CatNews Friday: Superstar Cats have STAR Power even in Hollywood

Cats have real STAR power. And that power brings more leverage for negotiations and money when it comes to Hollywood.

CatNews Friday reports that Waterman Entertainment, known for blockbusters “Stuart Little” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks” is finding out just how much STAR power internet feline superstars have when they started looking for cats to use in supporting roles in their planned “Heathcliff” movie, scheduled to be released in 2014.

Now that cats have gone viral, they know they’ve got more to offer than nine lives. They’ve got a built-in audience. And that means viewers and followers, which translates into bargaining chips and money. Words has it that Waterman is negotiating with Mau, a Japanese-owned prankster cat, whose been viewed 160 million times on the Internet. With that kind of popularity, he’s got real CAT Power and CAT Clout.

Reports are that Sparta, the California kitty known for Mean Kitty Song,” is in. But it was money up front that sunk the deal. Sparta is way to important to wait for the typical deal – the full fee being when the movie is released.  Waterman is said to be discussing Sparta recording a new music video for the film. His representative is Sparta’s owner, Cory Williams.

Negotiations haven’t been any roll over with piano playing Keyboard Cat  or the newest internet craze, Grumpy Cat, both managed by representative, Ben Lashe. who was working on a deal possibly more lucrative ventures with a  cat toy company and a pop-up store in Times Square.

The actors will be partially animated and partially live action, similar to Alvin and the Chipmunks movies. Actors will give voice to the Internet cats. For more on this story, check out the following link.

** Herding Cats for Hollywood
Yahoo! News (blog)
Sparta, a California-based cat known for his “Mean Kitty Song,” is in. But that took a holding deal, meaning money up front, against a full fee to be paid when the “Heathcliff” movie is released, probably in 2014. Mr. Waterman said he had also been …

CatNews Friday finds lots of abuse, hoarding and just plain horrendous stories. The one that tops the list this week is the nine cats may have been tortured – swung by their tails and thrown into a hard surface in Lawrence, Ma., about 30 miles north of Boston. The MSPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for any information. For more on this story, click on the following link.

** Nine cats found dead in Mass. city, likely swung by tails, tortured say cops
CBS News
Robin Halpin of the MSPCA, a non-profit organization which protects animals, tells CBS Boston that veterinarians believe the cats may have been swung by their tails and thrown onto a hard surface. The MSPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information

Cats routinely pick a diet that is consistent in protein, fat and carbs – if
AnnArbor.com
A recent study on a group of felines by the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition indicates that cats – if given the chance – are mindful of what they were eating instead of just consuming whatever food is plunked down in front of them. In the experiments

2 rare spotted cats photographed in southern Ariz.
MyFox Phoenix
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Wildlife monitoring cameras recently snapped photos of 2 endangered spotted cats in mountain ranges in southern Arizona. Images of an adult male jaguar were taken last month in the Santa Rita Mountains, while a photo of an adult

Home buyer embraces feral cats
San Antonio Express
Dear Cathy: I wanted to share a happy story with you as I know you must hear many unfortunate ones through your column and blog. Prayers and kind people do make a difference. We needed someone to care for my mother’s nine feral cats after she passed

Diane Carle, Crazy Palm Beach Cat Lady, Imprisoned More Than 140 Cats In
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
It took more than six months to coax Diane Carle out of her home. Authorities had heard complaints for weeks about all the filthy cats roaming her front porch, and no one had seen inside her house — not ever. But when authorities finally obtained .

Once More, With Felines
New York Times
ALEXANDRA CUNNINGHAM, the 31-year-old director of exhibitions at the Design Miami furniture fairs in Florida and Switzerland, has three loves: artistic furniture; Seth Cameron, 30, her boyfriend of two years; and their three cats. Each has been vital .

 ** Most Important And Influential Cats Of 2012 (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
Huffington Post
Last week, Buzzfeed released its list of the “30 Most Important Cats of 2012″ — and we, like feline fans everywhere, looked back at the year that was with sighs of nostalgic joy. Remember Shishi-Maru, the Instagram superstar? The Hedgehog Mom Cat?

The 30 Most Important Cats Of 2012
Warning: Some of these cats will break your heart. ..
www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/most-important-cats-of-2012

Nine cats die in Chesapeake fire
Daily Press
A residential fire in the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake Wednesday night killed nine cats, injured 16 cats and injured one dog, a fire spokesman said. Crews arrived just after 7 p.m. to see smoking coming from a one-story home in the 200 block of

16 cats injured, 9 dead in house fire
WAVY-TV
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Officials say 16 cats were injured and nine passed away in a Chesapeake house fire Wednesday evening. According to Capt. Scott Saunders with the Chesapeake Fire Department, crews were dispatched to a home in the 200 ..

