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Hylo peeps! :-) Long time no blog! lol! The downside of doing a lot of my net-lurking on my phone (which I've had for a year now! o.O) is that I rarely have the motivation to fuss around with typing up comments and posts - hence I'm even quieter than normal! *ignores the deafening applause* ;-)

Anyhoo - at some point in the last week or so, my little Tilly-Tilly Ossenfeffer reached a year old! Can't believe she's been with us for ten months already! So to mark the occasion, I'm going to pic-spam you all! lol!
Pics pics and more pics! )
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So it occurs to me that I haven't mentioned on my LJ the new addition to the household; my twelve week old kitten Matilda (Tilly), who joined us on July 8th and has been causing chaos around here ever since!

The story so far! )
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So, last night I took Myfanwy to bed with me, leaving the visitor outside. It did initially attempt to come into the bedroom too, but a little growling from Myfi soon dissuaded it from doing so ;-)

Since then there's been periods of hissing and growling, and periods of quiet where they've kept out of each other's sight, but thankfully no actual fighting. I did have to lock the little one in the bathroom while we went out, but other than the sink's hot tap getting knocked on for an unspecified amount of time, that seemed to go without a hitch. It was snuggled up in the sleeping box I put in there when Rowan went to check on the sound of running water.

I've sent an email to the local RSPCA, asking them for help in locating the owner, and I'll be giving the Cat Protection League a call about putting its picture up on the lost and found section of their website. I don't mind holding on to it, if we can't find who it belongs to, provided it can come to an understanding with Myfi, but still. Important to find out if the owner's out there, since it has a collar.

Still don't know the gender, since it objected very strongly to me picking it up to examine it. But at least it's not so smelly anymore!
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My neighbour knocked my door about half past nine this evening, with a black cat in her arms she'd found hanging around by the front door and mistaken for my Myfanwy.

We took it back upstairs to the ground floor, to see whether it would leave or try to stay - it was even more unwilling to go back outside than Myfi was! It's very friendly, with a lovely soft coat, and I think it's only about a year old. It is wearing a decorative collar, though, so it's evident it did at least have an owner at some point. No idea of the gender - either a girl or a neutered male - it's got the stinkiest backside I have ever known, so I haven't yet checked :-p

There was no way we could leave it in the hallways, nor were we prepared to forcibly move it outside, so I allowed it to come inside with me - for tonight at least. I've put food and fresh water down for it, and it's made use of the tray while it's been here.

The only real hurdle so far has been its reaction to Myfi. She came out into the hallway at one point to investigate what I was up to, and it made low growling noises on seeing her. This progressed to hissing - initially Myfi just stared, and came over to me for reassurance. Since it actually came indoors they've been carefully dancing around each other, and the hissing and growling has been mutual. Both have even hissed directly at me a couple of times - presumably I got in the way at a delicate moment! ;-)

There's been no outright fighting, however, simply "Oi! Eff off!" hissing from about a metre away. I'm planning to take Myfi in with me when I go to bed, and leave the visitor out here - we'll have to see how that goes. Then in the morning I'll open a door and see if it wants to go. It's quite a nice night out there tonight, so I don't imagine it's looking for shelter from the cold, like Myfi was.

If it decides to stick around, I'm gonna have to make a concerted effort to find the humans that put the collar on it... In the meantime, have a couple of pictures!
Cut to spare the flist! )
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LJ appears to be having some major downtime this evening, so it's very likely I'll be posting this the day after I write it ;-P But still...

Stuff and things happen, of course. Hard to say how interesting they are to the observer, since they're rarely very interesting to me...

In which I babble about Myfi, sucky stuff at home and work, and the choir! )
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So, we were expecting Myfi to have had some kittens around New Year, yet here we are in February and she's still a big furry lump.

I phoned the PDSA a fortnight ago, when I figured she must be a little past her due date, and they told me to wait and keep an eye on her since I had no way of knowing when the date of conception was. But then days passed and she hadn't even made any sign of wanting to nest. I was getting increasingly worried, as it's very dangerous to leave them go overdue.

Called the PDSA again Monday night and explained the situation again, and they finally agreed it would be a good idea for them to take a look at her. So an appointment was made for Wednesday night, and Rowan and I hauled her across town after I'd collected him from school. We were late arriving, despite giving ourselves an hour's travel time, as traffic was horrendous. This meant we had to see the nurse instead of the vet. At first she was a little bit condescending, all "Well, if she was pregnant she'd have either had them by now, or she and they would all be dead!" When I told her about how the locum vet had agreed with the diagnosis in mid-December, she admitted that it can be easy to mistake deposits in the colon for kittens! I pressed her for an explanation for Myfi's sharp weight gain and the way her abdomen is distended, but neither she nor the vet she asked to pop in for a moment could give me any answers. I was then asked to bring her back in on Friday morning.

