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Black Cats Cross My Path

Young girl and a cat

Various cultures attribute symbolism of different kinds to the black cat – some bad luck, some good luck; some see them as representations of evil. I consider myself privileged to have spent parts of my life with several wonderful black cats, so I guess I think of them as lucky.

My first black cat was Cindy, a barn cat that somehow made her way into the house. She was about a year older than me, and I’ve been told that she often had to be shooed out of my crib when I was an infant.

Black cat on laundry machine

My family moved when I was about three-years-old, and Cindy moved with us. We were moving about a half mile across the fields from one hilltop to another hilltop, on my family’s Century Farm, when my grandparents retired and moved to a smaller house. Cindy had a litter of four kittens at the time, and she moved them too, one by one, down one hill and up the other. She was getting pretty tired by the end (since they weren’t newborn kittens; they were a few weeks old and pretty chubby), so my mother helped her bring the last one over.

Cat laying outside

I even married a man with a black cat, and his having her was a factor in the relationship. He has since admitted that he may have brought her in for a veterinary check-up “unnecessarily” to see me after he had met me at the local pub. His black cat, Trinity, seemed to like him, so I took that as a good sign and agreed to a date…

Orage is not a black cat, but since he is such a great cat I have found a loophole to allow me to include him on my list. Orage was once a blood donor for a transfusion to a sick black kitty who was anemic. So even if he is grey and white, his blood has coursed through the veins of a black cat.

My current black cat is Allie, and maybe I can’t call her mine as my son seems to be her favourite person in the family. Whatever the colour, cats can bring so much companionship and comfort, I could never see myself being without one in my home.

Written by Dr. Janet Comeau, DVM

Boy with his black cat watching his Ipad

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Avon Animal Hospital