mom’s judgement call when it comes to apartments. We’ve now found out why we hardly see squirrels around here – it’s because of our bad neighborhood!

Mom took these pictures about 600 meters from our house. This tree looks like an ordinary fir, and Mom’s instincts are so badly evolved that she didn’t pay any attention.

But somehow it even crossed her mind that she often sees squirrels and birds here. So Mrs Super Brain had a closer look… just look what’s behind the branches: a squirrel and bird paradise! Snow-free, dry and hidden, that’s what these little suckers like. Is it any wonder that they don’t hang out at our place?

It’s so important to check your potential neighborhood before moving somewhere, even though Mom claims that Finland is a very safe country without any real bad neighborhoods. Bah. And what is this??? We’ve neighbors who are spending time and money on a secret bird and squirrel restaurant!!

We think she should take us to this place, but Mom said “I’m afraid our neighbors won’t appreciate when I walk cats to their feeding station”. So she is afraid of our neighbors? How can she still claim that there’s nothing wrong with our neighborhood?

 

Climbing like a squirrel

Feline friends!

I was climbing my favorite tree, looking forward to some poultry, but those stupid birdies hopped to the next tree as soon as I got up. Bah. I decided to take a short cut: to climb from one tree crown to another. I know that squirrels can do that, so why shouldn’t I?

Oopsey

Look, Mom, that’s why we have tails – we can balance our bodies.

Can’t understand why Mom stopped admiring me. Can you believe that she started playing with her phone? She said she was very afraid, but that she would only make things worse if she started shouting. Silly human. I’m a very talented climber, I can climb like a squirrel, look!!! Oops. Help.

Well, ok, I better get down. I know that Mom has treats in her pockets and she looks like she’d really love to give me some as long as I come down, hehe.

 

Scandal: our squirrelless residence

So King P. asked about our snow and squirrel situation. We don’t have a garden anymore, but Mom takes us outside every now and then, and I found a new great tree to climb. It’s so much fun when Mom can’t see me and gets nervous.

cat-hides-in-tree

I’ve to report that we haven’t yet seen any squirrels, so we think that Mom made a poor decision when she signed the lease. Can you believe that she didn’t ask the agent about squirrels??? Ok, we get that 2 rooms, kitchen, bathroom and balcony are important as well. The area is also great: no traffic and a huge recreation area starts right behind our house. How very generous of her to make sure that she may keep cats – we find it difficult to believe that many landlords don’t allow pets?? And good for her that public transportation is extremely good, and that she can afford the rent. But squirrels?? How could she miss squirrels??

cat-in-autumn-on-a-tree

Sigh. This picture is only 3 days old, but all the leaves are gone now. No snow. Mom says that this totally isn’t her fault, but who knows… Did I mention that she forgot to check for squirrels before she forced us to move?

 

tessa nov2015

Dreamy Tree Day

I was just enjoying summer in our wonderful garden.

cat lives in a tree

Everything was under control.

cat loves trees

Wait. What do you mean with that we’re moving houses???

cute cat in a tree

WAIT. Why is this posting posted in AUTUMN?

Dear feline friends, we’re – again – ashamed and terrible sorry for this long break.

Mom’s this weird thing going on in her head: the blog was offline for such a long time, that’s why she needs to come up with some great posts, and that’s why she needs more time to write them, and that’s why ….

You, know, humans…. sigh. She started this post in August. And needed 2,5 months to look at the photos until I took over. So regular and normal posts from now on, hallelujah.

kajsa nov2015

We’re back

Feline friends! What a summer!

neugierige katzen

We moved houses, but had no time to settle down at our new apartment before we went on a long vacation to Germany! Many of you know that we’re normally living in Finland, but staying for several weeks a year in Germany at “our” grandparents’ place. We’re stuck for another two weeks in Cologne, but to be honest – we love living with Granny. Mom says that Kajsa and I get spoiled rotten here, but so does she…. Hehe.

Mom slept for about 4 weeks in a row, but said that she’s now getting ready for blogging again. That’s great, but I’m for now far more interested where she hid my treats this time. Besides, any ideas why my new nickname is Mole ???

tessa nov2015

Dashing through the snow

Huh huh. I was just jumping into a very compelling box, and next thing I know, I landed upside-down several meters away!

cat is sledding in snow

I expected Mom to comfort me, but she was only laughing. She said that smaller accidents are part of the sledding fun.

cat is sledding in a box

Eh???

cat sledding in a box in snow

Not sure what she means, but I certainly wasn’t laughing all the way. Quite the opposite I’d really need some treats to recover!

tessa nov2015

 

 

On Watch

l hope you all had a great weekend. I’m a bit exhausted because I was very busy with my guarding duties. I’m glad the human went to work today, so I don’t have to protect her all the time.

cat is guarding the house

To be fair – she really tried to make herself useful as she finally got animal tracking books from our library. Mom was very proud of her detective skills when she identified footprints from Leporidae. However, she forgot to measure the size, and doesn’t know whether these belong to a wild rabbit or a hare.

Leporidae footprints in snow hare or rabbit

Sigh. I’m afraid she’ll never become a great hunter. In the opposite to a certain brave, strong and talented predator!

close up cat paws in snow

It’s strange though – Mom thinks that this feline predator doesn’t really know what she’s doing?

cat paws in snow

Eventually, Kajsa joined us, and the felines finally outnumbered humans again.

cats are greeting each other in the snow

 

tessa nov2015

Should I stay or should I go

Oh, in case you were wondering why I only showed pictures of Tessa yesterday: Kajsa spends most of her outside time on the doorstep, trying to decide whether she wants to go out. She needed about 30 minutes from the first to the last picture on this post.

cat has difficulties to decide if she wants to go out

She usually stands on three legs with her 4th paw in the air, uncertain if she wants to complete this step or turn around and go inside.

cat and indecision

cat can't decide

cats are poor decision-makers

cats can't decide what they want

Although Kajsa drives me crazy with her indecision, I also appreciate her slow approach: she never manages to go on “smaller excursions” of her own, in the opposite to a certain long-haired cat.

mommy nov2015

United We Hunt

Our stupid human is amazed that she always finds new footprints in our garden. Isn’t it sweet that she needs snow to understand that we’re invaded by enemies EVERY DAY? She wants to get a book to identify our “visitors”.

cat walks in snow

But ok, I don’t want to complain: it’s about time that she helps us with our hunting duties! It’s of course silly that she needs a book, but whatever helps her prey… So I left her alone with her footprints because I wanted poultry for dinner.

cat camoflage on trees

I swear I saw a blue tit on this branch! It’s so annoying that they always fly to another tree as soon as I climb up.

cat climbs on snowy trees

And then I have to climb down this tree (please note the snow on the branch, I’m so brave and talented!), and get up another tree… can you believe that they often fly back to the first tree when I finally get there?

cat cimbs on branches with snow

Mom says that I’ll never get poultry this way, but who’s she to say something? I mean, she doesn’t even know what she’s hunting before she gets to a library???

I decided to focus for now on the vegetarian part of our diet. Have a look at this immense plant pot! I can totally imagine our cat nip plants there! Mom had objections, but I ignored her and enjoyed the sun: you gotta take a break every now and then.

cat sunbathes in snow

NOW stop taking pictures and get me some treats!

thoughtful cat in snow

 

tessa nov2015

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