Cats

Missing Molly

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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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.

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Catification in progress

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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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.

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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.

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Pixie was first to investigate.

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

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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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.
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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!
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Please don’t judge a cat by its colour.

Caturday

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

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

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Arty on the fence

Oscar on the fence

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

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Harvey Halftail

Caturday

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

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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

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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.
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Oscar’s Charity Badges

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

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Oscar Badges available on Etsy

Our kitty Oscar has become rather popular on Facebook recently, with his comical grumpy looks and handsome face.
He’s not really grumpy but the camera always makes him look that way. You can see more of him on his Facebook Page.

He wants to help cats who really are grumpy – those in shelters and rescue centres. 50p from every sale of his badges will go to a chosen charity. This month it is my local rescue Holly Hedge. They do great work with cats and dogs. By purchasing a pair of grumpy Oscar badges you will be helping kitties in need :)

Happy Birthday Pixie

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Happy Birthday Pixie!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful little Pixie cat. I can’t believe she’s 6 already. She is the cat who changed my life and made it so very much better. I can’t imagine where I would be without her. Tonight she will have a lovely tuna dinner.

I love you Pixie.

Here’s Pixie over the years – she’s always been a cutie.
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