Well, I must say, 2016 was fairly much like 2015. I retained my lofty position on the red chair in the living room, received treats regularly and even strolled (under human supervision) on the upstairs deck.
The “little guys” as we call them continued to be annoying and always up to some kitten shenanigans but they do recognize my authority as the Alpha of The Tribe of Five and now that they’re just over a year, they are settling down a bit.
And they are making themselves useful. Oliver has decided he likes my prescription food and this is quite convenient for me.. Each morning, when the female human comes out of the bedroom, Oliver races down the hallway and does a little dance by the food bowl. The female human obediently goes to the pantry in the laundry room, grabs the food and fills both of our bowls. Having Oliver around is never having to say, “I’m hungry”.
I’m looking forward to another relaxing year as Alpha as I take up my post on the red chair (or, as the humans refer to it, the “throne”), watch the household antics of Oliver and Alberto, receive my treats and have a perpetually full food bowl.
Well, I am still living in the human’s bedroom but things have progressed. If you’re wondering why I live in the bedroom, you can read about it in Amelia’s story.
There have been some breakthroughs in 2016. The humans invite Lily into the bedroom frequently in the evenings and things are progressing enough that I will actually come out from under the bed when she’s there (although sometimes she forgets she’s supposed to show me deference and chases after me, resulting in a loud a hissy fit and a big “fluffy tail”).. The female human is also leaving the bedroom door open periodically (when she can watch Lily and make sure she doesn’t waltz in.) I am optimistic about the future.
There is much in my two-room environment to keep me interested, the automatic red dot thingy that twirls and spins and throws red dots down the hallway, huge windows and wide window ledges that look out to the woods around the house. I often have visitors come by. Some are felines, some are birds, some are squirrels and there is the occasional raccoon as well.
My brother Tucker comes and visits and sleeps overnight, as does Oliver and Alberto. Tucker sleeps in one of the cushy cat beds but Alberto and Oliver are a bit disruptive so they end up being escorted out of the room at some time in the wee hours.
The female human showed me that you don’t have to go out to do good work for pets. She and her sister founded a lost pet social media organization for our area and many pets have been reunited with their families thanks to all the good people who help.
All in all, it’s been a good year and much more interesting than last year. The female human told me that when I write my year end comments for 2017, she hopes I’ll be telling you how I roam around the house again.
It’s been a good year. I’ve been in the human’s bedroom many times and I’m thinking Jasmine and I may be friends after all (as long as I don’t forget myself and chase her).
I have a nice routine with the female human. Each evening after she finishes making dinner, she goes downstairs and gets a pail full of cat food. She calls this “junk food” and won’t let us eat it on a regular basis, but she does give Alberto and I a few bits. If Tucker deigns to sashay down the stairs to join us, he gets a few pieces too. She then takes the pail and puts the food down on the patio for our masked friends. One of them comes with her little masked babies and I like to sit by the sliding glass doors and chat with them about woodland life versus indoor life. Seems to me I have the better deal.
The female human’s story “All My Children Wear Fur Coats” was published in February in the newest Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover’s soul book. This experience made her even more interested in writing about and for cats (it’s because of this that she is our purrrrsonal assistant and types for us in this blog). She was even on several radio shows talking about the fabulous Tribe of Five and is now working on something she refers to as a “cozy mystery” that has two cats as main characters (I hope one of them is me).
This month was a bit stressful. Some of the human’s relatives visited, and, although I am sure they are wonderful people, I did not want to be bothered so I spent the time downstairs, burrowed under the sofa cover. The Tribe of Five produced a manual for guests who visit homes with felines, you may want to ensure your humans read this.
It’s been a purrfectly wonderful year and I look forward to a purrfectly wonderful 2017 as well.
I would say that I probably had the most exciting year as I threw my hat in the ring as the Kitty Cat Party cat-i-date for purresident. My running mate, Olive, from Three Chatty Cats, and I even sent our human to a conference called Blogpaws with campaign buttons to spread the word about our platform.
Olive and I presented a complete platform only to find that the Today Show featured another feline who was running and never even mentioned my name so I had to take them to task, sheesh, what’s a cat got to do to get some press coverage?
