The all new Florrie thread :-)

(48 Posts)
dobby2001 Wed 10-Apr-13 21:44:05

Hi all, I thought to save confusion ,let alone ploughing through four pages of angst, I would start a new thread to talk about our long lost,now found kitty. Hope you guys don't mind my gushing but I have so many things going on in my head, non kitty folk won't get. Or be sick of me talking about grin

Anyway here is tonight's update. Florrie has had diorrehea today sad . The vets feel this is to be expected due to reintroduction of nutrition after starvation, as otherwise she is responding well. DH and DD went to see her at visiting time, and she went loopy with delight! It was the first time DH had seen her since she was found and he according to DD was choked up with how bony she was as she snuggled in to him.

The vet nurse told me they will review her again tomorrow and if her tummy settles, the IV may be able to come out. Then perhaps home for the weekend grin

Oh and for those who haven't seen them, Florrie pics on my profile now grin

QueenStromba Sat 20-Apr-13 19:57:50

I'm so glad she's doing well. It's amazing how quickly they can put on weight isn't it?

Ah bless her. I've been thinking about her this week as I've been fostering a cat that was found collapsed and starving in someone's garden. I found it hard to believe that a large cat could be so thin - but even he probably wasn't as thin as poor Florrie. Anyway he's probably almost doubled his body weight in about five days - and I have been idling wondering how his weight gain compares to Florrie.

Anyway I'm really pleased she's doing so well.

dobby2001 Sat 20-Apr-13 18:57:19

So sorry! I had an early night last night and then went straight out to coach cycling - have only just got onto mumsnet blush

Thanks for asking. Florrie went for her check up at the vets last night. The vet nurses came out from behind the counter to all take a look at her - well the commandeered the carrier,opened the door and took her out for a cuddle actually! Luckily we were the only ones there at the time! The vet luaghed out loud when she saw her and said "I can tell without weighing you that you are a lot better" . We did eventually weigh her and she is now 2.8kg - so 1.2kg more than when she was found smile The vets only comment was - very ggod, but Floorie if you keep stealing your brothers food, I will be putting you on the reducing diet next!! grin

We have let her go outside today - had out hearts in our mouths, but after a very good sniff around the garden, she brought herself back in after ten minutes smile She has been racing in and out, and sunning herself on next doors shed roof for most of the day, only coming inside to eat and sleep on the warm window ledge hmm

Think it is safe to say she is doing ok - the good thing about her poster being everywhere is that both my neighbours spotted her in the garden today so she can't go anywhere without being noticed now grin

QueenStromba Sat 20-Apr-13 13:27:00

Bump? I hope you haven't come back to the thread because you're busy playing with Florrie.

QueenStromba Fri 19-Apr-13 16:24:51

How's Florrie doing? I saw your post on the other missing cat thread but didn't want to hijack.

dobby2001 Mon 15-Apr-13 23:20:58

aww Demo, thats sweet. I have to admit, I was stroking her today and realise its only a week since we had the call to say she was possibly in the building shock I cant believe she has pulled through, and so quickly. It was also the first time I stroked her and couldnt feel her bones sticking through all her fluffy lovliness smile

I havnt mentioned this before, but the day I went to collect her, it was so bittersweet for the women at the vets who had cared for her. I knew from talking on the phone they were so pleased to be able to say "yes she is ok to go" and then just ten minutes before I walked in to collect her (which they told me was the highlight of their week) A woman came rushing in with a young cat of similiar age and markings that had been knocked down. It was sadly brain dead and as I arrived, all smiles and happy, they took the family through to tell them the bad news sad I knew something had happened, as I overheard some of the conversation and one of the poor girls couldn't help crying when we talked about how easily Florrie could have died, had she not been noticed by one observant neighbour, or if the builders had gone up to check by themselves.

Our cats leave such a hole in our lives when they go, which many folk who dont have a pet bond find hard to understand. I feel soo grateful that we found florrie and that she has survived her ordeal apparently as scatty as she was before smile I am also very grateful to you gouys on here for listening and keeping interested smile

I am also especially grateful to people like Celia Hammond and catneuterer who have the courage to speak on behalf of our animals and their welfare and step in where others don't have the courage to do so. And for allowing bonkers folk like me to adopt beautiful kittys from them grin Although it would be great if responsible pet ownership meant one day, rescue centres would not be required.

Anyway, thats all got a bit long and worthy. I have a cat pulling on my arms as he wants to cuddle up at the foot of my bed when I go to sleep grin nighty night folks xx smile

I'm so pleased she is doing so well. I shared Florrie's story with my vet at the weekend & we were both a bit teary!

Yes she is looking well. She's been one lucky cat.

cozietoesie Mon 15-Apr-13 20:57:32

She's looking well, dobby. Bright and alert.

smile

Are you really going to let her go outside any time soon?

dobby2001 Mon 15-Apr-13 20:53:31

Oh wow, Celia knows about Florrie! I feel like she has celebrity status now grin I got Florrie from Lewisham around a year ago, and Lesley, the rehoming lady there, was her foster carer so she was very much hand picked for us.

