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Bother that cat


If you have ever read the Mog the cat books by Judith Kerr, you probably recognise the phrase “Bother that cat”. 

When Libby was quite little, my sister bought Mog the Forgetful Cat for her because she loved cats and at the time we didn’t have one. I always had a yearning to have another cat after our beautiful Simba passed away, well wouldn’t you miss a cat as beautiful as this? 

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Simba and her equally beautiful sister Tigger were both from the Cats Protection League and when hubby finally allowed me to get another cat, I of course went back to the charity to find our next feline friend. 

At the time I had two dogs, one toddler and a baby on the way, so I thought that finding a cat that would cope with all that might be a little bit tough. 

Luckily, our local branch had a great website that listed all of their cats looking for homes along with their characteristics and what sort of home they would suit. One cat appeared on the list that was fine with dogs and children and was located really nearby. 

Of course, I knew immediately that she was meant to be ours. I never would have thought to have a pedigree cat because I think the breeding is cruel, but it’s not her fault and she needed a home. So in walked Jamer, our very own “bother that cat”. 

She is the most playful, friendly, tolerant and hilarious cat I have ever seen. And I don’t think a single day goes by when one of us doesn’t say, “Bother that cat”. Closely followed by Libby saying, “She’s okay.”

Jamer 1


Jamer 2

Jamer 3

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Jamer 5

Jamer 6

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Jamer 9

And there is a moral to that story, in fact there are three.

  1. You can’t judge a book by it’s cover. 
  2. Sometimes, fact can emulate fiction in an eerily accurate way
  3. Rescue animals make the best pets. Adopt don’t shop. 


  1. January 10, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    What a lovely beautiful post. Firstly, I adore those books have always loved them. Secondly, growing up we were a dog family. But when married I was a cat person and had a beautiful fluffy cat called meg. She came with me in the split. Sadly the boys mum held a grudge and as part of my access to the boys Meg had to go and went to a protection home. Broke my heart. Although I have my beautiful dog now I still miss my Meg. What I do hold dear is that I know she would have been adopted by someone who would love her.

    • January 11, 2015 / 7:01 am

      Oh that’s so sad, tragic to lose an animal that you love under those circumstances when she could have stayed in a loving home with you.xx

  2. January 11, 2015 / 6:49 am

    Oh she is lovely. She actually has mog’s face!!
    So sad someone wanted to get rid of her but lovely she found a home with you. We have farm cats and I really want one in the house but we have a cat-hating jack Russell so it’s not going to happen.
    Lovely post xx

    • January 11, 2015 / 6:58 am

      Aw thank you Emma. We’ve had a few farm cats that we’ve taken on as pets for various reasons, I always find they are lovely characters.xx

  3. January 11, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Thank you. Yeah her colourings are lovely.xx

  4. January 12, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Oh Natalie, I LOVE her. She is just beautiful. Completely agree about the while breeding thing and also the adoption message. What a lovely post and some gorgeous kitty pics to brighten up my rainy Monday xx

    • January 12, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Aw thank you that’s so kind of you to say. She is a lovely, happy little cat.xx

  5. January 13, 2015 / 8:30 am

    She is adorable, squishy nose and all. She looks like she is very tolerant and perfect for your home. I love rescue animals – I wish I could rescue them all.

    • January 13, 2015 / 8:35 am

      Thank you. And I agree with you about wanting to rescue them all!xx

  6. January 13, 2015 / 8:37 am

    What a cute cat! Not much of a cat person, but I’m very fond of my daughter’s cat who btw, hasn’t been home in awhile now. Just hope she’s fine though, she does this once in awhile. I have a feeling some old lady has “adopted” her. Hope she comes home soon! #animaltales.

    • January 13, 2015 / 8:44 am

      Oh bless, I hope your daughter’s cat turns up soon. They have a tendency to choose where they want to live don’t they??x

  7. January 13, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Aww, Simba was beautiful and Jamer is wonderful. I love the picture with the Sticklebricks. As for hanging off the door, we had a cat who would swing on the door handle until it twisted and opened. She was allowed in the house but the other cats who then came in after she left the door open were not!

    Many thanks for joining in with again with #AnimalTales. Such lovely posts to read.

    • January 13, 2015 / 11:12 am

      Thank you Rosie. Jamer really is quite a character. She knows how to open the door but doesn’t bother now she’s allowed to go out, she just uses the dog flap. Your cat letting all the others in is hilarious, like something out of a film!x

  8. January 13, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    My first cat as an adult was a rescue burmese cat. Pedigree cats need rescue homes too sometimes and I’d certainly be happy to do that again. Your cat looks to have bags of character.

    • January 13, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you Erica, I completely agree, all pets deserve a loving home regardless of their breed.x

  9. January 13, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    I can’t imagine living with cats. Simba looked gorgeous and Jamer just has the best facial expression – lovely cat. #AnimalTales

    • January 13, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Ah having read your blog post earlier, I think that you mean you couldn’t imagine living without cats 😉 Thank you for taking the time to read & comment, I loved your hedgehog story on your blog.xx

  10. January 13, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Always lovely to welcome a new furry friend but rarely have I seen one quite so tolerant! Bless her 🙂 x

    • January 13, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      Thanks Lisa, you’re right, she’s a pretty chilled cat 😉

  11. Laszlo Balogh
    January 16, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    Hi, first of all, I am not a native English-speaker. Got the above book as a present and was about to read it to my children, but I was having trouble to understand the meaning of the expression ‘Bother that cat’. I checked in a few dictionaries(Cambridge/Oxford/Merriam-Webster) but neither of the definitions seemed right here. Could you please explain what ‘bother’ means in this context?

    • January 16, 2018 / 4:35 pm

      Hi, thank you for your question. It’s an expression of mild frustration, someone might exclaim “Oh bother it” if something goes wrong. So, “Bother that cat” is expressing mild frustration with the cat. Hope that helps!

      • Laszlo Balogh
        January 16, 2018 / 4:47 pm

        Thank you, was very helpful. The dictionaries do not make it clear (at least for me), that bother can be followed by an object. We have our bedtime story for tonight. 🙂

        • January 17, 2018 / 11:05 pm

          I’m glad I could help and I hope you enjoyed the book, it is one of our favourites.

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