Cats Protection Awards At The Savoy

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CATS PROTECTION - AWARDS AT THE SAVOY

Date: 7th August 2014

I was invited to be a judge at the Awards Luncheon at the Savoy.

It was a most enjoyable occasion sponsored by Purina.  I was sitting on the table with the CEO of Cats Protection and suggested, in all seriousness, that they should ask Kleenex to co-sponsor the Awards.  We were all dabbing at our eyes with the heavily starched napkins and a good box of tissues would have been most welcome.  

There were many different categories and most of the stories of cat devotion, companionship, hardship, survival, would have brought tears to the eyes of all but the most hardened of human beings.

Despite the tears, it was a joyful occasion although the Cats themselves are not present.  Their stories are told on film and their proud owners are invited to the lunch.

This year the organisation has started a new initiative which I think is absolutely admirable and also very sensible.  Many old people would like a pet and as they age a Cat is the ideal choice because they don't have to be taken for 'walkies'.  However, responsible pet owners are often worried about taking on a rescue cat because of the fear of outliving the animal.  Cat Protection have launched this scheme called Guardian Cats where they guarantee that, should the owner die or have to go into a home, the organisation will take the cat back.  This must be a tremendous relief to so many people who have been put off having an animal for fear of dying before the pet.

I had a friend who at 65 declared that she didn't feel she could take on another dog - she had always had Kelpies - because of her age.  She is now 98 and could easily have had a pet in that time.

And talking of Cats - here's an update on my beloved Tamby.

He is doing very well indeed - eating like a horse and has returned to all his funny little ways acting as he did before he became sick last September.  All I have to worry about now is that his heart will be OK.  Hyperthyroidism affects all the organs of the body but when it is cured, most of these functions return to normal.  However, Tamby has a thickened left ventricle to the heart and we don't know whether this was caused by the Thyroid problem or if it is a genetic failing.  I have to wait another few months until he will have an ultra sound to see what is happening.

Rather like a human who has had chemotherapy or radiation treatment, Tamby's fur was coming out at the rate of four handfuls a day.  That has almost finished now and his coat is looking very luxurious.

Since his return he appears to have developed a liking for Classic FM.  He used to curl up on one of the sofas in the living room, now I find him asleep in my study where the radio is playing all day tuned to Classic.

I am so grateful to the Vets and nurses at Barton Veterinary Hospital in Canterbury and delighted that the treatment exists.

Photo taken at the lunch with some of the fellow judges Lucy Pinder, Lesley Joseph, and Tim Vincent 

A delightful photographer called Mobi Ajetunmobi took a real liking to my outfit - I suppose I did realise it was rather Audrey Hepburn-ish but wasn't expecting a young photographer to recognize the look.  He has very kindly allowed me to use some of his photos and I've put two in the gallery.  I don't have many good photos of myself as I'm usually the one wielding the camera and taking photos of others.

Thank you Mobi.

CATS PROTECTION - AWARDS AT THE SAVOY

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