An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IF some­body de­scribed you in two words, what would they be? Mine cer­tainly would not be as com­ple­men­tary as Parker’s. In the notes the Southall Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre write daily about the cats in their care, they’ve writ­ten two words for Parker for to­day ‘ut­terly gor­geous’. And he cer­tainly is.

When I met him, he wel­comed me into his pen with open arms.

He showed me where he’d had his tail taken off and how beau­ti­fully it is heal­ing.

When Parker was found, as a stray in May, he had an in­jured tail and part of it was taken off then.

But be­cause the re­main­ing part was getting sore, in Septem­ber, he had his tail com­pletely re­moved. This boy is so friendly and very chatty. Although he loved hav­ing a vis­i­tor, he ob­vi­ously wanted to make sure that, be­cause of me be­ing there, he didn’t miss his tea and kept go­ing through to the other side of his pen to check on the progress of the food trol­ley and then com­ing back to see me.

If you can home this lovely boy with no tail, you can meet him at the RSPCA Cat Adop­tion Cen­tre, Bur­ket Close, Southall.

Many an­i­mals be­come strays as the result of be­com­ing fright­ened by fire­works.

Top tips to make fire­works less fright­en­ing for pets in­clude mak­ing sure your dog or cat has some­where to hide which they can ac­cess at all times.

One idea is to pre­pare a den where your pet can feel safe, per­haps un­der a ta­ble with some of your old clothes.

Walk dogs be­fore the fire­works start. Make sure your dogs and cats are in early dur­ing fire­work nights.

Close the cur­tains and win­dows, block any cat/dog flaps and put on mu­sic to mask the sound of fire­works.

Make sure they can’t es­cape. Try and avoid leav­ing your pet alone dur­ing po­ten­tially up­set­ting nights.

Im­por­tantly, don’t for­get small an­i­mals that may nor­mally live out­side.

If pos­si­ble bring hutches and en­clo­sures into a quiet room in­doors or into a shed.

Pro­vide lots of ex­tra bed­ding for your pet to bur­row in so it feels safe.

If you can’t bring them in, partly cover any aviaries or pens with thick blan­kets or a du­vet to deaden the sound of the bangs but make sure there is enough ven­ti­la­tion and en­sure your pet is still able to look out.

UT­TERLY GOR­GEOUS: Parker is look­ing for a per­me­nant home

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