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Thor is column-ready

My intern, Thor, has expressed an interest in writing since he was a kitten. I think I'll let him take over my column, soon.

Is your pet helpful in any way?


Would you drink water from a bowl?

Latte drinks water.

Facebook friend Young Kwak's cat, Latte, wouldn't dream of slurping water from a bowl like an animal!  She prefers her water in a glass— and yes she has her own glass.

Also, yesterday I got a video from a HucksOnline blurker showing her cat playing fetch. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

Does your pet have any quirky tendencies?

Pope Francis: raise kids not cats and dogs

Milo keeps watch.

Pope Francis had a message for married couples on Monday: four-legged friends don’t offer the same opportunities for love and godliness as raising a child.

The Pope addressed a group of 15 couples that have been married between 25 and 60 years during daily Mass on Monday, held in the chapel of the Santa Maria residence in the Vatican. The Pope stressed the importance of three qualities in a successful Christian marriage — faithfulness, perseverance and fruitfulness — during his remarks, according to Vatican Radio.

But the Pope also counseled childless couples to be fruitful and multiply, and not spend time raising pets when they could be raising children. Full story. TIME

But it's okay to have kids AND cats, right? What do you think of the Pope's remarks?

Dog people, cat people really are different

Thor sleeps.

(Newser) – “Dog people” and “cat people” may both fall into the animal lover category, but they're not exactly cut from the same cloth, a new study finds. Carroll University researcher Denise Guastello and her team surveyed 600 college students and found cat lovers to be more open-minded, sensitive, and non-conformist than the dog-fancying majority, which, besides being more outgoing, was more inclined to follow rules. Perhaps the most contentious finding of those presented on Saturday: Cat lovers emerged as more intelligent, LiveScience reports, without elaboration. Full story.

Of course, this comes as no surprise to me. How about you?

Devil cat

You can blame DFO for this one. He apparently thinks kitty cats are the spawn of Satan. So, when I was out shopping and found this, I had to buy it for Thor. Who knew the devil wears a bow tie?

What? Like you don't buy Halloween costumes for your pet?


Swimming cats saved

Mark Schneider photo

In this August 5, 2013 photo released by Mark Schneider, a cat named Jasper sits on top of a sinking tuna boat off of the Oregon coast about 80 miles from Newport, Ore. Mark and Cynthia Schneider and their two cats, Jasper and Topaz, survived after the boat sank following an engine explosion. Both cats eventually swam through the ocean to safety on the rescue boat.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When the engine of their tuna boat exploded last week, owners Mark and Cynthia Schneider had no choice but to jump into the ocean and leave behind their two cats on the doomed vessel.

After being rescued by a nearby boat, they were stunned when they looked out at their sinking boat and saw one of the cats — a tabby named Jasper — on the bow. The other cat, a calico named Topaz, was in the ocean and eventually swam through the debris to safety on the rescue boat.

Jasper remained stranded at sea on the bow. As the boat sank deeper into the ocean, he was forced to jump in and swim toward his owners about 100 yards away. The cat made it to safety unharmed.

“They’ve got pretty good survival instincts,” Mark Schneider said. More here.

How well can your pet/s swim?

Bad cat news: 70 sick cats euthanized

SpokAnimal employees faced a heartbreaking decision when a deadly virus was discovered in several of the cats at the shelter: euthanize every cat or risk spreading the infection.

They opted to put down 70 cats.

“It was not a good night,” said Laura Thulean, SpokAnimal’s chief operating officer.

On July 30, shelter operators discovered that two litters of kittens brought to the shelter were infected with feline distemper, a viral infection that attacks the lining of the cat’s gastrointestinal tract. Cats with the virus experience bloody diarrhea and severe dehydration, and it is often fatal.

The kittens were strays, apparently found in a West Central garage, Thulean said. They didn’t start exhibiting symptoms until a few days after they’d been dropped off at SpokAnimal.

By then, it was too late. Other animals were already showing symptoms, and several random diagnostic tests showed many of the cats had the virus. Kaitlin Gillespie, SR

Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter?

Cutline Contest — 5.29.13

Time 2 vote …

Tourists stop to view one of the hundred or so resident cats resting on a wall in the small town of Houtong, Taiwan. Cat lovers arrive by the dozens to fondle and photograph the felines of Houtong, one of Taiwan's former coal mining communities. Local residents welcome the unexpected rise in tourism due to the large feline population by building feeding points, lounging pedestals and have gone as far as constructing an elevated bridge for cats and visitors to roam across the passing railroad tracks. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Tuesday Winner — Arpie and Photoguy (photoshopped photo)/with 5 likes apiece: “The soldiers really enjoy the new Russian Calvary water ballet, but the horse doesn't like it much.” You can see the photo & 9 cutline entries here.

Milo visits the vet

Poor Milo is at the vet as I type getting his teeth cleaned. To say he doesn't travel well is an understatement. He's shredded cardboard carriers and puked and peed in plastic ones.

This morning we forgo the carrier and he sat perched on my shoulder like a terrified parrot the entire way.(See photo above). But he didn't scratch, scream or have any accidents, so I'd say our no-carrier choice was a success.

Does your pet travel well?

