Cat News Friday: John Lennon Reportedly a Cat Lover

John Lennon reportedly was a cat lover. (Photo courtesy

Every once in awhile, there’s a blog post about cats that turns your head. This week is no exception as we look at Eddie Deezen’s post John Lennon was a crazy cat lady, at one point owning up to ten.

I take no credit for finding this except through scurging through the web to find interesting cat news to share with my readers. One of Lennon’s first cats, actually owned by his mother, was named Elvis, after Elvis Presley. It appears Lennon was a real Elvis fan.

On Mental Floss, Deezan talks about Lennon finding a stray cat in the snow which his aunt allowed him to keep. Tim supposedly became a favorite to the famous rockstar. Living to be 20, While traveling worldwide, Lennon would call to check on how Tim, who lived to be 20, was doing. Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and later Yoko Ono, also owned cats. As an artist, Deezan points out he did many sketches of his cats.

What better life for a cat than sharing it with one of the world’s most famous musicians? Just Imagine………

The link to his post is listed below:

The Beatles’ John Lennon Was a Major Cat Lover
John Lennon, a cat lover? It seems so. According to Mental Floss, the late Beatles musician had a strong fondness for cats and owned several during his lifetime, beginning during his childhood. Little Lennon’s first pet was named Elvis, and the cat was

Another story of note concerns the Florida hotel suddenly decided to disband it’s Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program and relocate the colony of feral cats.

TNR has been successful in keeping the feral population at bay. Why they made the decision is yet known. For more on this story, follow this link:

Loews Orlando resorts faces cat controversy
By Barbara De Lollis, USA TODAY For the last five years, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and its sister hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, had unofficially allowed the operation of a stray cat program started by a bellman to manage the feral cat

The following links depict just some of the many ways that cats around the world are in the headlines.

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    Daily Mail
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    Online Petition Circulated in Support of Stafford Man Arrested for Feeding Cats
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    Oakland animal rescuer who won IRS case loses cats
    San Francisco Chronicle
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    Manalapan to remove cat colony: Caretaker worries felines will be killed
    Asbury Park Press
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     Cats perish in Rochester fire, tenant now homeless
    The Union Leader
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     Stratford cat lady arrested
    Ct Post
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    Judge: State to keep Whiskerville cats
    Daily News – Galveston County
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    Cat Litter Delivery Service Becomes Litter Manufacturer
    San Francisco Chronicle (press release)
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     Cats ‘found hanged’ on scrubland
    BBC News
    Two cats have been found dead, one with a noose around its neck, on scrubland in Greater Manchester. The RSPCA said it believed the animals had been hanged. The cats – one tortoiseshell and the other black and white – were discovered on land off

     Cat’s kidney woes likely due to old age
    Boston Herald
    By Dr. John De Jong / Ask the Vet My 21-year-old cat was failing pretty badly last week. The cat seemed weak and was staring aimlessly into space. Her appetite had dropped off a lot over a few days and she even stopped drinking water, which she had

    Feline fanciers arrive for Crown City Cat Club show
    The Desert Sun
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     Feline fanciers arrive for Crown City Cat Club show
    The Desert Sun
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    Animal Files: Celebrating the companionship of cats throughout history
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    Cat killer escapes prosecution
    New Zealand Herald
    By Chloe Johnson A self-proclaimed animal lover who bashed a cat to death with a baseball bat has escaped prosecution. Ned Taramoeroa, 55, admitted killing a large stray cat that was attacking his tabby outside his Northcote home.

     Pontiac man known as ‘cat man’
    WDIV Detroit
    Two years ago, he helped nurse a dying stray cat named CC back to health. “Love at first sight,” Kuerbitz said. “She started all of this. She’s the beginning of all of this.” “All of this” is a house haven for cats. Thirteen cats, to be exact,

    Cat spends 24 hours trapped on 50ft high traffic sign above motorway
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    Humane Society takes custody of cats from home on 12th Street
    Fond du Lac Reporter
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    BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.


    1. See, I knew there was something about John Lennon that I liked. A cat lover. Well, he couldn’t be all that bad. Maybe his cats played a part in inspiring to write the music he wrote. That’s a thought. 🙂

    2. As one of the earth’s creatures, cats deserve better than this treatment. How can people do this to an animal. I’ve been most upset – a house burned to the ground this week and 2 cats have not been found yet. the other pets and all the family members are fine. But I worry for the cats.


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