Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Top of the stairs

Zhukov, zonked out: with colour coordination!


Zhukov in another box

Ayesha in a box

Halfway up the stairs

It isn't in the nursery, it isn't in the town...

Auditions for "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Ayesha on a speaker, on top of a display cabinet, about one inch from the ceiling.

Lounging around

If I were a 1980s chicklit author, this would be a fab back-cover photo.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Zhukov and the netbag

I was planting a sapling for the BBC's tree-planting campaign the other week, and Zhukov promptly latched on to the netbag which had been around the root ball, and played with it for hours. It's still his official favourite toy.

Zhukov and the glove

For some peculiar reason, Zhukov really likes being stroked with my suede-palmed weightlifting gloves. Here is the incriminating footage.

Zhukov, zonked out: On the wardrobe

Zhukov Appreciation Day continues with his favourite activity.

Jingle Bells

It's Zhukov Appreciation Day! Here he is getting into the seasonal spirit by playing with a jingle bell.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Sleeping with the rats

Today I found about one-quarter of a rat on the doorstep; the head, feet, tail and part of the skin. It looked like some kind of Mafia warning.

I don't know if Ayesha and/or Zhukov are responsible, but they are the most likely suspects. If it's them, I'm not sure whether to be proud or appalled.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Friday, 13 November 2009

Happy birthday Ayesha and Zhukov!

In honour of Ayesha and Zhukov's official first birthday today (we made them a special birthday tea of poached haddock), here is some more footage from the time we adopted them-- I couldn't upload it initially as it was too large, but I've finally got around to editing/compressing it down. It's hard to believe how small they were!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Calling the Cats In

Getting the cats back into the house, with the aid of a Webbox treat!

(Thwarted) Cat Fight

Ayesha defends her territory against a marauding neighbour cat (this is how you get injuries, Ayesha!) until Alan intervenes.

Regarding the roaring noise on the soundtrack: the fact that we live pretty close to Heathrow isn't normally much of a problem, but on cloudy days (like this one) sometimes the planes fly low, which interests Zhukov (he thinks they're really big birds).

More of Zhukov on a Lead

Brief clip of Zhukov exploring.

Ayesha the Warrior Princess

Ayesha's territorial incursions against the other neighbourhood cats came a bit of a cropper yesterday when she came back from a cat-fight with a large chunk of fur missing and a nasty bite-mark. One trip to the vet's later, she's on antibiotics and having her wound swabbed out with dilute salt water twice a day. Not that this has slowed her down in the slightest-- she's not only back out in the yard again, but we heard the sounds of no less than three cat fights between letting her out in the morning and now (9:55 GMT). You'd think she'd learn...

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


Random surprising things

Two strange things we found out, totally by chance, this week:

1) Zhukov hates punk. Although he's normally indifferent to mildly interested when music is played, when we watched a film of a Sex Pistols concert on Sky Arts, Zhukov spent several minutes looking at us with a shocked and pained expression (as if saying "you guys don't really like this stuff, do you?"), flattening his ears, and eventually slinking up to the bedroom where he spent the evening being standoffish to us until he decided we'd been punished enough for our poor taste.

2) Ayesha likes pink. She's been inseparable from Cartoonhead, her pink toy mouse, since we bought it for her. Unfortunately he's now approaching his last legs, and so we've been trying to find an acceptable replacement. All toys of the same approximate size, texture and shape she ignores; however, when I brought home a little pink stuffed cat (now christened "Pinky"), she pounced on it and has been carrying it around ever since.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Royal Cats

According to I Can Has Cheezburger, it is Treat Your Cat Like Royalty Day today. Well, obviously, that's every day really. But we gave them some salmon as a treat nonetheless.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Ayesha zonked out, for a change

In which Ayesha demonstrates that she can sleep as creatively as her brother.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Looking down on the hoi polloi

Remember I mentioned the cute thing Zhukov does on top of the wardrobe? Here are two short videos of him doing it.

Ayesha drinks

Never work with children or torties

In which Alan attempts to set up a shot of Ayesha jumping off the wardrobe, and Ayesha cooperates, but not quite as expected

Monday, 19 October 2009

Zhukov on guard on top of the wardrobe

Just to clarify: same wardrobe, slightly higher angle. Different pose, obviously.

Zhukov, chilling on top of the wardrobe

Zhukov likes to lie on the wardrobe, put his head over the edge and look down cutely. We were trying to get a picture of him doing that... and then he did this.

Monday, 12 October 2009

And now, it's time to play Spot the Tortie.

Kids! Can you find Ayesha in this picture?

Tch-- no dignity.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Zhukov on a lead

On guard, alert, and ready for anything!

Ayesha plotting

Ayesha on a lead

Friday, 25 September 2009

Watch out, Zhukov's about

In which Zhukov steals, plays with, carries and smacks the heck out of my watch, with occasional help from Ayesha. Filmed at Alan's parents' house.

Like a cat on a wire, II

Zhukov, on the other hand, was just fine with it after a few minutes of trying to figure out just what the heck the thing on his back was. It got so that, any time he saw the lead, he'd ask to go out.

