Molly and the birthday box

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

We ordered Molly’s birthday gifts from Amazon as they always do great boxes. She was super upset when the gifts arrived in an envelope :(

I thought I’d let Amazon know that they’d let me and let down a cute little kitty on their first birthday.
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Contrary to my expectations Amazon replied straight away and wanted to fix the mistake they had made.

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So for a few days we waited patiently for the postman, hoping for a box delivery. I didn’t tell Molly, I didn’t want to get her hopes up just for them to be dashed again. Well we were not disappointed! Look what Amazon sent her! What a fabulous box!!!

She’s determined not to share her box with the others :D

She really loves the toy that came in it too. It has a flashy ball which she’s been batting round the track.


Thanks so much Amazon!!! You’re awesome!!

Happy Birthday Molly!!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014


Molly is one today!! She has only been in our lives a few months but she’s taken no time to settle in and make herself a part of the family. She is so funny and makes us laugh everyday. She is the most meowy cat I’ve met (and Oscar was quite the chatterbox) and she is always making sure that we know she is about with her cute little noises. From day one she has been affectionate and loved cuddles and she is play mad. I don’t think we’ve ever succeeded in totally tiring her out with play, she always exhausts us and she could keep going forever!

We got her some new toys for her birthday. She seems to like all of them. We played with the new Da Bird this morning and she was leaping all over the place, I will have to try and get some action shots

The postman just arrived with her other presents.
Is this for me?

Let me at it!


The kitten kickeroo is probably designed for smaller kitties but it’s just perfect for Molly as she loves grabbing onto stuff this size and ‘killing’ it :D The toy mice are fab too, they’ve got interesting texture and look at those faces! Molly was trying to get at them as soon as I opened the parcel.

Click the images for Amazon links :)

Kickeroo_ Chew Mice

Da Bird

Missing Molly

Friday, June 6th, 2014


Last night concluded the longest five days of our lives! On Saturday afternoon we noticed Molly was missing. We’d only seen her ten minutes before but we couldn’t find her anywhere. We searched for five days. We knocked on neighbours doors, asking them to check sheds and garages. We put up posters all around the area and posted three hundred leaflets through letter boxes. Lots of kind people helped, many phoned up to say they thought they had seen her. We went out at dawn, dusk, daytime and even in the middle of the night. It was heartbreaking, especially after getting our hopes up only to find all the sightings were of another cat, Jeremy.

Yesterday (Thursday) afternoon I heard a meow whilst I was in bed. It was Pixie but even though I know it’s Pixie meowing I always go outside just to check. It was Pixie, she was carrying her dinosaur toy around. I had a little walk around the garden and suddenly heard a noise. It sounded like a meow and it was coming from the roof! I thought Molly must be stuck under the neighbour’s solar panels so I grabbed a ladder and made my way up there. I couldn’t see her anywhere but I could hear her. It sounded like she was under the tiles! I rang Daz who rushed home from work and we tried to work out where she was and how to get to her. I ran out to go and see the owners of the house but they weren’t there. Some other neighbours saw me in a panicked state and rushed over to help. We went into our attic to make sure she wasn’t there and spent more time on the roof. They even took tiles off trying to get to her. In the end we realised that there was nothing we could do until our neighbours got home. Unfortunately they weren’t due home till ten o’clock, five hours away! It was the longest wait ever. The moment they drove into their drive we went round. There was a hatch in the wall into the roof space. Molly was reluctant to come out with the neighbour there but when she saw me she ran over and rubbed herself on my hand. I scooped her up and we got her home.

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The most helpful neighbours ever!

I wish we had heard her sooner, I don’t know why she stayed so quiet for so long. I spent hours sat outside listening for a meow.

She was so hungry when we got her home. We’ve been giving her lots of little meals so she doesn’t get sick from eating too much. She looks a bit thin but apart from that she is fine. She is so happy to see us and spent the night purring, licking us and being cuddly. We are so very very happy to have her back.

Thank you to everyone who helped look, shared posts, retweeted etc., and offered emotional support during a scary time.


Catification in progress

Saturday, May 10th, 2014


We’ve lived here for a few months now and we’re finally getting round to sorting out shelves for the cats. Stage one is putting the wine boxes on the wall in the living room. These are wooden wine boxes that I got from the market I used to have a stall at. Lots of wine merchants will sell them to you if you get in touch. We paid about £5 a box. Boxes are great because the cats can go on top of them and you can put books/ornaments etc inside them.


Because we were putting three on one wall we decided to test layouts using newspaper cut into the size of the boxes. That way we could see where we wanted them to be without drilling holes.

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We made sure they were level and Daz got drilling :D As Arty is quite a heavy lump of a cat we made sure to use decent sized screws and rawl plugs suitable for the type of wall. We put a washer between the head of the screw and the wood to distribute the weight more evenly.


