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Kitty Star of the Week
A handsome fellow named Simon is our star this week.
His person-mom writes,
"Our SAD (Society for Animals in Distress) had placed an urgent plea for
someone to adopt a 6 month old kitten who had been rescued from a severely abusive home.
He was left with neurological damage, loss of vision in his left eye, and minimal use of
his hind legs. I cried when I read the story, my heart broke, and I then had to go to the
shelter to see the little fur-butt.
"Once I saw him, and then held him like a baby in my arms, I heard his LOUD purring and he
fell fast asleep, I knew I had to take him home and care for him and love him. There
were exercises I needed to do with him to get his hind legs working, and to strengthen
"After a year, and Simon was able to walk very well, and he runs and
plays and even jumps up onto the furniture. A feat he was never able to do when I first
brought him home.
"His name is Simon, although I sometimes like to call him Indiana Jones, the way he swings
and runs around here. He loves to play with my other cat, a Maine Coon by the name of
Diva. She'll stand for it sometimes, but at 25 pounds, she gets tired of him and will bat
him away. Simon at 9 pounds tends to just roll with it.
After playing hard this morning, he went
to eat his favorite food which is Royal Canin kitten food. He sticks his face right in
the bowl and chomps away. It's a wonder he isn't as big as my Maine Coon!"
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From the Crazy for Kitties mailbox: 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.
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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
A visit from Charlie (May 2001):
Do you see me?
T-Shirts and Sweatshirts for Cat Lovers
More shirts here...
cat-themed stickers, ornaments, and keepsake boxes
||We've separated out the cat themed items here and have
organized them into some different price categories. About 400 are
priced under 10
dollars (be patient for that page to download!). And around 500 are between
$10-$25. Magnets, notecards,
art prints and other goodies are available, too. Whimsical and funny, cute and
cuddly, realistic and photographic -- something for everyone! Great gifts for you
cat-loving friends and relatives.
Title: Backyard Beauties
Artist: Rachael Hale
Type: Art Print
Size: 10 x 8 (inches)
Title: Domestic Cat, Striped Tabby Male
Artist: Jane Burton
Type: Photographic Print
Size: 16 x 12 (inches)
Title: Framed Cat I
Artist: Jessica Fries
Type: Art Print
Size: 14 x 11 (inches)
How many felines do you have? Please take our poll:
A visit from Bomber (February 2003):
Some cat facts...
- The cat's popularity was increased in the 1800's by Queen Victoria, who owned 2 blue Persians. She frequently attended cat shows in London.
- "Stumpy" refers to a Manx cat having a stump of a tail.
- Change your cat's food only gradually by mixing the new food into the current food in small quantities at first. Abrupt changes can cause diarrhea.
- Kittens' eyes are usually shut for the first 5-10 days of life.
- "Cat" in French is "chat."
- Cats can "taste" smells because they have a well develped vomeronasal organ below their nasal cavity.
- 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.
- "Cat" in Polish is "kot."
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Your guide to caring for, understanding and loving your cat! Check it out!
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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Give your memory and concentration a workout by playing our
How many English words do you know that have
the word cat in them? (How many do other people know?) Find out and play
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online shopping tips.
Lots more posters and prints here!
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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