Tuesday, 21 September 2021

The Cat Who Wears His Heart On His Butt



Meet Smooch, the fabulous feline who wears his heart on his butt.

Smooch was a feral cat who was rescued by Cathrine Garnell, from Nottinghamshire, in the UK. He, his mother and five siblings were feral cats living under a shed in her mother's garden.

Cathrine soon transformed the shed into a house for the cats.
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 She said, 'After I began to feed them, I was slowly able to gain their trust over time. This enabled me to move them into the shed, where I made them all little cat houses complete with comfy beds, to try and provide them with the best possible cat life.




‘Once they were all old enough, I was able to take them to our local veterinary clinic and have them all neutered.’

But when Smooch was 18 months old he was in a car accident which resulted in him losing his back leg.

‘After his surgery, I took him back to my mum’s house for a few weeks where we kept him inside,' said Cathrine. ‘I knew once he was fully healed and able to roam free, there was a strong likelihood he would try and cross the busy main road again. I feared next time he may not be so fortunate.’

So Cathrine took Smooch to live with her and her five former shelter cats: Amber, Parsley, Fudge, Pandora and Melvyn.

Smooch is one cat that's fallen on his (three) feet!


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Friday, 10 September 2021

Cat Helps Save Owner's Life


Piran who helped save his owner's life.

A cat helped save his owner's life after she fell 70ft through barbed wire, down a ravine and into a stream.

A worried friend of the woman, who is 83,  had alerted neighbour Tamara Longmuir that she was missing. 

"I went off in my truck to search our farm and fields but there was no sign of her," said Tamar. She was joined by other members of her family who live and work on the farm.

The searchers then noticed the woman's cat Piran sitting in the gate to one of the maize fields - meowing at them incessantly.

Tamara said, "The cat is very attached to her, and he was going back and forth in the gateway and meowing, so I decided to go and search the maize field."

The crop was 7ft high, with only a small track around the edge for access. Tamara said: "I walked right around to the bottom of the field, calling the lady's name.

"My cows could hear me calling and were mooing back - I was hoping they would go quiet so I could hear.

"Just as I was going to go off the path and start going through the crop, I heard a very faint response to my calling... I then quickly realised my neighbour was down the 70ft ravine.

"She had gone through the barbed wire and was lying in the stream - we think she had been in there for hours."


The rescue in progress.

Tamara managed to scramble down the incline to get to the pensioner, and checked her over for major injuries - but there didn't appear to be any, even from the barbed wire.

She then had to scramble halfway up the bank and hang off a branch to get a single bar of service on her cell phone in the remote area, allowing her to call other members of the search party, who rang the emergency services and came to help.

Tamara said: "After about two hours she was carried up to safety and into the air ambulance.
"Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked in there."



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Thursday, 26 August 2021

Holy Catrimony


Adam Lawrence and his friend's cat


A British man flew to the USA to meet a Chicago woman who had "liked" a picture of him holding a cat on a Facebook page - and now they're engaged!

Adam Lawrence, 29, and Anna Hosey, 26, were both in a Facebook group called This Cat is Chonky for chubby felines.

Adam posted a photo of himself holding a friend’s cat's. He messaged cat owner Anna after she called him “cute” in the comments and, two months later, he flew to the States to see her - and her cat Kidden.


Anna Hosey and Kidden

They dated long-distance and when Adam’s next visit was cancelled owing to the pandemic, Anna flew to London. She moved into his apartment in Ealing, West London, and now they are engaged a year after their online meeting.

Graphic designer Adam said: “Anna was leaving and I wanted our relationship to carry on so I just decided to propose. My friends and family all love her."

Hairdresser Anna said: “I was scrolling by and I thought, ‘Oh he’s so cute’ so I decided to comment that. The next day, he sent me a private message saying that he thought I was super cute as well and that we’d have to meet up if he was ever in the States. We ended up just chatting non-stop.


We're engaged!

“Our first phone call was a five-hour call — we were just sharing similar interests and they were all just so spot on to one another.

“I remember saying to my friends, ‘I don’t know why, I don’t know this guy but I feel like I’m going to marry him!’ ”

They plan to marry in London, with Anna moving to the UK full time. Her cat Kidden will also  join them.

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


            





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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

How is Your Relationship with Your Cat?




A fascinating study by the University of Lincoln in the UK says there are five different kinds of relationships between cats and their owners - friendship, co-dependence, remote association, casual and open. 

Co-dependent relationship

This cat has often come to depend on a very emotionally invested owner (the cat is very important to the owner, possibly seen as family or as a great friend).

