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Picture of a ginger tabby cat camouflaged in a woodpile

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Picture of a ginger tabby cat resting in a woodpile. Photo: Reddit.com. The Sun newspaper reported on this. But the success of the difficulty in finding the cat in the woodpile is not all to do with the colour and texture of the cat but the poor image quality in the original. I have smartened up the image as best I can but it is still poor in terms of image quality. The cat is marked! The newspaper ran a 'spot the cat' article. Reddit users struggled to find the cat. Well, the cat is a ginger tabby. That's bound to create complications in a woodpile. This cat appears to be a dilute ginger tabby so the background colour is similar. But if the image was of decent quality you'd see this cat much more easily.

Stray cats alert residents to an abandoned new-born baby in a drain

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NEWS AND COMMENT-WESTERN INDIAN STATE OF MAHARASHTRA, INDIA: Sadly, this is another example of mothers throwing away their unwanted new-born babies for them to die; in this instance the mother or somebody under the directions of the mother threw the baby away into a sewage drain according to online news media. Rescued infant after stray cats made residents aware of the child in a drain. Picture: Mumbai Police tweet. The stray cats in the area became apparently agitated which alerted residents to the presence of the new-born baby who in turn alerted the police which led to an investigation by the local authority. The incident took place in the Indian commercial capital, Mumbai. The infant was wrapped in a cloth and dumped in sewage. The Mumbai Police tweet states that the presence of the baby created a 'ruckus' among the stray cats (a commotion). The baby was rushed to hospital. I have re-published the tweet below. Pantnagar P.stn received a call from a good samaritan that a

No Covid vaccinations for pets because they aren't a priority

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NEWS AND COMMENT: We, the public, know that lions, tigers and bears have been given Covid vaccinations. This tells us unequivocally that there is a Covid vaccine for animals, specifically zoo animals. This is because zookeepers who have been infected with Covid transmit the disease to captive animals at their zoo. This is important because the animals are valuable. They are an asset to the zoo and that asset needs to be protected with a vaccine. RELATED:  Tragedy: 3 snow leopards die of Covid Free pet care clinic Seattle 2020. Ruth Fremson / The New York Times However, despite the knowledge of an effective vaccination for animals, vaccines are unavailable for dogs and cats. This is simply because, on my understanding, that dogs and cats are de-prioritised. The experts think that cats and dogs do not transmit Covid to their owners and other people living in their homes. One veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Lennon, working out of the University of Pennsylvania said that she is frequently a

Phoenix Day School for the Deaf have a feral cat problem and they are dealing with it properly

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NEWS AND COMMENT: This is a good cat new story in my book. It's straightforward and the outcome is going to be good. And that is because the people who are dealing with the problem are sensible and enlightened. Feral cat near the school. Photo: 3TV/CBS 5. In the past several months a feral cat problem has developed at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf. A colony has emerged at the school which has been supported by local residents who been feeding them next to the fence that borders the school. Because of this they been roaming onto the campus at 19th Avenue between Hayward and Morton Avenue. The problem for Maria Murphy at the school is that they sometimes defecate on the campus. She says they bury it but it's not something they want for obvious reasons on campus. The good news element of this story is that they decided to work together and employ TNR practices to control the colony. In addition, they are giving instructions to feed the cats for a set period of time daily. The

New York City stray cat is too sweet not to be adopted

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Date: 17th Nov. 2021: This is a really cute male cat who has been a stray for 1.5 years in New York City. You can see from the video that he desperately needs to live with a human companion. The person who made the video is asking for social media users to adopt him (Reddit.com).  They also ask if it is okay to take him to a shelter. I'm not sure about taking him to a shelter. He might not get adopted at a shelter. If he's not adopted he may be euthanised. Taking him to a shelter, depending upon the type of shelter it is, might be a death warrant for this little fella. Stray cat needs a human companion. Screenshot. Sorry for the poor quality. The best thing is to try and find a home for him locally. This is in fact what they are trying to do. They can't take him in themselves because they have a 17-year-old cat who does not get along with other cats. I totally get that. It can be disastrous to bring in a new cat to join a resident cat. Note : This is a video from another

