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|Posted on August 2, 2015 at 3:03 PM||comments (7)|
NOW THEN - THIS IS IMPORTANT
(and there's a chance to win £250 Sainsburys vouchers!)
Which do you prefer, CATS or DOGS?
You can check it out here:
Sadly cats are losing at the moment... Vote now people! CLOSES Wednesday!
|Posted on July 26, 2015 at 4:49 PM||comments (7)|
|Posted on July 17, 2015 at 7:40 AM||comments (8)|
During the last three weeks we have had the added help of two super work experience pupils, namely Bethany and Lauren. They have both been keen and willing and have done a super job here at the cattery. We wish them well in their future careers.
This week we have Kinks & Scamps welcoming our visitors by the front door, next to Fudge & Megan who are here for the weekend. Mina has settled in well next to Penny who is watching the goings on in the kitchen. Frankie, a new cat of a long term customer is on the other side of the kitchen. Avi has arrived today for her stay along with Bella & Simba. Archie is enjoying his stay next to Mindy and Lola & Alfie have just arrived, lovely lively youngsters.
Tizer, another newbie, has been a joy to look after. Charlie is enjoying his rest from living with a Great Dane and Hastings & Cosmic are fascinated by the doves. Teasle has finished her meds whilst Oliver is taking his well. Ginger Jack is still here whilst his namesake Ginger JackJack left yesterday. Chillie is at the end of this block, now with the paneling replaced as the wind has come in and the sun is not so bright today.
We have Circe and Merlin holding court in No. 24 by the pond, whilst Monty, Mozart and Hamish & Sasha have made teaching our students about different breeds a very easy job. Bob & Fred are in the family block which has suited them well, the extra space easing any territorial tensions. Willow and Tulip similarly have preferred the extra space. Lucy the Ragdoll has helped me explain different colourings to our students as has Chester the chocolate Burmese and Albus the white DSH who having now been in the shade for a couple of weeks has recovered from his sunburn pre-admittance. Little Merry is off home today whilst Leo & Jenny the tabbys continue their vacation in the shade of the orchard. We have several more cats arriving this afternoon and tomorrow so as per usual we shall all be kept busy, no doubt!
That just leaves me to wish you a happy weekend wherever you may be.
Just a quick reminder to check out our Facebook page for some funnies...
|Posted on July 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM||comments (15)|
|Posted on June 21, 2015 at 5:42 PM||comments (11)|
Happy Summer Solstice!
Alfie, Bella and Bella, Bibsy, Carlo, Cassie, Charlie and Charlie, Coco, Cookie, Envelope, Gina, Ginger, Hamish, Jack, Jessie, Kitty 3, Kizzie, Lunar, Martha, Maybelle, Melody, Merry, Millie, Mini, Mozart, Onslow II, Phoebus, Rusty, Sandy, Sasha, Simba and Tansy are my guests this weekend.
Twelve of the above are first timers here - but you'd never know!
I have one family of four, one of three and several pairs.
Some are older and some still in kittenhood but each and every one have been a pleasure to look after.
From a breed perspective most are Domestic Short Hairs but we also have a mix of the exotic, namely two Persians, a Bengal, two Exotic Shorthairs, an Egyptian Mau, a pair of Ragdolls and a British Shorthair.
On the colour front we have eight black and white, six tabbies, six reds, five black, two blue points, one blue, one grey & white, one tortie & white, one white and one cream. Quite an eclectic mix!
They are all individuals with their own characters and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them all. Sitting here I can see each one in my minds eye, Envelope laying on her blanket on her shelf sunbathing, Onslow who's a little shy but loves watching the doves from his window. Maybelle always sitting up high like the model she is. Kizzie similarly taking the highest vantage point. Martha now well settled in is next to Ginger, tall and slender and tailless. Kitty who spends most of her time upside down demanding tummy tickles, Cassie the tiny tripod with the biggest set of lungs, young Merry who is always interested in what's going on, Big Bibsy who talks at meal times, I could go on and on but time precludes that - so I'm off to do last checks and then off to bed - another busy week coming up. Enjoy your solstice...
|Posted on June 14, 2015 at 5:08 PM||comments (12)|
|Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:53 AM||comments (10)|
|Posted on May 25, 2015 at 1:13 PM||comments (15)|
The forecasters got it wrong again, but in our favour and good weather prevailed.
It has been a while since I had so many new faces staying here at one time. A dozen newbies this week and I must say it's been great fun getting to know them all.
This weeks update on guests follows:
Alfie & Lily are by the front door. Lily has been mostly outside greeting us whilst Alfie prefers to watch from his internal window before wandering out to say hello. Lily has taken her medicine without any complaints and tonight has had a small treat of fish as a reward - which Alfie looked pretty smug about as he got some too!
Next door we have anther pair of juvenile cats, Hamish & Meg. Black and White DSHs with big characters. They've settled well and are enjoying their As good as it looks for tea. Hamish is sporting a very attractive Black Mustache.
Our next pair is Pickle & Branson (that may be Branston?). They are a very close pair who prefer to enjoy their holiday relaxing together under their heat lamp whilst enjoying our dining experiences.
Next to the kitchen we have an old timer - Rudy the Abyssinian, who is trotting about like a teenager, jumping on and off his shelf (with a little help from a stool) and eating me out of house and home.
