Week’s Holiday

This last week I’ve been on holiday.

It was nice not to be at work. Nice not speaking to grumpy customers. Nice not dealing with complaints. Nice not to hear all the moans and groans about work. Nice to have time to myself. Nice to be with the family. But now it’s ended 😦

I had a weeks sojurn down Brean Sands with the family. Managed to see my parents who live in Bridgwater too. Lots of money spent.

The cats went to the cattery. My cat and our little stray, Star, who is now living with my daughter. They were both glad to be home. Especially my cat, Smudge, who apparently spent most of the week hiding under the carpet in his enclosure.

We all felt guilty about leaving the cats but knowing where they were, and that they were looked after was very important to us.

Now I’m back home I have the exhausting and never ending job of gardening to do. The grass in the back garden is at least 2 feet high. Not good.

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I was recently sent an email from Avaaz about the decline in Britain’s barn owl population – http://www.avaaz.org/save_britains_barn_owls This apparently is due to the use of rat poison on farms around the country. I signed the petition and added my thoughts in the small comment box. I thought I would share my thoughts here.

If you don’t want a plethora of rats and mice around then barn owls eat rats so we don’t need poison. We need more barn owls. Rat poison is barbaric. Not only does it kill rats but it also builds up in the system of other animals that eat the dead or dying rats. This is why it’s killing off the barn owls. The rest of the owl species are also suffering, as are other birds of prey. This cycle will continue as the poisons build up in the next in the food chain and in the soil until, ultimately, it will reach us.

This is not just a problem with rat poison but with all pesticides used in the garden and farm lands. They all should be banned. We are currently noticing a decline in garden birds – check the use of pesticides on slugs and insects that people use without thought in their garden. The dead slugs and insects are being eaten by our common garden birds – sparrows, starlings, thrushes, blackbirds, etc. Carrion birds such as magpies and crows are flourishing – they are eating the dead garden birds. In the next few years we will see a decrease in these carrion eaters as the poisons slowly build up in their systems. Poisons that cannot be digested.

These poisons are putting money in big company pockets, and they use fear tactics to get people to buy them. They frequently tell us about the diseases we can get from rats and mice. But how many diseases do we get from other humans? The number is in the hundreds and many of them are deadly. These companies have also tried to blame cats for the decline in the garden bird population. This is nonsense. Cats have always caught birds, right through the centuries. But all of a sudden they are on some kind of genocide mission?

Rats especially eat the rubbish that humans discard. They clean up after us. If we were cleaner and more concerned about our environment the rat and mice population would not be flourishing. How often do we see people throwing litter on the streets? It’s a common occurrence. If we didn’t do it we wouldn’t need the rats to clean it up. They would naturally die off. Here’s a question I like asking people – Who is the vermin? Is it the one who drops the rubbish or the one that cleans it up?

Come on people think for yourselves – birds eat the things we don’t want around. We need more birds not more poisons. Poisons should be banned.

Rest In Peace Branston

I’ve got new next door neighbours. I say new but they actually moved in over a year ago. I don’t see them that often as I work full time. It’s normally to either take parcels or to fetch parcels, or a quick hello if they’re outside when I’m going to work.

I have been seeing one member of their family quite frequently. He’s been following my cat into the house, eating his food, and the two of them have regularly been seen playing in the garden. This morning was totally different however.

I grabbed the basket of washing at about 8.30 this morning, and as I walked into the back garden I found Branston lying by the bins choking. I thought at first it was a hair ball, but I realised it was something worse because he was lying on his side and was retching blood.

I ran round to the neighbours and the woman came back with me. She was very upset of course. I phoned the emergency vet who said to bring him in and I grabbed my cat basket. It was then that the poor animal lurched and passed away. I was just as upset as my neighbour.

My first thoughts were poison or vehicle. Thinking about it, it was probably a vehicle. Cats often run when they have internal injuries because of the shock and adrenalin. It must have run into my front garden and jumped up on the fence. Jumping down again probably made the injuries worse.

Branston was a lovely, friendly cat, and quite young. It was horrible to see him suffering in that way. I’m going to miss my little visitor, and Smudge is going to miss his buddy.

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