Family welcomes lost cat after 16 years apart
A family in Maryland was shocked when they were notified that a stray cat was found via a microchip scan by a veterinarian. They were shocked because Jason and Liz McKenry’s cat, Ritz, went missing 16 years ago! Initially, when Ritz had run out of their apartment and went missing, the couple looked everywhere for Ritz. They couldn’t find their beloved cat for months, even after checking nearby shelters. The family welcomed home Ritz and were happy to spend time with their long-lost cat Ritz.
Cat Cafés are popping up across the country
Stay tuned for the opening of a new cat café in Central Ohio. The Kitty Bubble Café & Bar is slated to open in late August of this year. The owner, Ivy Hou, announced the café will feature bubble tea, coffee, tea, beer, and wine in addition to a cat lounge to cuddle kitties.
In Las Vegas, the non-profit Hearts Alive Village has opened a cat café to help adoptable cats from shelters be paired with people that could give them furever homes. There is a $15 entry donation to help raise money for the vaccines and microchips for kittens and cats to be adopted
Cuddle Cat Rescue Kitten Shower
An event called the Cuddle Cat Rescue Kitten Shower was held in Missouri where people were able to come to meet cats, get information about adopting and fostering, and enjoy refreshments. People also brought donations to help the shelter, like cat food and litter. Cuddle Cat adopts approximately 300 cats per year and was started by the founders, Janet Matson and Zach Atteberry in 2017.
“Master of Disguise”: Cat’s Hilarious Effort at Hiding Goes Viral
A New York man’s kitty delighted Twitter with a … paw-thetic attempt at becoming invisible. This inspired other pet parents to share their own priceless photos of furry friends’ efforts to hide.
Jinx the Cat to be Mayor of Hell
Jinx the cat is famous on social media as an unusual-looking rescue, and now is set to be the mayor of Hell, population 72–Hell, Michigan, that is. The wide-eyed, large-pawed feline lives in California with her human, Mia, and presumably did not have to campaign too hard for the job. The township near Ann Arbor offers anyone a chance to be mayor for a day (or even an hour) for $25 an hour. No word on Jinx’s plans to run for higher office.
Where Do Outdoor Cats Go? Not Far…
A study used GPS tracking to follow a population of 100 cats in a small town in Eastern Norway, seeking to discover where indoor-outdoor cats go when they are not at home. Most cats, it turns out, stay fairly close to home: about 50 meters (164 feet) on average, with most not venturing beyond a quarter-mile at their farthest. A very small number were more adventurous and traveled miles from home, but at least in this study, that was the exception, not the rule.
Hilarious “Grumpy Face” Demanding Cat Goes Viral
Blake, a Persian cat, with an adorable “grumpy face” was posted online by his owner back in May 2020. Blakes’s account has quickly gained over 10,000 followers on Instagram. Gaining popularity on Reddit as well, “Resting grumpy face, I like,” wrote one redditor. Another said: “That cat has amazing faith in your intelligence. Most cats just assume you are too stupid to understand anything they communicate so they don’t even try.” Blake’s videos feature him demanding treats and attention with a “resting grumpy face”.
Vets Warning Cat Owners About Using Flea Products
Dr. Becky Reynolds in Watertown NY has recently warned cat owners about flea and tick products that were designed for dogs. These flea products contain pyrethrin and pyrethroid which can be poisonous to cats. Dr. Reynolds recently witnessed three cats die due to these poisonous substances. These products are considered safe for dogs, but not cats.
The Kayaking Cat
Toonie that cat loves riding on her owner’s kayaks while on vacation in Thailand. Toonie calmly loves watching the scenery and going on outdoor adventures. Her owners think that Toonie thoroughly enjoys kayaking with them. Watch the video here.
Dog and Cat Bill of Rights
A California lawmaker introduced a new bill this month, “Assembly Bill 1881, dubbed the “Dog and Cat Bill of Rights,” which gives the pets multiple rights, including freedom from neglect and abuse, the right to health care, nutritious food, and appropriate exercise, among others.” If this bill becomes a law, it would require rescue groups and other animal associations to post the bill of rights in a place where it will be seen or face a fine of $250. Calfornia already has a law that makes it a crime if a pet owner abuses to neglect their pet.
Maine Cat Missing for 7 Years Reunited in Florida
Ashes the cat went missing from her family home in Maine in 2015. Seven years later, Ashes was found a long, long way from home. 1,500 miles to be exact, in Longwood, Florida in an animal shelter. The family had reached out to an animal rescuer, Janet Williams who had an office in Maine and in Florida. Since retired, Janet still wanted to help in this case. In the end, it was Ashe’s microchip that helped the family welcome back Ashes to their home.
National Cat Day in Italy
February 17th marks National Cat Day in Italy. There are 7.5 million cats in Italy and they all got some extra love on National Cat Day. IN Italy, cats are protected by laws that make it illegal to harm or kill a street cat since 1991. Outdoor cat colonies are protected and taken care of by local governments while being allowed to roam freely.