Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Topsy has a reprieve, and Ken has a webcam!

It was a busy Saturday for us. I had a personal care job at 9.30 am, and straight after that I accompanied Ken to his chiropractor for his 11.15 appointment. From there we went to the Cat Protection Society to seek their advice about Topsy. One of the volunteer staff spoke to one of their vets, then she came over to advise us. She told us that female cats were often more 'feisty' than male cats, and that she had a female cat with a similar nature to Topsy. She confirmed that if we did bring Topsy back to them she would probably be put to sleep, as with an unpredictable nature it would not be possible to re-house her. She suggested that we take her to either our vet, or a cat behavioural specialist in Melbourne, who had a good record with helping people sort out their pussy problems :-) Apparently there is medication of several kinds available that will calm animals, and often only one course of treatment is needed to sort them out permanently.

As Ken and I really don't want to have an animal die just because we can't cope with her sometimes, and punishing her is not a good option, our next course of action will be to call this specialist next week to make an appointment. Hopefully it will be of help. Poor Puss. I'm sure she knows what is being said about her. Since last Sunday when she bit me, she has been looking at us with such a worried expression on her little face, and she has been staying inside more, instead of wailing to go outside all the time.

After spending another hour at the Cat Protection Society, cuddling all the kittens and visiting the outdoors older cat enclosures, we headed for the shops to look at webcams. Nicole and I have been chatting online late at night and as she has a webcam, I have been able to see and hear her on my PC. Ken was wondering whose voice he could hear, and when he came to investigate, he was intrigued by the idea of being able to talk and see someone on the internet. So being a man, of course he had to have this new piece of technology! We found a little Logitech model for $60 and as soon as we got home, Ken installed it on his laptop. (My six year old PC can't handle the new technology and I'm not interested in adding upgrades to it). Nicole was online when Ken got ours working, and there was great excitement in both households for a few minutes, while Nic, Chris and the Chickens waved at us, and Ken and I waved back! Ken finally got the microphone working too, so Nic and I were able to talk to each other as well later on. What fun this Internet thing is. Who among us Baby Boomers could ever have imagined such things? Not me, that's for sure.


Blogger Meow said...

I hope the specialist will be able to help with Topsy. I've heard about a medicine they take, which calms them down, and makes them less agressive ... hope it works.
Yay for the webcam ... I haven't got one yet ... one day. HOpe we can hook up on MSN one day ... should be fun.
Take care, Meow

Sunday, 03 June, 2007  
Blogger Val said...

Gina, a bit of a connection here: we used to live in Wombat Court which is next to the Cat Protection Society. You might have even been there when we lived there - between 1986 and 1994.

Friday, 15 June, 2007  

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