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Cats love cardboard boxes. Science has proved this to be a universal truth: Place a cardboard box on the floor and any and all nearby cats will instantly hop inside of it.

But have you ever thought about which type of cardboard box is the best fit for your cat? Is it an oversized moving box? Ubiquitous Amazon Prime box? Or even a raggedy shoe box you long forget to throw away?

Well, wonder no more as we’ve decided to solve that little kitty dilemma for the ages in the most impartial way possible — by checking out Instagram pics and ranking cardboard boxes for your cat.

12. Half-Full Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram mozzythecat)

This is just not cool. Always properly clear out your cardboard boxes before gifting them to your cats.

11. Moving Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram marsmadd)

From what I can fathom, this huge box originally housed a bunch of foam cups but was then used as a moving box. Craftily, with a little help from her humans, Moo Bear the cat has tailored the oversized box into a feline safe-house with a little perch. Remember, customization is key when it comes to large boxes.

10. Board Game Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram jemimamadsen)

Along with hopping in cardboard boxes, most felines also count ruining board games among their top hobbies. Our friend here is showing his anti-capitalism side by scuppering his humans’ plans to play Monopoly.

9. Amazon Prime Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram theadventuresofmorisandmilo)

During times of boredom at work, we all enjoy ordering things we don’t really need from Amazon. Even if you’re attempting a frugal month, the two-day shipping guarantee usually seduces even the most prudent of savers. Cats are on board with the profligate spending — especially as it means they can expect a new cardboard box to lounge around in. The only issue is Amazon’s somewhat random approach to box sizing. As the perturbed-looking Milo here has discovered, an undersized box can put a frown on any feline’s face.

8. Shoe Or Sneaker Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram alice_siamesecat)

Super snug is the word when it comes to repurposing a shoe box. Marvel at how Alice has slipped into this svelte box — and then tucked herself in with some cartoon-themed packing paper. Gold star!

7. Deep-Walled Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram catteus_lord_leicester)

A box with very deep walls offers an excellent challenge for any particularly spritely and curious cat. Just check out the look of personal achievement on Dr. Catteus Lord Leicester’s face here — although he’s quickly about to learn the metaphorical life lesson that leaping out is trickier than hopping in.

6. Collapsed Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram twocutewoots)

A wildcard entry, but never forget that a collapsed corrugated cardboard box (of any size) can be just as much fun as a properly constructed box. As this Burmese knows, improvisation is never to be frowned upon.

5. Cupcake Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram christinebarkerscarletcalliope)

A very diplomatic solution — everyone wins in this situation.

4. Box With Paper Packaging In It

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(Picture Credit: Instagram lavender_soup)

Boxes still half full of water bottles might not be cool (see above), but a cardboard box with some paper packaging left inside it is always appreciated. It’s all about the crinkly noise.

3. Chewy Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram raudiwagen)

Online pet product vendor Chewy’s standard boxes make for great low-walled cat loungers. Although attempting to combine a few together into some grand kitty architecture project is trickier than it seems.

2. Beer Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram leeber23)

Craft beer and cats are a flawless combination, so it’s only right that leftover beer bottle boxes work like a charm. Check out how this refined Domestic Shorthair has turned her’s into a classy beer fort.

1. USPS Priority Mail Box

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(Picture Credit: Instagram nortondevonrex)

Grumble about the less than stellar nature of the actual mail delivering part of the United States Postal Service all you want, but for cat owners they do excellent work. Why? Because you can pop into any local post office and pick up a Priority Mail box for free and take it home for your cat. As young Norton, pictured here, can testify, they make for perfectly snug lounge furniture.

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Shangri-La at the Fort General Manager John Rice will provide an animal welfare group with the names of hotel employees who have supposedly adopted 12 stray cats, part of a feline colony which used to live in an adjacent park before they were “relocated.”

During a meeting on Monday between Rice and representatives of Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (Cara) Welfare Philippines, both parties initially agreed that the cats would be returned to One Bonifacio High Street Park in Taguig City.

“We realized, however, that these cats may already be in good homes so the plan is to interview these employees who adopted them and possibly conduct home visits,” Ria Javier, a Cara volunteer, told the Inquirer on Tuesday.

“It’s almost like adopting a child, we have to make sure these people are suitable pet parents and that their homes are safe. If it turns out that their homes are safe, it might be better if they continue to stay,” she said.

None of the additional 11 cats Shangri-La had ordered removed from the park were found during two searches conducted on Monday in the areas where they were supposedly taken—Ilaya Street in Pasig City and Anastacio Street in Makati.

According to a statement from Cara, Shangri-La again confirmed during the Monday meeting that it had contracted Pestbusters, a pest control company, to relocate the cats in the park between January and February this year.

Rice promised to contact Pestbusters and organize a meeting between the firm and Cara to pinpoint where the cats were taken so that they could be rescued.

Nancy Cu-Unjieng, Cara Welfare president, previously told the Inquirer that Pestbusters had refused to respond to calls.

When asked if the group would be filing charges against the pest control company, Unjieng told the Inquirer: “We are waiting to see if Pestbusters will cooperate with Cara first… They need to show us the two areas where they dumped the cats and help return them to BGC.”

“It should be mentioned that the Shangri-La management admitted their mistakes over these incidents and owned up to the lapses in their judgment in handling these incidents,” Cara said in a statement, adding that the hotel intended to join the group’s TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs in the future.

