Officer Gretchen Byrne of the Coral Springs Police Department is our new best friend. She not only serves and protects us humans but Gretchen also has a special place in her heart for stray cats and kittens. Byrne has rescued and found homes for over 65 abandoned felines in her Boca Raton neighborhood and is still going strong. During her shifts at work this rescue warrior picks up stray cats of all ages and provides refuge at the police station as well as her home until a furever family is found. Thank you to this cat-loving cop who dedicates her time to the feline community. Read more about Gretchen’s story here.
Wait, what? 600 cats in one place, at one time? Yes, please! You too?
Well, at least it sounds pretty cool. Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Lanai City, Hawaii is a nonprofit organization where more than 600 spayed and neutered kitties call home. Sometimes called “purr-adise” or “fur seasons”, you can visit this island of cats and even adopt if you so choose. Some folks even travel to Lanai City just to visit the “Hawaiian Lions.” But don’t worry, these furry felines are well taken care of with access to over 25,000 square feet of outdoor space and a plenty of different structures to climb on and hide within. Interested in visiting and getting your kitty-fix for the year? Check out their website for more information.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner do you have luck on your side? If you have a Maneki Neko then the answer might be “yes”. Known as Lucky Cats or Fortune Cats, the name Maneki Neko might not be familiar to you but what if I described it as the little cat figurine popular near cash registers in Asian restaurants and supermarkets. Now do you know what I’m talking about? Another fun fact about this small critter, which has been around since the 17th century, has to do with which paw it’s holding up and waving. If it’s the left, this is supposed to attract customers. If the right paw is raised, then good fortune and money are coming your way. No matter what paw is raised or what name you call this little feline – luck will find you. Read more about the Maneki Neko here. Do you have a Fortune Cat by your side?
And an even cuter name. Meet Eeyore, the runt of the litter but what he lacks in size he makes up in miracle. This little kitty is a throw away, shelter cat that no one wanted. Weighing in at just about 4 ounces when he was adopted by one of the shelter’s employees, Eeyore was eventually nursed back to health, and a much better weight. Pictures and more pictures. Enjoy!
Did you know that today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet? Crazy, I know! But unfortunately, our cats are not really that into us. Nope. You’d be surprised but your cat doesn’t really understand you the way your dog does. Well according to John Bradshaw that is. A cat-behavior expert who has studied these furry felines for many years, John believes that cats are not able to perceive us as different from them. In his observations cats act the same way with humans as they do with other cats. Read more about John’s observations and thoughts in this interesting and eye-opening article.