Posts Tagged ‘Kittens’

“Kitten” found on road is actually a “bobkitten”

June 10, 2008

R.J., a baby bobcat, is as cute as a kitten. But that’s part of the problem. The animal, who was found by a trucker on the side of a road, has become so friendly with humans that he can never return to the wild.

The bobcat is the newest resident of Lions, Tigers & Bears, a wildcat sanctuary east of Alpine. He arrived at the refuge this week after being picked up from a family in Anaheim.

The bobcat will remain at the refuge for the rest of his life because he doesn’t fear people, putting himself and humans at risk, said Bobbi Brink, founder and director of the sanctuary.

“He’ll walk right up to you,” she said. “He wouldn’t survive.”

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Families who lost pets in food recall near settlement

June 6, 2008

Washington families who lost companions after last year’s major pet food recall are close to a settlement — and, finally, closure to a tragedy that killed more than 1,500 pets.

A judge granted initial approval Friday to a $24 million deal reached last month in which companies that made or sold contaminated food will pay pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their pets.

“We are kind of waiting for this to wrap up and for there to be closure,” said Cecily Mitchell, a Seattle resident involved in a class-action lawsuit against pet food manufacturer Menu Foods.

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VIDEO: Cats on a treadmill!

May 13, 2008

PHOTO: I will love you guys thiiiiiis much if you don’t move

May 5, 2008

Kittens like Coke! Well, they like Coke boxes, at least…

April 29, 2008

Rapid rise in dumped pets – RSPCA

April 28, 2008

The RSPCA says it was called on to save nearly 150,000 animals last year.

Many of these were farm animals and pets rescued during the summer floods, or birds injured by oil spills.

However, 7,347 rescued animals were abandoned pets, compared with 5,959 in 2006. The charity warned that abandoning pets was an offence.

Examples of dumped animals included a litter of kittens left in a dustbin bag, and a rabbit abandoned in a box in a crushing machine at a recycling centre.

Excuses given by owners who no longer wanted to look after their pets were said to have included: “My dog hurts my legs when she wags her tail,” and “my cat doesn’t match my new carpet.”

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Astros and pets pose for calendar to raise money for the Houston Humane Society

April 24, 2008

It was hard to decide which was cuter: Houston Astros pitcher Wesley Wright’s getting instructions on how to cradle the whimpering puppy or the sweet-faced pup that almost fit into his hand.

For comic relief, J.R. Towles’ dog used the grass, which everyone had been warned to stay off, for another kind of relief.

And for some extra drama, 6-year-old Alisia Cruz fell in love with the yellow kitten her dad posed with for the third annual Astros players and pet calendar.

Twenty players signed up for the Monday calendar shoot organized by pitcher Dave Borkowski and his wife, Jill, at Minute Maid Park to raise awareness of homeless animals and the need for spaying and neutering. They also hope to raise about $100,000 for the Houston Humane Society.

The 2009 calendar will go on sale in the fall.

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Photo: Eeew, dog cooties!

April 17, 2008

“Regardless Of Outcome, Landmark Trial Highlighted PETA’s Puppy-Killing”

April 15, 2008

Today the North Carolina Court of Appeals vacated the convictions of two PETA employees originally convicted of littering in a case involving nearly three dozen dogs and cats they killed while performing their duties at PETA. In response, David Martosko, the Director of Research at the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, made the following statement:

“Regardless of the outcome, this criminal trial brought PETA’s disturbing animal-killing program into the light of day. Most PETA supporters had no idea that the group was killing thousands of adoptable animals every year, but PETA can’t keep its actions secret any longer. The facts in this case were undisputed: These employees took possession of nearly three dozen adoptable animals, including puppies and kittens, with the explicit promise that they would try to find them adoptive homes. They killed the animals just a few short hours later, and tossed the bodies in a dumpster that one of them had used on several other occasions for the same purpose.

“PETA killed 97 percent of the dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens it took in during 2006. If any other so-called animal protection group had such an abysmal record, PETA would be hitting the streets to protest it. This is a group that claims chickens and lab rats have a “right” to life, but its leaders think nothing of condemning thousands of pets to death out of sheer convenience. PETA raises over $30 million every year, which is more than enough to care for every animal it kills. If there’s a more hypocritical organization in America, I have yet to find it.

“PETA’s employees got off on a technicality, but the damage has been done. The public is giving PETA less and less money, and the group has had to turn to its millionaire celebrity donors to make up the shortfall. This will probably continue unless PETA cleans up its act and stops running a hypocritical angel-of-death program out of its Norfolk offices.”

Public records filed by PETA with the Virginia state government show that the group has killed 17,400 pets since 1998. Copies of these records can be viewed at http://www.PetaKillsAnimals.com.

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Also see THIS article and THAT article for more info.

I couldn’t immediately find a full statement from PETA about this online. How about you?

The Mean Kitty Song!

April 14, 2008

Cloning may help Scottish wildcats survive

March 30, 2008

 

Britain’s wildest animal could be cloned to save the species from becoming extinct within 10 years.