The searches on Monday were conducted by concerned citizens and volunteers from Shangri-La, Cara and Cats of BGC, a group of volunteers who had cared for the park cats for years. Shangri-La also provided a van for the search party.

“We are still trying our best to locate these cats, to find out the truth about this issue and to work with stakeholders to ensure that this does not happen again in the future,” Cara said.

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Long before the wonders of keyboard cat, felines and music had a tense relationship. The two were tied by an infernal instrument—the katzenklavier, or cat organ.

Imagine a row of eight cats tightly packed in individual cages, wedged along a keyboard. Their tails are pinned down and pulled taut. With the touch of a key, a mechanism slams a nail down into the cat’s tail. So when a keyboardist plays a tune, the cats—which are arranged according to the pitches of their meows—yowl together in pain, crying out in musical harmony.

IMPURRFECT ORIGINS

Historians aren’t sure when the cruel kitty keyboard was invented. Many credit Athanasius Kircher with the original design. A German Jesuit scholar, Kircher wrote about the instrument in 1650, saying it was made for a mopey monarch:

“In order to raise the spirits of an Italian prince burdened by the cares of his position, a musician created for him a cat piano. The musician selected cats whose natural voices were at different pitches and arranged them in cages side by side, so that when a key on the piano was depressed, a mechanism drove a sharp spike in the appropriate cat’s tail. The result was a melody of meows that became more vigorous as the cats became more desperate. Who could help but laugh at such music? Thus the prince was raised from his melancholy.”

If true, this wasn’t Kircher’s only fling with animal-made music. He was good friends with Gaspar Schott, a Jesuit who allegedly once tried assembling a chorus of donkeys.

Kircher was a scientific superstar, too. He invented the Aeolian harp and the magnetic clock—and was one of the first people to propose that germs caused the bubonic plague. But contrary to common lore, he probably didn’t invent the cat organ. Accounts of the instrument existed before Kircher was born. In the 16th century, historian Juan Calvete de Estrella described seeing one when King Phillip II processed into Brussels. The parade was rowdy, and it included a cat organ played by a chariot-riding bear.

Yes. A bear.

French writer Jean-Baptiste Weckerline described the scene:

“The most curious was on a chariot that carried the most singular music that can be imagined. It held a bear that played the organ; instead of pipes, there were sixteen cat heads each with its body confined; the tails were sticking out and were held to be played as the strings on a piano … the corresponding tail would be pulled hard, and it would produce each time a lamentable meow”

FOR SCIENCE!

In 1803, German psychiatrist Johann Christian Reil (who coined the word “psychiatry”) trumpeted the katzenklavier’s medical potential.  Reil suggested the cat organ could help chronic daydreamers snap back to reality. He said that a “fugue played on this instrument—when the ill person is so placed that he cannot miss the expression on their faces and the play of these animals—must bring Lot’s wife herself from her fixed state into conscious awareness.”

Basically, Reil believed the katzenklavier was the only thing crazy enough to grab the attention of crazy people.

Despite all these historical records, scholars are unsure whether anyone ever built a katzenklavier for real. It was likely just a hypothetical instrument. (It would have made terrible music anyway. Cats don’t meow on a fixed pitch.)

We are sure, however, of the existence of the katzenklavier’s cousin: the pig organ. In the 15th century, King Louis XI of France ordered Abbot de Beigne to create a “concert of swine’s voices.” Obliging, the abbot built a crude keyboard made of live pigs, which jabbed spikes into the rumps of squealing swine. A similar instrument—the porko-forte—was designed in Cincinnati 400 years later.

As for the cat organ, if you want to hear a humane model, listen to Henry Dagg’s rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” In 2010, the sound sculptor crafted a modern katzenklavier from 16 kitty squeaky toys.

This piece originally ran in 2013.

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http://mentalfloss.com/article/50986/terrifying-katzenklavier-organ-made-cats

Hyperaesthesia in Cats - Does your cat have twitching or rippling skin? If you've ruled out allergies, parasites, arthritis and other medical conditions, it could be feline hyperaesthesia, an exaggerated response to stimulation.  Understanding Hyperesthesia in Cats Feline HyperesthesiaDespite over 30 years working as a vet, I’m not convinced I’ve seen a ‘true’ hyperesthetic cat.

Of course, this doesn’t mean the condition doesn’t exist (I’ve never seen Las Vegas but I’m pretty sure it’s there). I’ve certainly seen cats with sensitive skin that ripples and twitches at the lightest touch, but there’s always been a logical explanation.

But maybe I’m putting the cart before the horse (or the twitch before the cat?).

Let’s start at the beginning by describing what experts explain as hyperesthesia in cats.

What is Hyperesthesia?

The clue is in the word itself. “Hyper” (as in hyped up) meaning too-high or exaggerated, whilst “esthesia” is sensation or touch (as in anaesthetic, where there’s a lack of feeling.) In short, hyperesthesia is an exaggerated response to stimulation. Indeed, experts report that cats can wake from sleep, when no-one touched them, with symptoms of hyperesthesia.

What are the Symptoms of Hyperesthesia?

That extreme sensitivity shows itself in different ways, such as:

  • Intense, exaggerated scratching
  • Skin rippling or twitching
  • ‘Funny turns’ where the cat dashes around for no reason
  • Frantic bursts of grooming activity

Throughout these episodes the cat remains conscious and aware of her surroundings.