Pixie was first to investigate.


Molly was a little more apprehensive and didn’t spend much time up there.


Pixie loves being so I think they’re going to be a success.

We are going to line the boxes with pretty paper now they’re up. I am on the look out for some nice cat wrapping paper to use :D

Have you put up shelves for your cats?

Introducing Molly

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014


If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram then you’ll know that last week we welcomed a new little kitty to our family. We thought we’d wait till we had a name before formally introducing her to the world on my blog.

We were checking out the Cats Needing Homes page on our local rescue centre website, Hollyhedge Animal Sanctuary, when this little face popped up. The next day we jumped in the car and went to visit her. She climbed on us straight away and we knew that she was the one. We had been looking for a young cat as we thought it would be less stressful for Pixie and Arty, our existing cats. Black cats have a hard time finding homes which was another reason for our choice, we liked the idea of having a kitty that might not be so easily adopted as cats of other colours.

She is 8 months old and was called Bluey in her previous life. We decided we would like a new name for her and my friends at Awesome Merchandise helped out with that. We had so many amazing suggestions. We tried out some of our favourites and some just didn’t suit her until we found Molly. It’s just right for her.


We had a slow introduction planned for her and our existing cats. For the first few days she was in her own room. We’d open the door at meal times and feed her one one side of a mesh screen and Pixie and Arty on the other. Arty came up to the screen and gave her a few sniffs. Each day we would move the food bowls closer together. We would stroke her with a sock on our hands and then stroke Pixie and Arty with it so that they would get used to each other’s scents. We assumed we’d do this for a week or so and see things continue to progress slowly, then one day she jumped the mesh screen and ran off into the living room with Pixie and Arty. Pixie looked on whilst Molly and Arty sniffed each other and began to play. It was then we realised that they were all going to get on fine. Pixie wasn’t totally sure about her and we kept Molly in her room for a couple of nights so we didn’t have to worry about them whilst we slept. By Thursday (we picked her up on Saturday) they were all running about the house together freely and it’s been going well since.


Molly and Arty are best friends, always playing. Pixie has started to be more playful with her in the past day or so and we’ve had no aggression from any of them. All in all, I think we’ve been really lucky.


Molly is the sweetest little cat and we’re so happy to have been able to adopt her.

If you are considering getting a cat, PLEASE check out your local rescue centre. There are so many cats needing homes.

Molly is from Hollyhedge Animal Sanctuary

Farewell Oscar

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


I write this with tears streaming down my face. Our beloved Oscar lost his battle with kidney disease on Sunday. We our heartbroken. He was, and always will be, a huge part of our family and we will remember him forever.

Black Cat Day!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Black Cat Day

It amazes me that cats are being judged by their colour but sadly it’s true. On my visits to the local rescue centre the black cats have always been there the longest.

Our Oscar used to be black until he spent too much time in the sun.
Look at that little face!

Please don’t judge a cat by its colour.


Saturday, September 29th, 2012

A bit of a theme for today’s Caturday, bet you can’t guess what it is!…


Arty on the fence

Oscar on the fence

And as a bonus, here’s two cats that aren’t ours…

Minnie on the fence

Harvey Halftail


Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

It’s a beautiful autumn day here with lots of lovely sunshine. Oscar loves the window sill in our bedroom when it’s sunny like this. It’s also a great place to photograph him as the light is great.

Happy Caturday

Cat Burglar

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012


Anyone who followed my Facebook page will know what a rollercoaster yesterday was. Pixie went missing. We always keep our cats indoors at night so when tea time came and went and there was still no sign of Pixie I started worry. We walked miles up and down the area behind our house (a block of houses all backs onto one massive area of back gardens, it’s a cat’s dream for exploring). It started to get dark and we got more and more worried. I was in pieces, I couldn’t stop crying. It might sound crazy to get so worried when it had only been a few hours but Pixie is a homebody and she always comes home when she is called. Daz was wonderful and started knocking on the doors of all our neighbours and they were all so lovely and helpful but no one had seen our baby girl. It was getting late and I went out with a torch and started shining into people’s gardens. Suddenly I saw cat eyes glowing in the torchlight, from the window of a house. A house with no cats. I knew it was her and ran to see her. She was trapped in the house. The old lady wasn’t there but we had to get her out. The house that she was in had been burgled last week and I had helped the police secure the windows by screwing them shut. That meant I knew just how to open them and Daz rushed to get a screw driver. We opened the windows and Pixie dashed out into my arms. She was dirty and scared but safe, I couldn’t be happier!!! It was the longest 5 hours of my life!!

Because the owner of the house is in care home and only returns every now and then, the police hadn’t rushed to do forensics for the burglary. Today they came to take prints etc. It seems that a lot of the prints around the window were cat prints though, so I hope Pixie doesn’t get arrested!!

So after all that, I have my best friend back. I think she was pleased to see me.