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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.
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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