Caturday Cat Pics #20

We haven’t had a Caturday Cat Pics for a while, so rather than risk boring the pants off you with loads of photos in one hit, I thought the HQ Cats could have their turn in the spotlight this week, and the fosters can have a go next Saturday.

Alfie and his sister, Ethel, are three this month.  I’ve chosen the 24th as their official birthday (they neither know nor care about the date), so decided a birthday photo shoot would be in order on Tuesday.  Alfie would not be persuaded to return from next door’s garden (too many flies needed chasing); as a result of her brother’s uncooperative behaviour Ethel gets both birthday pictures!

Cheer up, Ethel: you’ve just turned three, not forty!

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OK then, I’ll settle for ‘wistful’.

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Martha had a lovely dirt bath – although all that rolling around proved to be quite tiring!

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There was an indisputable champion in the Queen of the Castle contest.

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But, with power comes great responsibility – swiftly followed by self-doubt and a creeping sense of anxiety, in Ida‘s case.

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Feral Beryl went off to the vet’s for some minor dental work and a general check-up this week.  She came home with sparkling teeth and a clean bill of health; I’m now on a course of industrial-strength antibiotics due to multiple bite wounds.  Not Beryl’s fault: she absolutely detests being picked up (she is feral, after all!), and also, as I discovered, doesn’t have a scruff reflex (most cats will become motionless for at least a couple of seconds when lifted by the loose skin on their neck/shoulder area).  I made another discovery that day: it turns out that I’m not strong enough to keep a sufficiently firm grip on a furious scruffed cat in order to prevent said cat from biting me – doh!  Two valuable lessons learned!  I’m pleased to report that Beryl has very kindly forgiven my errors of judgement and we are now the best of friends again.

(‘Scuse grubby fingers – I’d been gardening!)

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4 Responses to Caturday Cat Pics #20

  1. Happy Birthday to Alfie and Ethel!

  2. I Love these photos :)
    Your ‘One in a Million’ ginger girlie, Ethel, is gorgeous.. The second of these photos of her, in particular, really brings out her beautiful colouring.
    Love Martha’s dirt bath.. she really went for it, didn’t she?!!
    And I Love your quietly determined, tortie Ida :) )
    Unfortunate timing for your discovery about Beryl’s unconformity. Did she do that thing of tightening all her neck muscles, so that it’s difficult to grasp a decent scruff in the first place??
    It’s funny how we hang on, regardless, until we get them into a carrier, though, isn’t it?!! Even as we’re being bitten through n held.. n raked with fully-flexed back legs’ claws out!! Knowing if we let them go, we’ll never get them to their appt in time :D
    When the lid of the carrier’s closed, we can begin to assess the damage n mop up any drips. Anyone unfamiliar with the process is near to fainting.. of course.. by this time.
    Glad She’s forgiven You!! <3 <3

    • Thanks, Annie – glad you like the photos! Have passed on your compliments to Ethel & Ida!

      I can tell you’ve had plenty of experience in taking ‘difficult’ cats to the vet’s! Fortunately I managed to avoid being raked and clawed. But, to give due credit to Beryl, she did manage to deliver around 10 skin-piercing bites in the few seconds it took to get her in the carrier – quite impressive really!

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