The number of Scottish wildcats is believed to have fallen to below 400 in their native Highlands, and their continued survival is under serious threat from interbreeding with feral domestic cats, which is diluting the gene pool.

Two kittens were born nine days ago at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent and it is hoped they will prove relatively pure. DNA tests have still to be carried out.

Pound-for-pound, Felis silvestris grampia is one of the most ferocious predators in the world, but there are fears that this famously untameable creature – with its “tiger-stripe” markings and bushy, ringed tail – will be lost forever as the last survivors die off.

It is on the World Conservation Union’s red list of threatened species.

Conservationists believe, however, that a breakthrough in cloning techniques could safeguard its future.

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Like pets but not the commitment? Foster program may be the cat’s meow

March 25, 2008

 

For people who really like cats — just not all the time — here’s an opportunity: There’s a big demand this time of year for part-time cat lovers willing to do foster care for litters of kittens, and sometimes their mamas, until adoptive homes can be found or other arrangements can be made through volunteer shelter organizations that can take them in.

Cherie Cahill, vice president of Oregon Fostering and Adoption Network, one of a growing pro-cat network of organizations throughout Lane County, practices what she preaches.

“Right now, I have 14 cats in my home — seven of my own and seven fosters,” Cahill said. “We try to have plenty of foster homes this time of year, because we know the kittens are coming. I’ve already gotten a call from a thrift store and went over and picked up two kittens that had been left there.”

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There are tons of animal shelters out there that would LOVE for you to provide an animal with foster care.  Most shelters pay for food and medical expenses until the animal is adopted.  You provide an animal with a temporary home, you are probably keeping it from being put down for crowding reasons.

Being a foster parent for a pet is an especially good option for college students, or anyone else who may have to move around a lot.  You wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not your next apartment will allow you have a pet, or whether your schedule will change in a month or two and you will not have enough time for it. As long as you find a home for the animal before you have to move, you’ll be guilt-free and unburdened.

One of my friends regularly fosters cats and loves it.  Like the article says, its companionship without commitment.  And it offers an animal a good, loving home until someone comes along who can keep it forever.

I like kitties! Kitty said WHAT?

March 22, 2008

Pink Kitties! And they play piano!

March 11, 2008

THIS is Kitty Mowmow’s new happy thought!

Kitten lovers are a strange breed.

February 26, 2008

You probably already know that I started this site to support the radio show I created (Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo) for my university’s student radio station, 90.7 The Capstone, at the University of Alabama. However, this site has developed a life of its own and today I received a record number of hits. Thanks for your support!

I wondered, “Where on earth are all these hits coming from?” and did a little research. The answer? A surprisingly large number of you are finding me via Google Image Search, looking for pictures of cute little kittens. You folks apparently really like this one:

Aw, wook at dis cute widdle fluffness kitten! Dusnt u wants to cuddle & snuggly & loves her fourevars and evars? U name dis kitten Muffin & loves her and Muffin wil alwais be lovings u bak!

Yup, my little kitten is, at the time of this posting, the #3 most popular kitten on Google Image Search. I have to note that I found this image somewhere on the web – I take no credit for its incredible cuteness and glowing aura of light and goodness.

After my discovery of this fact, I sat looking at the search results, pleasantly surprised that so many people agreed with my belief that the little kitty was a perfectly adorable addition to one of my news posts. Then I looked to the right.

This is the # 4 most popular Google Image Search results for “kitten”:

Poor kitty. 😦

Apparently a vast chasm divides kitten lovers. Some of you want sugary, lovey-dovey cuteness, and some of you want… cyclops kitten.

This photo had its moment in the limelight a while back, when it made the rounds of the internet and cyclops kitten fans went crazy for it, going so far as selling cyclops kitten merchandise. This blogger has an excellent post cataloging the cyclops kitten phenomenon – read it here.

Personally, I thought the hoopla surrounding cyclops kitten was more than a little sick at times. The kitten didn’t just look odd – it suffered from a birth defect. And it died from that birth defect. Maybe I misunderstood people’s intentions, but a doll that mocks a terminal birth defect just seems wrong.

Speaking of birth defects, did you see Google Image Search’s “kitten” result #1?

Find out more about it here.

My hypothesis? Morbid curiosity beats the appeal of “cute” any day of the week.

Like I said, kitten lovers are odd. 🙂

PS – #2 is another ridiculously cute kitty:

Kitten survives after 25 days lost in subway

February 20, 2008

They say cats have nine lives and one American kitten may have used up a few after it spent 25 days in an underground subway in New York.

The runaway kitten that wandered off the subway platform was found after spending 25 days in an underground tunnel.

The inquisitive moggy disappeared almost a month ago after it scampered out of its carrier after a visit to the vet.

Her distraught owner Bronx librarian Ashley Phillips, 24, feared she would never see her beloved feline friend, Georgia, again.

“I couldn’t grab her fast enough and she jumped onto the tracks,” Ms Phillips said.

She looked for Georgia for more than two hours with transit workers, and finally abandoned the search.

But the cat turned up after transit workers found her in midtown Manhattan four weeks later.

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