However, this isn’t ordinary scratching but ‘hyper scratching’. A hyperesthetic cat is to scratching, what a rocket car is to motor vehicles. This is an obsessive scratching, where if you went to hold the cat’s leg still, your arm would jump up and down.

Some cats have episodes that are triggered by being stroked, whereas others it’s as if someone threw a switch and the cat goes from calm to full-on skin twitching or hyper activity.

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Image: Tracie Hall via Flickr

Now for the Good News

Experts classify hyperesthesia in cats as a neurological condition, in other words it’s a nerve generated problem. However, that’s about the extent of our knowledge, oh, except that it’s generally agreed this is a mild condition, which doesn’t deteriorate, and not a single cat has died from it. Good news all round!

Why Does Hyperesthesia Happen?

Various explanations have been put forward, including that this is a highly localized seizure affecting one tiny part of the brain. The cat remains conscious, but patches of skin get messages to contract and relax in a seizure like way, resulting in bizarre skin twitching.

However, such is the random nature of the condition, that no-one has had an MRI scanner and a cat in the same room when an episode is happening. Thus, the explanation remains a theory and nothing more.

Alternatively, behaviourists argue that hyperesthesia represents an obsessive-compulsive condition. . . but again, the truth is anybody’s guess. Oh, but one interesting point is that hyperesthesia in cats is reportedly more common in the Siamese breed, which could perhaps suggest a genetic component.

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If Not Hyperesthesia… Then What is It?

I have seen cats with hugely sensitive skins. You touch them, and the whole skin shudders as if it’s about to be shed in convulsive contractions. But the difference between this and true hyperesthesia is that these cat had sore skin, really sore skin.

Many were suffering from flea allergic dermatitis where the skin’s surface was peppered with tiny scabs. The inflammation and discomfort means of course the cat is going to react when touched. In the same way, you’d go “Ouch” and pull away, if someone touched an open wound on your arm.

Far more highly qualified people than me say that to diagnose true hyperesthesia syndrome you need to eliminate skin disease (such as allergies), parasites (itchy critters such as fleas), painful spinal conditions, and arthritis. This, at least, is something I can agree with the experts on.

In other words, when you remove all the conditions which can cause skin inflammation or sensitivity, only then if the cat has convulsive skin contractions can it be called true hyperesthesia.

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Treating Hyperesthesia in Cats

If you suspect your cat is an over-sensitive soul, there are steps you can take to calm her and her twitchy skin. These are:

  • Correct any underlying health issues: This means regular anti-parasite treatment and controlling arthritic pain.
  • Staged playtimes: Providing mental stimulation and an outlet for energy, but without overexciting your cat.
  • Avoiding stress or anxiety: Anxious cats tend to be more reactive than calm ones, which can include shooting across the room at the drop of a hat.
  • Avoiding touching sensitive areas: Speaks for itself really. If your cat hates having her paws touched, then don’t wind her up this way.
  • Mood altering drugs: Medications such as fluoxetine can help control anxiety and reduce over-sensitivity to what’s going on in the environment.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs: Especially steroids, which have a strong, settling effect on skin irritation.
  • Pain relief: Some drugs such as gabapentin are particularly effective at targeting nerve induced pain and are especially appropriate for suspected hyperesthesia.

I can accept the phenomena of hyperesthesia is real and does happen. But in my book it’s a symptom rather than a diagnosis. If your cat is overly sensitive, then look for an underlying cause, such as skin allergies, before jumping to the conclusion she has localised seizures. After all, common things are common. . . and there are a lot of fleas around.

Dr Pippa Elliott BVMS MRCVS is a veterinarian with 27-years’ experience in practice and a special interest in feline medicine and behaviour. Pippa is housekeeping staff to four highly individual cats that conspire to keep her busy opening doors on demand.

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Cats in the museum!

Are you a cat lover or a dog lover?

Well, for those who consider themselves cat lovers, a visit to the Egyptian case in the Abbey Museum is always a must-do!

There, taking pride of place, is a beautiful painted wooden statue of a cat.  Why? you might ask. Is the Museum’s senior curator himself a cat lover?? Without prejudice I must declare he loves all creatures great and small, equally.

Our little Egyptian cat, sitting on its own pedestal, declares the importance of cats in ancient Egypt. They were highly regarded not only as pets but also as hunting animals. Wall paintings often show hunting cats, even out in boats.

Cat and mouse mummies!

Cats were considered of such importance that they warranted mummification to ensure their smooth passing into the afterlife. And as the ancient Egyptians  ensured that their human dead had everything they needed for a comfortable afterlife —  as can been seen from the grave goods often excavated in Egyptian tombs — so they ensured that their precious cats never went hungry with many examples of mummified mice having been found with their cats.

One of the earliest Egyptian deities was , the cat goddess of Bubastis in the Nile delta. So why cats and not dogs I hear some of you asking?  We have to remember that ancient Egypt had a significant grain growing economy. The Nile delta was rich with the fertile soil brought downstream with the annual floods creating prime agricultural lands.  For any grain grower the ongoing battle against hungry hordes of mice and rats is still a challenge. It is not hard to see why the cat would be so valued in ancient Egypt on a practical level as well as … well, we know how cuddlesome they are.

So what breed of cat was found in ancient Egypt. This still seemed to be wrapped in controversy. Some believe it was the Abyssinian because of its similarity to the depiction as seen in the many small statues. However, the spotted Egyptian Mau is considered to be one of the oldest domestic breeds and there are wall paintings of these spotted cats to be found in temples and tombs.

