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Kitty Star of the Week
Gus, or more formally, Augusta Firefly, is a very
She loves to hug, sleep in her basket,
help people type at the computer, and distract them from reading.
Her mother says, "When I come home she waits
for me behind the door and then pounces on me, her special welcome home
greeting. She loves to cuddle. At night she knows it is time to go to
sleep so she jumps into her basket and that is where she sleeps until it
is time to get up. If you don't wake up in the morning when she wants you
to she will sit on you and stare at you until you do. She loves to
terrorize trees and house plants.
Why do I like her? I don't like her, I love her. She is like having a dog
and a cat in one. All in all she is a wonderful cat and I love her to
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Raphaella Bilski has written a book in which she invites us to
Discover the World of the Street Cat:
For 14 years I cared for a community of street cats that lived in my garden in Jerusalem. This book is their story. "My Street Cats"
provides a rare look into the lives of these cats not only as individuals, each with a distinctive personality, but also as
members of a community. And therein lies its uniqueness.
Dr. Raphaella Bilski is a political scientist, teacher, writer, & previous adviser to three of Israel's Prime Ministers. But mostly she’s an animal lover, with a passion for street cats.
You can see Raphella talk about her book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQEzhUsdQwc.
As a rule street cats do not form communities. Instead, they live as individuals within a specific territory, with little
interaction between individual cats except during mating season or in rare cases of feline friendship. What happened in my
garden was unintentional. By starting a feeding station, I inadvertently created a community of cats that spanned several
generations at a time when TNR programs were uncommon in Israel.
As we read of the social life of street cats we encounter their hierarchies and leaders, extraordinary displays of courage and
friendship, different forms of motherhood, including joint motherhood, compassion towards the sick and dying, cats teaching one
another, and much more. No other book offers such a long-term and in-depth exploration of the lives of street cats in a communal
The book also examines the complex interplay between the world of the street cat and our own human world. People often see
street cats as a nuisance, at best to be ignored. Throughout the years I have formed deep bonds with individual cats. In this book,
I try to convey the special nature and depth of these relationships, showing that the street cat can be a warm and loyal
friend if treated correctly.
And this is really why I wrote this book. I want to change people’s attitudes towards street cats, raising compassion for an
animal that is either hated or overlooked. I also hope that the book will help people connect with others who care for street cats,
ask questions, share experiences, and so raise awareness of the plight and beauty of these amazing animals, living all around us.
"My Street Cats" is available at your local Amazon shop, Barnes & Noble, or here:
And you can read an excerpt -- Grayush: the Pavarotti of Cats.
All profits from the sale of "My Street Cats" go towards the continued care & Trap-Neuter-Return of Jerusalem's cats.
Elizabeth Ellis is a painter who is painting an 8x10 inch watercolor of an
adoptable animal in a shelter each week in 2015. At the beginning of 2016, she will
have an exhibition of the 52 paintings at the Dreaming Tree Galleries in
Grove City, Ohio. After the exhibition, she will mail the original paintings
to the shelter where the animal is still living, or hopefully, to the family
that has adopted the animal.
She is calling it the "Year of 52 Rescues" and will be blogging and
tweeting the whole process. She is starting near where she lives, in Ohio,
but will include shelters in other parts of the United States. You
can see her work at
Elizabeth Ellis Art and Elizabeth Paints on Facebook.
Baby, who is a frequent guest, likes to sleep on her back -- and snore.
See the video.
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Baby (the cat) and Tink (the dog) have an interesting relationship...
Tink tries fierce
Tink tries innocence
Tink thinks maybe another bite attempt...
Tink tries bite action number two
Tink tries nice -- Baby is not impressed
Aren't we just the cutest? Baby bides her time...
Baby makes her move!
Tink says, "Hey!"
Friends again -- sort of
T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Cat Lovers
More shirts here...
cat-themed stickers, ornaments, and keepsake boxes
How many felines do you have? Please take our poll:
A visit from Little Miss Muffet (July 2003):
Some cat facts...
- Cats need a lot of protein, between 25 and 30 percent of the dry content per serving must be protein. A diet with less than 19 percent protein can cause illness. (Dog food should not be given to cats.)
- The name of the gene controlling the length of cats' hair is called L. The dominant form causes short hair; a mutated form (known as "l") causes long hair.
- "Cat" in Polish is "kot."
- "Cat" in German is "Katze."
- When a cat wants to sleep more than a "cat nap," he or she will enter a period of light sleep that lasts for about 1/2 hour. Then the cat moves into deep sleep for 6-7 minutes. These two phases will alternate until the cat wakes up.
- Today's cats remain close to their wild ancestors; virtually nothing has been added or taken away from the wildcat's nature.
- "Polydactyl" refers to the situation where a cat has more toes than normal on one or more feet. 5 toes are normal for the front feet; 4 toes are normal for the back feet.
- Do not feed your cat people-food or dog-food. A cat's dietary needs are very different from humans and dogs.
Parts of a boat named for a cat: cat back, cat beam, cat boat, catfall,
catharpin, cathead, cathole, cat hook, cat rig, and catwalk.
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the word cat in them? (How many do other people know?) Find out and play
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The friend you've been waiting for is at your local animal shelter.
No more homeless pets! Adopt a shelter pet. Get started by
Please consider donating to help animals (and their humans) affected by
recent disasters. There are many good organizations, but here are two:
ASPCA -- 1-800-628-0028
Humane Society of the United States -- 1-866-720-2676
What is "TNR"? It stands for "trap-neuter-return" and is a humane way to
control feral (wild) cat populations. Alley Cat Allies is an organization
that promotes TNR. For more information, visit
For information about foods to avoid, please see this article by the ASPCA:
People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.
Animal Poison Control 24-hour hotline: 1-800-426-4435
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