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Cats in the news – and a Scottish SPCA appeal for disinfectant cleaner

Important stuff first!

The Scottish SPCA has launched an appeal for supplies of Anigene.

Its Cardonald Centre needs a large amount of the disinfectant to help fight animal infections.

Every year, the charity cares for thousands of animals that have been abused, injured, or abandoned throughout Scotland, and needs a large amount of the disinfectant to ensure it fights all types of animal infections.

The Scottish SPCA receives no government funding and relies on donations.

Anigene can be donated to our centres through our Amazon wishlist, or by purchasing on a third-party site such as Viovet and having it delivered to our centres. Alternatively you can drop any donations into one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres in person.”

Scottish SPCA Ginger Pic Credit Peter Devlin

Scottish SPCA Ginger Pic Credit Peter Devlin

Next, still serious, but maybe a solution to a mystery

Cat killer mystery solved

While this story originates in Croydon, the subject has no boundary.

It was the murder mystery that kept police guessing and struck fear in the hearts of pet owners.

Now, Scotland Yard says the so-called Croydon cat killer, thought to have bludgeoned and decapitated cats across the UK, never existed.

Instead, cats were being run over and their dead bodies mutilated by foxes, they say. So what can you do to keep your cats out of trouble?

Cat killer mystery solved, but how do we keep our pets safe?

I have to say I’m surprised we don’t have a similar investigation underway up here, if this solution to the so-called Croydon cat killer is accurate.

Here (in the burby east end of Glasgow) we are inundated with foxes, so either the foxes don’t like them, or our Scottish cats are more road savvy than their English cousins.

I do walk a lot, and have not come across a lot of roadkill – although I’d also say that wandering cats are the exception nowadays.

But in recent years, I seldom go out and don’t spot a fox, either directly, out of the corner of my eye, or just by the disgusting cries they make while hidden in undergrowth and gardens. It really is a horrible noise. Sometimes I can pass as many as three or four in an hour.

I never get a pic though (unless they’re dead), as they may not be all that shy, but you can’t generally raise a camera and still have them in view if they’ve wandered out in front of you.


Ever spot outdoor spots and floods in gardens, apparently coming on at random during the night?

I used to think ‘wandering cat on rounds’ – now I know better (they’re probably too small, and too furry) and have seen that this is usually a fox.

If only… that had been a Buckfast bottle!

Happy Boozy Fox

Happy Boozy Fox


He’s behind me, isn’t he?

Goodbye world.


He’s behind me

And lastly, ‘Odd News’

Cat incident is last straw for man abused by wife for 60 years

After sixty years of controlling behaviour and physical violence, Jim changed his blood-stained shirt and walked back to his wife who was making them a coffee after smashing him in the face.

He had asked her to let the cat in while he cut the grass outside.

But instead of turning left to the kitchen, he turned right, walked out of the door and kept on walking away from his life of abuse.

With only the clothes he wore, he didn’t look back, and at the age of 78, he started his life again.

Jim is one of a growing number of men telling other men it is okay to admit to being abused by women.

‘My abusive wife battered me over letting the cat in’

There are some things I just “Don’t get”.

Amongst my sins are loyalty, and a resistance to change.

But after the first hit/abuse incident, I’d be off and the abuser (if an abuser, as opposed to ill) would be being collected by an ambulance and/or the police.

(I do speak from experience, but that’s all you get.)

This could all have been resolved years ago, if only they’d left the cat out during a winter night…

Cat Sleep Kill Repeat

Cat Sleep Kill Repeat


October 3, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Scotland to outlaw designer dog and cat breeding

The breeding of designer pets is to be effectively outlawed in Scotland under new licensing regulations

The Scottish Government plans to tighten the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland to stop people breeding these animals in poor conditions and then selling them on.

Part of the new approach would involve prohibiting harmful breeding practices by discouraging the breeding of pets with a predisposition for genetic conditions, which can lead to health problems in later life. As a condition of licensing, breeding practices likely to cause the offspring suffering in later life will be prohibited.

In recent years, there has been a growth in demand for pets with particular physical features such as short noses, protruding eyes and long ears. This has incentivised breeding for extreme characteristics in some breeds, but it heightens the risk of harmful genetic conditions and can seriously affect the future health and wellbeing of the animal. It can also place unexpected financial strain on the owner as many of those pets will need on-going and costly veterinary care.

The Scottish fold cat, which has a genetic defect preventing it from forming cartilage, the absence of which causes long term arthritis.

The munchkin cat, which has disproportionately short legs

Designer dog and cat breeding to be ‘outlawed’ in Scotland under new regulations

This can’t come soon enough.

Callous breeders and ‘farmers’ who exploit the lack of regulation, and the waste-of-skin celebrities who splash their cash to look ‘kewl, or get one up over their attention-whoring neighbours are the only people who will be upset by this.

It’s sad to read comments from these breeders, posturing their ‘love and care’ for their ‘products’ while steadfastly ignoring advice from vets.

The BBC ran this story last year – generating a whole THREE comments back then.

