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December 2007. T and I were watching TV as our new kitten Misu scampered around our feet, doing all the things that silly young things do. At one point, she was out of our field of vision and we heard frantic thumping, followed by a resigned whine. After a minute, I went over to investigate and...

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This has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year now, but I’ve been meaning to share it because I’ve had a few other friends dealing with sick cats lately. You can try to explain cat burritos with hand gestures, but sometimes pictures do it best Misu occasionally gets urine infections and needs antibiotics, which is always an ordeal because you have to wrestle her down to give her the pill. She’s a pretty hefty and strong cat, so it requires a bit of premeditation. The first time she got sick since we moved here, we just had the …

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Coco, our younger cat, is affectionately referred to hereabouts as the sauce vampire. It happens almost every time the wet food gets set out in the mornings. She comes racing up to the bowl and then proceeds to suck down every little drop of sauce or gel that she can reach. Then she saunters off disinterestedly, leaving the solid bits to dry out or meet whatever other fate waits for drool-covered leftovers. …which is usually when Misu comes strolling by and notices “hey, food!” I am pretty sure she has no idea that the stuff usually comes out of the package …

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Our girls are indoor cats. People have often asked if we’ve tried taking Misu outside before. Yes, we try it every other year or so. It usually fails spectacularly. Here is an example.

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True fact: Being upside down can actually make a cat cuter.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Misu video, and that’s really the only reason I even set up a YouTube account! Better remedy that right now… Misu. And toes. And her ever-failing quest to get everything clean. Because when you’re that fluffy, there is never an end to the washing. And to be fair, Coco’s toes are pretty cute, too:  

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Just a random collection of stuff drawn (or Photoshopped, in one case) for amusement value. Some from work, some from school.

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Or, what we fondly refer to as one of the best furniture investments we ever made. Also, the first piece of large furniture we bought upon moving into this house. Priorities, priorities. I ordered it from Zooplus after doing quite a bit of research, both online and off. Our main requirements were that it had to be multi-storied and able to withstand a plus-sized cat making *cough* heavy use of it. Yes, sadly, shopping with Misu in mind means that I always have to go straight to the “jumbo” section of the pet store. This beauty fit the bill and …

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We own a computer couch. It’s a three-seater fluffy maroon thing with reclining seats and we’re quite pleased with it. We got the idea from our friends in Turku, who just gave up on computer chairs and pushed their entire couch up to their computers for more convenient lounging. It’s ridiculously comfortable. The cats think so, too, though there is only one empty seat in the middle between us so they have to compete for who gets to sprawl there every night. Usually Misu wins due to sheer bulk, and Coco ends up perched on the back cushion of the …

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Our Siamese calico Coco doesn’t get as much blog exposure as Misu does. This is mostly because she has more self-respect and is less likely to be found in compromising positions. Still, she is a pretty little thing and deserves attention. Here she is lounging on the cat tree when it was still brand new (August 2012 or thereabouts).

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The past week has been sunny and gorgeous, so the cats have been glued to the windows every morning watching and listening to the wildlife outside. I don’t usually manage to get pictures of them together, so ran for my camera when I saw them doing this one morning. Please note the matching cat-shaped dents on the back of this particular armchair. That is because they also like to lounge there in the evenings, to the point where they have shaped the stuffing to conform to their indolent furry butts. Yeah, we’ve given up on rescuing that particular piece of …

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The husband (!!!) got me a new camera for my birthday, so I’ve been testing all the settings on random stuff around the house lately. One of these subjects happened to be the birdfeeder on our balcony, which I put out a few weeks ago for this year’s fall/winter feeding season. The birdfeeder only gets put out after all the plants growing on the balcony are pretty much dead, so that frequent diners won’t start helping themselves to a side of green salad along with their birdseed. My motivation for feeding our avian neighbors is far from selfless — the …

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I mentioned in my last post that I started making sweaters for our Siamese mix, Coco, because she seemed to be perpetually cold for most of this past fall and winter. Despite having very efficient indoor heating and piles of blankets to snuggle into, she’s a California kitty at heart and is having a hard time adjusting to our new Nordic environment. Having a pathetic-looking furball with ice-cold extremities trying to burrow into your armpit at 2AM every night is both sad and extremely annoying. Cat sweaters it was.

The problem I found with most crocheted cat sweaters I tried, however, was that they seemed to be made for medium-sized cats of stockier builds — I had to make lots of adjustments to get them to fit Coco, who falls somewhere between the oriental and foreign body types. That means long and lanky, with much more surface area than mass, legs like a deer and a tubular torso. By the time I finished sizing a typical garment down for her, she’d look like she was wearing an early-career Britney crop top. This pattern is my first attempt at making something more suited to the needs of all those long cats out there.

Note — Alas, I do not yet knit, so cannot avail myself of the many adorable knit patterns for sweaters. I am an avid crocheter, though, and I’m guessing you are as well if you’re reading this.

Special features:

* Ribbed mock turtleneck expands and contracts, making it easier to slip on and off the cat while still maintaining its shape when worn. It also provides more coverage for cats with long necks.

