Calling all Cat Spotters of SE23


Now that I think I’ve puss-proofed our back garden so our two housecats can have a little wander, I had the back door open to deal with this awful heat. I was working away in our living room when I saw a large grey cat out of the corner of my eye. Given ours are Russian Blues, I assumed it was our boy, until I looked properly and saw the stripes. It seems the Fog-Coloured Cat is getting very bold! I’m used to Gulliver walking in, but it seems there’s a new Top Cat in town.


@FaeryCatmother. What system did you use for puss proofing?


We’ve got trellising on the top of the fences that is a bit too wobbly for them, plus I blocked off access in other spots with expanding trellising. It probably wouldn’t work for adventurous cats, but our two have lived indoors for years so they are easily put off.

I was originally thinking of getting this: which friends in Oz say is brilliant, but my low tech version works just as well here. Perhaps when we move to the country one day.


Thanks. At my old house I had a much smaller outdoor space. I replaced the fences with 6 ft trellis and then used garden netting angled inwards. It worked a treat. But not the nicest to look at.


Close the doors and the windows and the curtains. All you’re doing is letting the heat in. Open them again about 8pm.


Nah - that doesn’t work as well in this kind of heat. The most effective way to cool a house when the relative humidity is higher is create cross ventilation by opening doors/windows on both sides of the building.


That’s what I do morning and evening, but shut up the house mid afternoon, especially when there is not wind.


If you open up both sides you’ll pick up even slight breezes. It’s relatively still today, but I have to keep both doors blocked open because of the cross-breezes.

My other half tended to go with the closing up the house approach too, but I convinced up to take the approach from the tropics when we tested temp differences with both ways of doing it.

The closing up approach works better if the RH is below 45%, or if you’re blocked in by so many tall buildings you’re effectively cut off from any breeze. Although I’m inclined to think there’s a psychosomatic element too - if you grew up in hot countries, dark rooms are associated with hotter conditions, but here I gather it’s more likely to be associated with coolness.


At least my method keeps the bold cats out. :wink:


Nice to meet Saffy in Brockley today. 10/10 for friendliness:


Can you pls all look out for Blanket - she is a little Ocicate cat that has been missing for a few days.
She lives in Vetris Road - but her owner has unexpectedly passed away and no one has seen her.

She is a very sweet cat and we are all quite worried about her.


Blanket has been found - thank you for your help


Hi. We used to live in Vestris Road and knew Blanket’s owners well. Is someone taking care of Blanket? If not we would happily do so rather than her going to a cat home


Thank you for the offer but Blanket has been already taken in by another member of the family.


Thanks, that’s good news.


Took a moment to find the Shannon’s Garden Centre cat today…


Happy International Cat Day. Here’s some lovely tweets from our favourite political cats.


Here for your delectation, is my late moggie Spice stating the obvious through the art of box appropriation.


This is my missing kitty, Tootsie. She’s been missing since last Friday night from Westwood Park, right behind the Horniman. If any kitty spotters spot her, please get in touch! 07471 932525.




We have a garden centre in forest hill? I’d love to know where!

Shannon's Garden Centre