33 days ago

Visiting Tom Cat

Faye from Woolston

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. The paper collar worked, and his owner texted me. I got the impression the owner may now be on the path to getting him neutered. Shame in a way as I may not be visited by him again, but on the other hand it's much better for him.

Hello. This tom cat has been calling to see me for a feed for the last three annual cat mating seasons, then he disappears again. (I don't have an non-neutered female to engage his interest.) The first time he was about a year old, bigger in the second year, and this year he is fully grown. He's reasonably socialised, and will walk into the kitchen like a boss when I open the door. Last weekend I saw him on the front lawn of a house in Smith Street down near Linwood Park, but he may have been stalking a bird rather than relaxing at home.

Does anyone recognize him? I'm weighing up whether to properly adopt him, have him vet checked and neutered, etc, but don't want to steal him away from someone else if he does have an owner. Please reply to this message to contact me.

More messages from your neighbours
9 days ago

Laughter the best medicine after all

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Hi neighbours,

Former mental health nurse Jude Ivy​ gave up working six years ago to dedicate her time to her husband Chris, who was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer and given a year to live.

She looked after him until he died a few months later. Unemployed and alone, Ivy fell into depression, which she had struggled with in the past.

“I stayed strong for him and then when he passed, I collapsed.

“Comedy saved my life,” she said.

The comic has set up her own line-up of comedians, performing at Christchurch’s Austin Club.

“I needed a spark of joy.”

Read the full story by clicking 'Read More' below.

3 days ago

Stolen mobility scooter

Niki from Linwood

Hi neighbours. Overnight someone jemmied open the side window of my wee van and stole my portable mobility scooter. As you can imagine l am incredibly distressed at losing my transport. The battery was inside charging so It will be of no use to them and l imagine they may dump it so l'd be really grateful if everyone could keep an eye out or if they could let me know if they see it for sale. I live on Gloucester street near Woodham road and the van was parked outside my house. It's an older white Toyota hiace so
I'd also be grateful if anyone who saw anything unusual last night could let me know. Many thanks. I have added a photo of the scooter although the pedals on mine are slightly different.
Have also posted this on the crime page.

4 days ago

New Zealanders are locking down their cats, for good

The Team Reporter from The Press

New Zealand is a nation of cat lovers, and increasingly – at least anecdotally – we’re keeping them inside.

Owners say welfare and conservation concerns are the main drivers; experts are cautious not to say too much, and cats are silent on the issue thus far.

What's worse — keeping a cat indoors 24/7, or letting it roam free where it will hunt birds, and possibly be injured?

Read the full story here and share your thoughts in the comments below.