* A bit of shaping in the first rows of the back provides widening to accommodate shoulder movement when cat is in different positions.

* One large armhole instead of individual sleeves allows more freedom of movement for the front legs. It also makes it tons easier to put on the cat. This seems to be the only style of sweater that Coco will tolerate for long periods of time.

* A bit of shaping in the lower half of the sweater widens the “belt” to better accommodate full bellies ;-)

* The uniform single crochet background is great for attaching decorative appliqués, should the mood hit you.

Sizing:

This was made to fit an 11-pound long cat. Will probably work for a 10-14 pounder of similar body type. Adjust according to your animal — I find that the top-down approach makes it easier to try on the cat as you go so you end up with fewer sizing errors at the end. Larger hook for a bigger cat, smaller for a wee one, etc.

Materials:

* around 164 yards (150 meters) of Aran-weight yarn (10 ply/8wpi) — or, y’know, whatever you want as long as you adjust the pattern accordingly. I used a 75% Wool, 25% Nylon blend, since I figure she’ll probably ingest some of the fibers at some point and I’d prefer they be mostly of animal origin.

* size G-6 (4mm) crochet hook — or whatever you need for the size of your animal and your personal gauge.

* yarn needle for finishing

Gauge:

I did 19 sc = 4″ with the 4mm hook. I crocheted on the tighter side for this sweater, since I wanted it to be thick, sturdy, and insulating. However, since I typically run towards loose, my idea of “tighter” probably isn’t quite as extreme as some other people’s.

Abbreviations:

Standard stuff. ch = chain, sc = single crochet, ss = slip stitch. All instructions are in US terms.

SWEATER

Ribbing

Chain 11.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each chain across (10 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-42: Sc in back loops only, working in each sc (10 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 43: Align beginning and end edges to make seam and sc through both loops of both layers to attach them (10 sc total). Ch 1. Do not finish.

Body

Row 44: Turn piece 90 degrees clockwise so you are now working perpendicular to the ribbing. Sc at the end of each row for the next 34 rows (34 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 45: Sc in the first 15 sc, 2 sc in the middle 4 sc, sc in the last 15 sc (38 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 46-48: Sc in each sc across (38 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 49: Sc in first 18 sc, 2 sc in the middle 2 sc, sc in the last 18 sc (40 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 50-60: Sc in each sc across (40 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 61: Sc in each sc across, ch 15, ss to connect with beginning of round on other side of arm hole. Ch 1, turn.

Row 62: Sc in each of 15 ch, sc in each of 40 sc, ss closed (55 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 63-67: Sc in each sc across (55 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 68: Sc in first 47 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, sc in the next 7 sc, ss closed (56 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 69: Sc in first 7 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, sc in next 47 sc, ss closed (58 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 70: Sc in first 44 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 4 sc (60 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Rows 71-75: Sc in each sc across (60 sc total). Ch 1, turn.

Row 76: Ss in each sc across (60 ss total). Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Our younger cat, Coco, is a bit on the spoiled and demanding side. I’m sure the Siamese part of her is making itself known that way. She usually prefers to sleep in our computer chairs because they are the most cushioned seats around and usually pre-warmed. It’s not uncommon to get up for a glass of water and come back to find that you’ve been evicted from your chair. In the case of the boy, she even refuses to give up the seat when he sits back in it — she just shuffles to the back and makes him sit …

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Here’s something I’ve always wondered: Do your cats have their own bowls or do they eat from the same one? I ask because ours always insist on eating from the same bowl. We started out giving them their own bowls, but the younger one (Coco) would always stick her face in the food first and the older one (Misu — they are 1.5 years apart) would always wait until Coco was done before eating. She just won’t touch the food, even when there is a whole other bowl available. She’d rather queue for the one that’s currently being used. This …

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When temperatures go well into the 90s F for prolonged periods despite your living within a half day’s drive to the Arctic Circle? It’s really not a good time to be furry. Here are some snapshots of Coco and Misu from the last couple of days, looking rather desperate for a complete body shave and ice bath. They are both staring in the direction of the portable fan, which is just outside of this frame. I had it turned up pretty high and they both decided to camp right in front of it. As were me and the boy. Great …

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Our new kitten Coco is getting along splendidly with Misu. However, the latter’s immensely fluffy tail tends to be considered as a toy. Hence, this video of Misu trying to strike her typical glamour pose for the camera with a hyper kitten attached to her posterior

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So we have a new kitten. The second day we were shooting out in LA, several members of the crew saw some neighborhood kids rough-housing with a young kitten that looked too weak to even respond. She was being tossed between them like a little rag doll. The makeup girl grabbed it away and hid it in her car, feeding it pieces of chicken until it was time to go home. At which point I’d agreed to at least take the little thing home and foster it, since I was the only one who had cat-friendly lodgings ready to handle …

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Somebody pointed out that our cat has not had any videos up on her Youtube channel for a while now. Shame on us! I remedied this by spritzing the kitchen floor with catnip spray and letting her go at it. Watch this video with “Because I Got High” playing in the background…

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Our cat. Wants to be a model.

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