Cat News: January 2009 Archives

I know the Florida Panthers haven't had the greatest season, but I sure hope Obama has better things to do than worry about hockey! Don't get me wrong, I'm up for a good hockey game, just like any other red blooded Canadian, but I'm talking about the actual animal that the Florida Panthers were named after. Yep, you guessed it, the Florida Panthers.


There are less than 80 Florida panthers left in the world and they all live in South Florida. The only hope for the panthers is to get Obama's support to designate a specific area that the remaining panthers can live in protected.

CF9E4305-BA6A-464A-B6A7-A88A03DBD7B3.jpgYou see the problem is there has been controversy over where exactly the Florida Panther likes to live. They have been found living in forests, prairies, and swamps. So instead of conserving a little bit of every type of habitat, or setting aside a little bit of one type of habitat, only a small parcel of land has been conserved. Not enough has been done.

Authorities have argued and argued about it but no land has been designated to them. Because of the controversy, developers have stepped in and build indiscriminately and destroyed their habitat until there is no where left for them to go.

But they wouldn't be in this mess if Florida Panthers hadn't been hunted. Up until 30 years ago it was not uncommon to hear of panther hunting in Florida. Now, they are trying to do everything they can to save the once hunted panther.

E559A87C-C76A-498B-B5B4-E550CB98595E.jpgAnd the really sad thing is the fact that vehicles kill more panthers now than any other cause of death. 3 panthers have already lost their lives in 2009 due to vehicles. Pretty sad.

I'm sure Obama has a few things to take care of now that he has taken office, but I hope he can help save the remaining panthers before it is too late.

barack_cats.jpgEveryone knows that the Obamas will be adopting a pet and word on the street is that it will be a rescued dog from a shelter. Well, in my opinion a dog would be nice, even two dogs. I hear there are two Golden Retriever puppies that have been rescued from a puppy mill that would be perfect for the Obamas and the White House. But I think the Obama girls deserve to grow up with the love of two wonderful and happy cats too!

I might be a little biased, considering the fact that I am a hard core cat lover, but you have to admit that cats and dogs are different. Here's what I mean.

Dogs are wonderful companions that you can get out and do things with, they are like the fun pals you hang out with on the weekends. Cats are more like the soul mate or close friend that you can talk to about anything and who is always there for you, through thick and thin. In my opinion, two girls entering the world of politics on an international level at such a young age are bound to need someone to talk to about things they can't tell anyone else. Am I right?

Yes, I am and you know it too. Now I don't know what it's like to grow up in the White House, except for the fact that my house when I was growing up happened to be white. But I am sure that any teenage angst or drama is going to be amplified because their lives are going to be open to the world. Anything they think, do, or hope for will be closely monitored by every newspaper and magazine world wide. In essence the days of privacy are over.

So in light of this loss of freedom, and keeping in mind that these two girls will be watched closely, it might be a good idea for the Obamas to adopt two cats for them too. Cats are really good listeners and they show love in a more intimate way than dogs. Cats will stare at you lovingly when your heart is broken, and purr in your ear when you need to shut out the voices, and knead you and nuzzle you when you need to feel close to another living being but can't.

D27EF679-B93B-4110-96AB-EF1780B422E4.jpgCats offer a deep relationship because they are so human like in their emotions and responses. They feel what you feel. You know what I mean, cats feel sad when you feel sad and happy when you feel happy and they know exactly what you are feeling, when you are feeling it. Exactly what those two girls, Malia Ann and Natasha need.

So Mr. President, take it from one who has lived with cats and without cats, and who relied on the love and devotion of a cat throughout her difficult teenage years. There is nothing like the friendship of a cat. I'm not saying don't adopt the dogs, please do, your very complex daughters will need to have multiple furry friends to help them cope with the stresses of living in the White House. So do your daughters a favor and get them two dogs, but also get them two cats. You will be sending a message to them that says you love them and understand all aspects of them. You'll also be sending a message to America.

The Keesling family of New Castle, Indiana is alive today because of their heroic cat, Winnie, who meowed loudly and paced up and down the bed to wake her humans when she detected a deadly gas leak.

03F956EE-2A9A-4E2F-BD96-91F4B6BAA231.jpgRead the report of the events of that night and about the reward given to Winnie for saving her family.

What I find interesting is that the cat, Winnie detected an odorless gas. According to the reports, Winnie detected it and then worked really hard to wake everyone up, even after the mom, Cathy repeatedly fainted as she made her way to the phone to call 911. I know cats noses are more sensitive than a human's sense of smell, but I really don't think Winnie was able to detect the gas.

What I think happened is Winnie detected changes in her human's behavior and breathing and got alarmed. One report even said that the 14 year old son had gone into the bathroom and passed out on the way back to his bedroom. His fall would have scared Winnie and she would have gone to wake up Cathy, the mom.

Every time I am sick or something unusual happens, Neo gets all freaked out and walks around meowing. That seems to be the kind of thing that cats do, they are really good at detecting differences in human behavior and are really good and knowing when people are in distress. So I think Winnie was looking out for her humans and did the right thing even if she wasn't able to detect the gas.

Does anyone have any stories of cats who can sense moods or distress in their humans? Please comment below.

Kersti Seksel, a veterinary behaviorist in Australia has the right idea, a training session for you and your kitten, called Kittengarten. The Washington Humane Society has started to give cats and their owners training in basic behavior and grooming. A great idea, I'd say! Too many people give their cats away or give up on their cats simply because they don't understand them.

Kittengarten is a great way for people to connect with their cats and to learn hands on how to trim your cats claws, comb and brush teeth. Also its a great way for you to learn about basic cat behavior and how you can build a strong relationship with your kitten. Read how to Teach your cat about playtime at Kittengarten.

cat_training.jpgI had a really tough time finding the bests posts for the second part of my best posts of 2008. There were so many that you guys loved that I couldn't include here. Whenever you have a chance, you should check out our archives, there's a lot more great posts to choose from.

Here are some more posts that were very popular (in terms of web traffic) in the second half of the year:

  • Slinky Cat with the slinky cat song!
  • Cat drives roomba, (automatic vacuum cleaner)
  • Neo caught a chimpumk!
  • Ninja Cat, one of the kewlest cats ever to grace our blog
  • Cat attacks printer and wins!
  • We want to wish you a happy new year and all the best in 2009!

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