County Suffers Cat Epidemic

Dori Peck says there are two words to describe the cat and kitten epidemic in Kootenai County. One is crazy. The other is overwhelming. And it's getting worse, said the executive director of the Kootenai Humane Society. Whether ferals or strays, they're everywhere. “We have to do something,” Peck said Monday. “We have literally litters of kittens coming in.” She said the KHS shelter at the end of Ramsey Road is at capacity, with around 100 cats and kittens. There's a 45-day waiting list to drop off a feline. Around 15 calls a day come in from folks desperate to get rid of one, two or an entire litter. Told there's no room, some are just leaving cats outside the shelter gates. Or, they're dumping them in neighborhoods, in the wild, in parks. Wherever. It is the worst Peck has seen this situation/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jerome A. Pollos' Press photo: Kittens held in the quarantine area of the Kootenai Human Society)

Question: Any ideas re: what can be done about this situation?

Hall: Where Is Your Cat Right Now?

The Internet website recklessly reveals a dirty little secret about cats with no apparent realization that the information might put cats out of business if we all come to realize what we have been sponsoring all these years. What we have been sponsoring is wholesale mayhem. We have been harboring fuzzy little murder machines that cut a merciless swath of daily death through millions of well-intentioned though filthy makes the brave and honest point, whether we want to hear it or not, that rodent populations would explode without cats — our cats — carrying out their constant savagery/Bill Hall, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Is your cat a good mouser?

Spokane Area Couple Had 39 Cats

Animal control officers wore white hazardous material suits as they worked to remove potentially dozens of cats from a Spokane home Wednesday. The couple who live at the residence, located on the 4000 block of North Addison Street, told SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. they have 39 cats. Officers had removed 20 cats as of Wednesday evening. SpokAnimal officials said the unidentified couple who live at the residence was cooperating and no charges have been filed, so they released few details Wednesday. Spokane County records show John K. Billington and Pamela M. Billington own the property, but it is unknown whether they are the two people currently living in the squalid home, which smelled strongly of urine/Chelsea Bannach, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson's SR photo: SpokAnimal Animal Control Officer Chad Himelspach holds one of the many cats that were removed from a home on Wednesday)

Question: How many cats would a neighbor have to have before you consider it a hoard?

High Noon: The 12 Cats of Christmas

So, a berrypicker challenged me to post the 12 Cats of Christmas in the next 5 days. He may have been joking, but I think that's a WONDERFUL idea! Of course I only have 2 cats, but I'm sure I have a picture or 2,000,000 of them.

Meet Thor, our youngest kitty. He's grown a lot and he's not much use as an intern, but by golly he is CUTE!

Do you prefer

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Other

PS: Don't believe the rumor that cat haters get tossed in the cooler.

Your Dog A Repub? My Cat’s A Demo

Statistically, a Republican is far more likely to be a dog owner than a Democrat. As a political independent, I take strong exception. None of my dogs — and I have three — has ever voted for a Republican. I know because Ichecked their paw prints. Yet according to the BBC, 33 percent of American dog owners identify themselves as Republican, whereas only 28 percent of cat owners lean to the right. This is a slander and canard, related to the fact that cat owners are perceived as being smarter than dog owners/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Does this finding fit your situation? Are you a Republican who owns a dog? Or A Democrat who owns a cat? Who does your pet support in the 1st Congressional District race?

Crump: Mid Management Ideal For Cats

 Middle management is essentially the art of watching other people work. Which makes it the ideal job for a cat. My cat, for example. Umbra is her name, and she has an endless fascination with the toil of others (so much so that we’ve dubbed her Foreman Cat and toyed with the idea of getting her a clipboard and a hardhat). Pulling weeds? Umbra’s got her nose right in the middle of your work. Cleaning out the gutters? She sits on the roof, observing. Giving the dog a bath? Shoot, she practically sits on the dog. And being a cat, Umbra never, ever confuses management with work/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (SR file photo for illustrative purposes: “Tulip Cats” is one of Lynnette Lawrence’s favirote cat drawings she had done.) 

Question: Could a cat do a better job of middle management than your current boss?

Post Falls Mulls Cat Licensing

Item: New rules could curb wandering cats: Licensing animals will rid neighborhoods of nuisances, citizen argues/Brian Walker, CDA Press

More Info: Police Chief Cliff Hayes said for the third time in the last 15 years he’ll be seeking guidance from the council on whether it wants to tackle cat licensing. He said Spokane requires cats to be licensed, but he’s not aware of any Idaho city that does. Hayes said no definitive reason was given by the council in the early 1990s and again around 2000 about why it didn’t want such a law. Hayes said he earlier supported the cat licensing concept, but he’s refraining from publicly taking a stand this go-round.

Question: Should owners be required to license cats?

Letter: ‘I killed your cat today’

I killed your cat today. Not because I wanted to, because I had to. You see, when your cat bit the lady trying to help him, he wasn’t able to show me proof of a rabies vaccination. I guess you didn’t think to send that along with him when you dumped him off. I killed your cat today, and I want you to know how and why. I want you to know so that maybe, just maybe, you think about this before you decide to get another pet. I want you to know so you can see just how emotionally draining it is on those of us who chose to take responsibility for your pet. I want you to know your cat died on a cold, stainless steel table, in the hands of total strangers. Strangers who held him close and stroked his fur while he drifted off to a never-ending sleep/Karen Williams, county animal cruelty investigator. (Letter: Coeur d’Alene Press here.)

Question: Do you consider pets ‘disposable’?

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