The Abbey Museum’s cat is painted with the hieroglyph of the Eye of Horus on its chest. The eye of Horus is considered to be a powerful sign of protection and good health.

Next time you are visiting the Abbey Museum look out for our little wooden Mua (meow) watching over many other amazing objects in our ancient Egyptian display.

Find out more about the Egyptian artifacts at the Abbey Museum including our beautiful 26th Dynasty (dated 664-325 BC) cat figure by attending the Kids Dig it! Egyptian Family Fun.

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You may have recently seen my post about cats on the island of Santorini in Greece. Santorini was the first stop in a two destination trip to Greece. Athens was next in line!
While I was pleasantly surprised by the number of cats I encountered on Santorini, I actually assumed it would be limited to the island. I didn’t think a city the size of Athens would have nearly as many cats around due to the number of people and the lack of parks and fields.
Little did I know I was in for another big surprise! There were cats all over in Athens. You could certainly say the city was cat crazy! In a good way though, at least I certainly thought so. We stayed right in the center of Athens near the Acropolis.
The first morning, we looked out through our hotel window and found this little guy staring right back at us. He didn’t seem even slightly worried about our presence. If anything, he seemed to be asking “Where is the food I so desire, my human friends?”
If you’re planning to go to Athens, or you’ve talked to anyone that’s been there, you’ll know that the one thing you simply can’t miss is the Acropolis. It is iconic, placed at the very top of the city. You really cannot miss it even if you want to. And apparently, this isn’t lost of the feline population either. The beautiful young lady from the top picture was hanging out right next to the Acropolis and watching down over the city. I assume she is the God of Cats and is simply looking down on all the humans that are her subjects.
As we continued through the city, we encountered numerous other cats. Our next major destination was the old Agora east of the Acropolis. There are still remnants of the marketplace, bases of buildings, stairs, bridges. They are scattered throughout what is now a cultural heritage site. A few of the buildings have been completely restored to their original state and have tons of amazing artifacts inside. You could easily spend hours there! On the way there we encountered this gigantic fluff ball roaming the sidewalks between houses. Friendly as can be, she wanted nothing but pets and meowed up a storm!
Our next major destination was the Temple of Zeus the next morning, so we decided to head for home. Athens is a very walkable city so we meandered through the side streets instead of grabbing a cab. Little did we know we’d have the luck to meet up with a small colony of outdoor cats that were clearly well taken care of by numerous members of the neighborhood. All of the felines were congregating in one spot before someone even showed up to feed them! We had stopped to consult our map briefly and watch the cats. Then a car arrived. I thought it was just parking at first until they opened the trunk up and put numerous bowls of food out for the cats. The purr storm started pretty much immediately as they got both pets and dinner.
The next morning, we were off toward the Temple of Zeus bright and early.  Little did we know that we’d end up at the wrong entrance and instead find a mother cat that had clearly given birth in the past few weeks. She had a litter of at least three running around causing havoc and showing no remorse when accidentally clawing or biting the silly tourists that decided to say hello! While I would have preferred not to be used as a chew toy I managed to limp onward. We shortly figured out where the entrance was, and we moved along the side of the park toward it.
Arriving at the entrance, we were greeted by this little lady. According to the guard, she was the “guard cat” and was there pretty much every single day watching over the entrance to ensure no degenerates or thieves might be around. She was determined to be paid in belly scratches and loved showing off her tummy to anyone that would come near her. As you can see she was quite shameless in her drive to get those belly scratches, and it wasn’t a “human trap” as it often is.
After the Temple of Zeus, we wandered the streets through the shopping and restaurant areas. Athens is a beautiful city, loaded with history and with brand-new buildings interspersed between the old. A lot of the city streets are thin and difficult to manage in a regular car. Motorcycles and mopeds make up a huge part of the traffic. And while humans are responsible for most of them, we did find this little lady getting ready to go for a ride. She was just digging out her keys as we walked past, and she gave us a good meowing.
We couldn’t take her up on her offer for a ride because we had places to be. And let’s be honest, who would trust a cat to drive a moped safely in a city full of crazy humans? They might get easily distracted by a mouse or a rat running across the street. Speaking of which, on the final walk back to our hotel one evening we decided to take in the Acropolis one more time. It is actually a very long walk to circle it given how gigantic the plateau it is placed on is. While circling it around dusk and watching the lights flip on, we were quite surprised to see another rare event. We actually managed to take in a cat capturing a mouse right at the foot of the Acropolis.
As you can see, she has absolutely no intention of sharing, not that we really wanted any of it anyway. But she could have at least offered, right?  If you look closely, you’ll see her friend hiding in the back of the picture waiting to partake. So off we went to find our own dinner and then make our way home from Greece the next morning. Athens was a beautiful city and made even more so by the number of felines roaming its streets and sidewalks. If you love visiting cities that have both a bit of modern and a bit of history then you definitely need to make it to Athens. On top of that, if you like cats and want to fit some of them into your vacation, you’re in even better luck; we pretty much saw them at every twist and turn.
Craig is the founder and author of the cat blog StuffCatsWant.com. StuffCatsWant is dedicated to providing high-quality product reviews about all sorts of cat products and providing advice on general cat care. Craig has owned numerous cats, fostered even more cats and is a long time volunteer at PAWS Chicago.

