Monday, 27 April 2015

What Would You Put in Your Manifesto?

With the UK general elections looming I got to thinking about what I would put in my manifesto if I was standing for election. One of the things on my list would be: 

Affordable Veterinary Care

So far this year over £800 has been spent at the vets surgery regarding Gizmo.  The latest saga was him getting bitten through a haematoma on his ear.  The vet administered antibiotics and after about a ten minute consultation we were handed a bill of £91.98.  The vet said that the antibiotic may not work and the only way to get rid of the haematoma would be to operate at a cost of £500.00.  There is a chance that the haematoma will reoccur after an operation.   Well, that's not happening then so it seems that Gizmo will spend the rest of his life with a cauliflower ear.

I get so fed up with T.V programmes encouraging people to take on a pet without stressing how much they could potentially cost to keep.   Gizmo was born in the wild and taken in with his Mum and siblings by Cats Protection.  When we went to view him he was in the foster carers garden in a cage.  The foster carer said that he needed to be handled a lot to get used to humans.  She used to lay him on his back and stick her fingers in his mouth.  Today Gizmo will want to attack a person if they put their hands anywhere near his face.  When we brought Gizmo home he would hide behind the sofa for weeks and only come out when forced.  Even as a tiny kitten he would leap up at me and bite me at every opportunity.  I even phoned Cats Protection up for advice and they said to give it time.  I don't think he has ever really been suitable as a house cat. I wouldn't buy an animal from a rescue centre again.  I know these centres have the animals best interests at heart but they don't always judge things right.  Gizmo is a fighter.  I don't think he should have ever been offered up as an indoor cat.

Anyway, to get back to the main title of this post, if you was standing for election what one thing would you put in your manifesto?


  1. Living in the Frozen north I'd insist that prospective elected folk have some degree of intelligence. And that they could prove a time of physical or philosophical experience of living outside their box.

  2. That's a good question but now I've been asked I'm stuck,
    Do manifestos matter to politicians? I really don't think so, the party that gets into power never fulfils them anyway.
    Poor Gizmo, he has had a time of it. Your vet does seem very expensive, really costs should be kept at a minimum so that all animals get the care they deserve, those sort of prices stop people from taking their animals to the vet.
    I still need to think about my about banning politicians!!
    V x

  3. Oh, poor Gizmo, it sounds as if you are doing all you can to help him - our vets have a VIP plan for the animals which is ok if you have a young animal and start from scratch ours are elderly (19) and it would cost the earth to insure them - one of them costs us just over £30 a month for his medication - the pills are much cheaper on the internet but you have to have a precription for them which costs about £10 each month so you can't win. Cheaper animal care would be good. Have no idea what I'd want to put in a manifesto most of the parties don't stick to them anyway. I suppose we all care about our health service and the quality of life where we live, and keeping a roof over our heads. I'd like to see more care and kindness in the world. I'll have to think more on it, Simone:)

  4. Now I know why I'm not a politician - I have no idea what I'd put in my manifesto!

  5. I would never want to be a politician. And I don't think any of the things I'd put in my manifesto would go over well with my government.

    Pets can be so wonderful, but yes, they can be expensive. The worst part of it is that vets often don't really know what's wrong with your pet.

    I understand wanting to rescue animals, but I think sometimes some will just never work out as pets. Perhaps making sure all animals be spayed or neutered would be a good thing for a manifesto... there are so many unwanted cats and dogs.


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