Should Scottish fold cats be banned?

I found that article only confirmed what I had read about some months before, when I discovered discussion between concerned vets who had been trying to publicise the problem which the Scottish Fold suffered, as the condition which produced their ‘folded’ ears was not restricted to their ears, which flopped or folded due to a lack of cartilage, and affected all their joints, which rely on the presence of cartilage for proper, pain-free, functioning.

At least one Scottish Fold ‘Knows what you did’.

Scottish Fold Revenge

Scottish Fold Revenge

September 12, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , | Leave a comment

This time, I’d like to see the abandoner found

I generally don’t agree with what appears to be an automatic ‘knee-jerk’ response of our animal care services to call for a witch-hunt every time there is a story about an abandoned animal.

Circumstances vary, and there’s a world of difference between someone leaving a pet on the doorstep of a shelter (or some other obvious spot), and someone who does their best to hide the animals they are getting rid of.

I’ve no problem with hunting down the latter, but in the first case, I’ve been in (or close enough) to a place which altered my thinking patterns, and can easily see how someone who is there would be afraid to approach any sort of authority, but still has the presence of mind to place pets they can no longer cope with where they will be found and cared for.

This seems to be a case of dumping and hiding though.

Two cats were rescued after being dumped in a lay-by.

The cats, named Lucy and Julius, were discovered in Larbert on Wednesday, August 22.

The Scottish SPCA said they were found in a very distressed state.

Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Stephanie Kirk said: “We were called out to rescue two cats that were both very distressed but fortunately had not been injured.

“The cats were not close to any houses and were found on a quiet country road so we feel they may have been abandoned.

Two cats rescued after being found dumped in lay-by

I think that ‘officer’ also needs a little more training, after stating “we feel they may have been abandoned” – although to be fair, somebody might have been re-arranging their luggage while in the lay-by, forgotten about their cats and driven off, then forgot where they re-organised the stuff in their car too, so couldn’t pop back to pick them up.

Abandoned Cats Lucy And Julius Pic Via STV News

Abandoned Cats Lucy And Julius Pic Via STV News

August 28, 2018 Posted by | Appeal | , | 2 Comments

New Remnant Kings kills Glasgow’s giant cat murals

Probably goes without saying that I’d rather see the giant cat murals of Howard Street and Dunlop Street than a Remnant Kings shop.

Have a look at the original view here.

Just look the replacement – what were they thinking?

Howard Street Remanat Kings

Howard Street Remnant Kings

I don’t usually slate Glasgow City Council’s planning department, but…

How could they pass the plans that took this away from the people of Glasgow?

Glasgow Dunlop St cats

Glasgow Dunlop St Cats

Coincidentally, the original Kings of Remnant were our neighbours when I was a tiny person.

My old dad came in laughing one day – it seemed he’d heard a woman shouting for help earlier, and when he went for a look eventually tracked this down to the Kings’ garage, where the elderly Mrs King had got stuck under some cardboard boxes that had tipped over and fallen on top of her. No actual problem, nobody hurt, just the boxes had landed in such a way that they jammed in the space they landed in.

August 22, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

And so to bed – The cats of the Purrple Cat Cafe

Although I generally pass the Purrple Cat Cafe at times well after opening hours, if I’m nearby I like to make the effort and detour past the window, just in case I get lucky.

However, it seems the chances of catching any of the residents is lower than I hope for – as they’re probably all tucked up in bed after a busy day entertaining their visitors.

On this pass, I found a sign in the windows.

And so to bed... The Purrple cats

And so to bed… The Purrple cats

Incidentally, I wasn’t too sure earlier, but later passes have confirmed that the sign above the door IS illuminated.

Unfortunately, taking a pic and processing what amount to a ‘low light’ shot means it no longer looks illuminated.

I know how to get a pic that shows, but it needs proper darkness, so can’t happen for some weeks.

August 20, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Purrple Cat Cafe is… Purple at night!

While the nights are currently too light for me to be in Glasgow when it’s dark at the moment, the nights are “Fair drawin’ in” now, and evening are catching up with me.

Coming back through Glasgow last night, I took a small detour along Trongate to pass the Purrple Cat Cafe after it was ‘closed’ for the day.

While not dark enough to show it well (you can see the lights are on), the cafe windows are equipped with, you guessed it, built-in purple lighting.

There must have been something on, the place was still pretty full of happy cat lovers.

It’s more vivid in real life than the slightly wishy-washy rendering of the compact camera I have to carry these days – I really have to do some reorganising so the dSLR can fit in better. The larger sensor does a much better job of colour capture once the light starts fading.

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening


Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

Purple Purrple Cat Cafe Evening

I got lucky this time, with one of the residents looking from their side, into the human zoo on the other side of the window.

Purrple Resident

Purrple Resident

And then there were two.

Purrple Residents

Purrple Residents

August 10, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

I finally found Glasgow’s Purrple Cat Cafe at 2 Trongate – by chance

It was a bit of surprised to find Glasgow’s cat café where it had originally been supposed to be when I first went to look for it – but found only a derelict bank at 2 Trongate.