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New York City’s Cats Are No Match for Its Rats
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Cats Are No Match for New York City’s Rats

Despite popular wisdom, rats are too big and too fierce for cats.

In 2017, Michael H. Parsons finally secured a site to study rats in New York City. You would think that’s easy in Pizza Rat’s native land, but Parsons, a visiting researcher at Fordham University, says the process took “blood, sweat, and tears”: Since rats in New York invariably live on somebody’s property, that somebody has to let rats roam free for scientists to observe. Most people—if they’re going to let the scientists in—want the rats dead.

So it was a big deal when Parsons managed to convince a Brooklyn recycling plant to host his team’s research on rat pheromones, which are invisible chemicals that affect rodent behavior. Parsons and his team set up motion-triggered cameras around the plant. They carefully microchipped the site’s rats under anesthesia. And they set out pheromones to start collecting data.

For scientists who try to control every possible variable in their experiments, the cats could have been a disaster. There were five to seven felines, all feral. Parsons thinks they were drawn to the pheromones the research team was using in the recycling plant. He didn’t want to scrap the research project, so he and his team decided to roll with it: They would now study how cats affect rat populations.

Gregory Glass, a professor at the University of Florida who has studied cat and rat interactions in Baltimore. “They’re not the super predator that folks have thought them to be.” But the misconception persists.

Feral cats also bring their own problems when they’re introduced to an area. They spread diseases like toxoplasmosis. They also kill smaller wildlife. “Cats are opportunistic predators,” says Christopher Lepczyk, a wildlife biologist at Auburn University who studies feral cats. They’ve been observed to eat everything from crayfish to turtles to bats. Most controversially, they kill birds. Most birders feral cats.

Jamie Childs, a researcher at Yale who has also studied cats and rats in Baltimore, says that only very desperate and very hungry cats are likely going to go for an adult rat. Most of the time, there’s plenty of other food. “I see cats and rats eating out of the same trash piles,” he told me on the phone.

“At the same time?” I asked.

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There’s a delightful comic strip series we recently found called called Ten Cats. Here’s the premise…ten abandoned cats live in an old warehouse where they are looked after by a young girl named Annie. The cats include Chesney, the ringleader, Jack, his sidekick, and Oliver —a wide-eyed kitten.

The warehouse contains a boardroom on the very top floor, where, unbeknownst to Annie the kitties conduct the world’s business through the eyes of a cat. Oh the paw-sibilities!  >^..^<

Graham started the comic strip in 2010. In 2013, Ten Cats won the National Cartoonist’s Society Award for the Best Online Comics—Short Form division. It’s currently in repeats on GoComics and appears daily in the Vancouver Sun.

We caught up with creator and cartoonist Graham Harrop to find out a little more behind the scenes of Ten Cats.

Graham told us that the inspiration behind the comic was an actual friend of his that owns 10 cats. We then asked him to tell us a bit more about his characters. Here’s what he shared:

“Annie lives with her grandmother and grandfather.  She came upon the ten strays living together in a warehouse and took it upon herself to take care of them. Her protagonist is Chesney.  Their relationship is almost the crux of the strip. She loves all of the ten cats, but has an especially soft spot for Oliver – who is still a kitten.”

In answer to the question, ‘why 10 cats?’,  Graham responded, “Ten cats seemed like the right number – don’t know why, but it does.” Oh, and we also found out that there is indeed a real person named Annie that his character is based on.

The inspiration from the strip comes from real-life interactions – people – not cats. Graham added, “Although some of the cats that I know have personalities similar to those in the strip.

We even asked Graham where he sees himself in 5 years from now.  He succinctly replied, “Hopefully syndicated.”  We hope so too!

Finally we asked if he had any special message he wanted to send out to his many, many fans. Graham responded, “Thanks for hanging in there! New strips will be coming out this August – around the time Oliver’s own book:  ‘Oliver: My Own … um … Book’ comes out.

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There are three Ten Cats e-books currently available on Amazon here. You can find them here -> Ten Cats.

Following are few more of Graham’s personal favorites…enjoy!

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SACRAMENTO (Sports 1140 KHTK) — The San Francisco Giants, still looking to turn their 7-14 season around, have a couple holes in the outfield. To help remedy the situation, on Wednesday they have reportedly called up Michael Morse from the Sacramento River Cats.

With Jarrett Parker, Denard Span and Mac Williamson recovering from injuries (although the latter is close to coming back), the Giants have resorted to using veteran Drew Stubbs, utility infielder Eduardo Nunez and the struggling Gorkys Hernandez to fill in the gaps to no avail. Granted, Stubbs has appeared in just two games but is 0-7 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Morse, 35, was a World Series hero in Game 7 back in 2014, driving in the championship-clinching run against the Kansas City Royals. After spending the last two seasons struggling with the Miami Marlins and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Morse signed a minor league contract with the Giants this winter.

The first baseman/left fielder had a good chance to crack the opening day lineup until he suffered a concussion in the last week of spring training. Since then, he’s been rehabbing with the San Jose Giants and River Cats. In six minor league games this year, Morse is hitting .250 (5-20) with a double and three RBIs while spending time at both left field and first base.

Despite hitting 16 home runs with 61 RBIs in the regular season with the Giants in 2014, Morse will forever be remembered for hitting the game-tying home run in the eighth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. This was the home run that setup Travis Ishikawa’s famous walk-off home run in the ninth inning:

It’s not yet clear when Morse will make his first start, or his first appearance, but the Giants have a much-needed power bat on the bench to help spark their offense.