Florrie is doing very well. I have put some more pics up on my profile. She is eating everything she can find and fattening up by the day! She is curious about outdoors but prefers looking at it rather than making a dash for the door. Just as well, I dont think my nerves would manage just yet! Due a check up at the Vets Friday. Tyhe very expensive vets food is being ignored in favour of usual grub, stolen from Twinkle, so we have got kitten food for her at the moment. She is SO keen to eat everything though, I would not be surprised if Twinkle buggered off so he could find food elsewhere without a small thing diving in and stealing it from UNDER his chin!!!

How is Florrie now Dobby? In fact I mentioned her to Celia Hammond yesterday but Celia already knew all about her through Facebook apparently. I had no idea Florrie had become so famoussmile

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 16:31:10

Excellent. I thought that settling down earlyish would likely be the case.

And good that you gave DD a treat. I was thinking compromise because DD (in the way of things) will probably be back to 'Florrie's home again - now what about me and my Mum?')

A nice relaxed Sunday is in order for you I think.

smile

dobby2001 Fri 12-Apr-13 16:27:39

We compromised. Went out to a local treat rather than the all day one we had planned. When we got home,we fully expected to be mugged by small furry thing when we walked through door - nothing, not even patter of tiny feet when we called their names - shock instant panic, until we got to their (old) usual chill out spots in the conservatory, where we got met by two very sleepy kittys, both with one eye open and disdainful looks as if to say "what?, we were sleeping as you buggered off, what??"
hmm Safe to say, as aside from demanding food, they have continued to go about their business as if nothing ever happened, things have sttled down grin grin

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 09:53:22

PS - could you nip out to the supermarket quickly, get some goodies and have a Girls' Afternoon In with a bad movie? As a temporary treat and not a permanent substitute of course.

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 09:51:03

Likely, neither of you would enjoy it because you'd be worrying after the events of the past couple of weeks - and whether she and Twinkle were quite on terms yet. After all she hasn't even been back a whole day.

Personally, I'd put it in the bank for her. (In trip terms and not money.) What does DD say?

dobby2001 Fri 12-Apr-13 09:05:29

Moral dilemma - last chance for me to take DD out for trip I have promised her all holiday. But we are both torn as also feel with it being Florries first day back we should not leave her alone - head is saying, she is safe and has twinkle for company, heart is saying I should do nothing but kitty watch hmm

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 08:21:05

Actually, it sounds like you're pretty well there already, dobby. smile

dobby2001 Fri 12-Apr-13 08:03:35

Well I spent most of last night sleeping with a small furry neck collar grin twinkle slept outside my door and refused any attempts at affection, until about 7.00 when he "allowed" me to give him a scratch under the ears grin I gave Florrie her medicines and special food whilst he was out, having his morning roam of his territory, so by the time he came back, he was able to eat without the small excitable furry trying to head bump him (she was never blessed with tact, our Florrie hmm)
Heard a commotion earlier and thought they were fighting, twinkle had taken possession of ALL the new toys and was jumping from one to the other- Florrie was watching from a distance. Fingers crossed there will be peace soonsmile

cozietoesie Fri 12-Apr-13 07:49:24

I'm sure it will come one day. At the moment, as I understand it, the big issue is battery power so the only cat tracking devices at the moment are collar borne - and collars are not only unsuitable for some cats but can easily be removed by humans who wish to so do.

ZebraOwl Fri 12-Apr-13 05:55:33

So glad to hear Florrie's home & Mr Twinkle remembers his manners soon wink

Sometimes think it's a shame microchips don't include a tracking device. Although given I apparently have agoraphobic cats I'd mostly be using it to check no-one was being particularly cunning in their attempt to hide in my room at bedtime hmm

boofted Thu 11-Apr-13 22:22:22

They will sort it out. We have 3 house cats. 2 of them are brothers and extremely close. One got out and was sprayed by a stray so when he came back in he didn't smell the same. His brother started fighting with him. We bathed him and they still fought. We eventually had to re-introduce them to each other and now they're even closer than ever. Florrie will just smell strange for a bit, not as bad as being sprayed by another cat so it should be easier. I am so pleased you have her home! :D

bootsycollins Thu 11-Apr-13 22:05:16

Arw dobby so glad lovely Florries home safe and sound, bless her whiskers. I only discovered Florries thread this morning, I'm so happy your reunited thanks

dobby2001 Thu 11-Apr-13 22:02:03

Yep,neighbours know.
Posters down. Have been trying to give Twinkle extra love but florrie is desperate to grab it all and Twinkle is actively running off and giving death stares from a distance.
You are right, it will settle. It didn't help when he came up to bed tonight with me, and florrie ran past to jump on the bed and cuddle up ln HIS spot. She is now blissfully asleep on my chest (hence crap typing,!)

I on the other hand, feel a right Jezabel after the look he gave me before he stalked out of the room grin

cozietoesie Thu 11-Apr-13 21:48:57

I suspect you'll find it will be sorted out when they wake up tomorrow. The balance between them will be slightly off right now - he's been cock of the walk and she's been away, is a bit weak and a bit anxious. When they wake up, fingers crossed, it will be as ever was. Keep a weather eye though.

Exactly what cozie said.

It's great that's she's home and probably that's all she really cares about right now.

Have you let the neighbours know that she's been found? I'm sure they'll be thrilled and of course they can now stop looking for her.

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