Poppy is my cat and I thought I would tell you a little tale (or should that be tail) about her as she approaches her eighteenth birthday next month, which makes her almost ninety in equivalent human years!
She has always been a fairly slim cat even though she rarely goes outside so she doesn't get a huge amount of exercise, apart from racing up and down the stairs. I always take her to the vet for an annual check-up and he was concerned on our visit in March because she had lost weight and was under 3 kilogrammes, the lightest she has ever been. He decided to run some tests to check for signs of illness, but also suggested giving her an additional meal in the middle of the day to try and help her gain a little weight.
Initially Poppy was surprised to be summoned for 'lunch' but after just a couple of days she started to appear at lunchtime and ask for food, it's amazing how quickly they learn something new even at her ripe old age.
She can be quite choosy with her food so she doesn't always finish everything in her bowl but the extra meal certainly seems to have done the trick as four weeks later she tipped the scales at 3.05 kilos … still quite light, but moving in the right direction.
We have always thought of Poppy as quite a well-behaved cat, unlike her naughty little 'sister' Daisy, who you may have read about in my book. Daisy was motivated by food and had quite a few tricks to enable her to steal food, sneaking into the kitchen unnoticed and even learning how to push down on the door handle to let herself in.
So imagine our surprise when we went into the kitchen the other day to find Poppy on the work surface! I blame my daughter's cat, Oskar, for leading Poppy astray. We didn't know whether to be cross with her or congratulate her for being able to jump that high at her age!
Talking of animals, earlier in the week Jackie Kabler tweeted a really funny link to a YouTube clip of a dog trying to persuade a statue of a man on a bench to throw a stick for him. I was in hysterics – the dog was so persistent. I thought you might like to have a look so I've popped it just below…
I hope you are enjoying Get Gorgeous on QVC today – it's all day tomorrow as well with the focus on fashion, jewellery and beauty, and everything on air is on 2 Easy Pay. I'm with Lenny from Nina Leonard at 5pm then I have a new footwear range at 6pm, Peter Kaiser. I say new, more correctly I should say new to us as the brand has been around for 175 years – even older than Poppy!
Thanks to those of you who have very kindly sponsored my daughter Sophie in her Tough Mudder challenge and if you still want to, here's the link again: http://www.justgiving.com/Sophie-Maxwell88.
I did say I was going to tell you more about my One Hundred Lengths of the Pool sponsored swim this week but we are just finalising the location so it will have to be next week. What I can say is that it will be on July 7th and if any of you would like to come, or take part, let me know on here and I will be able to give you more details. I deliberately haven't mentioned football but for those of you who know who I support you'll know I am a very happy bunny.
Much love, Julia xx