On the other side of the kitchen we have Chilli who is with us for the month. She is a regular guest and, although she can be a little fussy at meal times, is eating well and doing fine.
On her left we have Josephine, a fine looking black semi-long hair youngster and her companion Mary. Mary is very gregarious and has been entertaining my girls with all her antics - a real character!
Poppy is next along and is happy and relaxed providing I understand when she's had enough attention. If I miss this cue she knows how to let me know...
I have another lovely natured newbie staying called Bobbie, she's tortie and white and we moved her closer to the kitchen as I decided she didn't deserve to be surrounded by the noisy boys at the end of the line aka Monty and Oscar.
Sky is next door, she took a couple of days to settle in having never stayed away from home before but is now a relaxed and contented resident enjoying the views and her temporary new surroundings .Taking Skys lead her neighbour Bertie, a slightly older black & white gentleman, settled straight in and is an absolute delight.
Fudge & Toffee the torties are next - always a pleasure. Another newbie after the girls is Tonks a very attractive blue eyed dazzler with a nature to match, a real sweety.
Down at Dove Corner we have a line of well known faces, OJ & Tippy, George & Connor, Muku and then Happy Harry who we hadn't seen for a wee while but is a very welcome return visitor. Luckily for me Harry is the most laid back puss and just watches with an expression of sheer wonder as to why Oscar the Bengal and Monty the Chocolate Burmese chat, chat and chat some more - so much energy for such a relaxing sunny weekend he thinks.
Meanwhile in the orchard we have Liela & Finn who leave us tomorrow after a three week holiday, and Blue who stays a few more days, relaxed as ever. The family block has more trouble in the shape of Jet & Tilly in the chatty department, whilst Peter & Pearl, Ringo & Robbie and Smudge are all old hands at this vacation lark, and all appear to be enjoying their break.
Until next time,,, enjoyx
|Posted on May 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM||comments (9)|
Time is on fast forward again and the days are whizzing by without a chance to update my blog... so here goes.
All my guests are fit and well and enjoying the warmer weather, with most out sunbathing during the day now. The heat lamps are still cutting in whenever the temperature drops but generally that is now at night.
Walking around the cattery these last few weeks I have noticed a definite trend in cats names and so when I heard on a radio show the presenter asking why certain names have become unpopular for babies I think I know the answer - see if you can spot the link...
Staying at the moment we have :- Three Tillys, two Lucys, two Phoebes, an Oliver, Ashley, Rudy, Jack, Daisy, Poppy, Dylan, Benji, Bertie, Rosie, Molly, Leon, Lulu, Liela, Jackson, Daisy and a Herbie we also have a Sky, a Summer, a Chilli, a Mozart, a Bailey, a Finn, a Moriarty, an India and a Jet. Strangely we only have one Tigger and not a single Tiddles or Puss-Puss.
All are doing well and after a peaceful Sunday the newbies all look a lot more settled and I am starting to work out who prefers which flavours and types of food. It's a challenge I enjoy - finding each cats preferences in when, where and how they like their meals and living arrangements organised.
Off for evening checks now and an early night as we have another busy week starting with a large turn around tomorrow morning.
Enjoy your week. Aly
|Posted on April 25, 2015 at 6:44 AM||comments (10)|
As I sit here and write this weeks missive, I can hear the vocal tones of my Siamese guest discussing with my staff his requirements during his stay. Mori is quite sure that we have made a mistake with his breakfast order and that he should have had the full English and not the Continental that his owner ordered on his behalf. Compromise required I think, we'll make it a double Continental and see if that satisfies all concerned... you have no idea how many similar debates we get into with our guests when their knowing owners leave instructions for medication to be given, or flea treatments, grooming or the ultimate holiday insult - a diet!
With us this week we have a fine selection of feline guests, we have Alfie a sturdy and handsome British Shorthair with a lovely nature who has a huge purr and a kink in the end of his tail. We also have Bluey another handsome boy in the shape of a short haired Persian who also has a fine nature.
We are looking after Bizzy the Burmese, on medication now in his old age but eating well and looking good.
Sasha and Hamish the Ragdolls are here, making the place look beautiful as per usual. They've settled in well in the main block this visit so I am happy to keep them there.
I have moved Leon and Lulu outside to a quieter house as this seems to suit them better, Leon can be a little territorial at times.
Winnie the black and white chatterbox arrived this morning but so far she seems content to just watch rather than comment on the preceedings.
Chillie the Tortie is keeping watch at the door this week, helped by Grey & White Sox who has decided he'd prefer his bed in the middle of his house rather than under his heatlamp! Buffy & Tiggy are checking what's coming out of the kitchen along with Old Timers Gina & Millie - experts on spotting a treat.
Tess arrived this morning and has settled straight in, sitting on her shelf watching Mori's debate with interest.
Young Poppy took 24 hours to settle this visit by is doing fine now, Tigger is not happy that the sun has disappeared, hopefully temporarily, but says he will make do with his heatlamp until such time that it reappears!
Old Charlie is taking his meds well and is looking well, and Fred & Bob have settled in now and are enjoying having a single house each.
Teasle has joined us for a weekend break and we await Rosie and Pennys arrival later today.
May I wish you all a happy weekend.