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  • Chinese police rescue 150 cats headed for dinner tables

    08/31/2022 5:43:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    France24 ^ | August 31, 2022
    Beijing (AFP) – Nearly 150 cats bound for slaughterhouses have been rescued by police in eastern China, an international animal welfare organisation said. The animals were crammed into rusty cages when they were found by police in the eastern city of Jinan in Shandong province, Humane Society International (HSI) said in a statement Tuesday. Around 10 million dogs and four million cats are killed for human consumption each year in China, according to HSI. Dog and cat meat is considered a delicacy in some parts of China, and the trade in their flesh remains lucrative enough to spur criminal gangs...
  • 'Black Cat Appreciation Day' August 17th

    08/17/2022 7:12:49 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies
    National Today ^ | August 17, 2022 | National Today Staff
    History of National Black Cat Appreciation Day Have you ever feared a black cat crossing your path? This is from ancient superstitions where people thought this meant bad luck. For many cultures and historical settings, black cats were actually meant for positive things. So, to try and dispel these myths about black cats, National Black Cat Appreciation Day was created to be celebrated on August 17 every year. Today, pop culture loves black cats. There’s the sarcastic Thackery Binx in “Hocus Pocus”, Salem, in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and Pyewacket in the classic “Bell, Book and Candle,” and we can’t...
  • Feline defender: Belden guard cat helps prevent would-be robbery

    08/03/2022 10:10:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    daily journal ^ | BLAKE ALSUP
    Bandit, a 20-lb. calico cat, lives with Everitt, a 68-year-old retired former oral and maxillofacial surgeon, near the Tupelo Country Club in Belden. When a couple of would-be robbers attempted to break into their shared home, the cat did everything she could to alert her owner of the danger. As he often does, Everitt had gone to bed at around midnight on Sunday, July 24. Between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on Monday morning, Everitt heard Bandit letting out loud guttural meows in the kitchen. At first, he didn't think much of it. He assumed she'd seen another cat out back....
  • Oweynagat ('Cave of the Cats'), Co. Roscommon

    07/25/2022 12:04:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Caves of Ireland ^ | prior to July 25, 2022 | unattributed
    While not of great speleological significance...[a]s an archaeological monument it forms part of a complex of 50 archaeological monuments that make up the ancient pre-Christian Connaught royal site of Cruachán. It is therefore of special importance as a cultural adaptation of a natural geological feature...Originally, an earthen mound surrounded the entrance but this was almost entirely removed in the 20th C. construction of the access laneway (Waddell, 1983). Thankfully, however, what is below ground is preserved in excellent condition. This consists of a double souterrain (which is closed-in on one side) leading, after 3m, to a natural cave. In the...
  • If You're Owned by a Cat, Scientists Want to Hear From You

    07/08/2022 9:17:06 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Ed Cara
    The work is being conducted by scientists from the Animal Welfare Epidemiology Lab at the University of California Davis. Last fall, the team recruited volunteers who owned exactly two cats to look at cat videos on the internet, as part of a project to study how well owners could read feline body language
  • ‘Gotta go!’: Joe Biden, cat head to beach as Jill cuts off price-hike Q&A

    06/17/2022 2:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 17, 2022 | Steven Nelson
    President Biden on Friday loaded up first cat Willow for yet another long weekend in Delaware, as first lady Jill Biden cut short her husband’s replies to questions on what most Americans are struggling with — record-high gas prices and soaring inflation. The cat was carried in a crate across the White House lawn by a Biden aide to the humming Marine One helicopter. Journalists did not see first dog Major. Biden took a few reporter questions before joining Willow and Jill for the trip to his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., including about rising prices.
  • Cats in the Navy

    06/13/2022 6:50:39 AM PDT · by Saint X · 39 replies
    Naval Institute Press ^ | June 2022 | Scot Christenson
    Cats were seen as omens in ancient times but eventually became trusted animal companions to those who sailed the seas. From catching rats at docks and on ships at sea, cats often became mascots to the navies around the globe. Filled with informative text and more than eighty photos, Cats in the Navy provides a fun history of our feline friends who rode the waves with us.
  • New video shows Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos holding bag of dead cats

