Melanie: August 2008 Archives

pictures_of_cats_chase_bear_up_tree.jpgI've seen this photo so many times. I was sure the photo came from someone's overactive imagination, photoshop and too much time to waste. But check this out, a real news story Cat Chases Bear Up Tree. There is an actual cat a 15 pound red tabby in West Milford, New Jersey named Jack who chased a black bear up a tree!

The amazing thing was Jack is declawed so his fierce presence was what scared the bear. What I find interesting is a cat is the perfect snack size for a black bear. Apparently, Jack didn't know he was on the menu!

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Pictures_of_cat_house_on_the_kings_virgil.jpg700 cats and several dogs living in harmony on an acreage north of Los Angeles. The cats are clean, well-cared for and are all available for adoption. How did all of these cats get there?

The Founder of Cat House on the Kings, Lynea Lattanzio created a true sanctuary for cats. After visiting a local animal shelter, she returned home with 15 kittens needing to be bottle-fed. After that, she knew this is what she wanted to do.

She started out with 92 cats and the number has increased to up to 700! People call her and ask her to take cats and kittens that were not wanted, feral, or going to be destroyed. She takes them all, it is a one of a kind, no-cage, no-kill cat sanctuary where cats can live out their lives or wait to be adopted into a loving home.

The cats can go in and out of the house, eat and drink at 10 different feeding stations, climb trees, run, play and sleep in their cat paradise. You'll see in the video how these cats are treated, with love and respect.

You can donate money, time or items the humans need to keep taking care of these cats. It only costs $1 to feed a cat for one day, but with 700 cats, that is a lot of cat food! You can also sponsor a cat for $15.00 a month.

Watch this video, you'll be amazed. I know I've never seen a cat shelter like this before.

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I blogged the other day about 3 things to know before you get a cat and a dog. And if you follow that advice you could end up with a cat and a dog that completely love each other. Check this video out - the dog is loving the attention and the cat is so gentle with the dog. Too cute!


Kitten Loves Puppy - Celebrity bloopers here

pictures_of_cats_jelly.jpgIf you let your cat outside when you go to work, do you ever wonder what he's doing all day?

Perhaps he's visiting some other family and getting love and attention all afternoon then comes home for his evening meal and more loving.

That's what I think happens to Jelly, a cat in London who spends his days at the police station.

I just read about Jelly today. Apparently, this black and white tom cat comes to the police station and spends his day eating treats and sleeping in a box in a case worker's office.

Brilliant!

This cat is smart, he is well fed, affectionate and groomed so he must belong to someone. But during the day, I guess he is a little lonely, so he spends time with his pals down at the precinct.

So I ask you, do you know where your cat goes? Wouldn't it be nice to follow him one day and see if he has a daytime family, just like Jelly?

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Picture_of-four_eared_cat.jpgA Chicago bar owner kept this little kitten in a cage in his bar for his patrons' amusement. Everyone seemed to think he was a devil because his extra ears made it look like he had horns.

But Ted and Valerie Rock adopted the kitten and now Yoda is a loving and playful family member. Pictures of Yoda have prompted people like Tyra Banks and the networks CNN and ABC to air clips about him.

No one knows how the mutation happened but his vet thinks he is perfectly healthy. He doesn't have hearing problems, nor can he hear particularly well. His hearing is perfectly normal. As a matter of fact, Yoda is not the first cat with four ears, there have been others reported in Germany, Russia, and the UK.

This kitten was lucky to have been adopted by a family that loves him. They won't let him outside on his own just in case someone tries to steal him. He's also been microchipped so he gets back to his rightful owners if he's ever lost. Here is a video clip of Yoda.

Read the story, Four ears make Downers Grove cat an Internet star.

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pictures_cats_and_dogs_living_together.jpgIf you are thinking about getting a cat and a dog, you'll need some pointers. There is a lot of truth to the saying, "fighting like cats and dogs" unless you introduce your dog to your cat carefully. According to a study soon to be published by Applied Animal Behavior Science, if you follow some ground rules your cat and dog can become the most loving companions.

