Category: Cats

Victory! California Becomes First State To Ban Sale of Animals from Puppy and Kitten Mills

California has made history by becoming the first state to prohibit the sale of animals from large breeding facilities. The law, AB 485, called The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, has been long fought for by animal activists, and people across the state are ecstatic about its implementation. Though private breeders will still be allowed to sell on their own, pet stores throughout the state will be required to obtain all cats, dogs, and rabbits from shelters and rescues. With over 250,000 dogs and cats admitted into Los Angeles Animal Services in the past year alone, the ban will bring relief...

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VIDEO: Cat ‘Bodyguard’ Waits with His Best Friend for the School Bus Every Day

Putting to rest any questions about feline loyalty, Fish the cat gets up every morning to wait for the school bus with his human best friend, making sure the boy makes it on board safe and sound. No matter if it’s raining, snowing or blistery hot, Fish stands sentry until the bus picks the boy up, never taking so much as a day off. Only after Fish knows the boy is on his way to school will the protective kitty make his way back inside the door of their home....

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VIDEO: Cat is ‘Forever a Kitten’ After Accident – But Rescuers Will Never Give Up on Her

S’mores was just 6 weeks old when someone accidentally dropped a cat carrier on her head, nearly killing her. After the accident, she could not move, and suffered serious brain damage. For three months, the poor kitten could do nothing but lie there, unresponsive, with a feeding tube. But rescuers refused to give up on S’mores, and continued to give her the care she needed until she could finally walk and eat on her own again. S’mores is now two years old, but is only the size of an 8-week-old kitten. This is as big as she will ever...

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VIDEO: Rare Wild Kittens Caught on Tape for the Very First Time

Sand Cat Kittens Spotted in the Wild for First Time from Panthera Cats on Vimeo. In what is believed to be the very first footage of its kind, Panthera France Director Gregory Breton has finally captured wild sand kittens on camera. This was Breton’s fifth expedition to the Moroccan Sahara to document the elusive sand cat. It was two in the morning, and the team was about ready to give up when they saw the eyes of three kittens flickering in the darkness. “They belonged to sand cat kittens–and the videos and stills the team excitedly captured are believed to be...

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Why Cats and Dogs May Soon be Headed to Texas Jail

The city of Austin, Texas is considering sending a mother cat, her kittens, and some dogs to live at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle. No, the animals haven’t been convicted of anything (except maybe adorableness) — through this pilot program, selected, nonviolent inmates will train and socialize the animals in order to increase their chances of being adopted. Not only will this help the animals find forever homes, but this sort of interaction brings many benefits for inmates, as well. “The jail is not a happy place,” said social service program coordinator for the Travis County sheriff’s...

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VIDEO: Kitty who ‘Lost her Face’ after Being Hit by Car Has a Family Who Loves Her Just the Way She Is

At the tender of age of four weeks, Chase the fluffy kitty was run over by a car. The accident left her so disfigured, some say she “lost her face.” And certainly, she looks different than other cats, but is still a healthy, happy fuzzball who brings her human family lots of joy. And that family adores Chase just the way she is. This special cat has her own Facebook page, where you’ll find inspiring posts like this one: “I’m a happy kitty and hope to help other humans feel just as great about themselves and realize that not...

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VIDEO: Cat With Extra Chromosome Was Once On Death Row, But Now Has Loving Home

Born with an extra chromosome, Maya looks different than other cats. The tabby was found behind a Chinese restaurant, and brought to a local shelter. But because of her unusual appearance and slightly different personality, she was deemed unadoptable and put on death row. Things were looking very grim for Maya — until The Odd Cat Sanctuary learned of her predicament, and came the rescue. Maya was put into a foster home, and soon adopted by someone willing to give this special cat a chance. Now in a forever home, Maya gets to live a happy life filled with...

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Here’s What Happened When the CIA Tried to Turn Cats into Spies

The 1960s proved a turbulent time for the United States. With the counterculture movement and tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the ’60s brought about change and general unease throughout the nation. As such, the American government was doing everything in its power to get the upper hand against Russia. According to 1960s writer Tom Vanderbilt of Smithsonian Magazine, “the U.S. government deployed nonhuman operatives–ravens, pigeons, even cats–to spy on Cold War adversaries.” Cats? Yes, cats. Cats, notoriously stubborn and disobedient creatures, were the CIA’s animals of choice to be trained for undercover work....

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