Monday, October 16, 2017

Atlantic City Boardwalk Cats Project is a Model Program for TNR #GlobalCatDay

This past July I was disappointed that I couldn’t attend the Best Friends Animal Society national conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  I had found out about it too late and I just wasn’t able to swing it. But when Alley Cat Allies announced they were holding tours of their famed Boardwalk Cat Project in conjunction with the conference I was a happy cat lady! Early on a Sunday morning my boyfriend and I took the 2 ½ hour road trip to Atlantic City to meet the Boardwalk Cats. (Lucky for me he’s a cat man, so it didn’t take much convincing for him to join me.) Since today is Global Cat Day, I thought it was the perfect time to share my experience with you. 

Alley Cat Allies|Atlantic City Boardwalk Cat Project

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Selfie Sunday - Lexy's Naked!

Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in with a selfie for Sunday. This week my collar, umm.. ahem... went missing, so I decided to take some "undressed" selfies. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Catnip Nation's October Report: What Happens to Cats After a Natural Disaster?

In August I brought you the third installment of a series of posts by Tina Traster, Producer and Director of the documentary film Catnip Nation. This month Tina gets us thinking about what happens to cats after a natural disaster. Do cats get left behind? Do dogs and livestock get more attention? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. 


Catnip Nation Documentary

Where Are The Community Cats After A Natural Disaster?
We’ll never forget the images of Texans rescuing their cows from flooded fields in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last month. Today, as I scroll on my Facebook page, my heart stops when I see the picture of a man carrying a dog on his shoulder, trying to escape the ravages of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The man was also trying to save his horse.

Animal lovers worry terribly about the fate of animals during and after natural disasters. We’ve seen so much tragedy during the last month. What occurred to me recently, as I’ve been absorbing the post-disaster images, is that news cameras hardly, if ever, show us footage or photographs of rescued or abandoned cats.

I’ve been wondering why.

Is it that animal rescue groups focus on dogs and other livestock? Is it that when people evacuate they only take their dogs? Perhaps it’s because people fleeing danger might have a cat in a carrier and that’s not as photogenic.

Or is it that cats are seen as animals who can care for themselves? Perhaps first responders view cats as independent enough to ride out a storm, to get to higher ground, and even to fend for themselves in the aftermath? Certainly this would be true for community cats.

So it was interesting to note, on the days leading up to Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Internet chatter about the famous six-toed Hemmingway cats who reside in the writer’s house in Key West.

Residents of the Keys were told to evacuate, as that part of Florida was expected to be hit hard. Fretting folks on Facebook weighed in: What’s going to happen to the Hemmingway cats? They’re iconic. I recall one post said that the cats would likely be alright because the house had thick walls.

Turns out they were right. Even the New York Times the next day reported: “Hemmingway’s Six-Toed Cats Ride Out Hurricane Irma in Key West." I was relieved to read that the 54 cats, many of them descended from a white polydactyl cat owned by Ernst Hemmingway, were herded (a feat in and of itself, no doubt) into the thick-walled Spanish Colonial-style house/museum to ride out the storm. Ten employees were with the cats during the hurricane. The NYTimes reported this as if it was surprising – but nobody reading this blog was the slightest bit surprised that these cat caretakers hunkered down with their feline charges because we know what it feels like to be “owned” by our cats.

The Hemmingway story got me thinking about all community cats, and what they must endure during and after a catastrophic storm. Obviously, the Hemmingway cats have far more protection than an anonymous colony somewhere in Boise or Poughkeepsie. That’s exactly why we need to work harder on two fronts. We need to TNR every colony across the land and winnow down these populations. And we need legislation to make community cats everyone’s business so when a storm comes, we can do more to protect them before and after.

Catnip Nation was recently on location with Brian Hackett, president of the New Jersey Humane Society of the United States. He had just returned from flooded Texas on an animal-rescue mission. Many sheltered cats were airlifted to make room in the shelters for more animals that were being found in the streets. When I asked how many of those animals were cats? he said, “some.”

Thank you, Tina, for another thought and conversation provoking topic. If you'd like to support the documentary film Catnip Nation, click here. You can also spread the word about the wonderful work they are doing to make a difference in the lives of feral cats. And don't forget to follow them on social media! 

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Please weigh in. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Tina Traster is a socially-conscious, award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her 30-minute documentary, This House Matters, is an examination on historic preservation in the Hudson Valley. The film has screened at the YoFi Film Festival, the Kingston Film Festival, the Hoboken International Film Festival, and the Nyack Film Festival. Traster's work has appeared in scores of newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Redbook, Family Circle, Parade, Time Out New York, Audubon, Ski Magazine and many others. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Rescuing Julia Twice: A Mother's Tale of Russian Adoption and Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder. Since 2006, Traster has written the "Burb         Appeal"column for The New York Post. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tuft & Paw's Sustainable Cat Bed Design Contest

Hello, and Happy Wednesday! I have some news to share with you today! Tuft & Paw is having an exciting design competition that will benefit both kitties and humans. Read on for details. 

The contest is aimed at students who can come up with a winning modern sustainable cat bed design. The winner will receive $1,500 towards their education and their design will go into production in the USA and debut as a new flagship product on Tuft + Paw’s website. 

The design should be: 
  • Sustainable
  • Affordable
  • Beautiful 
  • Easy to ship
  • Practical
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017 and the winner will be announced before November 30, 2017.  For more information or to submit a design visit this page.  

If you like to design and draw, run on over and enter! Good luck to all who enter! We can't wait to see the winning design. 


Monday, October 2, 2017

Practicing My Raspberry

Hello, and Happy Monday! Many of you know our friends The Lone Star Cats. And if you do, you're very familiar with Crockett's raspberry! One evening when I was sitting on Mommy's lap I meowed to myself, I meowed, "I'm a little bored. What can I do to liven things up? I know! I'll practice my Crockett Raspberry!". 

cat with tongue out

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Selfie Sunday - Taking Care of Mommy

Hello, and Happy Sunday! Today's selfie is presented by... me! 

Mommy was a little under the weather one evening and I was taking care of her. My purrs did wonders! 

We're part of the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with our good friends over at The Cat On My Head. Click on the image for more selfies. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Adopting Two Rescued Cats Changed My Life #RememberMeThursday

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Today is Remember Me Thursday. If you’ve read this post or this one, you know that Lola has been very excited to spread the word about this important day. Today she let me take the reins so I can share my thoughts. (Thank you, Lola!)

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