Ricky practising his yoga in the stone circle in our garden Britain – more specifically Kent, my little corner of the UK – has been boiled alive these past few weeks with temperatures that we’ve rarely seen before. In fact, 1st July, was the hottest day EVER since records began. Poor Casey didn’t know where to put himself to get the most relief from the relentless sun.  He’d go out in the garden and hang about on the decking, before going under the Mexican Orange bush – where Ricky used to love to snooze the day away. Then he’d come in and flop on the floor in the kitchen or if I was in the living room (lounge) he’d just flop down like he’s been to London and back and is totally e-x-h-a-u-s-t-e-d! 

I know how he feels.  I’ve been trying to update the website for a couple of weeks and it’s so hot up here in my ‘office’ that I leave puddles wherever I sit.  I’m not sure if this is to do with my age or the weather, but we’ll leave it there, if you don’t mind!

The 4th July celebrations have been and gone and more and more people are disgruntled and disgusted at the noise inflicted by fireworks on cats and dogs and other household pets.  It’ll be the same for us come 5th November when we celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament.  Pets are traumatised and some idiots even take their dogs to firework displays – how stupid can a person be?

Let’s have a total ban on fireworks then our pets won’t be stressed out for weeks on end.  The 4th July and 5th November are just one day each but the fireworks begin weeks in advance and continue for weeks afterwards so they’re not just for one day.

This is a cat website and my prime concern is with and for cats but even veterans who’ve fought in various wars are traumatised by the horrendous noise that fireworks make. So let’s consider them, too, and make the celebrations special but in a much quieter way.

It’s very important that your cat has access to clean fresh drinking water every day. One way to achieve this is to have a water fountain.  I used to have one for the Original Daily Mewsers but not anymore – if anyone from a pet company wants to give Casey his very own drinking fountain, please be my guest! I know he’ll be as pleased as punch.  I have a fresh bowl in the kitchen and another one in the lounge and I’ve started leaving one in the garden so that he can have a top up while he’s sunbathing.

There are articles on the website in the Feline Fitness section about cat care in the sun/summer so do familiarise yourselves with them and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

It should go without saying that NEVER, EVER leave a cat or a dog in a parked car.  They can die an agonising death within minutes.  You wouldn’t leave a baby or a child in a car – so why would you leave your dog or cat while you ‘pop’ into a shop?  

Keep safe and be safe this summer - and that goes for all your pets, too.

Pic is of Ricky practising his yoga in our garden


One Cat is Company

"One cat is company.
Two cats are a conspiracy. 
Three cats is an attempted takeover.
Four or more cats is a complete coup!"

Shona Steele (Australia)

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