Weighing in…

When you’re involved with the RSPCA, they won’t let you kid yourself when your cat is getting too podgy!
I’m very guilty of turning a blind eye to little Freya’s recent weight gain.  At most, I’ve changed her biscuits to a diet variety and a prepared myself for a telling off from the vet when she goes for her jabs and check up in November….
That’s really not acceptable, is it?
That’s putting the health of my much-beloved little Freya at risk because I’m too lazy to do anything about it!
The crew came round the other evening to discuss further plans and preparations for our upcoming Crafternoon Tea event scheduled for 19th November at the Parkside Hall in Ampthill.
Oscar scarpered as he usually does but Freya, normally not much caring for folk, came in for a visit.  I think she now recognises the crew, recognises them as all being cat-daft and knows she’ll get loads of compliments about how pretty she is…
She crossed the room.
A long “Oooooooooh….” came from both Alison and Marie.  I knew immediately – as all 3 of us watched her sashay by – that, yes, Freya was larger than she should be…and I needed to fix it NOW….not wait for a telling-off in November.
The extra pounds just seem to have appeared in the last few months.  I can only think it’s because I’ve been enjoying a summer off work and so she’s been treated to a few more snacks as I’ve been home so much.  And I now leave an extra bowl of biscuits out in the hope of encouraging Oscar to nibble on some as he doesn’t seem to eat enough.  But I think biscuits are the equivalent of popcorn to Freya.  Absolutely no WAY you can walk by the bowl without snaffling a few….
So the diet started that evening.
I’ve lifted both big bowls of biscuits.  She now gets a small handful of biscuits in the morning.  If she can eke them out to last the whole day, good for her…but once that handful has gone, it’s gone for the day.  Cut her king prawn treats dramatically.  She still gets them, but not nearly as many. And a wet baggie in the morning and one in the evening.
I put myself on a diet at the same time.  If she’s cutting down, I will too.  Do us both the world of good!
Overweight and obese cats run risks of serious health issues – including diabetes, liver problems and thyroid issues – as well as putting an extra strain on their joints, which can lead to arthritis.
Letting your animal companion get fat is, effectively, you saying you think it’s OK for them to be unwell and in pain.
We recently had a VERY large tom come into Branch.  Sergeant Harry Tubbs weighed in at a eye popping 9.9kgs.  He was incredibly handsome ….but HUGE.  The stress that weight must have put on his little heart doesn’t bear thinking about.
So he’s on a very strict diet, getting plenty of exercise and, good news, he’s got his forever home lined up too.
Funnily enough, my little Freya is thoroughly enjoying the extra exercise she’s getting.  I’ve got the old laser pointer out and she’s BONKERS about it.  I give her a run around for a good half an hour each evening and she’s relishing the extra attention.
If you think your pet is overweight – don’t delay.  Get the extra pounds off them.  If unsure about the route to take, whisk them over to your vet for a check up and some advice.
Don’t hurt them with ‘love’…. x

An interesting tail indeed…

Just been chasing Finlay around the front room trying to get some ‘promo’ pics of him.

The fella has, simply, the COOLEST tail!  He holds it curled up – a bit like a husky dog.  And he does this rather endearing thing…well, he’s got a few endearing things…but, one of them is when he wraps his tail around your arm when you’re stroking him.  Tail has a life of its own.

I enquired about his tail when we had him vet checked as I was concerned there might be a problem with it…but, no.  It’s not broken or damaged in any way….he can straighten it and he’ll let it fall loose, which he’ll do when he’s falling asleep on my lap.  He just seems to like to keep it curly!

His previous circumstances were stressful for him but he’s come a long way already!  Turns into a kitten – albeit a rather LARGE one – at the first sight of his feather stick or the laser pointer toy.  He’ll charge about like a crazy loon and then dash over to you for a quick cuddle.  Then CRAZY!  Then, CUDDLE! …CRAZY!  …CUDDLE!

He’s been in my foster care since mid-June now.  It being kitten season and summer holiday season, it’s hardly surprising we’ve had no enquiries about him.  Folk are nuts about kittens and the adult cats get a bit neglected at this time.

And it’s been a mad kitten season too!  I’ve seen a Facebook post from another animal charity saying she thinks it’s been the worst year ever for abandoned kittens.  Our Kendall even rescued a litter that was about to be drowned!  We had the wonderful reunion of a litter of day-old kittens with their mum who was trapped and rescued the following evening.  And, dear Little Todd…abandoned at Toddington Services….now has an amazing new home and new name (so’s to not dwell on awful memories!)

So it’s been pretty bonkers of late…

We’ve got an ‘Open Evening’ coming up on 17th Aug.  Anyone interested in volunteering with us – as a branch trustee, fosterer or home visitor – is welcome to pop along and meet a few of the crew over a cuppa and some biccies (or a cheeky glass of wine)!  Message us on the Facebook page if it appeals and we’ll send you the details.

Also wanted send everyone who donated to Lady Lou Lou’s Fundraising appeal a HUGE THANK YOU!  The good news just comes in spades….you INCREDIBLE folk raised over £500 to clear some of her substantial vet bills.  AND…Lady Lou Lou is recovering nicely and has been officially signed off by the vet.  She’ll need monitoring but she’s getting there.  AND… AND….Lady Lou Lou went to her wonderful new home on Sunday.  She’s settling in nicely and grows more beautiful by the day….a really lovely little cat.

So, yes, all a bit busy….!  But GOOD busy…as always…

Right.  “Finlay…FINLAY!  Pose… Pose, please!  Oh, OK, five more minutes with the feather stick and THEN will you pose…?? Pleeeeeeeeze??!”

Naughty torties here and there…naughty torties everywhere…! And KITTENS!

Belly Belle has finally popped!  She went into labour late yesterday evening – on Kendall’s bed…wanting Kendall as close as possible the whole time.  Continue reading Naughty torties here and there…naughty torties everywhere…! And KITTENS!

**Taps fingers impatiently**

So we’re all currently on tenterhooks….waiting, waiting, waiting….for little Belle to ‘pop’. Continue reading **Taps fingers impatiently**

Musings from a fosterer

Hello.  Starting a little light-hearted blog from me – as a fosterer with the South Beds RSPCA. Continue reading Musings from a fosterer