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Audio interview with English lady cat owner

Merlin a mackerel tabby male cat

I have just spent a very pleasant hour with a lady, Jan, who I meet regularly at the local gym. She lives about 15 minutes walk from my home. She is a teacher and she lives in a nice, leafy, enclave in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey with her husband and her cat, Merlin. Merlin is a three-year-old mackerel tabby. He is a friendly, gentle feline although confident enough to approach me and gently head-butt my hand when I entered Jan’s home.

You might say that he’s a little cautious which is a good thing because he’s an indoor/outdoor cat. It is typical of English cat owners to let their cats roam outside. Very few confine their cats to the home and garden.

Please click the play button on the left to hear the interview….It lasts just ten minutes!


Jan is a very good cat guardian. She ticks all the boxes in doing things the right way. I hope that you enjoy listening to her in this audio interview. It’s one in a series of podcasts by me on this website about cat ownership in England. The intention is to allow people in different countries to understand how the English relate to their domestic cat companions. The English are recognized as animal lovers relative to many other nationalities. Animal welfare laws in England are of a high quality but they are not perfect and neither is the enforcement of these laws.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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