Whirling Dervish Kitty

What is a whirling Dervish, you ask? Well, way back when mom shot this video of a former foster kitten and wanted to title it Whirling Whirling Dervish Kitty CaptureDervish Kitty, she researched it. She wanted to be sure she wasn’t going to offend anyone. She had heard the term for years but didn’t know the origin or exactly what it meant, only that it was something going round and round — whirling.

When we decided to use this video for W in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, we needed to do more research. First, we went to Wikipedia, our favorite research tool. Holy cats. After reading all that, there was no way mom and I could put anything on paper that made any sense to a kitty or most … Continue reading

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National Feral Cat Day

As an ADVO-cat, I have strong feelings about spay/neuter. I feel it is the only solution to the pet overpopulation problem and the deaths of so many unwanted animals. Today is a special day and I wanted to tell you a little about it in case you haven’t heard of it.

National Feral Cat Day banner

National Feral Cat Day was created in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the humane treatment and the protection of feral cats. They were the first organisation to introduce the Trap-Neuter-Return method to control feral cat colonies in America.

By establishing and promoting standards of care, the organization has promoted the humane treatment of cats into the national spotlight. Their approach is now embraced by major cities and … Continue reading

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Pawing it Forward: Trixie and Zuria

Ms Savvy Do over at Savannah’s Paw Tracks is having a Commentathon and Blog Hop. For every comment made on the original post, they will donate $1 to a nonprofit to be chosen at a later date from a list of recommendations by readers. For every comment made on a Paw it Forward story on another blog like this one, they will donate $.50. What an awesome way to Paw it Forward. As an ADVO-Cat for MeoowzResQ, of course, I recommended them and am sharing two of their kitties in need.

MeoowzResQ is mostly a kitten rescue, taking in orphans or whole families including the mom. Most of the other adults they take in are injured in some way. Often, a shelter will contact them directly or they will see an adult being networked through email that needs surgery or some other type of medical … Continue reading

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Helping Less Adoptable Pets

The celebration of Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week is coming to a close on Saturday, but less adoptable pets need our help all year long. Pets considered less adoptable wait for a forever home many times longer than a cute kitten or puppy. What animals wait the longest? Petfinder conducted a survey and here is what it showed:

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Petfinder created Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable Pet Week in 2009 to help bring awareness to the plight of these special, unusual, or sometimes too common, pets.

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The pets with special needs group can include blind, deaf, missing or deformed limbs, FIV+, and any other conditionHelping less adoptable pets Continue reading

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Treat or no Treat?

Mom has been in a quandary over cat treats for a while now. Store bought treats are very expensive (pound for Can we maintain a healthy body and eat cat treats?pound) and have so many chemicals and other bad things in them. They are full of carbohydrates because that is what holds them together. As an obligate carnivore (that means we only eat meat), my body doesn’t handle carbohydrates well.

So what about homemade cat treats? At least that way, she knows exactly what’s in them. Periodically, she’ll do a search for recipes looking for the perfect one, and when she sees one on Pinterest, she adds it to her treat recipe board. But even most homemade treats have lots of carbohydrates in them.

Mom feeds us … Continue reading

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Echo’s Story

Mom loves to tell us the story of how Echo came into her life. It all began with another kitty named Topper.

Mom found Topper when he was a tiny baby. She was at the stable where her horses lived. She and a friend were walking down the stall isle when they heard pitiful little cries. They looked around and finally found him hiding among some trash cans. Mom took him home and he sat right in her lap the whole way. Mom said that was pretty amazing for a little feral kitty. He made himself at home immediately.

When Topper was about two years old, he escaped from the house. The patio screen door was open a few inches in the morning when mom got up. Either someone had left it open or he had opened it! Mom looked for him for weeks and was so sad. Her search for … Continue reading

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MeoowzResQ Saves Lives

I want to tell you more about the wonderful organization that saved my life as well as the lives of my adopted brothers and sisters. This is what mom has told me about them.

With most people, rescuing sneaks up on you gradually. MeoowzResQ started with one woman, founder Dani Ryan, who agreed to help a co-worker out with some feral bottle babies. Then she took up volunteering at a local shelter and with another rescue group.

feeding bottle babySoon, she and another friend, Judith, hooked up to save bottle babies from their local county shelter. It was Friday, April 20, 2001, Dani’s birthday, when she was asked to come down to the shelter and pick up a litter of kittens. To her surprise, when she arrived, there were 21 babies that would be euthanized if she did not take them. What would she do? She … Continue reading

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Sunday Selfies: Black is Beautiful

I just read the silliest thing on Facebook. An article in the Birmingham Mail says that now Facebook is responsible for black cats not getting adopted. As if they didn’t already have enough problems! The article goes on to say, “Black cats are said to photograph poorly for Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and the like, with more colourful felines pre-furred. Owners just don’t like snapping selfies with them.”Black cat selfie

Really? I think this was just a publicity ploy for Cats Protection Birmingham (and I’m all for whatever it takes to get a kitty adopted) but mom took it as a challenge. Since we have little Beyonce, the foster kitten, here with us, mom decided she should learn at an early age how to … Continue reading

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