This left me worrying somewhat for the next day or so, about what might be wrong that they weren't prepared to tell me that night. I was also rather frustrated as I had an assignment due Friday night, and I could have done with the library time, but what can you do?

Got up at the crack of dawn Friday morning to bundle her back into her box, and send Rowan off to Mam's so she could do the school run for me. We were still just a little bit late for our appointment, 'cause two buses didn't show, but we'd barely registered at reception when we were called in to the consulting room. The vet we saw this time was a woman who'd seen Myfanwy the first couple of times, for her initial health check and when she had a bit of a bad stomach. She's a little hard to understand, as her accent's a bit thick, but she's been helpful before. I recall she was rather unsure if Myfi was pregnant, back in November, but it was such early days anyway.

So, she has a look at her and her opinion was that she has merely filled out a fair bit. Apparently her weight has barely changed in the last couple of months (my Wii-Fit says she's gained two pounds, but obviously I'm more inclined to trust the vet's scales) and the vet couldn't feel anything in her abdomen other than fat! *eyeroll* Why couldn't they have told me this Wednesday night??

So there we are! Obviously I'm disappointed that the kittens I was eagerly awaiting will never materialise, and I'm very irritated at the wasted time Friday morning, but the important thing is that she's apparently okay otherwise. I was frightened that it was something serious, like a tumour or a tapeworm.

Last night was the first in weeks that she's not slept on my bed; I was letting her stay in with me as additional comfort, but if all she is is fat then I don't need to. I wasn't sleeping completely well with her on the bed with me. She did give a couple of little cries, finding the door too tightly closed for her to push it open, but they were only really token protests thankfully! She's quite a chilled out cat, on the whole.
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Okay, so I was sorta told off this week for not updating this thing properly recently. I guess this means I bore you for a bit about what's not been going on around here...

Cut to save the flists )

Hmmm....

Dec. 3rd, 2010 07:52 pm
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Take a look at this little video, guys - would you agree with me that my houseguest has been a naughty girl? ;-)
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So tonight we braved the ice and took our house guest down to the PDSA hospital down the Bay for a check up. We had a bit of a mare with the buses, so we were late, but thankfully they weren't busy tonight.

Myfanwy is apparently in very decent health, with no indication of fleas or worms - though I already suspected that - but has been sent home with the appropriate treatments regardless. She weighs over four and half kilos, the little tub! *laughs*

She wasn't tagged by a previous owner, so we have to wait and see if the ad I put out gets any response.

I noticed her rear portions appear to have spread over the weekend, so I discussed with the vet the possibility that she's pregnant. She couldn't tell just from having a quick feel, though apparently her mammary glands are enlarged. This means that either she is, or she's had a litter in the past. The only way to be sure would be to get a private vet to give her a scan, so I basically have to play the waiting game - if she gets noticeably bigger, or produces kittens some time in January, then I will have my answer! *laughs*

Poor love was shivering in the carry box - less so on the way back, but it was still vibrating in my hand. She's since had a hearty meal - followed by a protest pwp over the edge of her tray :-/ So classy, Miss Myfanwy, really... She then had a cwtch with me for a little while, before snuggling down in her bed. I think she's already forgiven me... ;-)
gothams3rdrobin: (tammie and symba)
Looks like she's decided we're worth giving a trial run to!



I can haz kitteh? )

Hmmm....

Nov. 19th, 2010 08:56 pm
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There's a young black cat - female, I think - hanging around the block this week. It's an absolute cuddle-bug, and just laps up attention.

First ran into it on Wednesday evening; I was taking some rubbish out to the bins as my neighbour was walking in, and she asked me if I wanted to adopt a cat. This cat had been looking to her for affection, and she thought it might be stray. So I spent a little time fussing the cat and it was very friendly - it would have let me skritch it all night, I think!

I was a bit anxious about the idea of bringing it into the flat, 'cause I don't have any adult cat food in, nor do I have any litter. But I decided to test how desperate the cat was for somewhere to sleep, by standing in the open security door making welcoming noises. It wouldn't come through the door, so I figured it must have a home but just be looking for attention and food. It looks quite healthy as well, with a lovely coat, so I don't think its suffering any.

Rowan and I got home tonight, and the same cat was heading up the embankment past us. I clicked a little greeting to it and it came running over for a fuss, following us back to the block, but heading in the opposite direction when we got to the garden fence. About ten minutes later I was taking some more bags up, and it was still hanging around. So I fussed it some more, and picked it up for a long cuddle. It was lovely :-)

It followed me back to the door, so I did the same as the other night and stood in the open doorway making welcoming overtures. This time it actually came into the hallway, but was very skitish and darted back out at the slightest noise or indication the door was closing.

I'm really not sure what to make of it. It's either desperate for attention, but distrustful, or it has a home and is just incredibly friendly.

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