1) It is best to make the introductions while they are both young, around 4 - 6 months old is the best. In fact, at this age, they are young enough to learn each other's body language and communicate with each other.

2) Get your cat first and get him used to the house before you get a dog. This way the cat can establish his territory before the dog enters the territory. For the cat this ensures a sense of security. The cat becomes the "alpha dog" in that territory. Which makes your cat much more receptive to the dog and makes the dog respect the cat. Which is exactly what your cat needs to be happy in this arrangement.

pictures_of_cats_dogs_getting_along.jpg3) All cats and all dogs have their own personalities so if you've followed steps one and two and your cat and dog are still not getting along, it is probably a clash of personalities so you just have to make the best of it. Give your cat a safe place where the dog can't go and give him lots of loving.

Read more about In Multi-Pet Homes, Cats are Top Dogs!.

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This cat has talent! I've heard humans play that didn't sound this good!Make sure you wait until you hear the duet she plays at about 1:43. SHe looks like she is really listening for her cue to play. What a cute cat!

This fat cat is sitting on a sofa watching T.V. At about .40 seconds he turns his head to look at the camera, but he doesn't get up or move a muscle. I've blogged before about people and cats turning into couch potatoes together, but this is ridiculous! Check it out.

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This cat is twisted. No really! check out where the feet are and the head, her body is completely twisted, her feet could touch her head, and she is relaxing in that position!

Cats stretch all the time to prepare for the big hunt. Stretching keeps their muscles strong and agile. It also helps find the perfect resting position. This cat is particularly relaxed, even after she is touched she doesn't move. Such a beautiful cat too. Enjoy.


Stunned & Frozen Cat ! - Funny home videos are a click away

Picture_of_cat_reunited.jpgThanks to the North Devon Animal Ambulance in the UK, Mousie has gone home to Ira Bauert in Germany. Ira was on vacation in the UK when Mousie went missing and Ms Lewis from the North Devon Animal Ambulance discovered the cat's microchip.

I can't think of a better reason to microchip your cat! I've blogged about taking your cat on vacation with you, how to choose a good petsitter and I've talked about what to do to prevent your cat from getting lost, but this is a story about a cat getting lost on vacation. Luckily this owner did the right thing and had Mousie microchipped. I know it took a year and a year is a long, long time to a cat and a cat lover, but it is better to wait a year than to never see your cat again! This was a happy reunion, but so many cats never find there way home.

Read more about Missing cat reunited after a year.

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savetigerpic3.jpgSo how do you like this. The government of Nepal created a refuge that is 117 sq miles and it even connects to two other conservation areas in India for Bengal Tigers, Rhinos, birds and deer. You'd think that would be great news. And I'm sure it was great news to wild cat conservationists and the World Wild Life Fund.

But poachers are going into this area and shooting the animals. It's like shooting fish in a barrel! The poachers know where the cats are, even know when the place is patrolled and then they go in and kill the Tigers. It's horrific. These wild animals think they have some freedom, and the people who put them there think that this is a safe place for them to be, but they get shot because they are so easy to find.WWFImgFullitem9491.jpg

In 2005, a survey of the Bengal Tiger Population in the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve in Nepal and the numbers were up to 50 Bengal Tigers. But in April 2008, those numbers have dwindled to 6! Yes, you read that right, it's not a typo 6 Bengal Tigers left in refuge that was designed to protect them. Disgusting. Apparently, the poachers take every part of the tiger, unlike rhinos, where only the tusks are taken. So there is no trace of the animal once it has been killed.

Read Tigers Disappear From Himalayan Refuge and see for yourself!

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cat-napped_pictures_of_cats.jpgThe number of cats stolen is on the rise, maybe with hard economic times, people are turning to cat-napping to make a few bucks, but when your precious feline is taken, what do you do to get him back?

