As rescue centres across the country are facing a current influx of unwanted cats and kittens, many of the felines who find themselves in a centre are coming from unfortunate circumstances, often experiencing abandonment or abuse. As a result, many of the cats can find it hard to adjust and socialise in their new environment and can often display nervous behaviours and withdraw from human contact, making them a tricky case to re-home.
However, nervous cats are not a lost cause and can make fantastic feline companions. This is especially true in the case of my one-year-old rescue cat Pudding, who has completely turned around in the space of a month at her new home. Here is my experience of adopting a nervous cat and advice I would give to anybody considering doing the same. Continue reading →
And so the blame game begins. The horrific news that has come from Mountsorrel, Leicestershire has shocked us all. A four-year-old girl was attacked, and killed, by her family’s dog. This tragic event is such sad news and inevitably fingers will start to point, tongues will start to waggle and all of us being human, someone will have to be held accountable.
The police are currently carrying out their ‘initial investigations’ and looking into the circumstances that led to the attack. They stated that tests were being carried out to determine what kind of breed the dog was and whether it was a breed listed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA). It baffles me that the first thing the police spokesman thought it prevalent to mention was this line of enquiry. It’s almost as if they are hoping that the dog falls under the banned breed section of the DDA so that they can state it as the sole cause of the attack and can get a ‘quick win’. The dog’s breed is classified as dangerous so that is all there is to it? I don’t think so! Continue reading →
Africa’s lion population may have fallen by almost 50% over the last 22 years. In Kenya, one of the last remaining strongholds for the species, the lion population has fallen to less than 2,000 individuals. In many parts of Kenya, the most immediate and serious threat to lions is conflict with humans.
Shrinking habitat and reducing numbers of natural prey (due to drought and poaching for the illegal bushmeat trade) has resulted in increasing numbers of livestock being predated by lions and other predators in Kenya. The consequence of such livestock predation is often retaliatory killing by the local communities. Continue reading →