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.”

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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. 

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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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

  6. 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.

    1. 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

  7. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. 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. 🙂