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Monday, 2 February 2015

On Cat Sitting and a Tortoise Called Ernie



This morning my cat sitting began in earnest.  I set my alarm for 7.45am just in case I slept on but I was awake long before that (you can see I take my responsibilities seriously :/ )  I had not one but two cats waiting for their breakfast....Eek!...Now I am not a 'cat person' having never owned one in my life and am naturally a bit nervous around animals anyway.  If I confess that I was nervous around our family pet mongrel as a kid, and he was a friendly happy chap, then perhaps you might forgive me.  Anyway, my neighbour's moggie is a stray which she took in a few years ago and she is an eat-and-dash-off- again sort of cat, no bother at all really.  She will come around my legs for a greeting then eat and away.  The visiting cat (named Fudge) is twice her size!  She muscles in when she can smell food so I had to feed her too by placing some in a dish outside, leaving me a bit of space to feed Puss. Ah well, this is day 2 of a 28 day mission :-0

My next task is looking after a tortoise called Ernie who just happens to be hibernating in a fridge at the moment.  My childhood tortoise was hibernated in a shoe box under the stairs but these days it has all become very technical and apparently a fridge is the way to do it.  Luckily I have contact numbers if I have any worries but I have no idea how long these creatures hibernate for.  Do they move at all? When will he wake?  I sincerely hope he will sleep through the time he is in my care.

Has anyone else got a tortoise? What do you do with it during the winter months?

Thanks ever so for popping in x

12 comments:

  1. Blimey, you have given yourself some responsibility there! I could do the cats no problem, we've had 3 of our own but a Tortoise in the fridge! Can't help with that one :-)
    My only experience with a Tortoise was watching Blue Peter lol

    Enjoy your day x

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    1. Oh, Karen, I offered to help in a very weak moment. Take a look at John's comment...lol...x

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  2. Well I suppose there's always tortoise soup if the worst happens, silver lining and all that......

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    1. OMG, John, DON'T! And remember I am almost vegetarian...lol...

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  3. My sister currently has a tortoise in a fridge in the attic. I will happily ask her advice if you have any concerns. Jx

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    1. Jan, you are a star! Would you ask her how long tortoises usually hibernate for please? And is it normal for them to move around during hibernation? Thank you, Angie x

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  4. Tortoise in the fridge sounds like fun! I thought they just hibernated in a box but like Karen all I know comes from watching Blue Peter and that was a LONG time ago!
    Cats are pretty independent characters and they have 9 lives so you should be OK!!

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    1. It was a long time ago for me too! The cats are the easy part...lol..

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  5. just rememebr your place as a cat servant and you will be fine!

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    1. Too right :) Fudge actually came to the back door to fetch me this afternoon! They were both ravenous again. It must be the cold.

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