There’s no question the number of stray cats in this country, and around the world are a huge problem. But the question is how to deal with the problem. This week’s news round-up points to the disparty of proposed solutions from enacting town ordinances requiring people spay/neuter their pets, to good robust Trap, Neuter, Return programs. TNR traps feral cats, has them spay/neutered, and returned to their colony where they cannot reproduce.  In Austin, Texas, they are slated to spay neuter their 25,000th cat, within a three year period. That’s alot of cats.

In Camp Ellis, Maine, a restaurant and neighbor are locked in a cat fight about the feral cat population. Famous chef Julia Child’s cat is featured in a new cat book, and a cosmic cat paw sweeps the skies over Europe.

Why We’ll All Be Eating Cat Food In Retirement
Huffington Post
Besides, with $5/day, I’d go with beans, rice, oatmeal and a banana or two before I’d go with cat food. If we think pink slime is disgusting, imagine what they’re probably putting in cat food, even at the outrageous price they charge for Miss Kitty’s vittles

Camp Ellis snagged in cat fight
Biddeford Journal Tribune
The Bourque family, who owns homes at 15 and 17 Bay Ave., have complained to the city regarding cats that are being fed by Colin and Lucinda Wormwood, who own a restaurant and live on the street. The Bourque family has asked the city to capture the ..

Tippi Hedren Braves Death Threats To Protect Her Beloved Big Cats.. Ryan
Huffington Post
Especially big cats. She is president of the Roar Foundation, and Tippi has a famous sanctuary for animals, in California, The Shambala Preserve. (Tippi also loathes what happens to all animals in circuses.) Recently, Tippi appeared before Congress, to try to 

Our take: County right to assist SPCA in feral cat problem
York Daily Record
The York County SPCA does what it can, but its ability to respond to the deluge of complaints it receives about feral cats – and other stray animals, for that matter – is hampered by the scarcity of its resources and the number of hours in a day. So it makes sense ..

Cat Helps Boy, Lorcan Dillon, Suffering From Selective Mutism Say ‘I Love You
Huffington Post
Dillon recently explained what the cat has meant to her son in a video interview with Cats Protection, a British feline welfare agency. “(Lorcan) was diagnosed when he started nursery school at three and a half. The reason I got Jessi-Cat is because pets and

Cat control ordinance considered in Mahanoy Township
Republican & Herald
MAHANOY CITY – Due to problems with many stray cats, the Mahanoy Township supervisors are having an ordinance prepared to deal with the issue to reduce complaints from residents about odors, cat feces and more. The topic was raised at Thursday’s ..

Nine lives? Cats survive Townshend blast
Brattleboro Reformer
It turns out, though, that there were survivors: Friends of homeowner Carlton Smith said late Friday that both of Smith’s cats somehow made it through the blast and had lived for days in the wreckage. “Both of them are alive, and we do have the female cat,” 

Rabid cat attacks in Northeast Kingdom
WCAX
Amy Dalpe is an animal lover, and has taken in several stray dogs and cats over the years. But what happened to her on the evening of July 17 may have her thinking twice about taking in another stray cat. “When I got to the hospital I was covered in blood ..

Cat Trap Fever
Austin Chronicle (blog)
Austin has cats – a lot of cats. And in the absence of an ordinance that requires spay/neuter of pets, there are a lot of reproducing cats out there, many of them stray and/or feral. Year in and year out, the large free-roaming cat population remains a big problem

Julia Child’s cat is the subject of new children’s book
Mother Nature Network (blog)
Susanna Reich’s new book “Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat” is a beautifully illustrated, charming story about Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child – “a very lucky cat, perhaps the luckiest cat in all of Paris.” Reich took the details of

To get home, cat walks 6 miles in 3 days
msnbc.com (blog)
Officials at a New Hampshire animal shelter say they can’t figure out how a black cat walked six miles in three days to find his way back home, but the cat’s owner has one word for it. “It’s a miracle. I really believe that it’s a miracle,” Ba …

Cat Sitting in Barcelona
New York Times
I no longer fret. Shimi will reappear when hungry, for her two overriding concerns are food and affection.

Mayor of Alaska village walks on four paws
CNN
The long-time mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, likes to prance around naked and welcomes belly rubs from his constituents.

Cat expo to be hosted by Garden State Cat Club this weekend
Asbury Park Press
The cat expo, hosted by the Garden State Cat Club, will include an adopt-a-cat event, a shelter-cat contest, a breed showcase and the ‘meow mall,’ which will offer cat trees, litter, food, toys, grooming supplies and other items.

Harmony House For Cats Opens The First No-Kill Eco-Friendly Shelter In Chicago
Huffington Post
By Mother Nature Network’s Laura Moss: Harmony House for Cats‘ new shelter isn’t just doing something good for Chicago’s felines — it’s also doing something good for the planet. The no-kill animal shelter is slated to be the first Net-Zero Energy

San Mateo neighborhood rattled by cat shooting
San Jose Mercury News
Someone paralyzed a cat with a pellet gun in a San Mateo neighborhood and now residents are taking action to keep it from happening again.

Cats Set to be Adopted Died Because of Computer Glitch: Report
NBC New York
A computer glitch caused Animal Care and Control to exterminate at least a dozen cats with families set to rescue them, according to a published report.

Lion Vs. Tiger: Which Cat Would Win Interspecies Fight?
Huffington Post
By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 07/16/2012 07:29 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life’s Little Mysteries provides expert answers to challenging questions. This ultimate cat fight has happened more times than you might expect

 Wading far above the kitty gene pool
Boston.com
The cat, formally known as Grand Champion National Winner Divine Design’s Leviticus of Naumkeag — call him Levi — is a blue British shorthair. He is mellow, with the confidence and reserve one expects of a winner who also happens to be, in name at

Voter drive solicits cats, dogs, deceased
Columbus Dispatch
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The voter-registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address. Problem is, Rosie was 

3 dogs, nearly 40 cats removed from Berwyn home – Chicago Tribune
Authorities say they have removed nearly 40 cats and three dogs from a Berwyn home after getting complaints from neighbors.The house in the 3100 block of
articles.chicagotribune.com/…/chi-3-dogs-nearly-40-cats-remo…black Labrador who died in 1998

Revisiting a cosmic cat’s paw
msnbc.com (blog)
The pawprint of a cosmic cat comes into sharper focus in this week’s featured picture from the European Southern Observatory. This image of the Cat’s Paw Nebula, released on Monday, combines data from the 2.2-meter MPG/ESO telescope at ESO’s La Silla 

Necomimi Brainwave Cat Ears officially launch in the US
SlashGear
If you really, really like cats and might like to have your own set of cat ears that you can wear on your head, Necomimi has launched a product in the US will

Black and white cat saves diabetic owner by alerting sleeping husband after
Daily Mail
Charley the cat sprang into action when Susan March-Armstrong had a potentially fatal hypoglycaemic attack in the middle of the night

‘The Unlikely Leopard’ puts spotlight on endangered big cats
Detroit Free Press
Motherhood always brings monumental responsibilities, but the challenges may be even greater for big cats in the wild as their ranks dwindle under threats to their habitat and lives.

 

 

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