Castaway on Aitutaki

Cook Islands: Aitutaki

June 12, 2012 // Around the World 2012, Cats, Featured

When I was planning this trip back in March, I had a look on Google Maps and found Aitutaki, an island about 45 minutes by plane north of Rarotonga. The thing that immediately arrested my attention was the incredible turquoise of its lagoon, as seen from space. I knew that I should definitely look into…

Me and Karsten off Rarotonga

Diving Rarotonga

June 11, 2012 // Around the World 2012, Cats, Featured

I’ve dived a fair few places in the world, and on this trip, I’ve dived Koh Tao, in Thailand, and the Great Barrier Reef. I think I’d have to rank Rarotonga as up there with the best places I’ve dived in the world, and a far, far better experience than what I discovered in Thailand…

Cashier - Cat Cafe, Tokyo

Cat Cafe – Shinjuku, Tokyo

April 27, 2012 // Around the World 2012, Cats, Featured

I’d heard about the Cat Cafe phenomenon through a Guardian website video earlier this year. Urban apartments are often small in densely-populated Japan. Quite often, an additional deposit and/or extra rent is charged by the landlord if a tenant has a cat. For those that crave cat companionship, but can’t afford to pay for the…

Neat Cat Storage

Curiosities – Japan: Cat Lives

April 26, 2012 // Around the World 2012, Cats

This is the first of a series of short “Curiosities” posts from my Round the World Trip - short posts about small observations or incidents that provide a bit more colour. From what I can tell, the Japanese are animal lovers as much as the Brits. There are a lot of pets and not much space,…



July 3, 2011 // Cats, Featured

You probably already know that we’re a cat-friendly household and that we foster cats. We recently took delivery of a pair of kittens from the cat rescue charity that we support. A woman walking her dog spotted a car stop in a country lane and dumped a cat with these two. They were rescued and…


How to Find a Missing Cat

July 13, 2010 // Cats, Out and About

It’s every cat owner’s nightmare: you get a lie-in because the moggy isn’t pawing at your face at 5am to be fed. In fact, you don’t see the cat for the whole day. Then two, then four. You start to fret. You worry that the worst has happened. Perhaps his death was mercifully quick? You decide…


Some people are idiots…

July 12, 2010 // Cats, Out and About

I was wondering when I’d feel inspired to blog something. So here goes. Rebecca and I were out looking for our lost foster cat, Piper. We’d leafleted our neighbourhood and had a call from a neighbour who had spotted him in the fields nearby. Sadly we didn’t find him, although a very cute tortoiseshell followed…


9 of 9

May 16, 2010 // Cats, Out and About

I was rushing through Hampton to visit my parents yesterday and saw this reminder to make haste slowly: I think the poor cat (it looked like a Burmese) had just used up the last of its nine lives. The driver did her best. It must have been a real shock. She picked up the cat…

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Adopted Kitty

December 1, 2009 // Cats, Out and About

You may know that we foster cats. We take them into our home for a little while until they’re adopted by a good home. Quite often, the cats have been abandoned or mistreated and it’s a little work to get them trusting humans again, as well as not worrying too much about vacuum cleaners etc.…

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Hello Cat!

August 26, 2008 // Cats, Out and About

You probably know that I really love cats.  Sadly, I have allergies and I react badly to many cats, but they seem to be fading. We figured that fostering would be a good way to go because we could see if we could tolerate being around the cat, see if we all got along, and…

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