Lady Beatrice was not amused.
She is fond of routine, order and method. Why are these strange, gangly men even allowed into the house. And – quelle horreur- why are they using ‘hammers to destroy the place’? The noise, the mess, the dust the smells… It’s all too much.
So we packed her bags and send her off to stay with my mother. Frankly I’d do the same if I could, but One has to stay close to supervise the works. During the week at least. Cats are sensitive creatures and Lady Beatrice is fastidious and has particularly aristocratic tendencies.
My previous cat, (also a rescue from Battersea) was in fact fearless. A loveable black & white tuxedo short hair, so very similar looks to lady Beatrice. My god though, her personality could not have been more different! She could have builders and scaffolders for breakfast! And she often did! I’ll never forget how I used to find her in the morning, blocking the hall way and demanding the builders stopped whatever (little) work they were doing, sit on the steps and pat her head adoringly. No amount of stomping or hob nail boots could put her off. She was not afraid of dogs, she even chased a fox away once…oh and I mention she had no teeth? It was all a front which just goes to show… Never show fear to your enemies, attack, attack attack…’The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.’
As things are, lady Beatrice is safely confined in her quarters away from the ugliness of building work. As it should be.
Tips or stories about keeping your cats safe during Renovations?
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