LIFE Midweek Musings

End-of-week Musings: the UK cat killer

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Our beautiful mog Percy

Apologies! This post is late – again. I’ve had food poisoning/norovirus (no idea how you tell the difference) over the past few days and have been in an absolute state. On the mend now finally, thanks to lots of rest and dioralyte.

This week I wanted to do a quick post about the UK cat killer. A bit random, I know, but actually it’s something I’ve been following lately and it’s really upset me. For those not in the know, there’s a horrible sick git out there taking great pleasure in killing (often decapitating) cats late at night, and leaving them for their owners to find. There’s been more than 100 confirmed murders now, most of which have taken place around the M25. But the police are still no closer to catching the person responsible.

I wanted to write about this because since we moved house, we’ve wondered what to do about Percy and his access to the garden. We have a cat flap in our living room, but as our downstairs is completely open plan this means he can come and go as he pleases, leaving a trail of muddy footprints across our carpet/rug/sofa/dining table/everything (he loves the new garden, and he especially loves digging in the mud). So when we go to bed, we’ve taken to shutting him in the downstairs loo (should add, it’s quite a big loo!), with his bed, litter tray and food etc. It feels quite mean to have him confined to a relatively small area all night, and we were considering getting a cat flap fitted on the loo window too so he could get outside that way, but we’ve decided not to do that until this terrible person has been caught. It’s just not worth the risk.

So yes, that’s what I wanted to say really. Just in case you hadn’t heard about it and have a cat that you love and want to keep safe! Please spread the word. The official advice from the people investigating this killer is to keep your cats indoors at night – most of the killings have taken place over night. If you want to read more about it, there’s an animal rescue organisation in South Norwood (the killings started in Croydon) who have all the information you could need, and there’s lots of stuff in the press too. This is a good article.

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Charlotte Duckworth
I'm Charlotte Duckworth, an interiors and lifestyle editor, consultant and general digital media nerd. This is my personal blog, about new motherhood, life and interiors.
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    Charlotte
    October 29, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Could you maybe replace your current cat flap with one that locks at a certain time? You can have it so it only locks one way, so as soon as he comes in past a selected time at night, he can’t get out again til morning! eg. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mate-Elite-Microchip-Timer-Control/dp/B009GODTTK

    🙂

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      Charlotte Duckworth
      October 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Yes, we could! But first we have to put some doors in downstairs otherwise he’ll spend all night trying to break into our bedroom 🙁 this is the other problem with an open-plan house and a cat who just wants to sleep on your bed all. the. time.

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        Charlotte Duckworth
        October 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

        PS should add here that our downstairs loo is more of a utility room, and it has the boiler in so is nice and warm, so he’s not too squished I promise! x

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