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The Ailuro File - 2008

Here is a Letter from Issue 48 - Autumn

LOOBY LU - by Ann Bruce

When Elaine coaxed us into fostering one of her OAPs we thought we were settling for a quiet life. We should have known better. Loopy, as she was called then, was approximately fifteen years old.We renamed her Looby Lu. She is very arthritic in her hindquarters and has a crooked left foreleg. She is stone deaf and has a virulent dislike of other cats, which meant she had to live in isolation. We soon realised that calling her was useless, and watched, appalled, as she strolled regally through the traffic on our main road - three times.

1) She caught a frog in a neighbour's pond.
2) She fell into the pond and came home like a drowned rat.
3) She head-butted a moving car and had to be nursed through two days of concussion.

Luckily we have moved to a quiet close where we can "cat-proof" the garden. So, all is “peaceful”. All Looby Lu needs is carefully placed stools to help her on to her favourite chairs, food supplied ad infinitum (awake = hungry ), no other cat near her, and every visitor given the wide-eyed stare treatment - ” lip reading “ says my husband.
Now seventeen years old, she suffers from separation anxiety i.e. She howls like a banshee when we go out. When we return she has no voice left. She has a slight degree of "Catzheimers" and the jury is still out on the Cognitive Dysfunction !!!
You may have guessed that we are besotted with her. An elderly cat can be quite an adventure. Do try one ! ! !

Here is news from one of the Fosterers - from Issue 47 - Summer

Willow Whispers ... Summer - Sandra Peache.

Three months on from the last newsletter where does the time go? The highs and lows of being a fosterer. The good news Paddy and Patsy the hand rears did very well and were rehomed 2 weeks ago and are settling in, I did tell the lady who was wearing tights she would soon have to get a store in as the kittens liked to run up legs but she seems to be copingwith the extra expense!
Rupert has at long last found himself a good home after all his adventures, Victor was to be homed with him but very unfortunately after he was neutered he was taken ill and was found to have a congenital kidney problem. The Vets did all they
could for him and we spent a worrying week until he was re blood tested in case it was a bad infection but although he seemed better we were advised he was in renal failure and we had to say goodbye to him. Heartbreaking. From a frightened youngster he had become very affectionate with us. All we can console ourselves with, is that he had a short but happy time with us.
Pepe and Sam at long last were homed and they had some ups and downs until they settled Sam managed to get behind the cabinets in the kitchen and then had a cystitis problem. Fun and games for the new owner to try and get him to the vets. Most of these ‘teething’ troubles are idiopathic (no known cause) most probably caused through stress. He should be OK once he settles.

Now it is kittens everywhere! At the time of writing this I have 15 here, 2 are booked and a Mum and kit are reserved also. One little kitten brought to me from a local farm where they do not have any cats seemed to be thriving then suddenly ‘faded’ and had to be rushed to the vets to no avail.We have rescued 3 ‘stray’ Mums with their kittens. The Mum cats are so affectionate you know they have been thrown out. Such a shame. Kelly had her 5 kittens in a chimenea in a garden and was pictured in the local paper. Belle gave birth to her 4 kittens under a hedge and then when they were approx 1 week old took them into a mobile home and hid them under a duvet in the lady’s spare room from where we rescued them. Katy and her 4 were unwanted and thrown out and a neighbour took them in but could not cope with extra as she had cats herself and had an aversion to litter trays. Would not have one in the house. Tango a lovely 3 legged ginger male who was found outside our vets dumped, found a home quite quickly and escaped after a couple of days. He led Debbie and Rob who have already taken in 3 of our rescued cats a merry dance I think they lost a couple of nights sleep before he was ‘trapped’ in their garage where he promptly lay on Debbie’s lap and purred his head off. Unfortunately one of the resident cats took a dislike to him as he is a big cat and can be a bully so after much heart searching from Debbie and Rob he has been returned. He will have to be an only cat in a new home. Priscilla came into care a lovely torti of 16 weeks after her owners separated. She now has found a home where there are other cats to play with. Now called Pebbles and Svetlana?
Lola and Charlie 2 black kittens are booked they were born outside (very friendly) and had to be taught to use a litter tray but they soon cottoned on. Rosie a rag doll x taken in as a stray and soon found a new home when she was ’sorted’ is now renamed Flump!
Tigs a 3 legged cat from the village that has been ‘missing’ for over 3 years has been reunited with his delighted owner. I say ‘missing’ as there is a well meaning woman who feeds ’strays’ but does not make enquiries whether they have homes. Karen his owner is going to write a story for us about him. If I had not mentioned Tango to Pebbles’ new owners Tigs might still be lost as I was told about a 3 legged cat that sometimes came into their garden. I asked if it was a tabby and the rest is history! Puddin’ and his sister Treacle have been returned to us after 6 years. Indoor cats, victims of another partnership break up.