I’d been collecting pics of an old shop elsewhere, when I decided to wander along to Glasgow Cross.

I thought I was imagining things when I saw the formerly missing cat café!

Thank goodness I had my original pics which prove it really wasn’t there when I first went to find it back in October 2017.

It’s definitely there now, and it seems I was just a few weeks too early, as it arrived not long after.

Be aware that this is not really a ‘Walk-in’ facility, and unless you’re lucky, it seems you really should book a session if you want to be sure of getting in.

And, the cats are resident there, the café is their home, so there are rules in place to make sure they’re not upset by visitors.

If you’re interested, it’s worth studying the info on their web site properly…

Purple Cat Cafe

The Cats Remember, they live there, and are not seeking adoption.


The House Rules

So, I’ve only got some pics from outside.

Maybe they’d have let me take a wide pic from the door (or chased as some weirdo).

My first surprise sighting.

I had to look twice!

Yup… It’s definitely the Purrple Cat Café. I’m not imagining it.

You can go in, but note the sign says ‘Booking Times’ rather than ‘Opening Times’.

Another sign, and a pointer to their ‘Walk Thru Window’. You can’t actually ‘Walk Thru’, it’s really a takeaway where you can buy goodies without going into the café, and disturbing the residents. It’s the window with the canopy, seen in the pic above.

Decoration beside the ‘Walk Thru Window’.


They have a sense of fun too.

I was almost out of luck. Although there are places for the residents to sit/lie/play on the window ledges inside, only one was could be seen, and even that view is restricted by bars on the window (which play havoc with autofocus). This one isn’t featured in the cafés list, but looks like a mature cat that never grew much bigger than a large kitten. That’s a child’s hand its holding onto in one of the pics, not an adult, which might give a clue as to size.

Video from the café…

August 6, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Shocked driving cat is… shocked!

When you’re minding your own business and out for a nice little drive in the country and see…

Cats Eyes Removed

You’re just…

Shocked Cat

Shocked Cat

July 8, 2018 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Tripod cat (not)

Rummaging through some archived pics I spotted one that looked different from my recollection.

I’d toured the former athlete’s village (built for the dopey 2014 Commonwealth Games) collecting pics of the various types of housing built there, and came across a couple of cats. By then, the athletes had enjoyed being worshipped, and deserted the place, and some of the places had people living in them.

I had to look twice, as the pic appeared to show a tripod (three-legged) cat, and I was sure I’d never seen one.

Feline overlords that looked as if they owned the place, yes, but not a tripod.

Turns out that it was just an optical illusion, and the ‘missing’ leg was just perfectly hidden behind the visible one.

Still, three would be better than none – look at poor catloaf (no legs and not even a tail) on the right!

Tripod Cat And Friend

Tripod Cat And Friend

July 7, 2018 Posted by | photography | , | Leave a comment

Cat shot twice. Turn these dangerous cowards in!

Seriously, if you ever come across these types, just turn them in – there are now enough easy ways to pass on the info anonymously, and they are mentally unfit to be free, so there should be none of the ‘grassing’ nonsense thought of.

The Scottish SPCA is now appealing for information as it investigates the attack.

Inspector Robyn Gray said: “Owning an air rifle without a licence has been illegal since December 2016.

“The society was a huge supporter of restrictions around air rifle ownership because of incidents like this.

“This incident has been deliberate, calculated, and entirely cruel.

“Poor Oreo, the cat, was targeted on two separate occasions.

“In the first instance the wound looked like a scratch and the pellet wasn’t visible, it was only when Oreo received the injury to his eye that it became clear this was a deliberate attack.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

The only flaw with this story is the Scottish SPCA inspector’s attempt to blame this incident on airgun ownership – a dangerous error as the problem lies not with the airguns, but the people behind them, and licencing has, and will, make little or no difference to these incidents.

Firearms and hand guns have always been subject to licencing, but a look at the news (especially regarding Glasgow at the moment) will show that these are still being used freely by those who have no interest in the law, or having a licence for the guns they are using.

Pointing at the weapon used is a dangerous mistake (but easy choice of soft-target), as it diverts attention from the real problem – the people carrying out these attacks.

Via Cat loses eye after being deliberately shot by air rifle

Wounded Cat Oreo Pic Via Scottish SPCA

Wounded Cat Oreo Pic Via Scottish SPCA

June 15, 2018 Posted by | Civilian | | Leave a comment

Soft protest at the Glasgow School of Art

Although the original Glasgow School of Art building (which I really really MUST learn to call the Mackintosh Building) is closed for restoration following the fire, the Glasgow School of Art lives on just across Renfrew Street, in the £30 million Reid Building.

Like most places, it’s closed most times I get near it, but I still get to press my nose up against the glass (and there’s plenty of it in the new building) and stare inside.

There’s also a little shop in one of the side windows, and this trio was smiling back at me last time I looked in.

Cats Protesting Soft Toy Rights

Cats Protesting Rights For Soft Toys

June 4, 2018 Posted by | Appeal, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

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