During my first year of cat ownership, Charlie taught me that cat owners really should keep an eye on their cat’s weight. Learn what happened to Charlie when he gained a few too many pounds without me realising and find out how I helped turn him back into a fighting fit feline! Before I adopted … Continue reading Fat cat to fit feline: How I helped my cat to lose weight
Read about Charlie’s dice with death when he managed to steal food that contained onions. One trip to the emergency vet, an overnight stay and several blood tests led to a bill of over £400! On an unsuspecting July evening, we made meatballs for dinner. We served up our food, left the rest of the … Continue reading Our crazy trip to the vet after my cat ate onion
Have you ever gone overboard with giving somebody instructions on how to look after your pets? Last year, I became that person who gives more instructions for looking after their cats than others would for looking after their child. Reading them back now though, I do feel that Charlie and Socks wouldn’t expect anything less. … Continue reading Instructions for looking after my cats
After about four months of owning the cats (coming up to Christmas), I was just about getting used to our new lifestyle. Particularly with Charlie, who seemed quite content with the time share agreement with Tabby. I even remember taking a deep sigh and thinking, ‘let the trouble-free cat parenting begin’! Then one evening I … Continue reading Feline Ringworm or just my imagination?
Three months after we got the cats, we went away on holiday for a week. Being totally honest, I really didn’t want to leave them. The problem was that one of the conditions of me getting cats was that we would still go on holiday. My boyfriend imposed this rule after noticing a trend in … Continue reading This is what happens when you take your cats to the cattery for the first time
Charlie stayed indoors for a few weeks while we decided what to do. We had never suspected that our cat would have issues with a neighbour cat and it was difficult to imagine how Charlie could continue to live on the same street as the Tabby. The best thing we could do was to keep … Continue reading This is why we considered returning our cat to the rescue centre
Warning: Graphic image of wound below. It took us a few weeks to realise that Charlie has two personas. Inside the house, he is the most placid, affectionate and playful cat you could imagine. As soon as he heads through the cat flap though, he becomes ‘Brutus’, the cat who valiantly defends his little garden … Continue reading Cat territory warfare: What happened next?
My boyfriend and I were both keen for the cats to be able to go outside. I knew I’d find it quite difficult and worry a lot, especially as they had been indoor cats. Although all went ok in the end, we did make some mistakes. While the cats were still settling in the house, … Continue reading Buying a catflap and teaching my cat how to use it: This will make you laugh!!!
Food habits While Socks was very cautious around us for the first few days, Charlie would become incredibly affectionate at meal times but would seem quite sulky at other times, taking himself upstairs to sit on the landing alone. My instinct was that he was unhappy and missed his previous owner. I started to suspect … Continue reading This is what happens when you adopt two ‘food crazy’ rescue cats
On the day we went to pick up the cats, the weather was absolutely boiling. We were in the middle of a heatwave that appeared likely to continue for several weeks. It certainly wasn’t the most ideal time to be keeping all your windows and doors closed to keep cats inside but I was as … Continue reading Bringing a rescue cat home