People steal cats because it's a cheap way to acquire a pet and it is a quick way to make some cash. Selling a pure bred cat online is common and both the buyer and the seller benefit. Most of the time, the cat can be sold at a reduced rate because there are no papers, and the buyer sees that there are no papers but wants the cat so they agree on a price that is usually about half of what it would be through breeder and everyone wins, except the person who's cat was stolen and the cat himself.

Your best bet for getting your cat back is to make it impossible to sell your cat, get pictures out as soon as possible. Get posters up at Vet clinics, shelters, pet stores, online message boards, and enlist the help of your local teenagers to put posters up at malls, coffee shops and parks.

And of course, keeping your cat indoors will also keep him safe.

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pictures_of_cat_saves_owner_from_fire.jpgThe fire was caused by lightening and Grace George, 97, was sound asleep. Boo Boo her cat was howling so loudly that he woke up Grace. It's funny because Grace was annoyed by Boo Boo's meowing so she was just going to put him out, but when she awoke and smelled fire, she ran out of the house and flagged down a car who's driver called the fire dept.

Boo Boo was a stray Grace had taken in about 15 years ago, he suffered a little smoke inhalation but other than that was fine. Grace said she was going to buy him a can of salmon as a special treat for saving her life.

Read about Woman, 97, says cat's yowling saved her from fire.

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savetigerpic1.jpgNot sure this is a good idea. I'm waiting to find out how this goes. I blogged about the dwindling Bengal tiger population before. Tigers are so highly sought after by poachers for their skin and body parts that any attempt at conserving them has led to disaster.

So now, they take perfectly happy Bengal tigers out of the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan and move them to the Sariska Tiger Reserve in India where the entire Bengal Tiger population was wiped out just a few years ago. They are hoping that the big cats populate the reserve, but I bet what actually happens is they get shot too. I hate to be a pessimist, but come on people, the poachers killed all of the Bengal Tigers that lived there before, what makes you think they won't do it again?

Basically the move just makes it easier for poachers, because a small population of Tigers is easier to overtake and kill than a large group. I'll be watching this one.

Read Endangered Tiger Moved to Reserve in India in First-Ever Attempt at Relocation

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cloned_cats_glow_in_the_dark.jpgThere are a number of reasons why you should restrain your cats while driving, for your safety and your cat's safety. I know, I've been guilty of it too, you think that because cats are uncomfortable with driving that letting them look out the window is good for them and helps calm them down. But really think about it, trees and houses, passing by the car window at an alarming speed can't be calming for your cat! Cats are used to running maybe 5 MPH max and here you are cruising along at 35 MPH. That's gotta make your cat a little queasy.

Or you like to pet your cat and have him sit on your lap while you drive. Hmmm, another idea that is not so good, if you are petting your cat, whose hands are on the wheel? Yeah, and then you glance down and look adoring at him and the next thing you know, the guy in front of you has slammed on his breaks and you ram into him. That's going to be a bit of a problem for your cat and you!

If you are seriously hurt, your cat could run away out of fear or worse be thrown from the car and you won't be able to go get him. Other cars may not see him and he could be in the middle of the road, dodging traffic.

And what if he is in the back seat? His body becomes a projectile that can seriously injure you, not to mention that if his body hits any part of the car hard enough, your precious kitty is dead or seriously injured, which means, in most people's cases that you'll have to put him to sleep.

rescued_feral_flea_anemia_kitten.jpgSo think about it and safe yourself some heartache if you are in an accident. Keep your cat in a carrier, no matter how loud he howls, it is safer for him and for you. And if you're really cautious, like me, put the seatbelt through the handle at the top of the carrier and snap it securely. If there is an accident or a sudden stop, the carrier will not go flying or sliding off the seat. Some people I know put their cat's carriers on the floor behind the front passengers seat. That is safe too, but I prefer to have Neo in his carrier right beside me - securely fastened to the front passenger's seat where I can see how he is doing throughout the drive.

