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Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 17:27

I think that nowadays there's so much information out there that responsible owners will find the information they need - all they have to do is buy a book on cat ownership or log onto a website for the same and learn about what they're doing - just as keen gardeners visit this site and other gardening websites and buy magazines and books. 

A few seconds' googling came up with with this   - which reveals it's not just lilies, but amaryllis, cyclamen and poinsettia as well. Our garden's been full of cyclamen for years but as far as I'm aware the neighbours' cats who all visit us have only been poisoned by anti-freeze (not ours I hasten to add!)

There is of course no accounting for the irresponsible or know-it-all cat owners who don't find out how to look after their pets, but I'm afraid that's one of the facts of life.

I hope it doesn't appear that I'm anti cats - I'm not - as I've said before I love cats and have owned (or been owned by) many wonderful cats.  I don't want other people's cats in my garden, but that's another matter.  On this thread I just think we should remember that life is dangerous - breathing is bad for us - it causes oxiditave stress on our body cells and results in aging and death - eventually.

Just because something might harm our pets it's not everyone else's responsibility - the onus is on the pet owner.

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 15:07

Should every shopkeeper selling a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk, or even worse, Fruit & Nut, warn the purchaser not to feed it to dogs as it may make them ill?

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:19
Debby wrote (see)

Apparently if they are doing a survey and not directly offering to sell or supply something, they do not have to check the TPS list, but I did discover that they get a black mark against them if they have to disconnect the call, apparently if you swear or put the phone down this is to be expected !, so if someone calls and asks if they are speaking to Mr or Mrs so and so or the lady/man of the house just respond with " no but hang on a minute ill get them for you ", put the phone on the side and carry on with what you were doing, after a couple of minutes they disconnect and the calls seem to now be very rare. 

I explain that I used to work in marketing (I did for a while) and I know that the results of surveys are used in marketing - the results are either commissioned by a company who wants to sell something, or they are sold on.  I ask them to prove to me and the TPS that their survey will not be used to market anything ... they have always hung up.


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 14:10
punkdoc wrote (see)

Hopefully an Audi A1. It will be nice to have room for compost and stuff in the boot, but whether that compensates for not having a soft top, well that's another matter.

I've not driven one of those, but they do look as if they'd be quite fun to drive

I do enjoy driving - one of the first jobs I had after passing my test atg 17 was in the office of a garage where the owner and mechanics were real petrol heads and Hot Rod Drivers - they souped up a Morris 1000 for me to drive - loved leaving the lads standing when the lights turned green .  The boss had a TVR Tuscan - he sometimes let me drive it - still the best-sounding engine in the world IMHO

Electrics in a Greenhouse

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:23

Hello Frank - good to see you

We'd noticed you'd gone AWOL and were just a little bit anxious ......


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 13:21

What are you hoping to get Pdoc?  Not anything too sensible I hope

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:55

I've just had a call from a gentleman introducing himself as Ronald Williams from the National Highways Department - he had a pronounced Indian accent, not what I'd expect from someone with that name, but that's by the by - he told me that he'd been informed by the National Accident Database that someone from this address had reported an accident within the past 3 years - if I could confirm this he would pass my details to his colleague - I asked him what his colleague would do with my details but Mr Williams didn't know - fortunately I was unable to confirm that I'd had an accident in the past three years, but I had kept him talking for quite some time - he'd done some very heavy sighing when explaining things to this batty old woman LOL


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:50

Great news Matty   What will you do with the time?  I wonder ............


BL - horses eh?  Who'd have 'em   Juno quite liked being kept in - her stable was near the house and she could see the owner's 3 boys playing in the yard - she liked that - I think it made her feel important rather than being stuck in the field with mere horses

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:07

However, returning to the original post - I feel that this is an issue that cat owners need to make themselves aware of when they become cat owners - it's not the responsibility of gardening programmes.  After all, every time a GQT mentions growing potatoes are they also obliged to mention that the fruit of the potato is poisonous to humans?

Maybe all florists should enquire as to the pets that may be owned by customers purchasing lilies?

Just a thought

Lilies & Cats

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 12:04

Hi Claire - that's interesting - I was aware that cats may well have different sensitivities to those of humans, but the online research I did at the time said that Day Lilies weren't dangerous to cats - however, I'll be guided by you.

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