Friday, January 30, 2009

Heat Wave in Melbourne

We’re having a heat wave here in Melbourne, Australia, and I’m burning up! On Wednesday around 3:00 in the afternoon the temperature got up to 107 degrees (or 42 Celsius, as they use here). It got really hot and stuffy in the house, especially upstairs, so I didn’t want to go upstairs to my kitty tree, so I lay on the tile in the hallway because it’s cool, and our house doesn’t have air conditioning:

Then on Thursday, which was yesterday, it got up to 44.3 C (that’s 112 degrees!) in the afternoon, and it was beastly hot indoors all day, so I hid underneath the curtains like this…

Then today—eek!—it got up to 45.1 C (that’s 113 degrees!), and it was so hot that my Daddy and Uncle Kevin went to a McDonalds where it was air-conditioned, but the air-conditioning broke down, so they came back home and sweltered in the dining room which is the coolest room in the house and I hid behind the television set cause it felt cool there, and we’ve all been drinking lots and lots of water cause we feel so miserable! And I’ve had no energy and have just been lying around all day:

Then around 5:00 pm tonight the weather started to drop down to 36 C (which is almost 97, so it wasn't exactly cool, but it felt better!), but by 8:00 it was about 28 C (which is about 82 degrees). I say, thank goodness I’m not an outdoor kitty because I’d probably get heat stroke if I had to walk the streets on days like this, and Daddy says you could fry an egg on the sidewalk this afternoon, and it was so hot that the metal frames of his glasses got hot as he walked to McDonalds. But Daddy says I was never in any danger of sunstroke because I was indoors all day, and I had plenty of water, and Daddy put some ice cubes in my water fountain which tasted great, like this:

And Daddy gave me a brushing in the evening because I was shedding so much fur, and afterwards I gave myself a bath, since my brother Gerald taught me that all kitties should groom themselves properly after getting a brushing, and it starts by licking our front paw until it's nice and wet:

and then we wrap out paw around our head, and that cleans the top of our head:

and then we take our tongue and lick our arms until the fur is nice and neat:

I'm so glad I'm an indoor kitty and my Daddy takes good care of me, otherwise I'd be shriveled toast on a day like this!


Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Oscar,

I wish you could have come to my house duwing the heat wave because PG and I have aiw conditioning. You should at least send your servants ovew to visit if they get too hot again. I love all of the new photos on your blog, but you should not let your hooman make you weaw those hoomiliating Xmas collars!

xxx Asta (Melbourne)

Asta said...

Hi Oscar!!!
I'm Asta down undew's "twin" fwom up ovew(NewYowk City), and she told me about you, so I came ovew.
So nice to meet you! You awe soo bootiful and shiny .
Wow 113, Mommi would keal ovew fow suwe..youw watew fountain is bwilliant..and lying on cool tiles is clevew too.
I hope youw heatwave goes away vewy soon.
love and smoochie kisses

Tracey and Huffle said...

Hi Oscar! Thanks for visiting my blog - it's very nice to meet you. You are a very handsome black cat (like me, except I'm a girl). I hope you'll visit me often!

Huffle Mawson

Tracey and Huffle said...

Hey Oscar where are you?