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Thanks Ian - the joys of free range and a dog that tolerates them.

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Darcy and her best friend Fly

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We’ve kicked off a project to commission “pen & ink” drawings of all our cats ( I posted a cracking one of Zebby about 18 months ago, that was done by a daughter’s schoolfriend, who is now a professional graphics designer). Here it is:

So I’ve been running through the old photos and come up with the the attached collage.

In true forum fashion, and in the totally shameless guise of attempting to break the Guinness Book Of Records for the most likes for kitty photos, I present “The Magnificent Eight”":

Sukie, Sasha, Suzy Wong, Zebedee
Freckles, Marble(Mabs), Pixie, Coralee

(Pixie & Cora are still with us.)

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This got me thinking of your moggy :slight_smile:

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Love Pallas Cats.
They have a couple at Banham Zoo. Lovely animals😊

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Eight? Eight?! That is a lot of cat food/litter😯

Our cat Margot is usually not bothered by telly but she sat with us on Sunday, fascinated by Frozen Planet II for some reason. Not sure whether it was the polar bears ice skating or the doomed seal pup but she was loving it.

True, but TBF, the first pair, Sukie & Sasha arrived at the Turn of the Century**, and there’s only ever been four max at a time.

However, the cost of food & litter pales into insignificance when compared to vets’ bills (especially at EOL), even taking into consideration life-long insurance payouts.

**cue one of my favourite songs by Yes :grin:

A bit harsh on the stoodents………

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I know exactly how she felt. We lit the fire for the first time that evening and 2 of our 3 cats were in front of it in no time😂

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Ah sorry I missed the bit at the end. Thought you had a house full!

Two Siamese + two Burmese (or 1 + 3 in later years) is indeed a house full!! :laughing: :laughing:

The good folks at Flashback Cables (remember them?) had thirteen!

The two Burmese that we have at the moment are “an island of peace amid chaos”…or maybe not.

I think we need another one….or two.

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Breaking News:

Sheaffer the feral cat has been captured, safely placed into a secure basket, and taken to the Vets.

…all going well, he will return here tomorrow.

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Could Sheaffer be chipped ?

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Think that might be his testimonials.

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They will check as a routine at the vets, but it is very unlikely he is ID chipped.
Sheaffer is not owned by anyone, he’s a village feral, and expert at hunting, and sneaking in though an open cat flap to scavenge food.

When i collect him tomorrow, i’ll give him a good feed, and let him go.
It will take a couple of weeks for his testosterone level to drop and for the adjustment his mindset, he may then choose the easy life of domestication with someone.
He is welcome to move in with us if he chooses.

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Is a rooming free feral cat a good idea.

IIRC, I’ve posted before that my aunt took in a feral cat, which took a couple of years in getting her from the garage eaves in to the house. Turns out the puss had absconded as a kitten and the ‘owners’ now lived ~30 miles away, having moved from the area. Initially, they expressed thoughts about having moggy back but reality dawned, and the cat stayed with my aunt (at great expense in vets’ bills it must be said).

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It’s not a good idea, they fight viciously with other male cats, risk of infections, they sex-pest or fornicate with females, can cause unwanted kitten births, and if you leave a door open for 2 minutes they come in and pee - which stinks the house out.
Feral cats don’t usually live to see old age, life is very tough for them.

How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
A complete unknown, like a rolling stone

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I understand the animal charities over here are inundated with surplus cat & dogs, part due to the lockdowns, when many people acquired pets. The cat charity lady I talk to (local charity) is of the view that all cats should be ‘done’ unless there are very strong reasons not to, as the number of litters found sheltering in garden sheds and alike has created so many issues.

The mainstream cat charities (in the UK = Cat Protection League), while having wonderful TV/media adverts, can only scratch the surface and, in no way, manage the scale of the challenge.

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