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Poet Pia approves – © Colehauscats.com

A few weeks ago we entered Cat Chat With Caren and Cody’s contest for Cat Lady Confidential Rosa Silva’s book, “I’m not sorry: Poems by Cats.” And we won a copy! We read it to a captive audience (it’s not like the cats could go much of anywhere, anyway), not once but twice (because . . . see previous explanation).

Miss Newton is enthralled – © Colehauscats.com

Quint is captivated – © Colehauscats.com

The cats seemed to like it; they do enjoy a good story for the most part, having gone through a number of classics with Mom over the years – “I am the Cat; Don’t forget that,” “The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee,” “The Humans’ World . . . as Seen by Two Cats,” “Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes,” “Kittens on Vacation,” “Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat’s Behavior Problems,” “The Stray Cat Handbook,” “Cat Tails,” and “I Could Pee on This.”

Ruby wanted to skip to the juicy parts – © Colehauscats.com

We’d be lying if we said no one purred. Of course, Sunny always purrs, as does Miss Newton, Quint, Viola, and Ruby. Maybe cat poetry should become a regular thing around here.

Viola thinks she knows who this poetry is about – © Colehauscats.com

We are thrilled to add this to our growing cat book collection. The Fourth of July is coming up in a few weeks, when we make a big cat fort to hide from the noise of fireworks, and join the kitties for a quiet-ish evening of reading aloud and sharing treats. “I’m not Sorry” will be a great edition. Thank you so much, Caren! Thank you so much, Rosa!

And now, a bit of our own cat poetry, in celebration and in collaboration:

One of Our Best Days Ever!

We won a book!
We took a look.
Mom did say
it made her day.

Dad read the lot,
there was a plot.
When he took a breather
Said we wouldn’t say sorry either.

Mom, we try our best
but must confess.
That barf where you sit,
Tessa did it.
And she’s never sorry about anything!

Tessa listens carefully – © Colehauscats.com

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2017 – No post
2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – Almost Wordless Wednesday
2013 – Ruby Tuesday
2012 – So Many Boxes to Choose From

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I Can Has Cheezburger?

14 Cats That Have The “If Looks Can Kills” Stare Down

And we have to say… they are pretty frightening! 

  • Then there’s this look!

    And all the others just fad away! 

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A ‘sick and twisted’ thug filmed himself hurling defenceless CATS at walls – later sharing the vile footage online.

In the first of a series of clips uploaded to Facebook, the depraved man captures the moment he picks up a pet – holding it at arms length to show the camera.

Selly Oak , the man lures over a black and white cat.

This time filmed by another man, the culprit bends down to stroke the innocent animal.

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The man hurls a defenceless pet 10 feet into the air

Shockingly, the man filming can be heard to say: “Smash it to the wall. Smash it.”

The man then picks up the pet and, again, throws it at the wall of a garage.

The shocked animal runs away – hiding beside a nearby car.

In the final clip, thought to have been filmed around nearby St Denis Road, the man pauses to stroke another friendly cat.

This time, the man filming says: “Go on. Fling to the air bro.”

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The man bends down to stroke a cat – which he then threw at the wall of a garage off Guiting Road, Selly Oak

He cruelly thrusts the somersaulting pet around ten feet into the air and the terrified animal limps away, as the men walk on laughing.

All three incidents were filmed during the day, the final two both in quiet residential areas.

The videos sparked outrage after they were uploaded to social media.

One animal lover shared the footage on Facebook and wrote: “Only someone sick and twisted could do this.

“You’re a piece of scum. At least everyone knows this man beats animals.”

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A cat is thrown in the air in horrifying footage shared online

Others called for a police investigation to find the man responsible.

The videos have since been removed from social media.

However the Mail has passed the original footage to the RSPCA, who have pledged to investigate the distressing incidents.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We have been made aware of these upsetting videos and are now looking to trace the man responsible.

“Anyone with information which may be useful to any investigation should contact our cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”

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Star Trek Cats is turning into a bit of a sub-brand within Trek merchandise. Following the TOSand books, Jenny Parks’ feline illustrations have found themselves part of a calendar, offered as various accessories before, and now there’s a bunch more stuff!

Available now is a range of Star Trek Cats T-shirts, featuring portraits of Cat-ptains Picard or Kirk, or the clever cat logo:

A couple of patches where also offered at the San Diego Comic Con recently.

Those will of course be a bit hard to get hold of now. But fear not, as there’s plenty more cat stuff! Captain Picard, as-cat, is now available as a popsocket phone accessory:

And there’s an alarmingly large range of characters are available on gel phone cases from Head Case Designs. All the main TOS and TNG crew is available, and few secondary TNG characters too, plus cat-logos for both series, all ready to fit many different models of phone:

For a look back at all the Star Trek Cats range, see my Trek Collective List.



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https://www.thetrekcollective.com/2018/08/star-trek-cats-clothing-and-gadgets.html

Some may say that dog is man’s best friend, but cat lovers know different.

At the Cats Protection base, just outside Dundonald , the staff and volunteers work night and day to help their feline friends looking for a forever home.

The dozens of cats and kittens in their care at any one time quickly become part of the Cats Protection family and pictures of past residents cover the walls as staff share fond memories of the big characters they have grown to love over the years.

This year the Northern Ireland centre marks its 25th anniversary and in those years they have seen 13,368 cats pass through their doors. At least a further 10,000 have also been helped in some way by the dedicated staff and volunteers.

