Recovery blog

Rosie MapplebeckSpecialcats News

Theres been some interest in my illness and recovery which is sweet so i thought i would infill a little more. on 18/3 I had a stroke which was cause by a blood clot lodged in a vessel in my cerebellum.My blood pressure had been rising and i had seen the doctor before this time and received tablets to reduce … Read More

Holiday space

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, Specialcats News

Rosie’s settled back at home now and coping with work- Its been strange being faced with an empty cattery but Jaime had refunded everyone up till October in case i didn’t get home from hospital quickly enough or I couldn’t work. After all, after a stroke there can be balance, brain and weakness issues.Thanks to all the healing help from … Read More

coming home

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, grooming, Specialcats News

Good news: At last! my bloods satisfy the criteria for safe return and i am being released from hospital care this weekend. I am still in recovery (remind me, Im not a good patient) so will be taking things easy at first. Once I am settled back into self-care (I haven’t done that since March) I will be looking to … Read More

latest re hospitals etc

Rosie MapplebeckSpecialcats News

Hi Im finally well enough to update the website. As many will know from our facebook pages, Rosie(I) had a severe stroke in March, as some put it ‘out of the blue’ but really it was not, my heart had been under strain for some time and high blood pressure led to me going ‘pop’ and a blood clot lodging … Read More

What’s the news then? Specialcats, 2018 and beyond

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, Specialcats News

  There’s been a change of personnel here at the cattery as Alan moved out, Brenda and Katie moved on, Strider moved in and Corrie and Poppy went to aged doggy heaven (ahhh!). Nadav came to us on Sundays, initially for her school’s Duke of Edinburgh award and she is staying on as weekend helper. I’m looking for an older … Read More

Winter breather and closure for noisy work

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, Specialcats News

    Specialcats will have a closed period from 2/2/29-21/3/19 to allow for necessary structural changes to be made. I know this will inconvenience some but its the quietest time of year for bookings. Not the most ideal period to work outdoors in! Life is always about compromise of course. As I train up new staff its been harder to … Read More

2017 into 2018 news round-up

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, frog, Specialcats News

Specialcats roundup 2017 25 years of service Eeks, another year and its been Specialcats’ 25th anniversary. This kind of landmark figure necessarily leads to review, rebuilding and redesign in many ways. People: Rosie focussed on health recovery, having ‘overdone it’ last year; Alan moved to building and maintenance as Katie took on wider roles then reined in when she found … Read More

Tap water in Ayrshire could kill

Rosie Mapplebeckcattery, Specialcats News

Spring has now sprung,the frogs are breeding well, the ponds are full of spawn. I will be topping the ponds up with rainwater ONLY as Ayrshire tap water is now toxic to amphibians and fish since Scottish Water changed their disinfection processes at less than 2 weeks public notice. 2 Postcards were send out, one to businesses talking about protecting … Read More

What do I bring? The perennial question

Rosie MapplebeckSpecialcats News

On the day: what to bring to the cattery (this is available as a printable form on our bookings page too) Your cat, nice and calm in a well secured travel basket. If you use a harness during car travel, it must be a well fitting and on arrival, your cat transferred to a basket for the walk from car … Read More