The owner typically plays regularly with the cat, and is seen as a part of the same social group (the cat behaves in a friendly way towards the owner, even regularly licking the owner’s hands and face) and as a secure base (the cat will seek the owner when worried).

The cat doesn’t relate well with others (is even likely to hide when, for example, someone comes to the house.

This cat has learned that good things come when the owner is near (for example: the owner stays with the cat whilst the cat is eating) and so, makes a considerable effort to maintain physical proximity to the owner (these cats can even be considered to be clingy) and separation can be problematic (the cat may not eat if the owner is away). This might suggest the cat has some problems with controlling its frustrations.

This relationship is common among cats living in a one-person household with no access outdoors.



 Casual relationship

These cats have always preferred life outdoors to life in their busy households.

They will often visit several homes in their territory (possibly having more than one home!) and might be gone for days at the time.

Even though these cats behave in a friendly way towards the owner they will not try to stay close to their carer (in fact, the chance are they will even make an effort to put some distance between them and their owner).

Friendship

The owner is emotionally invested in the cat (worries about the cat, sees him/her as a good friend or a part of the family) and will often find time to play with the cat.

The cat is very warm and friendly towards the owner (will often sit on the owner’s lap)/

The owner is seen not only as part of the same social group (the cat will regularly lick the owner’s hands and face) but also as a secure base (someone to seek out for comfort when the cat is worried).

The cat relates well to others (will greet or inspect visitors coming to the house and possibly even visit some neighbours).

Alongside the friendly and warm relationship, cat and owner can happily function independently.

This cat likes to be near the owner but doesn’t feel a need to maintain physical proximity to the owner (doesn’t always follow the owner around the house and may even take him/herself away to a preferred location).

Separation is not likely to be problematic.

This relationship seems to occur more often in busy households with more than one cat, and the cats often have some outside access.



Open relationship

The cats in this type of bond reflect a prototypical view of the cat as a solitary, independent animal, who should have access to the outside.

The cats relate well to other people (they are likely to greet visitors or visit neighbours) and have some affiliation with the owner, but have little need for owner proximity and may be seen as aloof.

They possibly will not sit on the owner’s lap or lick the owner’s hands or face.

 Remote relationship

Cats in this type of relationship are cared for, but not typically considered to be a close friend or part of the family.

They may not be very close emotionally, even though the cat’s behaviour towards the owner may be quite friendly.

These cats prefer to maintain distance from people (owners and others), possibly because they lack confidence.

They will not lick the owner’s hands and face, nor will they seek the owner even when worried.

 If you want to do the quiz yourself, have a look here: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/cat-quiz/

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Tuesday, 11 May 2021

How To Cure Litter Tray Problems




EVEN though you have a litter-tray for your cat, you may be shocked to find that kitty has suddenly decided not to use it and to go somewhere else in the house. This is a common problem and one of the main reasons why cats are taken to shelters. This is sad for the owner and the cat, especially as this drastic move is often unnecessary, and the problem can often be solved by making a few simple changes.
 
Reason: Kitty may have a urinary tract infection or gastrointestinal upset and has associated using the litter-tray with pain. So consult your vet to see if there is a medical reason.
Remedy: Treat the symptoms and move the litter-tray to where the cat has been relieving itself. Once it’s back using the litter-tray, you can move it to where you want.

Reason: The cat may have taken an acute dislike to the litter-tray if they have had an unpleasant experience while using it. This may be because of a medical reason (see above), being frightened by another pet or being subjected to a frightening noise while using it.
Remedy: Get a new litter-tray and find a new safe location. If you have a dog, try to keep them out of the area.

Reason: The litter-tray smells.
Remedy: Cats have an acute sense of smell so it is best to scoop the tray every day and empty it fully every few days and give it a good wash. However, don’t use strong-smelling cleaners as these can deter the cat from using the tray. Many cat-owners like to use clumping litter as it’s easy to scoop.
 
Reason: The litter-tray is too small. The tray should be big enough for your cat to be able to turn around in it.
Remedy: (Obviously!) Get a bigger litter-tray.

Reason: The cat doesn’t like the type of litter.
Remedy: If you buy a rough litter, try a finer one. They may not like the feel of rough lumps under their feet.

Reason: They are in another part of the house when they want to use the tray.
Remedy: Have more than one litter-tray in the house, preferably at least one on each level.

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Friday, 12 March 2021

Lampshade Lady




This is the moment nine-year-old Layla was rudely interrupted while switching to record a TikTok video for her friends.

