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  1. Elderly cat woes

    Haha, great name suggestions, thanks! He is 4-5 years old, and yes he's a rescue cat, I've never had any other sort. Apparently he was abandoned when his owners moved away, they had not bothered to have him neutered and so he was getting into fights and his coat was getting very matted living outdoors. Hard to imagine as he's a real softie, and clearly loves being pampered! He's already allowing me to groom him, and has settled in really well. He won't be going outside for a bit, but I'm going to get a microchip catflap when the time comes. As he's a bit tubby (due to having been living in a small space) and quite vocal, my friend suggested 'Pavarotti' but I don't think that's his name.
  2. Elderly cat woes

    Thank you for all the kind words. I meant what I said above, about taking a break from the responsibilities and worries of cat-ownership. However, I soon found I was not enjoying the freedom. I hated coming back and putting my key in the door, and finding nobody there to greet me and an empty house. I kept thinking I saw Claudette out of the corner of my eye, or I'd hear a noise (the house creaks a bit) and think it was her jumping off the bed. I missed her, and I felt So .... this is Barry (not his forever name). He came to live with me just a week ago and we are already firm friends, he is curled at my feet as I type this. I'm trying out new names to see what fits, but he is gorgeous and has made me very happy. I still miss Claudette, but he needed a home, and this home needed a cat.
  3. Would you.....?

    Don't think it was Silver Cross but my mother had a massive, solidly built pram (it had done service with four others before me!), there was a sort of arrangement of boards so you could sit up in it, when big enough. She kept on using the pram till long after I was able to walk, because it was great for carrying heavy shopping. It was always parked outside the shops and left there with me sitting in it, because there wouldn't have been room to take the pram inside. That cage fills me with anxiety, because I don't like heights - I think it was designed for the sort of tower block where it would be almost impossible to keep a pram and get it up and down stairs.
  4. After eleven years of keeping chickens, the fox finally outwitted me on Sunday. There is always a fox around here, and after a particularly bold/fearless one last year, I have been very vigilant about letting the hens out. I have an Aviaries4U run, made of mesh panels in wooden frames, and was satisfied that it was secure. The run must be seven or eight years old, I can't recall when I got it, and it has served its purpose admirably, but I noticed some months ago that two screws had either sheared off or broken, and so there was a slight gap - less than an inch - where the panels joined to form the corner. I knew this gap was there, I've been meaning to fix it but it didn't seem urgent, and I was sure that it was too small to be a problem. On Sunday morning I saw feathers scattered around this corner. A quick count revealed all six hens still there, but then I discovered one with a bleeding foot. It seems that the fox must have been waiting till they got up and managed to get a paw or possibly its nose through. Given the size of the run and this being right in the corner, I am amazed they went anywhere near it - it suggests to me that the fox is such a regular visitor that they were not alarmed by its presence. Thankfully the hen is recovering well, but if anyone else has a similar run, do check the panels are still closely screwed together and don't underestimate the temptation to a hungry, cold fox of a chicken dinner. (It took me less than fifteen minutes to put some new screws in on Sunday morning )
  5. Trish

    Sorry to hear it, thanks for letting us know.
  6. Elderly cat woes

    Thank you for the responses above. I said goodbye to Claudette on Monday, with sadness but also with relief - her kidney disease had worsened, and last week she lost her sight, she was not looking happy and I feel glad that I was able to let her go with dignity. Prior to Christmas, she would only sleep on the front doormat, and was only getting up to eat and drink. I was convinced she had senile dementia (which the vet agreed with), and had she developed another infection at this time I think I would have declined treatment. Then the vet changed her thyroid medication - and it was like having the old cat back again, we had lots of lap time and she was interacting with me and we had a few good weeks. The last few months have been grim, and I am still not convinced that all the vet trips etc were worth another six months or so of decreasing quality of life. I also feel quite disappointed in the information and advice I got from the vet, they were not helpful in giving a clear picture of the possible outcomes, although I never doubted their care of her. It has made me really question whether I want to have another cat, something I never thought I would say after a lifetime of cat-ownership. I will be taking a break for a few months, anyway - although the house feels strangely empty.
  7. Turtle Door Mat

    Well I am astonished to look back and see that I bought my Turtle mats in 2011 - they are still going well, and were definitely a good investment. You won't be disappointed, Chrissie - I probably don't (ahem) wash mine as frequently as it deserves, but they come out looking as good as new.
  8. Christmas swap 2017 - Nearly time to open !!

    Ouch Ursula, sorry to hear that - it's a Christmas you won't forget. Just popped on to see all the gifts, you have all done well - I'm still sad that I didn't join in this year as that is often one of the most interesting presents under the tree, my sister said eagerly 'where's your crafty swap?'. Well done everyone, I hope I will have more time next year.
  9. Strictly 2017 *No spoilers please*

    Oh, they were my first choice! A really stunning final - loved every dance. Managed to watch it in real time tonight.
  10. To get a wood burner or not ?

    Hurrah! You’re going to love it.
  11. Strictly 2017 *No spoilers please*

    no worries ... I was probably a bit oversensitive last night as it had been a long day and I'd been looking forward to it! Of course I watched it anyway, and I completely agree.
  12. Strictly 2017 *No spoilers please*

    A reminder - please don't spoil this by posting names of the people in the dance-off. There are people - of whom I am one - who aren't able to watch the results show at the time it goes out. I don't need to bother now!
  13. **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Good tip about Lidl, thanks. My mum used to save wrapping paper and reuse it the next year. (We were a huge family, and money was tight). As a result, I learned from an early age that presents should be opened carefully and the sellotape peeled away, and I still do that!
  14. A Viking goodbye

    Oh, sad to hear that. You must have done an amazing job to keep her going for six and a half years, not sure I could have kept up injecting a cat for so long. In fact I'm not sure I could do it at all. Sorry for your loss.
  15. Bereaved animals

    Sorry to hear it, I haven't had experience of this. Claudette and Wellington didn't get on and she probably danced a little jig round the kitchen when she realised he'd gone. Have you tried Feliway or the equivalent?