    05/30/2022 7:51:50 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 30, 2022 | Jack Morphet, MaryAnn Martinez and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
    Disturbing new video obtained by The Post shows demented Robb Elementary School shooter Salvador Ramos grinning as he holds up a bag of blood-soaked dead cats. The deranged 18-year-old gunman is seen smiling in the undated footage while sitting in the passenger seat of a pal’s car — holding up a clear plastic bag with at least two bloodied cats visible inside. [cut] The sicko was previously rumored to have had a fascination with dead cats and had threatened to kidnap, kill and rape girls who shunned him online. “The shooter was known for hurting cats,” said David Trevino Jr.,...
  • Luke Guzelis: The worst, most dangerous, most destructive invasive species? Meow

    05/18/2022 11:47:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 17, 2022 | Luke Guzelis
    Many news stories stress that our ecosystems are under assault by Burmese pythons and Asian carp. This leads people to conclude that it is the less charismatic fauna such as reptiles and fish that are the most threatening of invasive species. Proposed amendments to the Lacey Act that the U.S. House passed Feb. 4 seem to perpetuate this narrative, with a proposed ban on all exotic animal species moving across state lines. (The 122-year-old Lacey Act bans trafficking in illegally taken fish, wildlife, and plants.) But one animal that the International Union for Conservation of Nature considers among the world’s...
  • Cats Remember Each Other's Names, Japanese Study Suggests

    05/16/2022 7:56:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies ^ | MAY 16,2022 | PETER DOCKRILL
    They may act aloof, and generally behave as if they live on a higher plane of existence than us mere humans. But cats are more present than we might sometimes think. In recent years, scientists have shown that cats actually bond deeply with humans. These complex creatures can and will communicate with us, and they even track our movements when we're not around. Even more amazingly, cats can recognize their own names (an ability we mostly associate with dogs), and now new research shows that this feline feat goes much further than we realized. In a new study, scientists discovered...
  • Carmel Company Launches Cat Food With Mouse Meat In It

    04/25/2022 10:09:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 25, 2022 | Etha Baron
    When Tom Radcliffe owned three Carmel-area pet stores, customers would often complain about how finicky their cats were. “They’d say, ‘My cat doesn’t like tuna, my cat doesn’t like chicken,'” said Radcliffe. “I thought, ‘Why don’t they make cat food out of mice?’ Cats eat mice. Ask Tom and Jerry.” Now, after selling his stores and enlisting some expert help – including friends’ cats and animal nutritionists with Ph.D.s – Radcliffe is making cat food out of mice. In the process, he catapulted himself during a shaky pandemic economy to the forefront of what appears to be a burgeoning business...
  • Humans Infected With 'Mind-Altering' Parasite Seen as More Attractive (cat parasite)

    04/01/2022 6:47:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 42 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 3-28-22 | Ross Pomeroy
    The single-celled protozoan Toxoplasma gondii is a fascinating parasite. Replicating only in cat intestines, it is excreted in feces and subsequently spreads to many other organisms, not just felines. Inside these critters, it winds its way to the brain and transforms into numerous cysts, patiently waiting to return to its desired nine-lived host. But, though dormant, it is not entirely inert. T. gondii actually alters its host's behavior. Mice, for example, grow less fearful of cats, making them easier prey. Just like T. gondii wanted... Humans are also affected by T. gondii. About one in ten Americans and a third...
  • 2 arrested in suspected intentional dog attack of cat in Frankford, authorities say

    03/25/2022 6:35:13 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 25 replies
    PHILADELPHIA - Two juveniles are facing charges after authorities said they let their dogs viciously attack a cat as it was sitting on the front porch of a home in Frankford. The Pennsylvania SPCA shared video Tuesday of two people walking their dogs past a house in Frankford when they spot a cat, later identified as Buddy, on the front porch of a home. The dogs lunged towards the cat and the person holding the leash allows them to walk onto the porch closer to the cat. The suspects then drops the dogs leashes, allowing them to attack the defenseless...
  • Does anyone here breed kitties?