Tip: how to save left over cat food some of the time

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We know that a problem with wet cat food is that a lot of it can be left behind, it goes off and it has to be thrown away. The first point to make is that not all wet cat food goes off quickly. Clearly in warm climates and in hot homes it will probably be inedible after about an hour or so because its smell changes and cats assess food on the smell it gives off. Tip: how to save left over cat food some of the time However, under many conditions if your cat leaves wet cat food in the bowl you can bring them back to it by adding a good quality dry cat food which can be sprinkled over the wet. You only have to add a small quantity of kibble to turn left over wet cat food or even rejected wet cat food into something which is acceptable to your cat. It is a mind game trick. We should be able to outsmart our cat. Humans are meant to be more intelligent than cats ๐Ÿ˜‡. Your cat will start eating the dry cat food which she likes and which is different to the wet (obviously) and in doing so pr

Topless firefighters and cats! 2022 Australian Firefighters Cat Calendar photoshoot

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This is for the ladies or gay men - is that fair? ๐Ÿ˜‡. It is a bit voyeuristic and indulgent but a bit of fun. There is a Christmas theme. Photographically speaking the success of the images is about the juxtaposition of the two creatures in the photos. The relatively hairless men and the relatively tiny cats covered in hair. There are many good news stories of firefighters saving the lives of cats who have inhaled smoke. You must have seen the photos of firefighters administering oxygen to cats using miniature oxygen masks. People love that sort of thing. I'd rather see cats brought out of home fires by their owners who escaped. Please don't leave the cats behind if you can help it. Too many die in house fires while their owners live. The price of the calendar is AUS$22.00 + shipping. "The 2022 Australian Firefighters Cat Calendar will appeal to every crazy cat lady and man worldwide". That is what they say. Note : This is a video from another website. Sometimes they

For cat health choose a veterinarian sensibly

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How many cat owners choose their veterinarian sensibly or even carefully? ๐Ÿ˜• Personally, I go to the nearest veterinarian I can find and book an appointment; not good. The reason is because the independent veterinarians where I live have been bought up by conglomerates and therefore all their branches are exactly the same: rather poor or at best average. However, if I was living in America I would do my best to seek out a veterinarian who did not declaw cats . That would be my criteria for selecting a veterinarian for my cat companion. The trouble with that criteria is that it may be impossible to find a veterinarian who does not declaw cats within a hundred mile radius. If that were true I would have to see a veterinarian who declawed cats which, personally, I would find deeply upsetting. It would indicate a culture and mentality towards cats which is morally bankrupt in my personal view. Choose a veterinarian for your cat sensibly. Image: Pixabay. But if you don't live in America

Elderly woman’s phone, ID & ATM card stolen while feeding community cats

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NEWS AND COMMENT-SINGAPORE: It's been reported that an elderly woman's phone, ID and ATM card were stolen while she was feeding community cats in Meiling Street. I get the distinct impression that this is a street which is known for community cats and where people feed them regularly. There is a Facebook page called Cats of MeilingSt.  Google Maps calls it ' Mei Ling St .', which looks more accurate. Allegedly Lim feeding community cats on Mei Ling St.. Photo: Microsoft News. There is a post on that Facebook page which is embedded into this page below. Please note though that this may disappear in time because I'm reliant upon the person who posted it on Facebook to keep it on Facebook. They can delete it at any time. ASSOCIATED PAGE:  Singapore: 250 cats fall from high rise apartments every year. Fifty percent die on impact . It is pretty self-explanatory. The alleged theft took place in broad daylight. Microsoft News have the story on their website but they say th

What domestic cat looks like a bobcat?

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There is one purebred domestic cat which was artificially created through selective breeding to look like the native American bobcat: the Pixie-bob. This purebred cat is the one to go to if you want to adopt a domestic cat that looks like a bobcat. Pixie-bob 'Proud Foot'. photo by Helmi Flick. The Pixie-bob is meant to look wild. And the breed does have that naturalness about it which makes it look wild. This is quite a large cat and often polydactyl (more than the usual number of toes - see picture of Proud Foot above).  Male Pixie-bob cats way between 14-18 pounds and for females the weight ranges between 10-12 pounds. There are, therefore, larger than usual for a domestic cat. They are said to be quiet and friendly with a dog-like character. There was a time when people thought that domestic cats could mate with bobcats to create a hybrid. It seems that some people thought that the Pixie-bob was, indeed, a wild cat hybrid. However, this breed is entirely domestic with no