Psycho and Nero: from Oman to Australia via the UK

Psycho and Nero: from Oman to Australia via the UK

Psycho and Nero are two very handsome Omani street cats who’ve been given a loving home by Carol. They’re in the process of swapping the heat of Oman for the heat of Australia. Unfortunately they have to do a boring six months in the UK getting vaccinated and drowned in paperwork.

Today they visited the vet in Sussex to start the process. Courier M, who was tasked with chauffeuring the picturesque pair from their cattery to the vet, reports:

“Nero was as good as gold and accepted being vaccinated, examined and donating blood. Psycho was tolerant until he heard the electric hair clippers the vet was going to use to clip a little hair so she could see the vein properly. He quickly went into stubborn mode. The vet and vet nurse tried to wrap him in a towel in order to proceed but he was having none of that either.

“The veterinary professionals recognised they had met their match in courage and cunning and retreated to reconsider their position. In order not to stress him further (and because he was cleverer than them), they decided to give him a mild sedative. You can just imagine Psycho’s indignant cries of ‘foul play’.

“So blood was duly taken but still Psycho managed to return the compliment and take a blood sample from the vet! Don’t worry, it was only a scratch and the vet still thinks he is very handsome and quite a character — and possibly the loudest cat she has ever heard.”

Owner Carol wasn’t unduly surprised by these events and has passed on some useful tips to keep the artful dodgers busy during their stay at the cattery:

“They do fight, but it’s play fight. No blood is ever drawn. Nero usually starts it. It does not last too long and there’s lots of play fighting. They need lots of little toy mice to play with. They like Champagne corks. They love fishing rod toys and will love it if someone goes in regularly to play them.

“Psycho does spit and hiss at strangers. He hates the vet and the vet here had to sedate him and Nero as Nero got stressed. If they are separated, make sure that they can see each other, to avoid stressing them out even more.

“I am hoping they will settle down. They need daily regular human contact. The best time for a cuddle with them is when you wear them out. They have loads of energy and the fishing rod, or a laser beam on the wall may help.”

Champagne corks! What sort of lifestyle do cats in Oman have? Anyway we will be passing on this advice to the lovely carers at the cattery. Meanwhile, Carol is hitting the internet to select suitable toys to keep them amused.

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(Psycho has the dark marks on his nose)

By | 2016-10-17T11:02:19+00:00 Friday, January 6, 2012|animal transportation, latest news, pet air travel, quarantine services|0 Comments

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  1. Cindy January 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Hi I am a friend of the owner and have been tasked to visit Psycho and Nero and say hello. I will also take some pics, hopefully when their new toys have arrived so I can send them to the owner and post on her. I can’t wait to meet these two characters.

    • Animalcouriers January 6, 2012 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Cindy, what super news that you’re going to visit these lovely fellows. They will enjoy the special company. Please do let us know how your visits go. We’d love to keep the blog updated with their progress.

  2. carol January 6, 2012 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Story behind the ‘omani bin cats’ not street cats.
    Their mother was pregnant and rescued by the next door neighbor. The neighbor came round and asked us if we coupd adopt a kitten, my husband immediately said no. He said we would have to pay a fortune to take it with us and we could not just leave it. Anyway, the next day I bought 2 kittens home in a box.
    One of them was a little black nosed kitten who seemed completely off the wall and would be very adventurous. Jumping from high furniture and managing to scale a wicker screen (8foot) balance at the top, and then meow demanding to be let down. The other one was smaller, and less active, more dainty and very cuddly. Syko had to be tamed with a water spray, he would keep advancing even though he would be drenched….. whilst nero just watched and took it all in, hence the names.
    Meanwhile the mother was taken to the local vet and spayed. She very small but very vocal and was always demanding food, very loudly. The father was nowhere to be seen and was probably some large tom who moved onto another kittenmother, in another bin area. Every now and again we would see a huge black and white cat, sneaking in and out of the large skips and looking very shifty, but we could never be sure who he was.
    18 months after we adopted the kittens my Husband Peter gets offered a job in Australia. I stayed in Oman with the cats to finish my contract and join him in June.
    After several trips to the vets (who by now had purchased large gardening type gloves that came up to her shoulders) and a good blood test for rabies carried out in an EU lab, they were ready to go to UK under the new laws where they did not have to go to a government quarantine station for 6 months. The new law came in on the 1st, and they were flying out midnite on the 2nd.
    Animalcouriers were fantastic and gave me all the details I needed including the cargo agent inchcape who were extremely good. This part of the world is not known for efficiency and speed, so I was pleasantly surprised at the efficiency of inchcape.
    Now the cats are at cattery waiting to join us in 6 months to Australia where they will hopefully have a large area to run around in and pleasant weather to enjoy.

    • Animalcouriers January 6, 2012 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Carol – thanks for giving us and our readers the full story. Both names are so apt. They shouldn’t have too many dull moments with Psycho to entertain and Nero as a suitable audience. Cindy keeping them company and you updated is a godsend. Here’s to future updates on the Omani ‘bin’ boys!

  3. carol January 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I sent some pictures of the omani bin boys, from tiny kittens, they are quite comical, hope you can get them posted on a slide show here.

  4. Animalcouriers January 9, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Hi Carol, we didn’t get the photos but did get the link to the video. Best, Animalcouriers

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