By Chris Stalker V.N.
I recently contacted Babs Bailey to ask her for an update on her kitten Carlo, who recently featured in this column...
Babs says, ‘Carlo is making marvellous progress! On October 23rd he hit five hundred and fifty six grammes, according to the very accurate vetís scales. The staff all wanted to see how he was doing! He also now looks identical to his cat Mama, CO-NII, so that means he must be a Lilac Siamese laddie, not a Chocolate. He has big beautiful blue eyes and also such a superb silky coat, because of all that special cat milk supply I suppose? However, he still insists on his feeding bottle, so we are starting to wean him onto water bit by bit - which he isn’t too pleased about because he has been so spoilt so far!
He has also found that he has four little legs... the bedrooms are no longer big enough for him to explore, let alone his “baby crib”. He has met most of The Cat-Clan one by one and isn’t at all daunted by them. Of course, being such a celebrity, this baby cat-let will be staying here with us, as part of our feline family. He wouldn’t have made it this far if it had not been for a batch of very good vets both at Belper and down the valley at the Vet Hospital, during those first ever few anxious days.
Carlo also adores annoying our Oriental Lilac, CHOOIE, who is acting as his ‘nanny’ along with our other Si-cat, CHU-LA, his own Mama and me. It might be nice to have some more solid night’s sleeps, though, since we are still awake at one am when he wants his extra Royal Canin baby biscuit meal’.
Just as I write this, Babs says Carlo has reached 800g on 6th November - a happy result!
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Ernest Hemingway, one of America’s most honoured and respected authors, lived for many years at 907 Whitehead Street, in the heart of Old Town Key West. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately sixty cats. About half of the cats at the museum are polydactyl, which means they have extra toes. Most of the resident cats have extra toes on their front feet and sometimes on their back feet as well.
Ernest Hemingway was given a six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat. Key West is a small island and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related. If you are planning holidaying in Key West see http://www.hemingwayhome.com
The USA’s Cat Writers’ Association (CWA)
THE CEA are holding a conference this month 17-19th November. The CWA is an international organization of about 200 published writers, photographers, broadcasters and artists who specialize in feline issues. Their professional writing conference is held annually in conjunction with the CFA International show, the largest cat show in the Western Hemisphere. For more information consult the CWA website at http://www.catwriters.org or visit http://www.goodnewsforpets.com
I do my best to socialise my kittens, before they go to their new homes. The present litter, aged 11 weeks have had an extra ‘bomb proofing’ this time, thanks to 5th November! Fortunately, they took all the bangs in their stride, but Oh! How I hate fireworks going off for weeks!
The FAB conference on 28th October was superb. See my next column for a short précis on the topics covered. My thanks to the Feline Advisory Bureau for an excellent day and my thanks too, to the wonderful speakers who kept the audienceís attention all day long.