– Why are you grumpy Pix?
– You know why.
– Pixie, I had to take you to the vets, it’s for your own good.
– I don’t feel good. I had to go in a carrier, I saw a dog and I got prodded by a vet.
– It’s all for the best, I promise.
– I demand tuna and treats.
– The vet says you have to eat dry food.
– WHAT? Could this day get worse?
– Ooh are these toys for us?
– No Pix and Molly, they’re not. They’re for the cats at Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary
– Why are we sending toys to them?
– Well, the kind people at Cleo Pet sent us lots and lots of toy mice and I thought that it would be nice to send them on to the cats at Holly Hedge for Christmas. That’s where you’re from Molly.
– Do you know what they’d like more than toys?
– What’s that Molly?
– Nice people to adopt them and give them homes like you did for me.
– That’s very true.
– So we can keep the toys then?
– No, they get the toys and hopefully new homes too.
– Hey Pix, can I have a box please?
– Please, I need one to put an order in.
– No, stop taking the box!
– But I really need it!
– NO! They’re my boxes
– I’m only taking one, you have lots left
– I said NO! Give it back, give it back, give it back!
We’ve lived here for a few months now and we’re finally getting round to sorting out shelves for the cats. Stage one is putting the wine boxes on the wall in the living room. These are wooden wine boxes that I got from the market I used to have a stall at. Lots of wine merchants will sell them to you if you get in touch. We paid about £5 a box. Boxes are great because the cats can go on top of them and you can put books/ornaments etc inside them.
Because we were putting three on one wall we decided to test layouts using newspaper cut into the size of the boxes. That way we could see where we wanted them to be without drilling holes.
We made sure they were level and Daz got drilling 😀 As Arty is quite a heavy lump of a cat we made sure to use decent sized screws and rawl plugs suitable for the type of wall. We put a washer between the head of the screw and the wood to distribute the weight more evenly.
Pixie was first to investigate.
Molly was a little more apprehensive and didn’t spend much time up there.
Pixie loves being so I think they’re going to be a success.
We are going to line the boxes with pretty paper now they’re up. I am on the look out for some nice cat wrapping paper to use 😀
Have you put up shelves for your cats?
Anyone who followed my Facebook page will know what a rollercoaster yesterday was. Pixie went missing. We always keep our cats indoors at night so when tea time came and went and there was still no sign of Pixie I started worry. We walked miles up and down the area behind our house (a block of houses all backs onto one massive area of back gardens, it’s a cat’s dream for exploring). It started to get dark and we got more and more worried. I was in pieces, I couldn’t stop crying. It might sound crazy to get so worried when it had only been a few hours but Pixie is a homebody and she always comes home when she is called. Daz was wonderful and started knocking on the doors of all our neighbours and they were all so lovely and helpful but no one had seen our baby girl. It was getting late and I went out with a torch and started shining into people’s gardens. Suddenly I saw cat eyes glowing in the torchlight, from the window of a house. A house with no cats. I knew it was her and ran to see her. She was trapped in the house. The old lady wasn’t there but we had to get her out. The house that she was in had been burgled last week and I had helped the police secure the windows by screwing them shut. That meant I knew just how to open them and Daz rushed to get a screw driver. We opened the windows and Pixie dashed out into my arms. She was dirty and scared but safe, I couldn’t be happier!!! It was the longest 5 hours of my life!!
Because the owner of the house is in care home and only returns every now and then, the police hadn’t rushed to do forensics for the burglary. Today they came to take prints etc. It seems that a lot of the prints around the window were cat prints though, so I hope Pixie doesn’t get arrested!!
So after all that, I have my best friend back. I think she was pleased to see me.
Happy Birthday to my beautiful little Pixie cat. I can’t believe she’s 6 already. She is the cat who changed my life and made it so very much better. I can’t imagine where I would be without her. Tonight she will have a lovely tuna dinner.
I love you Pixie.
Here’s Pixie over the years – she’s always been a cutie.
Hello, it’s Daz here again doing another guest post for Caturday. I thought I’d share some slightly unusual photos of our cats using one of my favourite photographic techniques – “multiple exposures”.
I mostly take photos using film cameras, some of which have special buttons that allow you to take more than one photo on the same piece of film – this leads to some very interesting effects! Along with this, I get my film developed in the “wrong” chemicals which often gives crazy, saturated colours.
If you like my photos, you can see more on my website.
It’s the Olympics and the cats are going for gold!!