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Miss Kitty's Cat House PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Woodman   
Monday, 05 July 2010 22:04

lookout-cat-29103It's hard to know where to begin. You see, there's this house -- a little old cottage, really -- that is occupied by 25 cats. Comfortable, well fed, proprietary cats. They might as well own the place. In a way, they do.

When friend and I visited, there was one volunteer on hand, but I didn't get the impression that the cats really cared.

The point of Miss Kitty's is that it is a real home for cats who've lost their homes. The place is clean, reasonably odor-free and even has kitchen cabinets that are partially open so that cats like my Max (who hates closed doors) can explore to their hearts' content.


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Corporate Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Editors of The Daily Cat   
Friday, 21 May 2010 16:24

Ever since Spike took up residence in a St. Louis bookstore, he has become a draw for customers and has been lovingly cared for by the employees. As a cat that seems to thrive in a work place, Spike is hardly alone. "Over the past several years, we've noted an increase in the number of firms allowing people to bring their pets to work with them," says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), a Connecticut-based nonprofit.

The trend seems to make everyone happy. Vetere indicates workers are less worried about their cats or dogs at home, and so they tend to work longer hours and take fewer days off. Bosses are pleased because their pool of workers is larger and more reliable. And, although no animals were willing to speak on the record for this article, guesses are they are enjoying the increased attention a lot more than being left home alone all day.

"Most employers we surveyed indicated that there was more worker satisfaction when a pet was present," says Vetere, referring to the national survey on this subject recently conducted by APPMA. Not only is it a huge relief to not need to rush home at lunch or be out the door at 5 to feed a cherished cat, but it's also proven that animals can have a calming effect on their humans.


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Mixed-breed Cats No Longer Outclassed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Editors of The Daily Cat   
Friday, 21 May 2010 16:11

For the last four years, Carol Smith, a Boston-area cat breeder and small-business owner, has been showing her cat, Kelsey Belle, competitively. Smith breeds Egyptian Maus cats, but unpedigreed Kelsey Belle is a former shelter cat.

However, Kelsey Belle is a cat show natural. “She rolls over on the judging table, purring and licking the judges. She’s well-regarded for her presence and easy handling,” says Smith. “She really enjoys it, especially the traveling and ‘spa treatments’ before the shows.”

In cat show lingo, mixed-breed felines like Smith’s pet are referred to as a household pets (HHP). Does your own pet have what it takes to be in show business? Longtime HHP judge William Lee weighs in on what it takes to be best in show.


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NJ Attempts to Allow Hunting of Feral Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alley Cat Rescue   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 21:01

feral catAccording to NJ newspaper articles, a number of animal activists have contacted state officials in an effort to head off a potential reclassification of feral cats, which could end the growing number of programs that trap, neuter and return them back into neighborhoods or the wild, and allow them to be hunted. The state Fish and Game Council has condemned the idea of leaving cats in the wild and now another committee that reports to the state Department of Environmental Protection is studying the issue of TNR programs.

Fish and Game Council member, Leonard Wolgast, was the sponsor of the resolution and has brought the issue of feral cats up at several council meetings. (Mr. Wolgast also recently supported re-opening bear hunting in the state.) Some animal activists have questioned whether he should be allowed to participate in such discussions at all because he is listed as owner of the East Brunswick property where Blumig Kennel, (which is owned and operated by his wife's family), is located. That kennel contracts with several communities in Central Jersey to pick up and euthanize cats. **Smells like money!**


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The Cat's Brain is Mapped PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 06:31

Cat brain is mapped out

 


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