Monday, 9 September 2013

Poor Felix

Felix is dead.

He was found in a side road next to the allotments by a person on their way to work.  He was staggering round in circles and at first it was thought he had been hit by a car.  He was taken to the PDSA by the person who found him and the vet discovered  that he had a tumour on the side of his head.  There was no hope for him and he had to be put to sleep.

He had lived with us for three years and was the first cat to be re-homed to us. He didn't enjoy living indoors so it was decided that he should be an 'outdoor' cat. He joined our group of feral cats and lived quite happily with them, especially Triangle and Janet.

Felix was quite friendly with people he liked and would jump up onto their lap for a fuss.  He especially loved Ken and would follow him everywhere and check out Ken's shed for treats.

He was a real little character and will be missed.

Monday, 14 January 2013

The cats have their own shed now

We have been a bit worried about the cats not having anywhere warm to shelter during bad weather but one of our plot holders came up the good idea of putting up a shed which would be solely for the cats to use.

We bought a small 6' x 4' shed and put it up in a sheltered area at the back of our meeting room where the cats were used to being fed.

We've cut a space for a cat flap in the door but we haven't fitted one yet.  It might be best if they get the hang of going in and out first.

Psycho didn't have a problem knowing how to get out, but she is a very clever cat.

Their food will be put inside the shed from now on - this is Psycho and Felix tucking in this morning.

Cats Protection very kindly donated some 'Cat Castles' for them to sleep in.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Just in case anyone doubts that because we feed our feral cats they won't be interested in catching rodents - here's Psycho with her latest snack.

 She played with it for a time,

and then she picked it up and started to eat it. The crunching sound was not very pleasant!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

No need for posh beds

Felix doesn't seem to care where he sleeps. I'm not sure what this was originally, it is made of a perspex type of material so probably gets nice and warm.

He also likes this upside-down cardboard box

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

A dry shelter

I used to feed the cats on my plot inside the polytunnel in bad weather. Unfortunately the polytunnel disintegrated in the recent bad weather which meant the cats had no shelter for their food.

I searched around my plot and found an old school table frame. I covered it with some advertising banners (from a local supermarket). I know it looks very tatty but the cats don't care.

E.T. went in straight away and started eating but Wanda decided to wait outside and watch me.

This is what it looks like from the side

When Wanda had finished watching me she did go inside for her breakfast.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Sad news

Sad news - we found Keith, my lovely plot cat, dead inside a water butt this week. We don't know how or why he climbed in it but once in he must have been unable to get out and he drowned.

I had been looking for him because I hadn't seen him for three days and it was a terrible shock to find him there. I have been making sure that all water butts have a top on, or are emptied and turned upside-down. Easy to be wise after the event, I know.

An old bread crate makes a good cover and will not come off accidentally.

The three Plot Cats, Keith at the front with Wanda and E.T. behind him.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Some people are very brave

I am still quite wary of letting Psycho get too close to me, even though she seems desperate to do so. She has scratched me a few times, and because I am not used to cats and their behaviour, I don't feel very safe around her.

However, one of the plot holders at the allotments does not feel the same way about her.

I had a shock when I looked over to where Psycho was feeding and saw Shirley bending over and stroking her.

Amazingly, Psycho just carried on eating and didn't attack Shirley.

I really will have to overcome my nervousness about touching her. And have a First Aid kit ready for when I do!