To the person who googled “Birman cat constantly meowing” and got to my blog

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Dear fellow sufferer,

I do not know who you are. Or where you live. Or what you cat’s name is. But I do know that you have a cat. A Birman cat. Who will meow on and on and on.

And let me tell you something. I feel for you. Because just like yours, my Birman cat won’t. Stop. Meowing! Every evening around 7:30pm, just as we’re about to have dinner (after having devoured his dinner in about 15 seconds), he will – without fail – position himself in front of the entrance door and start his little recital. Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! Meow! (i.e. the Cat word for “Attention!”).

Well my friend, welcome to the Constantly Meowing Birmans Club.

 

I know what you’re thinking: how can a cute, fluffy and sweet guy like him, meow so much, without a real reason except that you haven’t given him your full attention in the last 3 minutes?

Alfie the purrfect cat in the garden

I apologise that you didn’t find a solution to your problem on my blog. But at least I hope you found some relief in finding out that you’re not alone. And that it’s not you. It’s the Birmans.

And if you ever find a solution, please do share. I will be forever grateful.

Thank you,

Someone Who Totally Knows What You’re Going Through

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To anyone else out there considering getting a Birman cat: go for it!! They are a wonderful breed. Extremely affectionate, constantly purring, and totally sweet. But boy, they meow a lot! Oh well, I guess no one’s purrfect after all…

Alfie’s garden

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They say “never say never”. And they’re right. I learned this the fluffy way. Here’s what happened…

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I used to think that I would never let Alfie out. That’s he’s happy being an indoor cat. And while I still believe he IS happy indoors, I have slightly changed my mind about the indoor/outdoor thing since we moved to London. I now think that if you’re living in a relatively safe area (i.e. good neighbourhood, no possibility for the cat to get on the street), it’s nice to let them out to explore a bit.

Alfie lying in the garden

So in the second week in our new place, we decided to take Alfie out for a little walk in the garden. To begin with, he was quite shy and confused:

As you can see we used a lead & harness, to allow him to experience the outdoors in a safe way and to make sure he doesn’t run away. It is really really important to do this for a few weeks when you move houses, otherwise, the cat might try to run away searching for their old home.

I’ll admit that it took Andy months (literally) to convince me to agree to let Alfie out on his own to explore, but I’m glad he did. The area we live in London feels more like a village than a big city and our street is very quiet. And anyway, you cannot get on the street from the garden, since all the gardens in our block are surrounded by houses. Don’t think I would have agreed otherwise.

I really do think Alfie’s life is happier and more complete now that he experienced what it’s like to eat grass, lie in the sun, chase bees, fight dandelions and climb trees.

Alfie versus dandelion

For safety reasons, even though we dropped the lead, I decided to leave the harness on, and put a sticker with my phone number on.

…until THIS happened:

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Can you spot him?! Took me a few minutes, even though he was mewing like crazy. I just never thought he would climb up so high, given that he’s never been an outdoor cat before (these pigeons… they make you do crazy things!).

So that’s when we decided to drop the harness, just to make sure he doesn’t end up strangled in case it would get stuck in one of the branches.

This post is getting way too long, but join me next time when I’ll share a few tips for making sure your cat is safe outdoors.

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Where do you stand? In or out?

2013 Cat Favourites

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At what point does wishing people Happy New Year stop being nice and start being a little bit lame? Personally, I think it would be around mid January. So with the risk of being borderline lame, let me wish you a Purrfect and Pawsome New Year!

Now back to business. I’ve been meaning to make a “favourites” kind of post for ages now. Yet for whatever reason I never did. Until now. So, ladies and gentlemen, this is it. The best of the best cat things in 2013 (in Alfie’s very-fussy-and-not-humble-at-all opinion):

Alfie’s favourite cat toy in 2013:

The Tunnel – this is one of Alfie’s oldest toys, and definitely one of his most loved. Even after all these years, he still loves it. He hides in it, pounces into it, and runs through it when we chase around the house.

Alfie the cat in the tunnel

 

Alfie’s favourite place in 2013:

The garden – this deserves its own blog post, but 2013 has been the year when he enjoyed the outdoors for the first time.

Alfie the cat in the garden

 

Alfie’s favourite sleeping place in 2013:

His cat tree – this wasn’t cheap. But I can happily say it’s been worth every penny, as Alfie spends at least 2-3h on it every day.

Alfie the cat on his tree

 

Alfie’s favourite cat food in 2013:

Schesir tuna wet food – Alfie’s favourite activity is eating. By far! And while he doesn’t mind the chicken or the salmon, he ABSOLUTELY LOVES his tuna. Tuna days = happy days!

Schesir tuna

 

Alfie’s favourite cat treat in 2013:

Good Girl Yummy Milk Drops – I think he could/would eat ONLY this for his whole life if I let him

Good Girl Yummy Cat Milk Treats

 

Alfie’s favourite human food in 2013:

Popcorn – he loves loves loves popcorn. But then again, who doesn’t love popcorn?!

