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Cat update

Well, she isn't tagged, nor is she pregnant. I also assume that she doesn't have anything obviously wrong with her, otherwise the vet nurse would probably have mentioned it (even though we didn't have a full MOT).

So, step two is to stick posters around the local area and wait. If that doesn't work, we might have to look at a) adopting her, b) naming her, and c) working out where we can put a cat flap (it's not looking good at the moment).

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Walls are good for cat flaps - possibly even better than doors. For thick walls you can use two and then you get some insulation benefits too. Or put them on another floor with a run down to ground level, that works well too.

We're in a small terrace, so wall space is at a premium, alas (moreso since we had the french windows installed in the dining room). Possible, but tricky.

Mine manages perfectly well without a cat flap. It may depend on how much of an outdoor cat she is.

I couldn't agree more. Our last cat (back when we lived on the Bath Uni campus) was an outdoor cat, and wasn't averse to peeing on anything and everything if she couldn't get out when she wanted (see previous posts), so we're a little wary of not having a cat flap.


but then our siamese peed because he saw a cat outside. Dominance. Nothing to do with access.

Charlotte was a very nervy, and very needy cat who'd previously had a retired professor at her beck and call. I probably shouldn't have described her as an outdoor cat, because what she wanted most was to be on the other side of any given door (she insisted on trying to sleep on our pillows at night, and would wail and chew the carpet if we had the temerity to close the bedroom door, for example).

The previous campus cats that we looked after were a different story. The only time either of them had a slip was when it had been snowing for two days; Minnie didn't want to leave the house, so he peed in a convenient plastic bag. Unfortunately, the bag contained all our Christmas cards that we were going to post later that day...

I think you may have been adopted...

(and if she's not pregnant, is she spayed?)

That I don't know (ias took her to the vet, and didn't mention anything when she phoned).

Next step, which is cheaper than flyers, is to contact the local RSPCA to see if anyone's reported a missing cat.

it's much easier to put a cat flap into glass - even double-glazed - than you might think. our cat flap is in the kitchen window...

You're doomed, I tell you. Doomed!

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a counterargument to this theory.

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I now have the Scorpio theme from the Simpsons in my brane. Help.

He'll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth.
Beware of Scorpio!
His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world
And his employees' health.
He'll welcome you into his lair,
Like the nobleman welcomes his guest.
With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest!
But beware of his generous pensions,
Plus three weeks paid vacation each year,
And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer!
He loves German beer!


Given that Blofeld tends to taunt Bond by revealing his evil masterplan rather than just killing him while he has the chance, he's probably not the smartest supervillain around.

But he's the de facto Evil Genius. Just because he has the hubris (and style) to want to demonstrate his magnificence doesn't mean that he didn't manage to create a secret volcano lair.

Besides, compared to Bond villains without cats, Blofeld is clearly better at forming contingency plans that involve not dying. I mean, Scaramanga? "When Bond shows up, I shall challenge him to a duel, and let him have a gun with real bullets in it."

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