Animal magnetism

Ellie teaspoon

 Our cats

quite easily learned to use their new cat flap in the kitchen door.

The problem was …

so did all the neighbourhood cats, who came in to clear the  food bowl, to chase our cats round the house or just to take a nap upstairs.

The solution …

according to the vet, was a different kind of cat flap – one that opened only by magnets worn on our cats’ collars. So we fitted them with collars with magnets attached. They protested initially but quickly got used to them.

The new problem was …

the magnets picked up anything metallic, as magnets are designed to do. Our cats were soon wearing rusty nails, paperclips, stray bits of wire and other assorted jewellery attached to their magnets. Some of these objects jammed in the cat flap, stopping them from coming through.

Then one day …

Ellie, the smaller of the two, started charging round the house in great alarm, pursued (as she must have thought) by a teaspoon. Turned out, she had been feasting on the remains of my breakfast – a boiled egg – and the teaspoon had attached itself to her magnet (see pic above).

And that’s when we saw …

A new opportunity!

Our cats could become feline metal detectors! Who knows? They could find the next Saxon treasure hoard!

They haven’t so far. But I’ll let you know.