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  • Halo: No Plans to Sell Vegan Cat Food

    Over the weekend, rumors swept the Internet that Halo, the pet food company co-owned by TV personality Ellen De Generes, was planning to introduce a line of vegan cat foods. Many cat lovers, myself included, were horrified at the possibility. I even answered a question on my cat advice blog from a reader who had …

  • Israel Bans Cat Declawing

    The political scene in Israel is almost as divisive as that of the United States, but last month legislators across the ideological spectrum came together and voted unanimously to outlaw the declawing of cats. Not only did the Knesset (parliament) vote to ban the surgery, they imposed stiff penalties for violators including a fine of …

  • Architects Build Designer Homes for Feral Cats

    The roaming cats of New York City need winter shelters, and who better to design and build them than the super-creative individuals in the city’s architectural community? That’s what Leslie Farrell thought. So she created Architects for Animals, which brings together feral cat advocates and architects with a soft spot for homeless kitties. Architects for …

  • Missing Cat Found Alive and Well at Sea-Tac Airport

    After the saga of Jack the Cat, who went missing at JFK Airport this summer, I think we could all use a cat-lost-in-airport story with a happy ending. Now, thanks to an airline, an airport, and a pet detective, we’ve got one. On December 3, a woman flying from Tucson to Seattle with her cat, …

  • Cat’s Life Is a Country Song

    The stereotypical male country singer is a macho dude with a macho dog. But every once in a while, a strange thing happens: That dog-loving macho dude’s heart is captured by a tiny, purring fuzzball. That’s just what happened to singer Jimmy White. I’d never even heard of this guy before I got a press …

  • Cat Hospice’s Photo Contest Wins Friends Worldwide

    I just found out about a nonprofit animal rescue group that held a photo contest. Big deal, right? Things like this happen all the time, right? Well, when I looked a little deeper, I found a couple of things that made this particular rescue group and this photo contest special. The St. Francis Hospice for …

  • Pipe Dream: Kitten Rescued from Electrical Conduit

    While most Americans were sleeping soundly on Thanksgiving morning, with visions of turkey feasts and football games dancing in their heads, firefighters, police, and animal rescue personnel were busy saving a tiny life. Around 4 a.m. last Thursday, an El Cajon, Calif., resident heard pathetic mews from a 3-inch electrical conduit and called for help. …

  • A Thanksgiving Miracle

    Sometimes the beauty of the human heart just overwhelms me, and this is one of those times. On Monday, a familiar plea went out to rescue groups all around the U.S. Betsy Merchant, the lead volunteer of Henry County Animal Care & Control in Georgia, sent an e-mail begging for help: 16 healthy cats were …

  • Tripod Kitten Inspires Everyone He Meets

    This is the story of a kitten who has been an inspiration to all who have had the blessing of knowing him. It all began in February 2010, when a litter ofkittens was born at Abayomi Abyssinians Cattery near Vancouver, British Columbia. The babies were growing strong and healthy, and they were starting to get …