Sadly, my running mate and I did not win but this does not mean that I have abandoned all my purrlitical aspirations. I have been reading about cats that are mayors, customs officials and even a Chief Mouser for the British Cabinet. Now that I have some experience, I’m thinking I might just be successful at this purrlitical thing.
No matter what I decide to do in 2017, it will be a great year and I look forward to opining all about it.
It was a great year. I was the official spokes-purrson for the Kitty Cat Pawty campaign and I quite enjoyed all the attention. Even though my brother Oliver didn’t win, he told me there would be a job for me if he ever entered the purrlitical arena again.
Things in the spring and summer were grand. The humans bought us a portable catio and we all enjoyed
bird and squirrel watching on the front porch and upstairs deck in complete safety. Ever since the female human took a class about the concept of “Fearless” cat raising, she’s made sure our home is as fear free as possible.
The next exciting thing I experienced was being able to stroll through the front garden with a harness and leash. I quite enjoy myself when the female human takes me out to explore.
I had fun with the male human showing him how to pluck the string things on his guitar, we made some lovely mewsic together
Fall was a bit dicey. First the humans tried to put some ridiculous thing on me that they called a “dinosaur costume”. I was having none of it and, as you can see by my expression, I conveyed my unhappiness quite clearly.
Then, the female human came out into the living room one night made up like a feline. I was completely gobsmacked (as my British moggie friends would say). At first I was freaked out. Was she going through some strange human to feline transformation? If she was transforming into a cat, who would take over all the things she does for us? (I don’t trust the male human to do this). Once I calmed down and figured out she was not cat-morphing I became a bit annoyed. Was she mocking us? It was a terrible “faux paws” and one, I am fairly certain, the female human will not repeat.
As I lounge by the fire, I am thinking what a happy cat I am and I think 2017 will be even better.
A final note from the #TribeOfFive
Thanks to all our friends out there in the blogosphere. We love the notes we receive from other felines (and other non-feline creatures…and even humans) and we look forward to entertaining and enlightening you all from our little corner of the world in 2017.
Purrs & Meows,
Tucker, Jasmine, Lily, Alberto & Oliver
Oliver, yes, you should run for mayor! You’d have our support. Happy New Year to you and the tribe!
Thanks for the encouragement! The female human showed me your blog post about the cat float, I am not happy that the humans decided to eschew the parade for some stupid Star Wars movie (how selfish can you be??)
Your friend Oliver
P.S. If I need a running mate again, I hope Olive is interested, after all, she’s already been vetted.
So much excitement going on in your house! I see how you were confused Alberto … first she tries to dress you up as a dinosaur and then she tries on being a cat for size. My Momma really and truly confused my sense of identity. First, she called me Lily (she thought I was a girl … until she took me to the vet) … then she named me Bear. I mean it wasn’t bad enough about the whole gender thing, but then she had to name a cat Bear? Those humans make no sense. ~Bear Cat
I feel your pain. If cats could read, I’d get a book from the library about the disturbing behavior in humans.
And cally you Lily? I mean you’re a manly kind of feline, didn’t Momma see that right away?
Sheesh, these humans…but you know what they say, “Can’t live with ’em and can’t live without ’em”. I do love my humans though…just don’t let them know I said that, we, at The Tribe of Five prefer to maintain the upper paw.
What a year you all had! It sounds like there’s never a dull moment around there, so 2017 should be full of good things. Happy New Year!
What great progress for Jasmine! I’m so glad to hear it was a good year for everyone. And there are few things I love more than a cozy mystery with cats, so I will be anxiously awaiting on the human female to finish that 😉
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Thanks for the kind words, I have instructed the female human that I expect to see all our names in the book dedication!
Your friend Jasmine
Great update, it was nice to learn more about you all.
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Thanks for reading our blog!
The Tribe of Five
Oh I love that founded a lost pet social media platform for lost pets! Someone launched one here recently and the community is super grateful. Happy New year to you all!
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And to you as well! If the folks in your area ever want to chat about how we do what we do I’d be happy to talk with them..and learn from them too.
I loved this. I often times try and put myself in my dog’s head. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But it was lovely to hear from your perspective how great a year you had.
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Thanks, we felines think humans should always look at life from a feline purrspective.