This is Usyaka near her new scratching post.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat sitting near a scratching post and looking up at the camera

As you can see, it’s asymmetrical, which turned out to be rather dangerous. It is not stable enough. Usyaka once overturned it, and hurt her foot quite badly. She’s now fine. I wouldn’t advise to get such asymmetrical posts, but if you do, it’s better to fix them near walls, the dangerous side to the corner, so that they won’t fall down.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat with her front paws on the scratching post

Usyaka’s digging for a toy.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat trying to get her toys from a base of a scratching post

Found one.

Off to munch on it.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat getting her toy from a scratching post

I guess, I’ll have to go on with posting that rarely, at least while the African heat (as meteorologists call it) hovers above the country. Usyaka spends her days sliding from one random spot to another. She acquired a skill of sleeping practically everywhere. Besides, the light has changed now, making it a harder work to photograph a black cat.

I’ll just call it a summer blogging schedule 🙂

Meanwhile, here are some more photos of Usyaka searching for toys.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat standing on her back paws looking for toys

a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat climbing the scratching post to get her toy

a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat trying to get a toy from the top of the scratching post

a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat that found her toy on the top of the scratching post

Searching for a new one.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat digging for more toys at the bottom of the scratching post

Off for dinner with a chosen companion.
a photo of a black oriental shorthair cat going away from the scratching post with a toy in her mouth

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17 Responses to Hello!

  1. colltales says:

    Ghosh, she’s so elegant. There’s something so noble, so classy about this cat. I could never get tired of admiring her. Best

  2. animalartist says:

    I like the fifth photo the best–I love her stretching and reaching and climbing, but there is something about the wild cat posture with the big stuffed toy in her mouth that makes me laugh. Thanks for posting about the asymmetrical posts, too–they are cool, but people don’t realize the dangers. We are very hot here too, but it’s finally breaking, hope it does for you soon.

    • Alexandra says:

      The one with the toy is indeed funny 🙂

      About asymmetrical posts – exactly. I didn’t even pay attention it was this way and it meant it was dangerous. I bought lots of posts before (stable ones) which I checked and re-checked, and this one was the first I simply gave to her, being sure, it was just a typical post and nothing could go wrong. They are VERY dangerous. I’ll be so much more careful next time.

  3. lahgitana says:

    I LOVE the one of her stretched full length, back feet on the floor, tail curved for balance (complete with perfect shadow!), and one paw hooked to retrieve from the top platform!

  4. My favourite is the same as Lagitana’s 🙂 I had a welcome giggle and smile looking at these! Oh our tree is also unbalanced – if one of the boys leaps from the top, BAM over it goes onto the floor. It’s in the middle of our kitchen 🙂 Doesn’t hurt them, but I’m tired of using glue and screws to hold it back together.

    • Alexandra says:

      Thanks, Spiders!

      Do you mean the tree falls down when they jump from it? Our situation was worse – Usyaka pulled it over herself, while not jumping, but climbing on top 😥 It was horrible. She’s fine now.

      • That IS bad. Lokii uses ours the most, it has three levels and he leaps from the floor to the second level like a little furry rocket and attacks it, spinning around in a circle as he claws (good video of this, shame I don’t know how to share it). It’s only when they jump from the top, in a hurry, that it launches the other direction and BAM!

  5. fivecats says:

    Like #1 the best – Usyaka is so tiny when next to her towering tree. We call your “African heat” weather the “dog days of summer” here, when the afternoons are hot and lazy.

    • Alexandra says:

      I wasn’t sure about the first one, but posted it here, because it shows the construction of the tree well.
      Usyaka does look so tiny there.

      It wasn’t a metaphor about African heat, it has, indeed, come all the way from Africa 🙂 Afternoons consist of survival spots under air conditioners. It was +30C at 9 in the morning today. A friend told me she can’t walk the dog at 7 in the morning already, because it’s too hot.

      Is it really called “dog days of summer” there? :)) It’s funny :))

  6. fivecats says:

    Yes. Hot, lazy summer days are known as “dog days of summer.” Generally, these type of days don’t come until July and August, when the warmest of summer days are experienced. Wikipedia has an article explaining “dog days” here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog_Days

  7. Dianda says:

    Our scratching post HAS to be attached to the ceilling, or else it will fall over. 😮
    Usyaka really seems to be enjoying the new scratching post. 🙂

  8. Bassas Blog says:

    I like the light and reflections. You have a highly polished floor!

  9. Anna says:

    She is so adorable! So glad her foot wasn’t hurting for too long 🙂

  10. littlemiao says:

    The kitty tree is cute but how awful that it hurt her. 😦

    I love the photos! Summer light or not, they are beautiful.

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