Month: January 2009

  • Ferals in a Miniature Park

    Feline Roman Holiday The following video was sent in to The Cat’s Meow with the following note of explanation: This is a colony of ferral cats living in a miniatures theme park who are thriving despite opposition (Italian society is very polarized about cats, and park workers complain about them) thanks to a passionate owner …

  • India the White House Cat Dies at Age 18

    Mourning The First Cat President Bush’s family cat, India, has died at the age of 18 at the White House. Press secretary Sally McDonough said in a statement, “The president, Mrs. Bush, Barbara, and Jenna are deeply saddened by the passing of their cat India (“Willie”). India was a beloved member of the Bush family …

  • Illinois Coyote Warning for Pet Owners

    Be On The Lookout For Unfriendly K9’s The following recently appeared on Dogster’s For the Love of Dog Blog, and since it applies to cats as well, I’m reposting here. Although this was a warning specific to Wheaton, IL, coyotes everywhere are a threat to housecats, even in urban areas (there are coyotes in San Francisco). …

  • What Causes Vomiting and Diarrhea in Young Cats?

    My five-month-old cat has been throwing up and having diarrhea for the last four days. It is not all of the time, but it is 85% of the time. He plays normally, eats normally and acts the same. If you have any ideas what could be wrong with him please let me know. Thank you! Tessa Kinderhook, Il. Many …

  • Monday Movie: In-House Massage

    Magic Paws Calling all cats! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to start earning some money to support your nip habit, it might be worthwhile to explore a rewarding career as a masseuse!  

  • Must-See TV: NGC’s “In the Womb: Cats”

    New Meaning To The Phrase Tiger-Mom I was lucky enough to get a preview copy of “In the Womb: Cats,” which will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel tonight (Sunday, Jan 4th) at 9PM ET/PT. The opening sucks you in with a description of the painful reality of feline mating. For the females, the …

  • Dewey the Library Cat has a Successor

    Newest Addition To The Family I am thrilled to report that Dewey the Library Cat has a successor: an orange and white tabby stray found by the side of a snow-covered road by Sue Seltzer, who works in Spencer, Iowa (the small town made famous by Dewey). Myron said she “fell in love instantly.” “I …

  • Scissors and Pets Don’t Mix

    Don’t Play With Scissors! The other night at the emergency hospital I treated a sweet Yorkshire Terrier whose hair had become matted. The person who brought the dog had been trying to remove the mats with scissors. It was hard to see where skin and hair met. As a result, the young woman accidentally cut …

  • Fur Flies over Vegas Shelter’s Policy

    Cat Still Put Down After Owner Promised To Return With The Proof Needed To Retrieve The Feline AP reports how the Lied Animal Shelter in Las Vegas is noticing an increased frequency of enraged reactions at the shelter, with verbal assaults occurring every day. They now call Metro Police or city marshals for help about …

  • Your Cat’s Face Can Win $10K for Your Favorite Pet Cause!

    Does You Cat Have A Golden Smile? Most cats aren’t wild about the toy-sucker-upper machines — aka vacuum cleaners — but here’s a chance to get your cat’s (or dog’s) face on some packaging AND get a monster $10,000 donation to your favorite pet cause. Bissell’s annual Most-Valuable-Pet contest has just opened for entries. You …

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