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Giving drugs to a pet is like giving drugs to a child.

Thursday, 20 August 2009 21:54

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This story is not new, but still a shocker (in my book).  Negligence on display:  In Austrailia an eight-month-old Himalayan cat

's owner admitted that the cat licked up a whole plate of cocaine that was served at a dinner party.

They took the poor cat to the vet 2 days later after the cat had trouble walking and was easily startled.  Sadly, as there is no legal requirement in Australia for vets to report such cases to the police, he was counselled and allowed to take his party animal home.

This poor cat could hardly calm down long enough to be examined.  Read more here:  SOURCE

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Miami Dade County Beware! Serial Cat Killer on the Loose. :(

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 20:23

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Too heartbreaking to even speak of, here are a few of the headlines from the past few days:

3 More Cats Found Dead, Reward Rises.

Serial Killer ups count to 25.

Cat Killer on the loose.

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Advertising on Cats? Is this going too far?

Thursday, 12 February 2009 22:18

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Is advertising on cats exploitation

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Is Advertising on Cats Exploitation?

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Talk about exploitation:

Warner Bros has revealed that it plans to advertise its forthcoming shooter, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, via a clowder of black cats roaming the streets of London on the game's launch day on Friday 13th. Branded a 'cat-vertising campaign', the scheme will see the specially trained black moggies sporting F.E.A.R. 2 cat clothing. The idea, according to Warner Bros, is that the creepy kitties will 'capture the attention of superstitious passers-by,' as Friday 13th is famous for its supposed bad luck and a black cat crossing your path was listed at number 5 in a recent survey of Britain's superstitions and signs of bad luck."

This is going down on this Friday the 13th!  I think that this further perpetuates the myth of the black cat!!!  :(  Does this help or hurt cats in society?

"Shamelessly branded a ‘cat-vertising campaign’, the scheme will see the specially trained black moggies sporting F.E.A.R. 2 cat clothing, and then roaming the streets of London. The idea, according to Warner Bros, is that the creepy kitties will ‘capture the attention of superstitious passers-by,’ as Friday 13 is famous for its supposed bad luck and a black cat crossing your path was listed at number 5 in a recent survey of Britain’s superstitions and signs of bad luck. Friday 13 was listed at number 3, while breaking a mirror was listed as the number 1."

 

 

 

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How many cats are too many cats?

Thursday, 12 February 2009 21:19

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How Many Cats are too many????

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MSNBC is reporting that the Animal Human Society rescued  118 cats from a mobile home!!!  It took authorities almost 2 hours to gather up all of the cats and the smell was so foul that they had to call the local fire department to ventillate the home so that they could breath while working!  What makes it so insane, is that officials say that they had already had a previous run-in with the mobile home owners in 2002 when they removed 72 cats from their house!!!!  All of the cats are in good shape and appear to be healthy and are now up for adoption, although the story reports that the authorities also found hundreds of dolls in their home... some in the freezer (WTF??? - Maybe toys for the cats to chew on?  - Still quite gross).  So I ask, when is it too many?  Should we be limited on the amount of cats that we can own?  What do you think?  Take the poll below.

I looked it up online... "How Many Cats are Too Many".   

MetaFilter asked the same thing, here were some of the replies:

0-2 normal. 
3-4 cat lover. 
5-6 Excessive. Suspicion that the owner may have abandonment issues :)
7+ Warning bells. Person at risk of a lonely death with only feline companions who have overrun the house, and will feed on the corpse when the catfood runs out. :-)

Note: Kittens do not count towards those totals.

Note: One-year old cats are not kittens. :)
You even have to think to yourself… Is it fair to the cats to overcrowd your house with cats?
Also from MetaFilter:
“Here are some of the determinants:

1. size of apartment
2. how many bathrooms (i.e., how much litterbox space)
3. how many people live there and will care for the cats
4. how much you care about a clean apartment
5. will you have frequent guests, and/or are your friends allergic ”

Tell Me What you think!

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Poor Little Cat

Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:31

MSNBC had a story about a little boy that shot a poor cat in the head with an arrow:

 

BOISE -- A 12-year-old Caldwell boy has come forward to claim responsibility for the arrow found lodged in the head of a cat.Prosecutors will decide whether the boy should be charged with animal cruelty.The boy and his father told the Gem County Sheriff's Office he was protecting quail, but the question many are asking tonight is - does intention matter?Gem County officials tell us that it is illegal to shoot at pets with a bow and arrow any time. But some are making the argument that this was a stray cat.Jeff Rosenthal with the Idaho Humane Society says that does not matter."There's a feeling at least that this is something malicious and cruel," said Rosenthal.A nine-month-old cat, now named Valentine, is recovering after a major surgery to remove an arrow from her head.This interview came an hour before Wednesday's surgery."I think the arrow went through the eye and came out the back of the head," said Jeff Brourman who performed the surgery on Valentine.A scan of the cat's head shows the arrow missed the brain by millimeters, but destroyed the left ear and eye.(Related:Sheriff says 12-year-old boy shot cat in head with arrow)"In a case like this we have to be concerned that this is something that is done purposefully," said Brourman.Hours after this story was brought to the public's attention, the Gem County Sheriff's Office said that a 12 year-old neighbor of the person who brought the cat in claimed responsibility.We went to their home Thursday, but they declined to comment.Since Valentine is a stray, the closest thing to an owner would be the person who took the cat to West Vet.That person said they would not press charges on the boy because they believe he is sorry for what he did and that this was an accident.Jeff Rosenthal with the Idaho Humane Society disagrees."I don’t think it was accidental, I think the shot itself where it hit was, that part of it, I'm sure no one was that accurate, but I believe the child was intending to harm the cat sure," said Rosenthal.We spoke with a lieutenant from Gem County Sheriff's Office just moments after he questioned the family and he said he has everything he needs to file his report. He'll turn it over to the prosecutor to decide whether to file charges. That decision likely won't be made until next week."Because it was a child there’s more of a, oh it’s a child out being mischievous, made a mistake.  I still think it’s important to make an impact on that child. Make sure we don’t have anything else going on with the child as well," said Rosenthal.Valentine will spend the night recovering from surgery, and then the plan is for Simply Cats, an all cat shelter, to come and pick her up and get her well enough to be adopted.Simply Cats executive director Sheri Schneider tells us that around 75 people have shown interest in adopting the cat when she's ready.Schneider says they will most likely hold a lottery to determine Valentine's new owner.Rosenthal says the Humane Society maintains a toll-free animal cruelty and neglect hotline for people to report cases of animal cruelty, neglect or animal fighting.Anyone with information on these forms of abuse is urged to call 1-866-430-9432.  