    03/21/2022 1:51:19 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 81 replies
    Chicken the Soup | Chickensoup
    Does anyone here breed kitties?
  • Famous Ukrainian cat Stepan escapes to France from shelling of Kharkiv

    03/18/2022 5:00:25 PM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 18 Mar 2022 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Stepan, a beloved 13-year-old Ukrainian cat with over a million followers on Instagram, has managed to flee from his war-torn country — and found refuge in France with his owner after a harrowing trip to Poland. The world-famous feline from the heavily bombed city of Kharkiv worried his legion of fans when his account — @loveyoustepan — went dark for almost two weeks...
  • Russian cats will not be able to participate in international exhibitions due to sanctions

    03/03/2022 6:32:15 AM PST · by BusterDog · 76 replies
    The Armenian Reporter ^ | 3/2/22 | Some Armenian Cat
    The International Federation of Cats (FIFe) has banned cats from Russia from participating in international exhibitions until at least May 31, the organization’s Russian branch told RIA Novosti. It is noted that the decision was made against the background of Russia’s special operations in Ukraine. Cats born in Russia can not be moved to another country, registered in the pedigree book issued under the auspices of FIFe.
  • Ukrainian City’s ‘Cat Mayor’ Rises to TikTok Fame

    02/17/2022 12:47:27 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 16 Feb 2022
    Levchyk the cat went from living on the streets of a western Ukrainian city to winning a spot in the mayor’s office — and rose to internet fame in the process. The city of Lviv welcomed its so-called “cat mayor” in fall 2020 after the stray was rescued from a tree near City Hall. It wasn’t long before Mayor Andriy Sadovyi’s office created a social media presence for the new official. The brown tabby cat, whose name is the diminutive form of “lion” in Ukrainian, now posts TikTok videos that get hundreds of thousands of views. The “cat mayor” enjoys...
  • Russian plane flies abandoned pets out of Afghanistan

    01/31/2022 7:29:03 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies
    RT ^ | 2-1-22 | RT
    Five months after the end of the US airlift stranded them in Afghanistan, some 156 dogs and 133 cats are finally on board an Il-76 chartered from a Russian transport company Aviacon Zitotrans, which departed Kabul on Sunday and is bound for Vancouver, Canada. “The plane is a total beast, an [Ilyushin] 76-TD, basically built for flying into Siberia in the middle of winter, so we do not expect winter weather to cause any delays or disruptions,” said Charlotte Maxwell-Jones of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR), the charity organizing the airlift. The plane, tail number RA-76502, took off from...
  • Maine Coon Kitten Outweighs a Toddler: ‘Everyone Confuses Him With a Dog’

    01/18/2022 11:01:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    A Maine Coone from Stary Oskol in eastern Russia is thought to be the world’s largest kitten at just under 2 years old — with perhaps years more before he stops growing. Owner Yulia Minina bought the alabaster tomcat named Kefir — after the creamy cultured milk drink — two years and many pounds ago. “But when strangers come to the house, everyone first confuses him with a dog,” she added. In fact, Kefir weighs more than the average toddler, with 2-year-olds typically clocking in at 26 to 28 pounds, according to
  • Outdoor Cats Are Using $500 Starlink Satellite Dishes as Self-Heating Beds

    01/15/2022 4:25:50 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | 14 Jan 2022 | Margaret Osborne
    The devices—developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX—have a warming feature to prevent snow built up from disrupting the signal “Starlink works great until the cats find out that the dish gives off a little heat on cold days,” For those concerned about cats outside in cold weather, Taylor clarifies they do have access to heated cat house. But even when temperatures reached minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit, the kitties still used the satellite dish as a $500 cat bed. “When the sun goes down, they head back to their house,”