Popcorn

 

Alfie’s favourite hiding place in 2013:

The closet – this has been his favourite getaway hideaway in 2013.

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Alfie’s favourite extreme sport in 2013:

Chasing bees – this “fun” activity ended up with an emergency visit to the vet. Yet, 2h after coming back, guess what he was doing?! Yup, chasing bees again…

Alfie the cat chasing bees

Do you like this kind of posts? If you do, please let me know in the comments below and I might start doing them more often.

Have a Purrfect Christmas!!

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Just a quick post to wish you all Merry Christmas! Hope you all have a lovely one and get everything you wished for!

Alfie is already waiting for Santa (and eating bits of the tree in the meantime)… Cat waiting for Christmas

Checking out (or kissing?!) his competition… Cat kissing Bambi

… and after making sure they are not going to steal any of his Christmas presents, he decided to join them 🙂 Cat waiting for Christmas

Purrfect Xmas

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Oh. My. God!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw my Secret Santa Card. I may be a little subjective here, but isn’t this the best card in the world? I think it’s hilarious, adorable and very accurate: Alfie thinking about… himself! Well done, Secret Santa 😉

Cat Christmas Card

And since everyone’s in such a Xmas mood, I thought I would share with you something I spotted in my last visit in Tesco (very glamorous, I know!). They’ve got a nice selection of pet treats, in cute Christmas packaging:

Cat Treats

I really wish they made these advent calendars for cats as well. Such a great idea!

Dog Advent Calendar

Of course I couldn’t help myself and bought something for Alfie (shhh don’t tell him). It came down to these two. And although I think the Whiskas packaging is cuter (and safer!) I went for the Good Girl stocking, as 1. Alfie absolutely loves their milk drops 2. they don’t use any animal derivatives

Cat Treat Stocking

Cat Treat Christmas Stocking

Are you buying your pet(s) any Xmas presents?

Disaster!

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One would think that a magnetic wardrobe door would be enough to protect a few innocent cat food pouches from a fluffy little guy. But you see, when you have a termite instead of a cat, things can be a little bit different. Actually a whole lot different…Cat food Alfie the cat Cat food Alfie the cat

 

The conclusion? WITH ALFIE, NO PLACE IS SAFE!

On a totally different topic, can you believe it’s 1 month till Christmas?? I can’t! This year flew by so quickly! So before I start talking about Christmas trees and gifts and New Years Eve parties and resolutions, I wanted to share this little autumn-y picture with you. Hope you will like my decoration plate, because as you can see, Alfie was definitely not impressed by it:

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Have a great week!

My Greek Friends

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You gotta love Greece: amazing people, super tasty food, relaxed atmosphere, sunny days, sandy beaches, boat trips and… lots of cats! Greeks love their cats. During our 1 week in Kos I must have seen over 20 cats. Being the crazy cat lady that I am, I obviously cuddled bothered all of them. And of course took pictures of them. Having a cat blog is the best excuse for taking a picture of every single cat you meet 🙂

My favourite one is the black & white guy hiding in the olive tree:

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Alfie’s report

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Hello everyone! Sorry it’s been ages since my last post – we’ve just come back from holiday (in the lovely island of Kos in Greece) and as much as I tried to do a blog post before we left, things got in the way and didn’t manage to. But I’m back! And have a few blog post ideas that I can’t wait to write.

This blog post was actually meant to be about all the new friends I made on holiday but this plan was hijacked by this letter left by our friend Al who cat-sat Alfie while we were away. It’s funny, cheeky, and so incredibly well written! I read it when we got home yesterday night (and a few times today) and it totally made my day, so I HAD to share it with you:

Cat report

I wanted to also share with you a few pics from Kos. If you’re looking for a relaxing, doing-nothing-all-day kind of holiday, Kos is a great place to go to. We stayed at Ramira Hotel which I highly recommend and it’s been just perfect. And if you’re going to Kos, you absolutely must go to the El Greco restaurant. Their food is out of this world!

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Ice creamBack to reality now and already thinking about booking our next holiday! That’s the best remedy to end of holiday blues I think. Oh, and Alfie’s welcome purrs of course 🙂

Enough food for an army

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Hello! My name is Oana and I have a problem.

When it comes to shopping, I find it impossible very difficult to limit the amount of stuff I buy. This is true in general, but I am particularly bad when it’s about (cat) food shopping. Now before you judge, I do have an excuse. Buying in bulk is obviously cheaper. Plus, just as I wouldn’t like to have the same food for dinner all the time, I’m pretty sure Alfie would get bored of having chicken every day of every month of every season. So actually, I’m not sure if this “problem” is embarrassing or actually makes me quite savvy.

In any case, it looks like Alfie’s pretty happy with the result:

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Hope you’re all having a great Sunday!

P.S. as I unpacked the moving boxes, look what I found. I guess I don’t have to mention what was in this box (hint: CAT F**D)

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