Staff and volunteers pictured with Ronnie McAleese of The Patch Dog Training Facility in Comber at a recent fundraiser

With a clear passion for what they do, the animal lovers work diligently to nurse the sometimes injured cats back to good health and find the perfect family to take them in.

Centre manager Bel Livingstone has been with the charity over 17 years and said she gets a big buzz when cats are re-homed, but in particular the older pets.

“There was this one cat, Donna, and she was just one of those cats that came in and had had a really bad time,” she said.

“She was unpredictable and we just could not get her a home because she was just Donna. I remember leaving a cake out for someone coming in and she managed to get in and eat it.

“She was here nine years before we got her a home but she got a home which is the most important thing. She spent her last years in Portugal and we would get pictures of her lying out on a balcony.

“Their personalities completely change when they get a secure home.”

Long stay resident Missy

And Donna is just one of thousands of success stories for the charity in Northern Ireland since it opened its doors in 1993 on the Belfast Road.

In that first year staff took in 350 cats and kittens.

Since then that number has grown steadily, and reception staff can take between 50 to 60 calls a day ranging from help with neutering, help with injured or sick animals and of course relinquishing cats into centre care.

Over the years the charity, with its 150 volunteers, has achieved an outstanding amount, including establishing four active branches across the country, with more in the pipeline.

Described as the back bone of the centre, the branches in Downpatrick, Greater Belfast, Coleraine and Erne, help the charity reach even more vulnerable cats and kittens that need help.

Receptionist Sue Humphreys and kitten friend

Plans are in place to set up branches in Armagh and Foyle and the charity is currently seeking more volunteers to help with this.

“When you say branches to someone, they don’t know what it means,” said Bel.

“These people who run our branches do not get paid, they are volunteers who give up their time, and perhaps a bit of their garden to establish a branch.

“We supply them with the pod but it will only help one adult cat or a small mother and kittens, so yes they are a fantastic group of people doing what they can for the cats, but please remember they are not a centre and they don’t get paid and they do have to earn a living. They are the backbone of Cats Protection.

“The volunteers really are the backbone, we have 150 throughout Northern Ireland doing various things, not just branch work. We also have Trap Neuter and Release volunteers who are trying to get on top of the feral problem.”

Bel, who started as a cat care assistant, said she loves to see the dedication and passion of her volunteers, who she admits have “dug us out of so many holes”.

Little stray ginger kitten Bubble

Without the “lifeblood of the charity” Bel said she does not know where it would be as they receive no Government or Lottery funding, running entirely on generous donations.

And Bel is immensely proud of what the group has achieved over the years and hopes to continue and expand in the future.

“It’s so scary when you start to look at it,” she said.

“Cedar Grove in Knockbreda have been the vets looking after our cats for 25 years and we have developed a close relationship with them, I think it is important in the centre that the vet is understanding of the types of cats that come through our doors, what they have come through and what life they might have previously had. We also do vital work throughout the province with the help and co-operation of other vets for things such as neutering feral cats and the snip and chip campaign.

“We don’t know a lot about them when they come in and it has been a journey with them learning how to treat them. They are very supportive of everything we do and that for me is the big thing, I think if you have a good relationship with your vet then that is half the battle.”

Cat Care Assistant Robert Armstrong having a rough and tumble play session with rescue kitten Crystal

The team has expanded over the years and Bel said there have been huge changes, even in the time she has been with the charity, such as the introduction of fundraising officers and development managers.

At the moment the team are trying to spread the word regarding the importance of having cats neutered and are offering a £5 snip and chip scheme for cat owners.

Bel said the two procedures should never cost more than £10.

Making sure cats are chipped and registered is also an important message the charity try to get out to pet owners as it can help them reunite people with their cats.

Fundraising at the Cats performance in the SSE Arena with centre mascot Pickles and staff and volunteers

“A lot of the time cats are chipped but the chip is not registered so we can not reunite them,” she said.

“What we have to do is go to the company that supplies the chip then the vet who put the chip in and hope they remember the cat and therefore the client so we can go and reunite them.

“It would be so much simpler if everyone could register the chip.

“The heartbreaking part of my job is people calling us and saying their cat has gone missing and then weeks later you find out the cat has died.”

Bel added that a common misconception about the charity is that cats that can’t find homes are put to sleep, but she emphasised that they “never put a healthy cat to sleep”.

Volunteers on the annual Pawsome Tea Party fundraiser

She said: “There is no difference made in which cats we take in, they could be 20years or a young kitten, they all get the same treatment, good food good vet care and love.

“Nothing beats a home and that’s probably one of the hardest messages to get across to the general public they see little comfy pods with heat toys and food, why would you want to take a cat away from that.

“Simple, they don’t see the stress, that being in the centre creates. Dirty behaviour /aggressive behaviour and losing the will to function normally as a cat in what is an alien environment.

“Cats Protection means we never put a healthy cat to sleep, so very often every pen is full.

Cat Care Assistant Jacqui Marshall and Georgie

“I believe in this place and the volunteers believe a cat should be treated kindly and we should take time to understand the cat’s needs,” she said.

As the charity celebrate their 25th year, Bel is looking to the future and hopes they can help thousands more cats over the next two decades.

She said she wanted to use the landmark birthday to let the wider public know exactly what her staff and volunteers do on a daily basis.

