Arrival

I was back at my old house in 2002, redecorating my room before moving out, when my landlords called me over to their house, next door. A tiny kitten was under their porch, miaowing for her mum, but terrified of us humans. I put food beside the porch and for the next few hours popped […]

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Medical Notes

Description as at 15/06/06: White and tabby neutered adult male. Mostly white with tabby markings on head, back, legs and tail. Beautiful kohl round eyes. Too skinny but very attractive looking puss just the same. DOB: Not known. Aged around 4 in 2006. Place Of Birth: Probably Bantry, W Cork, Ireland Tested FIV positive: April 2006 Died: FIV, complete organ […]

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In Memoriam

I wrote Tommy’s story in June 2006, six months after he moved in. We’d hoped to find a caring forever home for him but at some point, without thinking about it, we stopped looking. And Tommy became a permanent resident. Despite his initial lack of condition and thriving, he seemed to have a turnaround at […]

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More Background

Cats and kittens arrive here by a variety of means; many are dumped – at the side of busy roads, in car parks, in the middle of nowhere, in the Tourist Office(!); some are reported by concerned neighbours; many are passed to RAWR by owners who promise to get their cats neutered – and then […]

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Addendum

All these cats are lucky to be alive and deserve the best homes. They get on well with other cats but are timid with strange two-legs – and who can blame them? I’ve had them for a long time now and am still shocked when I look back over these pages at the pictures of […]

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Some Thoughts

The second time we went trapping at the Kingston farm we found, to our horror, a wee six month old puppy kept in a coal cellar – she was only let out when the tenant had time, the farmer didn’t seem to bother about her at all. Daylight only reached her through tiny holes in […]

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Timmy and Cleo

Back at the Kingston farm we had presented the farmer with a bill itemising the fees vets would normally charge for the neutering and treatment of all his cats alongside the much reduced, actual fees we would be forking out – all this not including our own free and voluntary services. We didn’t get a […]

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Fell and Jupiter

While we were nursing and then mourning Titan and Orion, Fell was going from strength to strength. Absolutely devoted to Jupiter she seemed to give him the energy to grow and recover. I opened the rest of the house to the two of them and, as Jupiter became more and more friendly, Fell joined the […]

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In Memoria: Orion & Titan

Anyway, we put the three kittens, Fell, Titan and Orion in with Jupiter in a large cage and Fell was ecstatic. We can’t be sure of the exact kinships but this lot were definitely related to each other and we felt Jupiter was almost definitely Fell’s mum from his reaction to her. Titan was pretty […]

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Jupiter, Fell, Titan & Orion

And once Jenni and I had seen the state of Goliath we knew we couldn’t leave the other kittens we’d heard about at the farm, space or no space. So we set off the week after Goliath arrived and on our first visit picked up the worst of the survivors: Fell, Titan and Orion. All […]

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Goliath (pictured right)

Bob, a tenant at Kingston’s farm in the Mealagh Valley, just outside Bantry, Co Cork, was concerned about the state of the 26 cats at the farm and contacted us to see if we could help. His daughter, Ashley, was particularly concerned about the health of some of the kittens. We arranged to start a […]

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FIV

In April 2006, concerned about his general rundownness and the fact he just wasn’t thriving, I took him to the vet again for tests. And we found out he was FIV positive. Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) causes an infectious disease in domestic cats and cheetahs similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection) in humans. It […]

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Soap Operas

We realised he’d never been allowed in a house before, or at least severely reprimanded when he had previously entered one. When he realised he was allowed anywhere he wanted around here he swiftly made himself at home in the comfiest spots. He’s a strange mix with other cats – he’s absolutely nuts about Duchess […]

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Trust

Slowly, slowly we built up trust till I could get within a yard of him but he was extremely easily startled and very wary of people. So we laid in wait, pounced on him and put a collar on him with my contact details asking his human companion to get in touch. To be honest, […]

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Arrival

Sometime in the winter of 2005/06, while Yoda and Dodger were still with us, I noticed that there was Never food left in the cat bowls in the morning. Usually I leave a pile of dry food to last a few days and it was very unusual for it all to disappear nightly. But I didn’t think […]

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