The dog show we attended at Lowestoft was a great day out and the takings were good also, £95 raised plus £341.20 donated to us from the proceeds. Thanks a lot Animal Care students from Lowestoft College. Also thanks for all the donations
of goods and money from you all. Very welcome and appreciated. Also thanks Janet for your events.

Here is a Letter from Issue 46 Apr/May/Jun

Sam and the Fox - by Shelley Greene

August 2003

For the past few months we have been feeding two foxes in our city garden.

Our fourteen year old cat Samson, is completely un phased, as we have had
foxes before.

One evening, I put out the foxes’ supper, consisting of the usual mixture of
sausages, uneaten cat food, gravy, bread, left-overs etc. Among this meal were
the remains of a chicken portion.

Ten minutes later, we looked out to see Sam guarding the chicken, and one of
the young foxes trying to get it. He circled Sam, went down on his front paws just
like a dog playing, trying any trick to get Sam away. Sam just glared at him, and
when he got too close, hissed and threw a warning swipe at him. Luckily he did
not get the fox’s eyes. This game went on for about fifteen minutes, until Sam
became bored and chased him into the corner of the garden. This is just what the
fox had planned, as he trotted over to the chicken, picked it up and ran off with it

There are so many myths about foxes, and people have asked us if we worry
about our three cats with them. We just wish we had this episode on video for any

February 2008

Although Sam sadly died a year later of kidney failure, the fox family lives on.

Our two current cats, Trevor and little Eric, run in and out of the cat flap at feeding
times for the foxes, early morning and evening.

When this is over they sit out together on the patio.

Here is a Letter from Issue Number 45 Jan/Feb/Mar

Millie - by Jan Hall

We adopted Millie in March 2007 after seeing her details on "Cat Chat" as we lived a good distance from her

"foster home" I rang Sandra to ask for more details, she was very honest with me and said Millie "did not

show well as she was timid"

We had 3 older cats and did not want them upset so a quiet cat was what we needed.

One look at Millie and I was hooked! We duly adopted her and brought her home. She was very scared at

first and hid behind the bed in our spare room where we had put her to give her a chance to settle in. Some

hours later she still refused to come out so I just sat in the room and talked to her and after about an hour she

came to me and accepted some food.

By the next morning she had realised I was a complete pushover and was making up to me and rolling on her

back purring.

Nine months later Millie still sleeps on my bed! She rushes up the stairs as soon as the lights go out and

makes herself comfy. She has never been a problem with the other cats and is sweet natured and most loving,

she makes me laugh as she has a bossy sort of attitude and bustles about the house as if she is really busy, tail

waving and constantly talking to me, I call her "Mrs Mills" when she is in this mode. I also think she is very

beautiful but admit to being biased!

She is still a bit nervous of strangers and has never given her heart to Raymond but tolerates him, she is not

keen on men in general.

If we go out she rushes to greet me and can't get enough fuss.

I understand that she came from a "broken home" and spent nearly a year in care, she was loved and cared

for very well by Sandra but needed her own home where she will be spoilt and loved for the rest of her life, I

have had many cats (we always have a few at a time and all are rescues) over the years but few have been as

loving as Millie and we count ourselves lucky to have her.

Thank you C.C.S.

Jan and Raymond

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