Secret Scotland

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I’ve warned you before – your cat IS plotting to kill you!

A rather unfortunate tale about a woman from Glasgow, and although not actually resulting from the cat injury as such (the usual problem is infection from a cat bite, due to the content of their saliva), events did begin with a small scratch by the cat.

A mother almost died after developing toxic shock from a cat scratch.

The cat barely tore through Moira Brady’s skin but within days her body was closing down.

Ms Brady, from Glasgow, lost a finger on her left hand as medics battled the disease, and doctors say is lucky to be alive.

She tried to shoo away cats fighting in her back garden when one of them swiped at her.

Although the scratch was minor, she developed MRSA, a deadly condition, and Streptococcus A, which can cause serious bacterial infections.

She thought nothing of the scratch at the time but it had punctured her skin and about a week later her hand swelled up and one of her fingers turned blue.

Dr Emilia Crighton, consultant in public health and head of health services section at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “If it is just a scratch clean the area and only seek medical attention if it gets infected.

“If it is an actual bite and the skin has been broken I would advise people to seek medical attention as the area could become infected.

“Your own GP or local pharmacy would be the first, easy to reach, point of contact.”

Woman nearly dies from a tiny cat scratch as infection spread through her body

One of the things I take excessive with care with nowadays is cleanliness after doing any sort of work in the garden, particularly if I have my hands in the soil, or handle it -or get one of the aforementioned scratches.

The simple reason is that I’ve watched many small furry animals (and birds) doing their various forms of ‘business’ in the soil, and began to notice the smell on my hands afterwards. I should add this is usually NOT down to cats, who always get the blame from haters, but actually do their business out of sight.

These days I prepare food/meals, and NEVER touch any of the ingredients until dirty gardening hands are nice and clean.

Still, you should really keep a close on what ‘fluffy’ is doing…

Signs of cat plotting to kill you

Signs of cat plotting to kill you


24/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

YE5 5HUG – You CAN win a £1,000 ‘bonus prize’ with that plate

I had to move fast (for me) to catch this one as I was lucky enough to spot it catching up with the bus, and about to pass.

While the spacing on the plate makes it look good, as usual, I have to wonder if the potential bonus of a fine of up to £1,000 for illegal character spacing is worth it if they meet a police officer having a bad day.

2011 Honda 1.4 i-VTEC SE [YE5 5HUG]

2011 Honda 1.4 i-VTEC SE [YE5 5HUG]

YE55 HUG plate


I’m sure there’s a cat out there that would be quite happy to have it with its legit spacing 🙂


Cat needs HUG5

Cat needs HUG5

24/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Don’t miss Lil BUB’s 8th birthday

Still on the theme of “Things only happen when I’m away”, I see LiL BUB turned 8 recently, and had a party.

I don’t see much of the ‘Internet cats’ these days, as the original sites that tended to focus on them have gone downhill, and I just don’t visit, so almost missed this too.

And I’m still a bit down over the loss of Grumpy. Did you realise both were girls?

But this is about smiling, and just look at the faceplant as soon as BUB get near the cake, even before it’s ready.

Couldn’t be there, but let’s not forget the sight of them together.

04/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cat with sound effects

Sound on, smile on…

19/06/2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

That cat looks like a dog – OH!

The time it takes to take a pic can really spoil it.

By the time the camera came to life and actually took this pic, the dog had moved from the place it had been lying, and no longer looked like a great big tortoiseshell cat.

I did a quick look online, and it seems I should be referring to this as ‘brindle’ when it appears on dogs and other animals.

Tortie doggy

Tortie doggy

Not to be outdone, and in a spooky coincidence, I came across an old friend later in the day – a tortoiseshell cat that lives near the Barras.

Doing a ‘catloaf’ impression.

Tortoiseshell catloaf

Tortoiseshell catloaf

19/06/2019 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

Be careful when and where you try cat humour

Never assume everyone else is as cat crazy as you…

Cat Humour Backfire

11/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Stranded cat? Leave it alone, and it will come home

Fortunately, a cat story with a happy ending.

Began with Bridge cat stuck for six days still stranded after rescue fails

In fact, I’d class this outcome as funny.

Reason being I come from a long line of Glasgow cat owners, who were (in the ‘old days’ at least) very practical.

One piece of advice from those days was not to fuss over a cat that had got itself into some sort of precarious scenario.

