||Dougal's Pet Corner
The place for your pet stories and pictures, let me have them
|Caring for your cat
It costs an average of £15 per month per cat for food and litter. This will however vary
on the type of food you supply for your cat/kitten. You should provide a high quality
food, which will ensure that your cat is to get all the nutrients it needs for a healthy
lifestyle. This may vary on the age of the cat/kitten and whether the cat is nursing or
expecting kittens. Routine veterinary care, for example, boosters and vaccinations,
for a normal healthy cat costs as least £25 per year. You should also allow for any other
costs like neutering. Obviously, as with all pets, you cannot predetermine how much or how
little your cat may need veterinary care as this will depend highly on the individual
health of your cat.
Pet insurance costs about £100 per year. Information about pet
insurance can normally be obtained in leaflet form from your local vets. A litter
tray and other essentials cost about £30. In addition to the essentials you may also
consider playthings to help keep your cats amused. Catteries charge upwards of £6
per day to look after your cat when you go away.
Microchipping your cat costs upwards of £15. This is commonly the best form of
permanent identification and will help a great deal in reuniting you and your cat should
it wonder away from home.
Day School on Impressionism & Post-Impressionism.
|A Day School will be held on Saturday 12th
March at St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Cromer Rd., Sheringham. Peter Baldwin
will give a illustrated slide lecture on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. He will
define the difference between the two, and demonstrate how the transition from
Post-Impressionism leads us into new developments in twentieth century art. The day
will run from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m., with breaks for lunch, tea and coffee. Please
make your own lunch arrangements. Bring a sandwich or go out to lunch in town. The
atmosphere is informal, and all are welcome.
Fee £10.00, (free if on benefit). For more information and enrolment phone Jane Idiens on
||Three stray cats have been handed into our care since the
beginning of the year. The first, Bonnie, is a lovely tabby and white girl, about 1 year
old. Bonnie has already been to the vet and been neutered so she is available for
re-homing. Although very loving, Bonnie does not like other cats so she would prefer a
home where she is the only cat.
|Second to arrive was Bromley, a lovely Seal
point Colourpoint Persian. This little cat had also been wandering for some time and had
already been treated for fleas by the people who had been trying to find her owners. As
Colourpoint Persian cats coats darken with age it is believed that she is over 4
years old and was probably unwanted and abandoned. After a visit to the vets to be
neutered and to have the tangles shaved out of her coat she has left us for her new home
with Alfie, another Persian, that was re-homed by us two years ago.
Unfortunately, the other little cat had to be put to sleep as she had leukaemia (FeLV).
This very loving little cat was only about 2 years old and had not been neutered. Although
we have not had experience of this disease before, the symptoms of the disease were
obvious to our vet and on taking a biopsy from her lymph glands the vet advised us that
the disease was too far advanced for her to be treated and to have any quality of life.
FeLV is found in the saliva of infected cats and transmitted by direct contact,
particularly if they lick each other. Fortunately, however, it does not survive long on
hands, bowls etc and can be easily killed with disinfectant. As she had not been in
contact with other cats whilst in our care and all our feeding bowls and litter trays are
washed and disinfected on a daily basis, no other cat in care was at risk of catching the
disease from her.
We have recently found new homes for the two delightful grey kittens, Chester and Vienna.
Although they are taking time to adapt to their new surroundings, their new owner said
they are at last beginning to trust her and her family. Neo, the lovely cat that joined us
early last year has also left and has settled in very well. We were all delighted for him
although we do miss him as he was such a character.
If you are looking for a cat, call Stephanie on 01692 535858. Alternatively you can visit
www.northwalshamcats.co.uk for a description of the cats before giving her a call. As the
cats are in different locations and all our fosterers are volunteers, you will need to
make an appointment via Stephanie to see the cats. We have no kittens available at