Young Layla Phillips heard a noise behind her and swung round to find her cat Graycie swinging from the lampshade. In her video, Layla's eyes can be seen widening in surprise as she spots Graycie hanging by her front claws.

Layla's mum Vickie Cochrane, 30, said Graycie had to be lifted off .

Vickie, from Scotland, said: "My daughter was just going to record a TikTok and then the cat jumped up and started swinging from the lampshade. She tried to get her down. She was a bit shocked. Graycie's never done that before."

The lampshade is made of feathers so Graycie's reaction is understandable!




Vickie continued, "Layla had to pull her off. I think because it's feather she likes it. Layla came running through saying,  Oh my god, look what I've got on my iPad. When she showed me I couldn't stop laughing - I was laughing for a while.

"Everyone's said it's one of the funniest things they've seen. People have been laughing and texting about it."




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Monday, 11 January 2021

Mailman Moggie




So many stories are emerging from the Covid pandemic and although some are sad, there are many that are uplifting too.

Here's one about a little rescue cat called Billy (pictured) who brought his neighbours together after acting as a mailman between the two households.

Olga Shipunova, 29, and her partner Zack King, 37, from Hackney, London, UK, adopted little Billy after he was abandoned as a kitten just over a year ago. 


Billy looking cute on the day he was adopted.

Zack returned home one day to find Billy with a note attached to his collar. It said: "Your cat likes to come visit us when he is outside. He will sit at the door and meow to be let in. It's actually hilarious and we love him!! We have no idea where he is coming from. What's his name? We call him Billy :) From your friendly neighbours!"

Olga and Zack were astonished the neighbours had guessed the name. They replied:  "We're glad he's making friends with the neighbours! And his name is Billy!!! So you guessed right." It seems Billy once had a name tag, before losing it, and the neighbour's  housemate has spotted it a few weeks previously.



The correspondence began in September and Zack said the notes had been a highlight of the coronavirus lockdown. He has been sharing the story on Twitter.

Now the neighbours, who still haven't met, share recipes and Netflix recommendations. The unknown neighbour  even kitted little Billy out with a proper mailbag - which he promptly lost so a new one had to be made!



Olga said: "My favourite note was when she asked what she could treat him with - she was kind enough to say he could have salmon, and we let her know that he loves everything."

Zack added: "It's definitely something we look forward to - when the cat flap goes and we suddenly notice that the note isn't what we've attached and there's a new note.

"Billy is very cheeky and inquisitive - he doesn't do things by half - if he's sleepy he's sleepy and if he's playful he's playful.

"Billy himself has been a highlight of lockdown - and the notes, extra so - especially as the winter months drew in and we found it a bit tougher with fewer connections."

The delighted neighbour described Billy delivering their notes "like a carrier pigeon, but much cuter obvs".

A few of the notes.


Olga says she's happy that Billy, who comes and goes via a cat flap, has made friends with the neighbours, adding: 'He brings so much joy, so why not?'

And the story is a bit like united nations. The neighbour is Canadian, Olga is Russian and Zack is British.


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Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A Happy Christmas Home for Grumpy Cat Chester


Chester and his new owner, Wilma, with Jenny Sherring. Photo: RSPCA

Chester, branded Australia’s grumpiest cat, will spend Christmas in a new home.  He has been returned to animal charity the RSPCA four times in the last seven years. But the charity refused to give up hope and are now sure they have found a purrfect home for eight-year-old Chester.

He was described by his last owner as “anti-social” and “a real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” but the description didn't put off Wilma who is happy to take in the grumpy cat. 

“With Wilma, I feel confident that he’s going to get all the attention he wants – and no more,” shelter staff member Jenny Sherring said. “That’s a perfect outcome.”

On his surrender form, the former owner wrote that while Chester was “great with chickens” and “tolerates the dogs”, he also “attacks our old cat and the neighbours”. She told the RSPCA she had visitors who would not enter the house unless the cat was locked away.

But employees at the Lonsdale shelter south of Adelaide insisted Chester was one of their favourites. He first came into the South Australian RSPCA in 2013, as a young and loveable one-year-old.

“He was a stray from Port Lincoln, so we don’t know what his story was at that stage,”  RSPCA’s media relations manager Carolyn Jones said.

“He had a notch out of the ear so he might have been living a bit rough on the street before he came to us, but he was a character from the get-go. He knew what he liked and didn’t like in no uncertain way, but he was extremely affectionate and would come up to you and give you those head-butts.”

