PET SUB­JECTS

Vet has the an­swers

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Walks Drives - Pete Wed­der­burn

My gen­tle, three-yearold, male neutered cat JD keeps be­ing at­tacked by our neigh­bour’s huge gin­ger cat, which has caused in­juries that re­quire vis­its to the vet. His own­ers won’t take any re­spon­si­bil­ity. What can I do?

TH, DUN­DALK, IRE­LAND

Cats are re­garded as in­de­pen­dent agents un­der the law, but com­mon sense in­sists that own­ers do bear some re­spon­si­bil­ity. You could agree a time­shar­ing di­ary (eg your cat goes out in the morn­ings, theirs in the evenings). Or you could set up a cat con­tain­ment fenc­ing sys­tem (eg pro­tec­tapet. com), which would keep JD in your gar­den, and keep the in­ter­loper out.

Leo, my one-year-old golden re­triever, con­tin­u­ally at­tracts fleas. I wash him in flea sham­poo and give him anti-flea tablets, but still I find fleas on him. What can I do? You need to do more than just killing the fleas on the dog. Fleas lay eggs that can sur­vive in a house for a year or more. You need to stop the eggs from hatch­ing by us­ing a spe­cial spray on your car­pets and fur­ni­ture. Ask your vet for one that con­tains an in­sect growth reg­u­la­tor to con­trol the eggs.

RES­CUE PET

Ar­row is cur­rently be­ing fos­tered but is des­per­ate to find a per­ma­nent home. Con­tact Bri­tish Hen Wel­fare Trust on 01884 860084.

Atwo-hour, five-mile walk from the Na­tional Trust. Start at the Dun­wich Heath in­for­ma­tion hut, grid ref: TM476685.

From the hut, walk across the road to­wards the blue fin­ger­post. At the road, turn right, walk 45yd, then take the track on left past Heath Barn.

As you walk past the night­jar sculp­ture on your right, take the sandy path, also on your right, across the heath, in­di­cated by a wooden post with a pur­ple band.

Af­ter about 10 min­utes’ walk­ing, the path bears left. Take the path on the right, sign­posted Pub­lic Foot­path/ Suf­folk Coast Path.

At a four-way cross­ing, con­tinue straight along the foot­path. Note the Na­tional Trust Mount Pleas­ant farm sign.

At the end of the path, you reach a road. Cross straight over and con­tinue along the foot­path, which is quite wide and stony.

At the bot­tom of the track, fol­low the path to the right, signed Suf­folk Coast Path.

When you reach the road, con­tinue straight up the road fol­low­ing the Suf­folk Coast Path Beach car park sign, and keep­ing St James church on your right. You’re now walk­ing through Dun­wich vil­lage.

Just past the Ship Inn, take the Suf­folk Coast Path (near to the beach road sign) and fol­low it around the perime­ter of the Greyfri­ars ru­ins.

When the path reaches the cor­ner of the road (Greyfri­ars house sign on your left), con­tinue up the road for 110yd, then take the foot­path on your left and con­tinue un­til you reach the road.

At the road, cross di­rectly over and take the path to your left (near a bench). Walk along this path, which borders Mount Pleas­ant farm, un­til you reach the half-open me­tal gates.

Go out of the me­tal gates, turn right and walk along the road for 55yd, un­til you see the foot­path and Dun­wich Heath sign on your right. Con­tinue along this foot­path.

Af­ter 220yd, the nar­row path opens into a grassy area. Bear left and you’ll come to the prop­erty en­trance road and sign. Cross straight over and con­tinue along the path, with the sea on your left. This takes you back to the coast­guard cot­tages and in­for­ma­tion hut.

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