It’s been a while since I have given an update on the strays around our home.
As you know Stanley has been in the wars recently and unfortunately it has not improved for him. He is still an extremely loving little cat but we have had to ban him from the stairwell as he seems to have lost control of his bowel. The vet suggested cat nappies which is just ridiculous so he now is chased out of the stairwell whenever we see him.
We had a number of female cats pregnant and I mentioned the birth of some kittens a couple of weeks back. Unfortunately none of those kittens survived but Nanu (my mother-in-law’s favourite cat) also had kittens around the same time and her 5 little ginger fluff balls are now strong enough to run around the back of my in-law’s garden. It seems that all the other cats that were pregnant have lost their babies or perhaps they are extremely well hidden however none of the mothers seem to have any engorged breasts (is that the right terminology?). I am really not sure what’s going on.
The Turk and I are now starting to capture the female cats and take them to the vet for fixing but Nanu will need to wait until her babies are a little older. We will also take her babies to the vet for a check-up and shots.
I have noticed that a lot of the cats are sneezing and have runny eyes at the moment so I guess a cat flu is rapidly spreading amongst them. This is a problem as My Kedi Cat has befriended most of the Village Kedi’s and spends his nights out cruising the çiftlikleri (farms) with his akardasla (friends). His bestie is often found waiting for him on our terrace while he finishes dinner and they swagger off together into the night – classic. Thankfully he had all his shots before he came to Turkey but I think it may be time for a check-up for him in the coming weeks. Sorry My Kedi Cat.
Finally My Hurley Dog caught a chicken yesterday. Bloody thing somehow ended up in our garden and My Hurley Dog had caught it in an instant. In the blink of an eye. Daughter was screaming, I was screaming, The Turk was laughing (and screaming at the dog). Daughter and I ran out of the garden, across the driveway and was halfway down the street before we came to a screeching halt. The Turk grabbed My Hurley Dog, forcefully took the carcass off him (he was not giving it up without a fight) and carried it around to show us. Bastard!
It didn’t end that badly for My Hurley Dog though as Akan (The Turk’s youngest brother) brought half a feking sheep home (including the head) so he scored all the cut offs. He was one happy little dog last night.
In case you are wondering where my two fur-friends are right now I can tell you. My Hurley Dog has just come back from a walk with my niece Nisa and My Kedi Cat came wandering in about an hour ago, ate some biscuits and crawled into bed. Literally crawled into my bed and is under the covers – we won’t see him again until after 6 tonight. The Turk says it’s like living with a petulant teenager because now that we have giving him his freedom he has reverted to his pre-Sydney personality – that bloody cat or TBC for short!