Il est 11h30 et Le Roi saute et saute

It’s New Year’s Eve. There was a time when I would rather have punched myself in both eyes than stayed home tonight. Whereas, now, the idea of catching a tube across town and paying £30 to enter a pub that I would ordinarily be able to enter free of charge, doesn’t appeal at all. Plus queuing for toilets, Compromise Prosecco instead of proper Crémant and so on – just NO. So Cat Daddy and I will be spending the night TUC.

For once in our lives, the member of the household who is in the best state of health, not simply lacking in ailments but positively glowing and well, is Louis Catorze.

I was a little worried about him when his last vet visit revealed a weight loss of 190g (almost two bars of Green and Black’s chocolate – a lot for one so small), but the vet wasn’t unduly concerned since his habits haven’t changed. The little sod is showing every sign of being a healthy cat: eating and drinking well, playing constantly, diving underneath blankets and cushions and thrashing around and, somehow, managing to find rodents from somewhere, despite us being in the depths of winter.

(I could do without that last one but, since it’s a clear sign that he’s feeling good, I’ll take it. Cat Daddy, however, is delighted that his boy has rediscovered hunting, because it reassures him that he has raised a manly cat who can take care of himself.)

If it’s true that the way in which one year ends is indicative of how the next one will go, Sa Maj looks set to have an absolute cracker of a 2023, when he will turn a sinister but impressive thirteen.

I hope 2023 is a glorious year for you, and thank you so much for putting up with supporting us and our dear little sod. Here he is, having just finished gadding about in the soft plastics recycling, ready to race up the stairs and attack some hapless object (probably me):

If there were ever a good moment for chain mail socks, this would be it.

25 thoughts on “Il est 11h30 et Le Roi saute et saute

  1. Noticing the pet is losing weight is always worrisome, so we are glad the vet gave him the once-over. Older animals tend to lose weight anyway (unlike humans). Their backbones become more prominent, but if their ribs aren’t prominent it is probably just (sigh) aging. Purrs for the New Year !

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    1. Deffo no ribs visible. His backbone was a little more prominent but, since he has his steroid shot and is eating more, it now isn’t. Bonne Année à vous tous! 🌞👑

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  2. Bonne Anneè, famille royale! 😊 Et merci beaucoup pour partager les capres de votre petit roi drôle. May 2023 multiply your blessings and divide Sa Majs’ “gifts” 😸

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    1. Nooo, don’t say “divide his gifts”, because that could mean spreading parts of them around the house! If I find a mouse’s head in one room, legs in another, tail in another and torso on my bed, it will be your fault! Bonne Année! 🌞👑

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  3. Oh so funny, I’ve said it before, dear Louis has definitely got the Bombay breed characteristics just as Alice’s rescue Cheeky has. Bless her, she’s not so sprightly most likely due to how my daughter Kerry came to find her being literally used as a football by some youths but it doesn’t matter how slow she is or how cranky her little walk gets she retains her kitten frame of mind whenever anyone is daft enough to leave their feet or limbs in a convenient place for her to sink her teeth in 😂 I can’t help but laugh no matter how much she catches me unawares as it’s a sign that all is right in her little world. Her big stepbrother/son or however she likes to think of him can get very cross with her and chase her around the house but if she’s laying down and he fancies a wash he presents himself and she obliges in a rough sort of way and the moment she hears him doing his business in one of the litter trays, she jumps up and dashes to cover up for him! Also if she’s catching a nice forty winks he’ll push his big body between her pass and snuggle and cuddle with her. Poor Theo is quite confused though because as soon as Violet could talk she renamed him Darren. We’ve never understood why or even where she got the name from as none of us knew anyone by that name. The funny thing is that now Violet is 4, she’s well aware his name is Theo yet she’ll call him by either name and he responds. Cheeky now adores Violet and Violet gets away with clumsily picking her up yet if anyone else did that we’d soon get a slap from her! I love all cats, all colours very much but Cheeky has that special place in my heart and when I go and visit as soon as she hears I’m around she comes running making a very odd meow which sounds more like ‘ello’ love her! Oh and Cheeky developed one of those weird bald patches about a month ago and I made her a little jumper out of the leg of my old stretchy denim style jeggings to stop her scratching it and give it a chance to grow over!

    Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year and long may His Majesty reign in all his glory 💙💖💙

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    1. I still remember THAT story about Cheeky! You know the one, involving the rear end and your poor daughter’s mouth! (That sounded bad but you know what I mean!) Bonne Année! 🌞👑

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      1. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Not as clearly as Alice remembers it I bet!! This past year she had to dodge a fair bit from her baby son Rory!! We’d not had baby boys in our family for 20 years, it was quite a shock to find out all that happens at nappy changing times and she’s borne the brunt of that 😂😂😂 now I’m thinking back to the time when Alice was unwell laying in bed and Theo was being VERY affectionate to Alice and she thought he was being very sweet, I said she should push him away and she said ‘no he’s comforting me, why would I push him off?’ so I told her to check out his rear end actions and she screamed when she saw his ‘passions’!! And I must surely have told you about Theo and their cavalier King Charles spaniel? Theo was being passionate with the dog and she was laying there just letting him!! I’d never seen such behaviour between a cat and dog before!! And all the pets were ‘done’ at a young age. Now Alice has 2 cute baby boy rabbits, they are getting ‘done’ in a few weeks time 🤭

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        1. Oscar the dog used to, erm, get friendly with a particular blanket. And he’d been done! It caused much amusement and awkwardness in their household!

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          1. 😂😂😂 My dog when I first got married git friendly with a 45ft high stuffed dog in trousers while I was at work… I discovered this when I walked into my bedroom and found the toy face down in the middle of my bed with its bum slightly raised up and bite holes where my dog had obviously needed to hold it steady 😂😂😂

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    1. Merci, et Bonne Année! Thank you so much for being such a prolific commenter. I always look forward to what you have to say. Bonne Année! 🌞👑

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        1. I’m glad he brings you some amusement! Mostly in a “Thank God he’s someone else’s cat and not mine!” kind of way.

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  4. i comment rarely, but read avidly your posts. here is to 2023 for you and yours as well, this year has been crap with little bubbles of niceness and fun your blog being oneof these!!! lets hope 2023 is ging to be a cracker of niceness and good!!!

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    1. Oh dear, I’m sorry that this year has been awful but glad for the bubbles of niceness! (Although if Le Roi is a bubble of niceness, it makes me wonder what on earth the rest was like!) Bonne Année! 🌞👑

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad someone loves his antics. We often don’t! 🤣🤣🤣 Bonne Année! 🌞👑

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      1. Bonne Année from the Alsace! Fire works are banned here in France for New Year as an attempt to stop the car arson that is such a popular local tradition, however Germany is just over the border and Switzerland is at the top of the hill, so there are plenty of fireworks to scare the cats. The last normal New Year ( before Covid) my neighbours blew up my post box with a rocket – happy new year to all!

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