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Super sad :(....Did you know? That more people are giving their pets up because of the bad economy?

Monday, 22 December 2008 4:02

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Caring for a pet can be an expensive task. I read a story by Margery Gibbs that because of the bad economy, people are giving their pets. From the article: "With two children, a husband on disability and a difficult job search of her own, 23-year-old Mel Bail of Worcester, Mass., had begun feeding leftovers from family meals to her three cats — Rory, Ozzy and Mudpie — before recently deciding to give them up." Click to read the entire article..... Read More...

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Sad... "Gothic" kittens with piercings for sale on eBay!

Saturday, 20 December 2008 2:32

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What in the world would possess someone to try to profit from tormenting small, helpless animals. These poor babies! Read More...

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Super sad :( :Clinton's Socks the Cat Near Death

Saturday, 20 December 2008 1:10

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Sadly, President Clinton's sweet litty Kitty "Socks" is not doing very well.  Read the story on US News.

Photo Credit:  Barbara Kinney/The White House

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I ALMOST didn't write about this, but I changed my mind because awareness/attention needs to be brought to this issue.

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 0:13

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SAY NO TO ANIMAL ABUSE

So yesterday was a pretty bad day in cat news.  I found story after story about feline abuse, neglect and murder (literally, if you are not faint of heart, or already depressed, DO NOT CLICK HERE).  Even though my goal with this site is to deliver all things CAT (the good, the bad and the ugly),  the story of a little 8 week old being intentionally set on fire was almost too much for me to bear (nevermind read!).  Luckily a good Samaritan found the two-month-old kitten and immediately rushed him over to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

The kitten was badly burned on his fur, ears, face and body.  His whiskers were singed off, and he had burns on the tip of his tongue.  Officials believe the fire was intentionally set and that the kitten was burned shortly before it was found in the road. Its fur still smelled smoky.   Originally there was a $500 reward offered to find out who did this, the reward has since grown to $15,000 (courtesy of the MSPCA!!!) 

 

The heroes over at MSCPA named the brown, short-hair tabby Nicholas, after St. Nicholas in the spirit of the season.  :)

What made me decide to mention this on CatsRCool is because of a quote that I read in an article by Miranda Grossman;

 

"Animal cruelty is common and hard for us to accept as caring human beings. But we see it all too often," said Candy Lash of the MSCPA.

 

It’s important that people become aware of and work to stop this terrible madness.

 

Click here for the article and video coverage.

 

 

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:( Don't throw away your cat like trash!

Saturday, 29 November 2008 1:50

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It takes a special kind of a person to abuse, neglect or - even worse - abandoned and dispose of their family pet for whatever reason. These are domesticated animals that can't survive in the wild. When a pet is forced to fend for itself outdoors, it usually will die from exposure or an accident. Some of these felines that have lived as a family pet for many years are suddenly disposed of and some have even been declawed, so they have no way to defend themselves from other wild animals and end up starving to death.

 

We never anticipated having to care for and try to find homes for so many of these cats that people have either lost or abandoned.

 

When "Humphrey" a neutered and declawed male cat was first found along side a country road west of Elgin the first part of September, he was at first thought to be a possible lost cat. He appeared at one time to have been a big cat but was now just skin and bones and near starvation. Upon placing him in caring arms, he struggled to purr as if to thank us for rescuing him. The animal shelters refused to take him. We have reason to believe that this was not a lost cat after all, that someone had just discarded him rather than deal with his medical problems. He acquired his name in honor of one of the vets who provided some of his medical care.

 

Even though we had spent close to $1,000 to try to save his life, we had no idea how old he was or how long he had even been out there without any food. I'm sorry to have to tell you that on Nov. 8 we had to make the decision to put our little fellow to rest, and he still purred up until the end.

 

In all my years of rescuing these animals, Humphrey was the most wonderful cat I have ever come across. That made this all the harder to endure, and I just wonder how someone could just dispose of this animal as if they would their garbage.

 

We are a local nonprofit organization that consists of a small group of people who volunteer our time and money because we believe animals deserve protection against the wrongs of abandonment, starvation, disease and cruelty. This is the tragic reality of life for countless innocent creatures.

 

Finally, we have received several calls from people in the Fox Valley who tell us they've been told that they are not allowed to feed feral cats. When I called Kane County Animal Control about this I was told that if you feed these cats then they are considered legally yours. Maybe law enforcement should go after the people who trap and kill these animals rather than those who show compassion for them. To support our organization, you can reach us at P.O. Box 595, South Elgin, IL 60177.

 

Carol J. Schultz

Guardian Angels Feline Rescue

South Elgin

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