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I can't imagine letting my cat play with my laptop, especially my macbook pro, but this person is more than comfortable letting this kitten press buttons, start applications and bat at the screen. When I watched this video, I wasn't sure if I should laugh or call Apple!

neo talking.pngI happened to see it come out. He was in the garden outside on his harness and his back was facing me. All I saw was him squatting with his tail up and out of the way and out dropped a red uninflated balloon. It was very funny and shocking at first!

Yes, I know, compared to other topics I've blogged about before, the contents of Neo's poop doesn't seem that important. But when you think about it, a balloon coming out of your cat means at some point he ate it, which I think is very news worthy.

Because of their playful nature, cats can get themselves into some trouble, every cat owner can relate to this. But that makes it even more important to take stock of the things in your house that might be a potential danger.pictures_of_cats_tongues_papillae.jpg

We had a birthday party here about a month ago and I thought we had rounded up and accounted for every balloon, but I was wrong. There must have been one under the sofa or in some small space that only Neo knows about.

Balloons, string, small toys, elastic bands, thread, long hair are all potential hazards for cats and here's why. Cats have barbed tongues and the barbs are called papillae. Papillae are little curved hooks aligned in such a way to pull things into a cat's mouth. It's a very clever design for cats in the wild, because they need those papillae to bring water into their mouths to drink or to clean off bones and drink blood of their prey.

But in a house, those papillae just pull unwanted things into your cat's body. Balloons, string, small toys, elastic bands, thread, long hair are all things your cat can't spit out.

pictures_of-cats_tongues.jpgSo take a look at your house from your cat's perspective. Really get down on your knees and look into every crevice and hiding spot and see if there is anything that would be dangerous for your cat if he swallowed it. Even some cat toys are dangerous so be very cautious. I was lucky that the balloon simply came out the other end, but it could have been a lot worse. It could have stuck in his digestive track and caused him to vomit or have a bloody stool.

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This is a great video of the maternal instinct in cats. This baby rabbit named Bubbles was orphaned when he was a week old. He was too young to be weened and needed a surrogate mom fast. It just so happened that Snaggle Puss just had a litter of kittens and was ready to step in. You'll see her carry him, feed him and treat him just like one of her kittens in this video.

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Pictures_of-Kittens_cats.jpgI blogged about keeping your cats indoors while you celebrate, and about cats being terrorized by a coyote in Orlando, and also about how outdoor cats die young, but I just wanted to bring it up one more time in light of the fact that several outdoor cats have been shot in Pittsburgh lately.

Even if shooting cats isn't an issue in your neighborhood, you might want to consider keeping your cat indoors. I let Neo out on a harness and long leash whenever I go outside or if I can't go out with him I stay beside an open window so I can see and hear him while he plays outside. He has been on the leash since I brought him home as a kitten and he is used to it. Of course he doesn't like it so when I am outside and he is just lounging in the grass, I take it off of him and let him roll around, but he never roams freely. american_bobtail_breeds_of_cats.jpg

There is a lot of construction going on and the last thing I want is for him to fall into a water filled pit that will become someone's basement and drown or not be able to get out so he starves to death while he hears my calls. I shudder to think about it. So besides construction and shooting here are 7 more reasons to keep your cat indoors:

1. Car accidents - I do not want Neo becoming road kill. Cars are big, fast and usually driven by people who are in a rush or not paying attention. They may be upset if they hit your cat, but they aren't going to care about your cat the way you do.

2. Cats are prey for larger animals like Coyotes and wolves and foxes. Most urban cats don't have to worry about these larger animals, or do they? In Orlando, that's what they used to think until a coyote cleaned out the cat population in their urban community.pictures_of_stray_cats_lost.jpg

3. Cats get lost or carried away. My childhood cat, Jungle cat, fell asleep in the neighbor's car while they were packing it up for a road trip, when they got to their destination they heard him meowing. They were kind enough to drive him all the way back and then start their road trip again. But not everyone will do that. Trust me, these are particularly nice people. Most people will let the cat go to find his way home. The best you can hope for is they take care of the cat and bring him home with them. But you can't depend on that. Or your cat could wander off, get chased into unfamiliar territory, picked up by animal control and destroyed, all before you are even aware he was gone!

