Monday, 15 October 2018

Baby Tiger Finds A Home



Who could resist this adorable little face?

It seems quite a few people could. The kitten was lying on a Malaysian street barely able to move with an injured leg and too weak to make a sound. Mother cat was nowhere to be found and pedestrians were passing her by.

Then Jieyan Ow came along. Jieyan had little experience of cats at but knew she couldn't leave the kitten to die in the street. She scooped her up and took her home.



The kitten was only about three weeks old and weighed just 260g (9oz). Jieyan took a crash course in caring for kittens, looking for advice on the internet. She tried to begin a regime of round-the-clock feeding but at first the little bundle was too scared to drink milk.

Soon, though, the kitten - which Jieyan named Baby Tiger - started to perk up and tucked in to some food. Soon she was purring for the first time.


The vet treated her leg which healed well.

Now Baby Tiger is part of the family. Jieyan said: "She has big round eyes, purrs a lot and demands attention all the time. She needs to be cuddled to sleep every day."

Here's a video of Baby Tiger. I hope you love it as much as I did.





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Monday, 8 October 2018

Obsessed By Cats?



Obsessed by cats? Me? No, of course not. True I spend far too much time on the internet reading cat stories, looking at cat pictures, and laughing at cat videos. I'm always sharing pictures of my cat baby on Instagram and tweeting about her on Twitter. My cat Toffee even has her own Facebook page (here) and Twitter account (here) but that's normal, right?

At least I've discovered that I'm not alone when it comes to feline fandom. A survey tracking cat owners' behaviour, conducted by OnePoll, shows that of 1,000 cat owners on social media, the average cat owner "likes" 398 cat-related posts and looks at 725 cat pictures and videos in a year. The study also found that 47 percent of cat owners who were surveyed reported often taking pics of their pets and say it takes an average of three tries to get the perfect shot.



Then there are the accoutrements of being a cat owner. The poll reports that 44 per cent  have a framed photo of their cat, 43 per cent own a cat stuffed animal, and 38 per cent of owners own a cat calendar. Guilty, guilty and guilty.

The poll also found that out of 365 days, the owners surveyed spend a total of eight days talking to their cat and 20 days cuddling with their cat. That seems a conservative estimate to me!

The bonding time actually proves to be super beneficial: 60 percent of the cat owners surveyed said their cat has aided in combating loneliness, and 54 percent explain their pet is something of a support system during stressful times.



The survey showed that owners were most concerned about their cats' eating habits and amount eaten, quality of their coat, energy levels, moods and engagement levels, and, of course, their cats’ overall happiness.

Sooo, you see I'm not obsessed, I'm perfectly normal!


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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Jeffyne's Idyllic Job



A few weeks ago I posted a story about a job looking after up to 70 cats at a rescue centre on the idyllic Greek island of Syros (read it here).

Centre owners Richard and Joan Bowell were offering the successful applicant a wage with a lovely house near the beach to live in and a car.

The story went viral and within six weeks there were nearly 40,000 applicants. Joan kept updating the Facebook post, emphasising that the job was indeed real, and clarifying that the tiny house provided to the manager would not accommodate families or pets brought from home, and that it was a job that entailed scooping poop, cleaning vomit and making "heartbreaking" decisions about gravely wounded or sick cats.

Even so, the applications kept pouring in. Now the Bowells have made their decision and given the job to 62-year-old Californian Jeffyne Telson, whose husband sent her the link to the job ad in August.

"He said, 'Jeffyne, this job has you written all over it. Are you going to wait until you're too old to try to access your dream?'"

For 21 years, Jeffyne has run RESQCATS in Santa Barbara, California, which takes only strays - the cats found roaming alleys, the kittens located behind the shed. The cats like those on Greek islands, which Jeffyne has visited three times.

"I didn't do all the tourist stuff on the Greek islands. I separated myself from the tourists and walked up and down the streets looking for the kitties," Jeffyne said. "I thought, 'There's just so much to be done here.' "

So Jeffyne sent a letter to the Bowells, explaining that she'd placed 3,000 cats and kittens in homes over the decades. Those too sick or antisocial to be adopted stay at her sanctuary; currently, it has 15 residents, including four feline leukaemia patients in their own isolated area.

"I believe that every life is precious and worth saving,she wrote in her application.

Richard said her application stood out immediately. The Bowells travelled to Santa Barbara to meet Jeffyne in mid-September, and he said that "there was an instant connection between Joan and Jeffyne - and the other way around." Jeffyne, like Joan Bowell, is an artist. She, too, has never had children.

Jeffyne said she would leave her rescue centre in the care of volunteers this winter, when it shuts down for the season, and spend several months in Syros.


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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Salem, Sabrina The The Teenage Witch's Cat




I was reading Birgit's blog and she mentioned Sabrina The Teenage Witch. I must confess I was probably a little too old to appreciate it fully when it was on TV but I did remember the wonderfully sassy cat Salem.

