A sad little bit of news today from my parents. This morning they had to have Luther, one of their two Red Burmese cats put down. Considering that back in 1992, Luther who was the runt of the litter wasn’t expected to survive into adulthood, and indeed never grew to full size, he’s had a good long life at fifteen years.
He’s been going steadily downhill for the past few months, and has been suffering with his teeth to the point that he hasn’t been eating much, and only usually when someone is there to feed him, so Mum and Dad have ended up hand feeding him four times a day for the past few months. Eventually yesterday he was barely moving and rather than see his quality of life deteriorate any more they took the decision to take him along to the vets this morning and have him put to sleep.
The picture on this page shows how Luther usually greeted visitors to the house, by flopping over and expecting attention, he also liked sitting on your left shoulder – and note, only the left shoulder – being on the right would generally produce a lot of fidgeting to get over onto the correct side! Like most Burmese he was very sociable, and also could be very vocal at times. He also in younger times would quite happily play fetch and retrieve games – something again that Burmese are known for doing.
Another hat tip to Howard – who based on his Flickr stream has had his life taken over by his cats – for the lolcat Bible. You’re either going to think it’s hilarious, or in pretty poor taste, but it’s an effort to produce the bible as written in the cat language that has grown up through sites like I Can Has Cheezburger.
Having said that, dig into the story a little bit, and you’ll actually find it was because the poll selected an unsuitable name. Amusingly few of the articles have actually said what the unsuitable name actually is. Expecting something shocking, I came across this Times article which drops the following hint:
Socks was the name chosen for the Blue Peter cat by the programmeâ€™s producers, although insiders said that the decision was taken because the most common name selected â€“ a variant on Puss â€“ was deemed to be inappropriate.
Having found out what the name actually is, I do think that you’ll find that there were a good few non-viewers who voted for that for a laugh. As to it being inappropriate, and the fact that neither the BBC online service or the broadsheets are reporting the actual name, it is ironic to consider that thirty years ago prime-time BBC comedy series Are You Being Served used the same name as the basis for a running gag… How times have changed!
So it seems that our night-time watcher has taken to sitting by our door during the day too…
I snapped off this picture of Ebony, the cat from two doors down as I got home this evening. Beth confirmed that she’d been curled up like this outside our house an hour before too. Certainly it seems like she is pretty comfortable to snooze here, despite it being a pretty open spot. Having said that, we’re not quite sure why she finds this particular spot so attractive, as there aren’t any warm pipes or anything like that which we are aware of. Maybe it’s just one of these cat fad moments, and in a week or two she’ll find somewhere new to sleep…
Thoughts from, and the lives of a Canadian and a Brit living in Southern England.