Category: Cats

Cat, Dog, and Rat Best Friends Refuse to be Separated

An unlikely trio of animals was adopted after refusing to be separated at a Wisconsin animal shelter. Sasha the dog, Jack the cat and Tweaks the rat, known as the “Rat Pack,” were adopted together by Kathy Berens and her daughter on April 7th. The previous owners of the Rat Pack had to move and were unable to bring the trio along with them. They brought the gang to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society (OAHS) on March 1st, and mentioned that the animals had a special bond. After the 3 arrived at OAHS, they needed to be medically examined....

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Study: Your Cat Likes You More than You Think

This month, students from Oregon State and Monmouth Universities conducted a study on cats’ behavioral reactions to certain stimuli, and concluded that our feline friends prefer human interaction over meals. Surprised? You’re probably not alone. For those of us who are familiar with the self-centered reputation of cats—seeming to only want our attention on their terms, perhaps when they want to eat, be pampered, or play—the results from this study may be jaw dropping. The team of researchers indicated that “it is still common belief that cats are not especially sociable or trainable. This disconnect may be due, in part,...

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Animal Shelter Hosts Adorable Pajama Parties

What’s more fun than a sleepover? A doggie and kitty pajama party! The Humane Society of Huron Valley in Michigan has cleverly and creatively combined cats, canines, food, and films to make children, parents, and shelter animals very happy. One or two Friday evenings each month, children between the ages of five and eleven are invited to a sleepover party with the resident pups and kitties. The children arrive at Pets & Pajamas Movie Night in their jammies to play with the dogs and felines, eat, and watch an animal-themed movie. The shelter staff also provides humane education during the four-hour FunFest. The cats...

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They’re Lining Up to Adopt Feral Cats in Chicago

Did you know that building excavations in cities often result in colonies of rats losing their nests and running rampant through the streets? Case in point: The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago was demolished last year, and mischiefs (groups of rats) began teeming around the city. Other demolitions, as well as a warm winter, have created a surge in the rat population, with residents scrambling for a solution. The solution, it turns out, is 100% natural. Warehouses, restaurants, homeowners, and others have been “hiring” feral cats to drive out the rats and keep them away with their scent and...

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Sad, Abused 17-Year-Old Cat Finds a Home – and Finally, Love

In this video, a dying cat named Cinnamon is given another chance at life and happiness. Cinnamon, who is 17 years old, spent the majority of her life as the cherished pet to an elderly couple. But when the elderly man and woman passed away, Cinnamon was left to the cruel care of relatives who abused her for years. When foster care providers later rescued Cinnamon, she was found to be dying of pancreatic cancer. The foster care workers attempted to take care of and love her, but she hissed and snapped and ran away at every opportunity. She...

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Cats on the Prowl at the Westminster Dog Show

In an impressively inclusive move, The Westminster Kennel Dog Show invited cats to their 141st gathering. The kitties joined the canines on February 11th for the “Meet The Breeds” segment of the show.  The Meet The Breeds event consists of individual booths adorned with decorations from each breed’s native country and their origin. Some felines even sported costumes of their heritage. Forty breeds of felines and two house cats were included. Meet The Breed was an educational experience and perhaps a way to introduce dog lovers not yet smitten by kittens to the adorable Felidae Species. Attendees learned about...

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