4. Cats kill millions of birds every year and the sad part is, they don't always kill the birds they just maim them and they certainly don't eat them. So the bird is left to die a slow painful death. If the bird happens to have a nest full of eggs, they die too.

5. Toxins - antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and even some plants are poisonous to cats. The allure is that all things things taste good to cats, so they eat or drink it and then come home. You don't know what they've been eating so you go to bed or go to work thinking everything is fine, but suddenly, your cat is lethargic, vomiting, or dead. Not exactly what cat owners want.

6. Infectious diseases such as panleukopenia and rabies. Both diseases cause irreparable damage to your cat, vaccines help, but still it is always best to limit your cat's exposure to such dangerous diseases.

7. Fleas and Ticks. People are surprised when I tell them that fleas can kill so avoiding a flea infestation is the best way to keep your cat safe. Kitten+Fight.jpg

Bonus reason: Injury. There are other cats they can get into a fight with and get seriously hurt. A cat I knew had to have her tail amputated because of a bite that got infected.

Just think about it, your cat may not like it, but he'll certainly be safer indoors with only brief stints outside.

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Image18_t.jpgI blogged about the recent Interview with John Rendall and Ace Bourke that the today show did. And in that interview, they answer the question, Whatever happened to Christian the Lion after the reunion?

The last time John saw him was during a trip to Kenya in 1974, three years after the reunion video. Christian was double the size, at least 500 lbs and looking very healthy. Christian recognized John then too! He was with wild lionesses and had litters of cubs. He had completely integrated into the wild. They never saw him again. And to the best of anyone's knowledge he went forth into that enormous conservation area and lived out his days with his pride.

There is a lovely video of the interview with Ace and John by Kerri-Anne Kennerley. They talk about their experiences when he was a cub. He was such a kind, gentle and intelligent lion. There are more pictures and videos and the pair reminisce about their relationship with Christian.

In part 2 John and Ace talk about Boy the lion who helped Christian rehabilitate and the days after the reunion video. They recount tales of Christian stalking a fully grown Rhino. A lovely interview, Ace and John are very eloquent and they truly loved their little lion. Please consider helping out the cause by donating to the George Adamson Wildlife Fund to continue their great efforts of conserving wildlife in Africa.

Other posts about Christian the Lion:

The true story of Christian the lion...

Christian playing with Ace and John (video)

Interview with Ace and John on the Today Show

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 1 and 2

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 3 and 4

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 5 and 6

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 7 and 8

Christian the Lion: The Movie Parts 9 and 10

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Blackjack_feral_cat_rescuejpg.jpgIn an earlier blog post, I asked for your signatures so that C.H.A.T. Celia Hammond Animal Trust organization could get into the 2012 Olympics site to rescue the feral cats that call it home.

Well, all our signatures helped, because C.H.A.T. was permitted onto the site to set up feeding and trapping stations for the 186 cats. There was one cat that was particularly allusive, they called him Blackjack, pictured here. They watched and waited for three weeks and finally caught him on July 11, 2008.

The rescuers had known he was there, but couldn't catch him the many times they set up their stations. When they were forced to leave on May 1, due to construction, they didn't think he would survive. But was sighted and the team came in and caught him.

He is a bit wild, but they are working to calm him and tame him and hope to find a home for him in the next month or so.

That is one lucky cat!

Read the full story about the Last Cat Saved from Olympic Site and visit C.H.A.T. Celia Hammond Animal Trust to see pictures and read stories about all the rescued cats.

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See a 400 lbs African Lion hug and kiss his rescuer!

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