Cat Flu: Trog and Other Animals


Snuffles snuffling became more and more pronounced with nasal secretions constantly dripping from her nose and her eyes started to weep. There was no choice but to go to the vet who diagnosed cat flu and suggested that she had been infected for some time and that the cattery proprietor certainly would have known.

“You should take her back and demand your money back” he told us. Of course we didn’t do this as by this time we had already taken Snuffles into our hearts. She was an absolute delight, if not a bit naughty as she climbed the curtains and  jumped onto the kitchen bench to eat the meat thawing for our dinner. Luckily she was trainable and she soon knew what was and was not acceptable.

She was like a dog in the way she followed us wherever we went and seemed to enjoy gardening as much as I did. When I would dig a hole in the veggie patch she would do likewise. She survived her flu without deteriorating further and her eyes and nasal drip disappeared completely. Her snuffling remained with her for the rest of her life which in some ways was good as there was no mistaking when Snuffles was about.

Shortly after Snuffles became part of the family we obtained our first fish tank. It was a three-foot tank on a stand  which we filled with gold-fish. We enjoyed the relaxation afforded by watching the fish swim idly around the tank but became after a short time enamoured with the  variety of tropical fish we saw at our local aquarium. We decided the gold-fish had to go. We would trade them in.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Cat Flu: Trog and Other Animals

  1. xbox2121 says:

    I had no clue cats or dogs for that matter could catch the flu.


  2. Maria M says:

    Poor snuffles. Great post, reminded me of a cat we had to used to sit in the wheelbarrow and accompany me as I gardened.


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