Acadia coons Endless Gascoine (aka Endy)

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Today exactly 20 years ago a little miracle happened. On that day our first Maine Coon was born at the cattery of Ina and IJsbrand Gjaltema. This little red boy stole our heart straight away. He did not like showing a lot, but loved his task as couch potato ;-).

Unfortunately he is not among us anymore, he died December 27, 2007 but he will be in our heart forever.

Acadia Coons Endless Gascoine

Acadia Coons Endless Gascoine

 

Vaskebjorns Babangida P. – The “big” boss

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It was nice weather and therefore our cats were allowed outside 😉

Our poly boy Baba (Vaskebjorns Babangida P.) was sitting on our dining table in the garden overlooking all and everything.

We think he has the looks (and the genes) to give very nice babies in the (near) future 🙂

Vaskebjorns Babangida P.

Vaskebjorns Babangida P.

Baba the Builder

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After we returned from our vacation in Tunisia we had to paint our house on the second and the third floor. For that we rented scaffolding. After we were done, the cats were allowed outside again and our Baba wanted to be a “builder” and climbed on the scaffolding.

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We almost lost Feme

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Recently we posted that Feme became 10 years old and was a very fit lady. The last couple of days it could have turned out completely different. A couple of months ago when our vet came for the annual shots, we had our vet also have a look at our Feme. We thought she might have a cold. Our vet was convinced it was a polyp though and said, when her nose starts running or her ears get dirty, I will see you in the clinic. After about a month after the check she still had her cold and we decided to give her antibiotics. Fortunately Feme reacted very well on that and it confirmed us in our opinion that there was no way she had a polyp. She did very well for some time, but until last week. She started having a cold again. As she was still eating good and also performed her household task as policewoman we were not to worried until yesterday morning. Her cold increased a lot and she was short of breath and her tongue was a bit pale.

We decided to go to a vet, but not our own. Not long ago a pet hospital opened in Almere and we decided to go there because they are open in the weekend and have all kind of modern equipment which we already checked out on their open day.

Back to Feme. We arrived at the vet and after some time it was our turn. The vet had a look and after listening to the lungs and the discussion with us decided that it could not be a polyp but some respiratory problem. To decide what the problem was she wanted to make an X-ray. There was only one problem, Feme was so short of breath that she could not take the x-ray there and then. She said she wanted to put her on oxygen first.

So we had to leave Feme at the vet which we find very difficult, but the the cat comes first in our opinion. Later that day the vet called and said that Feme’s problem could be treated very well. It turned out she had bronchitis and an acute asthmatic attack.

She got treated with Ventolin, antibiotics and prednisone. She also wanted to keep her overnight to make sure she was  as optimal as possible . Today around noon we could pick her up again, she felt good and was walking around. When we entered she stepped in her basket straight away ;-).

Now she is walking around and enjoying a sunbath in the garden. It looks like she is feeling very well, but has to stay on prednisone for some time.

As you all can imagine it turned out to be a stressful weekend, we could very easily have lost Feme on Saturday and that because our vet was way off with her diagnosis.

Fortunately we found this vet (Nina is her name) and she acted very well, although it costs a couple of Euros as you can imagine ;-). But …… Feme is still with us and that is what counts.

 

Our thanks go therefore to pet hospital Almere  and specially to Nina.

Feme is 10 years

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Today exactly 10 years ago our Feme was born out of Dynamicats Banshee and Bonfires Cookie Monster.

In her younger days she did very well on shows and most likely she still would go well, certainly given her age. Unfortunately she only had 1 litter, but fortunately we kept her daughter Vaskebjorns Layla P. 😉

She is already sitting behind the door to receive all the birthday cards.

Vaskebjorns Feme

Vaskebjorns Feme

 

Happy Birthday …..

Hello everyone,

Today is a very special day at our place. we have to celebrate three birthdays/

First of all, we have Lady Zayra of the three Turnips (Zayra). She became 11 years old today.

Secondly (and third) we have the two sisters Vaskebjorns Fleur du Cap and Vaskebjorns Svannah P. Both became two years old today/ Especially Savannah is a surprise as she is suffering from Tetralogy of Fallot and was not supposed to get old. This was discovered when we had a heartscan with 9 weeks for her because our vet heard a heart murmur. At the moment she is trying to set the record 😉

Obviously we had to eat a lot of cake today 😉

Fleur (left) and Savannah (right)

Fleur (left) and Savannah (right)

Zayra

Zayra

 

DIY wall scratchpads for our cats

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Nobody guessed the pictures in the previous posting, therefore today the whole “action plan” for this fun project 😉

A long time ago we saw some wall scratchpads on the internet that were placed in a wooden frame. The idea never went away and popped up again on our trip to Berlin in August. We were walking inside Stillwerk and there was a shop selling carpets and they had samples hanging around. We asked if we were able to purchase these samples and they said it was possible. Unfortunately we thought, well if they sell it in Germany, it will be possible to get it in the Netherlands. But as it turned out, the shops in the Netherlands were not willing to sell the samples.

This May we were in Berlin again and now we decided to buy two of the samples. The shop took the order and said it would take 6-8 weeks to have the factory make them. We could even decide what size we wanted. We went for 38cm x 38cm being the size they had in the shop.  We also asked if the factory could make them including the rings to hang them on the wall. That also was no problem. A plus side is that the rings are nice set and very big.

Back of carpet

Back of carpet

Last week the little carpets arrived and we bought all the stuff we needed, being 4 hooks and 4 screws and 4 plugs ;-). After that it was time to hang the carpets on the wall. First of all we had to measure where they needed to come on the wall. We put some little crosses on the wall.

Marking

Marking

After that we got our drill and drilled some holes (4 in total) and inserted 4 plugs.

Plug

Plug

Now it was time to get the hooks and the screws and place them on the wall. Due to our electric screwdriver, this was a easy task 😉

Hooks

Hooks

The only thing left to do at this moment was getting the carpets and hang them on their hooks.

carpets on wall

carpets on wall

After this hard job 😛 , we only had to wait for our cats to come ….

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Feme

Feme