It seems I'm not the only one to be a fan of the smart-aleck cat. Lara, from the UK, loved the show when she was teenager.

Her husband Sam said: "My wife Lara had always wanted a black cat. This came from her childhood love of witches. Her favourite TV show growing up was Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the witch had a talking black cat as a pet.

"We could not believe it when Cats Protection told us that many of the cats in their care are actually black, because many people simply don’t want them. This made Lara really sad."

I wrote about the unpopularity of black cats in my post Black Cats Rule

Sam and Lara were introduced to Coco at their Cats Protection and fell in love with her straight away.

Speaking as part of Purina and Cats Protection's Unadoptables campaign - which celebrates the fact no cat is unadoptable - Sam said: "Sadly, many of the cats in care are black. Where it was once superstition and the fear of bad luck, a growing trend to why black cats are often overlooked is because apparently, they don’t photograph well for people’s social feeds."

Sam and Lara originally looked into adopting a black kitten for their little girls - but they were just as thrilled when the family found a cat who was a little older. Sam said: "The girls weren’t at all sad that she’s not a kitten, they absolutely love her.

"The first day we took her home, she vanished. We looked everywhere. I couldn’t believe it when we found her in our girls’ room as they are so noisy and manic. In the drawers under their bed, I could just see a little bit of fur snuggled amongst the fancy dress."

If you can't remember much about Salem, here's a little video for  you.




And finally... you can't keep a good cat down! This Youtube video (nothing at all to do with the story above) made me laugh.




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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

What's In A (Cat's) Name?

You talking to me?

Take care when naming your cat. According to a veterinarian, if you want puss to take any  notice of you, you should pick a name that sounds high-pitched.



Canadian veterinarian Dr Uri Burstyn says cats' ears are finely attuned to higher noises.  Ideally, you want your cat’s name to end in a high frequency, since that’s the kind of sound cats hear best and naturally pay attention to. After all, mice squeak and birds chirp. They have more trouble hearing low-frequency sounds. So Felix or Garfield aren't ideal names but Fluffy is fine.

And that's why "kitty kitty" works pretty well to get a cat to listen to you. It's a squeaky sound.

Below Dr. Uri, helped by his friend Lancelot, shows how the right name can get your cat's attention.








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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Cat Cuddler Wanted

Best friends Choccy and Fluffy need to be rehomed together.

A British animal rescue charity has been overwhelmed with offers of help after asking people to come and cuddle and play with cats.

The RSPCA in Furness-in-Barrow has eight cats in its cattery at the moment and they are trying to find homes for them all. In the meantime the cats are looking for a bit of human interaction to get them used to people.

The branch asked ''crazy cat ladies and gentlemen' if they had a spare hour or two a week to volunteer.

Michelle Round, an RSPCA volunteer and cat fosterer who made the post on Facebook, said: "We couldn't believe the response. We have been overwhelmed with all the messages from people wanting to volunteer to play with the cats."

Casper: Please adopt me!

She added "We are looking for people who can make a regular visit, once or twice a week, not a one off visit. Some cats want to play and some are more timid."

The cats include lovely Casper. The RSPCA are desperate for Casper to find his furever home as he has been at the cattery for seven months now after his owner died. He loves to be outside so he needs to find a loving home.

Also at the cattery are Blackie, an adorable and quiet female cat, lovable best pals Choccy and Fluffy, who need to be rehomed together, affectionate Connie, who is around 18-months-old, and cute kittens Daisy and Rosie.


Blackie and kittens Daisy and Rosie.

The cats are vaccinated, wormed and microchipped. Contact: Tel: 01229 824583 or email fandbrspca@talktalk.net




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Monday, 13 August 2018

The Purrfect Job

One rescued cat on the idyllic Greek island of Syros

If only I didn't have responsibilities here in the UK because I have just found a purrfect job, looking after up to 70 cats on the idyllic Greek island of Syros.

Not only do you get paid for just fours hours work a day but you get a lovely house near the beach to live in with all the bills paid and a car. The job is at the God's Little People Cat Rescue on Syros run by Richard and Joan Bowell. He is Danish and she's a Brit.

They moved to the island seven years ago where they found kittens thrown away in garbage cans, starving cats relying on scraps and feral and injured cats that needed care.

They began taking in strays and working with local veterinarians to improve the health of the village cat colony and the overall island population. They backed a sterilisation project, funded dental operations, had sick eyes removed, and nursed motherless kittens through the night. If a cat dies, Mrs Bowell buries them and places a stone.

“Now you hardly see distressed cats on Syros,” said Mr Bowell.

The job was posted on Facebook (look here).  Ms Bowell, an artist, is looking for someone over the age of 45, who is not only capable of loving the cats, but also knows how to "trap or handle a feral or non-sociable cat" and has a good knowledge of cat psychology.




 At first the Facebook posts got a handful of likes as Mrs Bowell tried to find homes for cats on Syros. Now her job advertisement post has gone viral with thousands of people from all over the world applying for the job.

