Sassoon finds her road to recoveryLocal | Georgina Noyce 26 May 2020
A few years ago, when Sassoon was recovering from having her spleen removed, we prepared ourselves for the worst, but planned for the best.
As Sassoon's spleen had actually ruptured with no warning, the vet was cautious with his prognoses. On the positive side was Sassoon's placid and calm personality, aided by her supporting cast of housemates.
One of the many changes we made during her convalescence was to give Sassoon a bed space of her own, something she had never had any interest in. She was more than happy to stretch out on cool stone or wood floors, or hollows in our much abused garden.
Not for her the private nest of dog bed and secluded corners. Sassoon would make herself comfortable with the barest minimum.
After her operation, however, she needed a sheltered and soft place to heal and she took to it like a duck to water. She even developed a little bit of "mine" attitude, expecting clean blankets on a regular basis, especially as time went on and her siblings started trying to make use of the cherished bedding.
Sassoon didn't like settling down on bedding that one of the others had sneakily used. She would sniff and paw at the offending blankets, as if determined to get rid of the smell before claiming them.
And if she could still smell them, even after rearrangement - usually the male odor of Jack the nipper - she would gaze at the nearest human, sigh loudly and move away, as if hunting for an uncontaminated area.
As the years pass, she is less worried about someone else using her bed, probably because all the animals, including both cats, have developed the habit of helping Sassoon with her grooming, so she constantly smells of other animals and humans anyway.
Once comfortably settled, Sassoon won't let anyone, human or animal, move her from her bed. And if anyone takes her bed, she stands over them and benignly gazes down at them until they sheepishly slink away.
Of course, she has never climbed on the human beds or chairs, so we have never had to politely request she moves, as we do with the others. So why has Amber, the once feral cat, suddenly decided to try to make humans move for her!
Georgina Noyce is an equestrian judge, and has a menagerie of adopted four-legged waifs and strays.