Jones said it wasn’t hard to find him his first home but much to everyone’s surprise “he didn’t last too long”.

Chester stayed at his next home for six years but his owner was forced to surrender him when entering aged care. He was well-loved there despite his habit of gentle “biting whenever he wants your attention,” according to the owner.

The third family lasted only two weeks and slowly that independent and loving nature hardened into a grumpy exterior.

“The last report card was particularly surprising. He was with a lady and family that had a lot of experience with cats and he was a bit of a nightmare for them by the sounds of things. You know, making it a little difficult for them to have guests around and certainly not making it too pleasant for the old cat that lives with them,” Jones said.

“She thought she would be able to manage it and unfortunately she couldn’t but she did give it a red hot go.”

Those at the shelter who tried to pet him too much were met with meows and bites and he gained a “bad boy” reputation for bullying other cats. Despite his cranky attitude, Chester was able to win over the workers at the shelter.

Jenny said he was a lovely animal – you just needed to know how to handle him.

“He will swipe but it’s generally just him telling you when he has had enough. He has had four owners so I would say his patience levels are probably at an all-time low at the moment. But if you can learn how to read the signs and you know to tell when he’s had enough, then I hope that we can find the right home for him. It’s just a matter of being patient.”

She was keen to point out Chester’s good qualities for potential new owners.

“He is so chatty, he sees people, comes up to them and chats to them straight away. He can be really affectionate when he wants to sit on your lap, but then when he’s had enough he will simply leave you alone,” she said.

Wilma has owned cats in the past and said she made the decision to adopt Chester after seeing his story on a TV news bulletin.

“I’ve been wanting another cat for a while and I just thought he looked cute,” Wilma said.

“There’s just me, no other animals, and I’m retired so I’m home a lot. He’s been following me around the house already and he sat up behind my head on the recliner.”

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


            





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Thursday, 26 November 2020

App Translates Cats' Meows




I'm not totally sure that this is a good idea, given the demands of some of the cats I have known! But a former Amazon Alexa engineer has created an app which helps to translate your cat's meow. MeowTalk records the sound and then attempts to identify the meaning.

The cat's owner then labels the translation, creating a database for the AI software to learn from.

Currently, there are only 13 phrases in the app’s vocabulary including: “Feed me!”, “I’m angry!” and “Leave me alone!”

Research suggests that, unlike their human servants, cats do not share a language. Each cat’s miaow is unique and tailored to its owner, with some cats more vocal than others.

So, instead of a generic database for cat sounds, the app's translation differs with each individual profile.

By recording and labelling sounds, the artificial intelligence and machine-learning software can better understand each individual cat's voice - the more it's used, the more accurate it can become.

The eventual aim is to develop a smart-collar, with technology that would translate your cat’s miaow instantly, and a human voice would speak through the collar.


Here's the app: MeowTalk

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Monday, 9 November 2020

Covering Hate With Cat Pictures






I love this! What better way to deal with racist graffiti than to cover it over with a picture of a cat? 

One cat lover in Manchester in the UK has covered all the hate-filled comments in the city with cute stickers. This person has been universally praised on social media for dealing with the racism in such a novel way.




This is not the first time something like this has happened. The cat sticker idea seems to come from an Australian group, Cracks Appearing Distro, which is an anti-fascist group.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

George On The Right Track For Station Award


George with station supervisor Ian Tomlinson


George the cat is such a purrfect "employee" at a railway station that he has helped it make the shortlist of a prestigious award.

Stourbridge Junction is in with a chance of winning the World Cup of Stations award, which is given nationally to the best UK railway stations.

George was adopted as the station cat in December 2017 and he has been praised for his role in promoting public safety through his online presence.




The focus for this year's awards is on smaller stations which have gone beyond the call of duty to support their communities during the coronavirus crisis.

Staff at Stourbridge Junction were praised for their work installing new signs and educating passengers to ensure they could travel safely and comfortably amid the pandemic.

But special recognition went to the role of George, who has nearly 10,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, for his role in helping to spread the latest railway safety messages using through social media.
Providing some much-needed light-hearted relief, George has been praised by passengers for making them smile every day in these troubling times.




Station manager Simone Carter said: “George first found his way into the station back in December 2017 and he’s been the star of the show ever since.

“As well as helping us out in the booking office most days, George has been a fantastic addition to our team who work tirelessly to provide exceptional customer service to our passengers.

“I’m so proud of the team, and our wonderful ambassador George, for their hard work and determination, particularly over these last difficult six months.”

 


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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.


            





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