More than 140 sick cats taken from Lake Worth home
Sun-Sentinel
Most of the cats were very sick with upper respiratory issues, pneumonia, eye infections, ringworm, fleas, broken teeth and tooth abscesses, and more. Related; Man accused of keeping kittens inside freezer · Pompano man accused of stabbing pet python

At least 140 cats, most sick and deceased, removed from Lake Worth home
Palm Beach Post
Officials estimated they removed over 140 cats from the home of Diane Carle in Lake Worth Wednesday, December 19, 2012. According to Captain Dave Walesky (not pictured), Animal Care & Control’s field services operations manager, a search warrant was

 ** Owner of exotic cats cited in Los Alamitos
OCRegister
Owner of exotic cats cited in Los Alamitos. The woman kept the serval cats, which look like small cheetahs, in her apartment as pets. Tweet. ADVERTISEMENT. More from this story. Last of escaped wild cats is caught in Los Alamitos · 1 of 3 escaped

Officials seek homes for 8 cats taken from Sioux City home
Sioux City Journal
All but a dozen of the cats taken from the home were euthanized shortly after their capture due to upper respiratory illnesses, including feline leukemia, or because they were deemed too unsocial for adoption. Three female cats were later euthanized

More Than 200 Cats Seized in Casper
Sheridan Media (press release)
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – More than 200 cats are in the custody of Casper authorities after being seized over the weekend. The manager of Casper’s Metro Animal Control and Welfare Agency, Rick Sulzen, told KTWO-AM that details about where the animal

Do Dogs and Cats Have Different Blood Types, Like Humans Do
By Kara Kovalchik
Yes. And our pets sometimes need transfusions, too, so it’s always handy to know what type of blood Spot or Fluffy has (if he or she has had any blood work done, the vet will have this information). Feline blood types are divided into three

 20 cats removed from Hamilton County trailer in hoarding case
Fox 59
The Humane Society for Hamilton County helped the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Cicero police capture the cats. Officials with the humane society said the cats had been living with a 73-year-old man who got sick and moved to a nursing home.

** Pet Connection Q&A: Chocolate is rarely a hazard to finicky cats
Sacramento Bee
Yes, chocolate as well as goodies sweetened with xylitol are toxic to cats, but veterinarians don’t see as many cases of these substances poisoning cats as we do with dogs. That’s because dogs are far more likely to eat sweets than cats are. People

 ** Woman Cited for Keeping Small Cheetah-Like Cats in Her Apartment
Patch.com
After her three African cats escaped into the city this weekend, a Los Alamitos woman was cited with allegedly keeping wild animals in her apartment, a state spokesman said today. The woman, who has not been named, was allegedly harboring the animals

 ** Cats are able to navigate complex combinations of wet and dry foods to achieve
EurekAlert (press release)
Even when provided with complex combinations of different wet and dry foods, cats are able to select and combine the foods in different amounts to achieve a consistent intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate, i.e. macronutrient intake. Published this

Local felines featured in “Bad Cat” and “365 Cats” calendars – Lowcountry Life
Hilton Head Island Packet
Workman Publishing Company’s 2013 “Bad Cat” and “365 Cats” calendars can be found at Barnes & Noble and www.amazon.com. Melissa and Rob Hallbeck’s Tortie Point Siamese is a bad cat. But that’s a good thing. Melissa said 3-year-old Hope is very

Animal hospital responds Defends billing practices for town’s shelter cats and
The Hudson Reporter
When a cat was brought in for spaying and neutering, it was often released into the wild if feral, or returned to the shelter if it was socialized, healthy, and adoptable, according to the hospital. However, in the past two years the shelter has been

** How Cats See The World (CHART)
Cats see the world much, much different than we do. Here’s a handy chart to track your cat’s point of view in the scary human (note: cats are actually not scared
www.huffingtonpost.com/…/how-cats-see-the-world_n_23023…

Group is an angel to the stray cat population – Local/State – NewsObserver.com
News & Observer
The gray cat was a feral at a home in Spring Hope that had almost 60 cats outside. 59 cats were trapped over 3 weeks and all were spayed/neutered and vaccinated. All of the kittens were taken for adoption, along with two friendly adults. The homeowner .

**Today in DC Living: Cats and Prostitutes, Eagles and Kids
DCist.com
While pulling out of RiteAid at 14th and Rhode Island this evening, I saw a long-haired orange adult cat wearing what looked like a green and white striped collar. I stopped and tried to coax the cat to me, and it got close until I was propositioned by

Windsor Dead Cats: 124 Deceased Animals Found In Apartments
Huffington Post Canada
WINDSOR, Ont. – Police and animal welfare officials are investigating after more than 140 dead cats were found in two downtown apartments in Windsor, Ont. Sgt. Matt D’Asti says 124 dead cats were found in a freezer and refrigerator in one apartment

140 dead cats found in Windsor apartments – Need to know
By The Canadian Press
WINDSOR, Ont. – Police and animal welfare officials are investigating after more than 140 dead cats were found in two downtown apartments in Windsor, Ont. Sgt. Matt D’Asti says 124 dead cats were found in a freezer and refrigerator in one ..

What do you think about all these cats with STAR Power? Do you have a favorite Internet cat star? Who would you like to see cast in Heathcliff?

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BJ

BJ Bangs is an established journalist, photographer, and an aspiring author. She loves everything about cats, including writing about them.

4 Responses

  1. Andrea Dorn says:

    Of course I think Mewdy Blue should be in the movie! He’ll do just about any trick I ask him to – for a treat.

    Great collection of links/stories.

  2. MizzBassie says:

    I love your news roundups. Thank you. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

    • BJ Bangs says:

      Thank you so much for this comment. It takes alot of time to put these round-ups together, and you just never know what resonates with readers. Positive comments are
      a real boost.

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