The position comes with a salary up to €600 (£536, $683) a month, with bills, housing and veterinary expenses paid, starting November 1, after a voluntary two-week transition period in October. 

 A beach on Syros




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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Reasons to Love Cats





Forget Paul Simon's 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, to celebrate International Cat Day (August 8) here are 25 Reasons To Love Your Cat!

When it comes to your feline friends, there are an endless number of reasons to love them and we will all have our own views on the subject. Here are just a few of my reasons, I'd love to hear yours.

1. They are good company.

2. They are excellent alarm clocks.

3. You can tell them all your troubles - they listen.

4. They do that "head bonk" thing.

5. They turn almost anything into a toy - your feet, a rolled piece of paper, a pebble, a pillow, any item of clothing etc etc.

6. They purr and purrs are "healing".

7. They are full of personality and every cat is different.

8. They are happy in their own company.

9. They are happy in your company.




10. They are so soft and cuddly.

11. They keep your feet warm on cold nights.

12. They don't judge you.

13. They are endlessly entertaining.

14. They are stress-busters. Sit down with a purring cat and all your troubles dissolve.

15. They twitch when they are dreaming and look adorable!

16. They have beautiful expressive eyes.




17. They turn a house into a home.

18. KITTENS! (No more needs to be said.)

19. They are supreme gymnasts.

20. They know when you need cheering up and will be extra loving.

21. They smell nice.

22. They are unpredictable so never boring.

23. They are a great distraction from work, especially when they comandeer you laptop.

24. That chirruping thing!

25. They are loving.






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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Talk To The Paw


My Tweet the other day:  “The Man knows me well enough by now to realise that when I say, "All right, darling? Do you want some supper?" I'm talking to the cat.
Yes, I talk to my cat all the time. Admittedly, she usually looks at me as if I’m mad but sometimes we have a conversation. She chirrups and I answer. This can go on for ages until one of us gets bored and wanders off - guess which one! Hint, it's not me...
I don’t usually talk to her in her language – I don’t purr, meow or chirrup - but it seems many cat owners do.
A new study has found that although cat owners use cat-like vocalizations when interacting with their feline friend, dog owners rarely talk to their pets in yips, yaps and growls.
The report for the Journal of Applied Animal Behaviour Science is called The Socio-cognitive Relationship Between Cats and Humans – Companion Cats (Felis catus) As Their Owners See Them and has many interesting things to say about the relationship between cats and their owners. (I think they could have thought of a snappier title – but that’ just me!) 
The study looked at many aspects, including how well do people seem to understand what their cats are trying to say and how closely cats are paying attention; how well owners are emotionally matched with their cats; and what kinds of cat and human factors seem to influence how successful the friendship will be.
There have been many studies into dog/human relationships but not so many for cats. The survey found that like dogs, cats may form attachment bonds with their owners, may follow visual cues (such as their owner pointing toward an object), may follow human gaze, and may recognize and respond to auditory communications from their owner.
Personally, I know my cat can understand every word I say, it’s just that she chooses to ignore me!
Here are a few of their findings:
Women consider their cats to be more empathetic and communicative than men do, and have more intense connections with their cats. (Not in my house, my man holds long conversations with our cat.)
Cats are very good at following visual signals of humans, such as pointing with an arm or gazing in a certain direction. If a cat is the only pet the in household, owners are more likely to use pointing signals with the cat. (If I point at something my cat will studiously ignore me and look in the complete opposite direction.)
People with higher levels of education were less likely to use cat vocalizations and more likely to talk to their cat “like a human.”  (Ah, now I see why I talk to my cat – it’s because I’m well educated – not sure anyone else would agree though!)
How about you? How do you communicate with your cat?




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Thursday, 2 August 2018

A Virtual Cat Cafe



Forget about wasting your time online playing Candy Crush or Free Cell, there's now a virtual cat café you can visit.

Not everyone is within striking distance of an actual cat café but many people would love to spend time in one so maybe this is the answer.

New Zealand company Runaway Play has created a game called Furistas.  The premise is that  you adopt cats, pair them with customers, and collect baskets full of goods which allow you to level up.

There are various admin tasks that need to get done to keep the café up and running, like serving drinks, cleaning floors, and giving lonesome kitties a pat on the head. You can also decorate your café with cat-themed furniture.

There are daily tasks you can complete that earn you various types of currency to use in the game, like completing the Barista' Café Duty 15 times or pairing 50 cats up with 50 customers, which are all easily achievable goals.

"We designed the game so that it would feel good - you're supposed to feel a little bit happy and productive when you log into the game," said Runaway's creative director Emma Johansson.

"What I hope is that it can give you kind of a warm feeling and calmness while you are doing it… a lot of time and energy is spent maintaining the games' beautiful, relaxing and quietly addictive in-game mechanics."

It sounds fun to me and has had good reviews. I'm off to check it out and will let you know my verdict later. Links to the app are in the trailer below.



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