Category: Cats

New Hope! Dog Meat May Be Banned For Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Stolen. Captured. Caged. Skinned. Cooked. Eaten. This is a dog’s unfortunate fate at the annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China during the summer solstice — a celebration that some believe helps to repel summer heat and bring good luck. Thankfully, a ban is reportedly imminent in efforts to discontinue the infamous and inhumane mass slaughtering of animals. Dogs are not the only meal spotted on the menu at the festival that started in 2010. Cats are killed and eaten, too. However, according to National Geographic, Chinese activists are unsure if the ban will cover cats. Thousands of cats and dogs are...

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Cheetah Cubs Rescued In the Nick of Time From Illegal Trafficking

Nine cheetah cubs and one sub-adult cub were freed from the fate of illegal trafficking on April 19 in a rescue effort by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and the Somaliland Ministry of Environment and Rural Development (MoERD). The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) provided emergency funding and the cubs are now in the hands of rescuers as steps are taken to ensure their long-term care. Here are a few cubs post-rescue: Cheetahs are not domesticated pets: they belong in the wild, not in human homes. Dr. Laurie Marker of CCF told Lady Freethinker that if the transport and sale of...

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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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