We would like, on this page, to introduce you to one or two of the South Ribble cats. Often these are as featured on our newsletter cover.
By Christine Lomax
I first met Lucy who
is a tabby and white semi - longhair when she was 6 months old in
July 2002 following a call from the police in Penwortham about an eviction
from a house round the corner from me in Penwortham This resulted in
us (note from the ed. - Christine Lomax runs Lancashire Cat Rescue) taking
in Tilly and her four six month old babies, the kittens were taken to the
vets for spaying and neutering and mum was given the once over.
Tilly, the mum was
fine, but the kittens were very quiet, I put it down to the operations and
coming into a strange environment. A couple of days later and not only
were they not better but they were worse, I took them back to the vets and
they were kept in and given fluids. I picked them up that teatime but the
longhaired boy was really poorly in the evening and was rushed back to the
surgery at 10pm that night. Sadly despite a very expensive blood
transfusion (£160) and the fact that Suanne the vet took him home with
her on a drip and had him on the bed with her, he died a few hours later.
This left one male
who was fine and two longhaired tabby females who were not very well at
all, the usual tests for Leukaemia and FIV came back negative and the vets
were puzzled. Then we were devastated when one of the females died, the
remaining kitten, we called her Pepsi, had a general blood profile done
and she turned out to be in kidney failure and after a post-mortem it was
found that this was what had caused her sisters death. As they had come
from the home of known drug addicts we can only wonder whether they have
been given or have helped themselves to something which has caused this.
Not expecting Pepsi
to reach adulthood I persuaded Brian (my husband) to accept Pepsi into our
family despite the fact that this would take us over the agreed (?) maximum
of five cats to six.
Pepsi, had been
getting stronger every day and was due another blood test at the end of
September to see if her kidney function had improved.
The result of the
blood profile was that her kidney function had improved and hopefully it
will continue to do so."Lucy" as we have now renamed her is now
part of the "Lomax" family, she now behaves just like a
"normal" kitten, completely mad and we love her to bits. Lucy is
currently featured on the Lancashire Cat Rescue Website at; www.lancatrescue.co.uk
At the recent Preston & Blackpool Cat Club Championship Show I entered Lucy in several categories with the result that at the end of the day she could hardly be seen for rosettes.
Awards Won at this
show (Preston & Blackpool Cat Club Show 22nd March 2003 held at the
Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool).
1) (class 844)
Overall winner of The Northern Non Pedigree Stakes (judged by Mrs Evans)
2) (class 813)
1st in her open class (judged by Mrs Stalker)
3) (class 826)
1st, Cat or kitten resident in Lancashire (judged by Mrs Evans)
4) (class 833)
1st, Cat or kitten with most expressive eyes. (judged by Mrs Stalker)
I think that you'll
agree that this is an altogether remarkable and wonderful story, and
hopefully Lucy will go on to live a long and happy life.
Best Wishes from
Christine for Lancashire Cat Rescue