The logic was that a crowd of people gathering around it, poking and prodding, and doing various things to ‘persuade’ it to leave that scenario was more likely to get it entrenched, rather than entice it.

This story seems to reinforce that old view…

A cat which was stuck on a bridge for six days wandered home hours after a £5,000 rescue mission was abandoned.

Hatty, a five-year-old Maine Coon-Serengeti cross, had been perched on a ledge of the Royal Albert Bridge, which connects Plymouth, in Devon, and Saltash, in Cornwall for almost a week.

Fire crews and the RSPCA rushed out to rescue her and Network Rail were even making arrangements to close the rail line over the bridge, known locally as the Brunel Bridge.

One rescuer scaled to the top and attempted to coax the feline out with cat treats. Onlookers tried to send food up with catapults.

But Hatty would not be budged and was last seen peering out from behind a crevice under the famous bridge.

Fire crews eventually called off the rescue – which costs the taxpayer about £500 an hour – at 5pm on Wednesday.

However, they vowed to return the next day.

Just a few hours after everyone left, Hatty clambered down and suddenly appeared at home – with evidence she had eaten a seagull to stave off the hunger.

Cat ‘stranded’ on bridge for six days walks home after £5k rescue fails

Made me think of…

A cat, and a bridge:

High Cat

High Cat

30/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Sad update as cat dies from wounds reported earlier

Unfortunately we noted that the cat which we noted was deliberately wounded in an attack a few days ago has died of those wounds.

A pet cat who was shot in the stomach with an air gun from close range has died.

Rhea underwent emergency surgery after being found with severe abdomen injuries near her home in Falkirk.

STV News told last week how she was fighting for her life after part of her gut was removed.

However, the Scottish SPCA confirmed on Wednesday that, despite the treatment, Rhea had died.

Owner Alan Smith said his family – whose other cat Oreo was shot by an air rifle last year – has been left “devastated”.

He said: “There are no words that can or will help. Gutted does not cover how we feel.

“We have lost faith in humanity after losing Rhea in such a horrific way.

“She did not deserve this, the pain and suffering she must have gone through before her death would have been unbearable, it breaks my heart.

“The person responsible must be brought to justice before they strike again. Someone out there knows something. Our pet died for absolutely no reason.

“The amount of distress and upset it has caused my wife and I is immeasurable.

“This will be with us for the rest of our lives, losing our baby girl in this way.”

The Smiths believe Rhea was deliberately targeted following the previous attack on Oreo.

Owners devastated after cat killed in ‘targeted’ shooting

I can’t really add anything to this, other than a reminder that this sort of person NEEDS to be caught, as studies continue to warn that they are likely to be working their way up, starting with defenceless animals, then moving on to children.

30/05/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Use your cat’s litter to teach thieves a lesson

I don’t know what other places are like, but around here it can be a pain if you’re not in to receive parcels.

They usually end up back at the depot if not deliverable, or maybe there’s one retry, then you have to ‘make arrangements’.

I’ve seen various US and Russian videos where deliveries are just dumped and left to lie in public view, and where thieves just wander along and help themselves to stuff lying in front of doors.

I rather like this option, but suggest one alteration.

Don’t leave you special package in front of your own door – the types that steal stuff are all too likely to return it and throw it back where they stole it from, OPENED, so the content spill all over your porch.

Amazon litter box

Amazon litter box

20/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | 1 Comment

Seems there is at least one serial animal abuser out there

Not much I can add, other than to reiterate that animal abusers should be turned in.

They have problems in their heads and are NOT trivial, as studies continue to suggest that picking on animals is just practice for picking on children.

A pet cat has been shot in the stomach from close range.

Rhea has undergone emergency surgery to remove part of her gut and is now fighting for her life.

Her owners believe they are being targeted after their other cat was also injured by an air rifle.

She is now the third cat shot within a two-mile radius in Falkirk in less than a year.

The Scottish SPCA believe the shooter will commit more crimes against animals and want to catch them before they strike again.

The Scottish SPCA are now working closely with Police Scotland due to the nature of the act.

If you have any information, call 101 or the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Owners ‘distraught’ after pet cat Rhea shot in stomach


19/05/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

Slum landlord revealed in Partick

Can only hope the resident(s) found somewhere better after the old place was condemned.

Partick Slum

Partick Slum

10/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

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