Like a cat on a wire

We can't let the cats outside when we're visiting Alan's parents due to the proximity of a busy road, something about which they complain bitterly. On the last visit, we decided to try a compromise and let them out on a cat lead. As the video indicates, it was a bit of a mixed result.

About two minutes after the camera was switched off, Ayesha got free from the lead and sprang into the neighbours' hedge (only emerging after much bribery). She's been permabanned from the garden as a result.

Picking them up at the cattery

We went on holiday earlier this month, and left the cats in a local cattery. They were glad to see us when we got back.

Zhukov, zonked out VII: Arabesque

Friday, 4 September 2009

Ayesha Leaps

Slave! Peel me a grape!

We put up a new shed, and Zhukov used the foundations to audition for "I Claudius".

Above the Rooftops of London

Actually, only perching on the back fencepost, but still nicely dramatic

Zhukov, zonked out VI: Now with 80% less dignity!

Zhukov among the Chard, II

Showing us his "adorable" face

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Cats playing with a swan feather

Beware Catzilla!

Zhukov helps with the DIY

Alan is DIYing the office, and Zhukov thought he'd like to get involved.

Public Service Announcement: adopt kittens!

We interrupt the usual stream of cute cat videos and photos to say that if you want to adopt a kitten, and you live in the Southeast of England, now might be a good time, as Battersea Cats Home are facing a kitten emergency. As mentioned in the sidebar, they have a shelter near us, and also we can't stress the benefits and pleasures of adopting rescue kittens enough, so please, do a cat a favour.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Feeding the squirrels

Fuzzy-headed little punk

Ayesha plays in a duvet cover

I was hanging up the laundry to dry, when discovered that I couldn't hoist it up because the duvet cover had a passenger...

Ayesha on the door

Taken at Alan's parents' house.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Ayesha among the purple sprouting broccoli

Zhukov among the Swiss Chard

Inverted Zhukov

He actually quite likes being held this way, he just doesn't like being photographed by rude paparazzi when doing so.

Ayesha hunts a cabbage white

Don't click if you're not OK with the fact that cats will hunt anything that moves. I have mixed feelings about their newly-displayed hunting prowess (insects only so far), but I have to admit she's pretty good at it. The only problem is that where Zhukov eats his prey outside, Ayesha always brings hers in, meaning I suppose we'll be getting little "gifts" of mice in the dining room once she's bigger.

Wasn't sure whether to post this one...

...because it's not as nice as the last one. Posted anyway because the look on Ayesha's face is pretty amazing.

Join us... join us...

Zhukov on the shed roof

He's figured out how to get up there.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Ayesha playing with a toy mouse

Nothing to add, really. It's just cute.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Ayesha on the kitchen windowsill

This is actually a couple of months old, but I found it when I was digging through the video folder and thought it was worth posting anyway.

Together we can lick this

Zhukov gives Ayesha some sympathy licking.

Ayesha on the neighbours' trellis...


Getting through a cat door with a subwoofer on

Shortly before this video was taken, she got into a staring match with the neighbour's ginger mog, and came through the cat door so fast she broke it off its hinges.

Cats up a tree again

More arboreal antics!

Cutest two-shot ever.

Return of the subwoofer

A couple of days back Ayesha got some superglue on one of her paws (long story). We rang the vet, who told us that superglue isn't toxic once it's dried and just to let her wear it off her paw naturally. Unfortunately she's been chewing her paw sore in her efforts to get it off, so she's back in the subwoofer for the moment. Any advice on removing superglue from fur is welcome-- we've tried warm soapy water and olive oil, both suggested by the vet.

Zhukov, zonked out V: Return of the Sofa

Zhukov's clubhouse

No humans allowed!

The Satan Box

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Zhukov attempts to defy the laws of physics

...but figures out how to get out of the bag eventually.

Cats up a tree

Like a jack in the box, but better


Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Zhukov thinks outside the box

Zhukov is king of the mountain

Ayesha gets brushed

She thinks it's a game!

Zhukov talks to a fly

Ayesha tries to distract him.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Ayesha in a cardboard box

Nothing can distract her when there's cardboard to be chewed.

Ayesha attacks a kitchen paper tube

Ayesha hisses at a catnip mouse

Catnip may make Zhukov more mellow (see below), but it makes Ayesha more aggressive.

Zhukov licking Ayesha's head

Bit dark, I'm afraid, but very cute.

Pirate Zhukov

Arr... oi be up a tree, oi be!

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Ayesha messes with Zhukov's mind

They've now mastered the art of using the cat door-- problem is, when Ayesha goes through first, she thinks it's great fun to block the door from the other side so Zhukov can't follow her. We've been trying to talk to her about this.

What makes Ayesha tick

When Ayesha's after a bird, she makes a funny ticking noise. Here she is making that same ticking noise when chasing a catnip toy which we bought for them while on another visit to Alan's parents.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Two cats up a tree

Zhukov up a tree

He's still not as keen a climber as Ayesha, but he's become quite nimble at going up and down trees.

Ayesha's ambition is to be a ship's figurehead

Chocolate gato