Monday, 7 March 2011

What's new pussy cat?

Yet again the Shepherd's Bush twitterati have warmed the cockles of my increasingly cynical heart. Last night Shepherd's Bush resident and tweeter, Andrew (aka @triblondon) found himself with an unannounced house guest.


This collarless and so far unidentified lost cat was seemingly in need of some food, TLC and shelter when he/she was found in a garden off Shepherd's Bush Road. The cat seemed distressed and Andrew checked him/her for any injuries and thankfully there were none. After feeding the poor puss he let the cat move on, hoping it was headed back to its owner, however a short while later the cat was back and Andrew found himself refereeing rooms in an attempt to keep the cat separate from his lovely dog Shadow (who was the first canine guest to attend one of our tweet ups!).

In a weird twist of twitter fate, Queen Kerry, referred to this poster she had seen for a lost cat who does bear an uncanny resemblance to the lost puss at first sight.


Andrew says however, though they look similar he doesn't think this isn't the same cat as there are some big differences in the eyes and fur. How sad to think there are two lost pussies in the Bush...

This morning, Andrew took the cat to a local vet who are now looking after him/her. Andrew asked me to make this appeal as this Puss in the Bush doesn't have an ID chip which greatly hinders the ideal outcome of this story; to locate and reunite Puss with their owner. Alternatively if the owner can't be found the cat will need fostering and then adopting or he/she sadly will end up at a sanctuary or charity which isn't ideal as he/she already appears to be distressed and struggled to escape from the garden he/she was found in. Andrew describes the cat as around 5 years old, playful and house trained.

So Shepherd's Bush, here's your mission should you choose to accept it. Please circulate this information to your neighbours, friends or any cat lovers out there who may be able to help. I'm happy to be contacted if you have any information or want to know more about the cat. If  it was permitted in my rental agreement I'd adopt Puss in the Bush myself but I do hope we can find a home in the Bush somewhere...

08/03/2011 UPDATE: Just to also reassure those who think these cats may be one and the same, I heard from Andrew last night that the Findon Road lost cat returned to its owners two weeks ago. That's one happy ending anyway! Mo and I discussed the lost Puss last night and we both would love to welcome Puss to our happy home however I sadly don't think it would work. Even if our landlord made the exception in our lease, neither of us know where we are one week from the next thanks to our work and social commitments, so we decided it's a little irresponsible to be thinking of cat adoption, in particular one that's probably been through enough. Still, I'm keeping my paws crossed for Puss and for his happy ending!

10/03/2011 UPDATE: I have just heard via a tweet from Andrew that Puss' owner has been found, or rather the owner has found Puss. I am waiting for more information but it became apparent that poor Puss was much older than his estimated 5 years. He is actually 15 years old so no wonder he was pretty distressed about being lost. Again I want to applaud Andrew for his thoughtfulness and commitment to looking after Puss and making much effort to ensure the best outcome for Puss. It would seem his efforts were certainly not in vain and Puss has his happy ending!

11/03/2011 UPDATE: Andrew has confirmed that Puss' owners went to the vets where Puss was a guest specifically looking for him and they have been reunited. Puss in the Bush is now safe and sound at home! I love happy endings...

4 comments:

  1. i was at brook green vets this very morning and they were telling me about a lovely cat found in a garden, lacking in microchip so looking for a home. they are Good Vets and were being proactive so i am sure that soon enough she'll be happy somewhere new. or, even better, find her home again.

    meanwhile i spent £50 on a tube of eye gunk for the dog's eye gunk and she promptly burgled my bag and chewed it up. legend.

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  2. Cat update: Brook green vets say he's (it's a boy, by the way!) doing OK, no reports at any of the local vets so they'll hold onto him for a few days and then he'll probably go to Hounslow Animal Welfare Society to find him a foster home (I got Shadow from them), unless we find him one first :-)

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  3. We have a missing cat in our road but it's definitely not that one, which is a shame. I've worked out where you live - not that I would reveal it publicly, of course! I've lived in Shepherd's Bush since 1982 and for the first nine years around the corner from you in Pennard Road, so it wasn't hard to work out. Keep blogging about the Bush - I love your updates.

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  4. Thank you "hasenschneck" for maintaining my adresses anonymity (many other readers do the same - am eternally grateful).

    Have just looked at your blog - lovely! Do you divide your time between the Bush and that beautiful cottage?

    Keep reading and commenting!

    Bird x

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