“In the future I would like to see more branches, a lot more volunteers because there is so much work to be done,” she said.

“I think I would like to see people using the schemes that we are putting forward to help themselves and help charities like us having to find homes for all those cats.

“We are taking tiny steps but I think the future is looking a lot better than it was 25 years ago.”

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Is Ribbon Safe For My Cat To Play With?

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It is no secret that cats have an affinity for playing with ribbon. Anything that falls under the umbrella of ribbon-like objects, such as string, yarn, twine, tinsel, shoelaces and even rubber bands have caught many a curious cat’s eye during playtime.

Playing with ribbon in a supervised scenario is considered safe. For example, if you are playing with your cat by teasing her with a ribbon at which she can playfully bat, that is a safe and fun way to play with ribbon. Chasing ribbon can also provide a healthy dose of exercise and mental stimulation for your kitty. 

If you are not directly supervising or interacting with your cat during playtime, ribbon, along with any other stringy objects or materials, is not a safe toy for your cat. While most cats will simply bat at and maybe chew on the ribbon, there are cats that opt to eat the ribbon. Ingesting ribbon can have potentially deadly consequences for your cat.

Why Is Ribbon Dangerous For Cats?

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If a cat has ever licked you, you know the sandpaper-like texture a cat’s tongue. The tiny barns on a cat’s tongue are useful for a lot of things, such as grooming and consuming prey in the wild. The direction of the barbs of the tongue don’t allow a cat to spit anything out, they have to swallow. So if a cat has an end of ribbon caught on his tongue, he will have to swallow the entire ribbon.

When cats eat ribbon or long, thread-like items, there are a couple of things that can happen. If the piece is small enough, your cat may pass it or vomit it back up. This is a lucky scenario for a cat who has eaten ribbon. If the ribbon or thread is long or thick, can lead to a life-threatening condition known as gastrointestinal obstruction due to linear foreign body.

Linear foreign bodies develop in cats when they eat ribbon. This means one end of the ribbon is lodged somewhere in your cat’s GI tract while the rest of it is trying to get passed through. As your cat’s intestinal tract tries to move along the trapped ribbon, the intestine plicates, or bunches up. Imagine drawstring pants. If you knotted one side and pulled the other side as hard as you could, the material of the waistband would bunch up. This is what happens to your cat’s intestines with a linear foreign body.

This condition can lead to a loss of blood supply to tissue in the area of the plication, causing that tissue to die. In extreme situations, the intestine can be working so hard that it rips near the plication, allowing GI waste to enter into the abdominal cavity. This can result in death if not treated.

Should I Take My Cat To The Veterinarian If He Ate Ribbon?

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Linear foreign bodies are a surgical emergency in cats. The longer your cat has the linear foreign body lodged in his GI tract, the bigger the health risks become. Surgical procedures for removing ribbon from the GI tract is considered riskier than other foreign body removal scenarios.

Prevention is key when it comes to life or death surgeries caused by ribbons or any other linear foreign bodies. Do not let your cat play with ribbon on her own. If you have any ribbon toys that you like to use to play with your cat, make sure they are securely put away whenever you are not home. Take extra precaution during holidays and celebrations so your cat doesn’t accidentally ingest tinsel or streamers.

If you suspect your cat has still eaten ribbon, contact your veterinarian ASAP. Your vet may have you monitor your cat for a few hours to see if it passes naturally or they may have you come in immediately to get x-rays and determine a course of treatment. Either way, having your vet involved is the best way to make sure ribbon has not become a foreign linear body in your cat’s GI tract.

Do you play with ribbon with your cat? Have you ever had to deal with a foreign linear body with your cat? Let us know in the comments.

Source

https://cattime.com/cat-facts/health/24823-ribbon-and-cats-how-dangerous-is-ribbon

This is by no means a list of everything on the planet that’s bad for cats. But it’s a few of the things that should be avoided by themselves or as an ingredient in something else.

Alpha lipoic acid

Also referred to as lipoic acid. It’s an antioxidant that increases production of glutathione and can cause gastrointestinal distress and low blood sugar in cats.

Chocolate

Chocolate contains the alkaloid theobromine which is toxic to cats.

It also contains caffeine and may contain sugar.

Dairy

Dairy products include milk, cream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, whey, sour cream, kefir, casein, and ice cream. Milk is a hormonal growth fluid produced by a mother for her young of the same species. Cats do not “milk” cows (or mice) and, after weaning, have no need for dairy products. A weaned cat isn’t equipped with the enzymes needed to digest the protein and sugar in dairy products. Plus, studies with cats show that casein (a protein in milk) interferes with the absorption of other nutrients.

Drugs

No, not all drugs of course. But there are many drugs that are safe (relatively speaking) for other animals that are very harmful to cats. Examples include aspirin, acetaminophen, antihistamines, decongestants, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, salicylates, and sodium phosphate enemas. Always be certain that any drug you are considering is specifically safe for cats.

And always check the drug insert or the internet for possible side effects and contraindications.

Essential Oils

Cats are very sensitive to the potent essential oils that may be used around other animals, including yourself. If you wish to use aromatherapy for your cats, look into the more dilute hydrosols.

Use caution with cleaning products that contain essential oils. Also, make certain your cat doesn’t get into potpourri.

Grapes and Raisins

These are tricky because no one is certain yet why there have been recent reports of toxicity in cats due to grape and raisin ingestion. Until we know more, they’re best avoided.

Houseplants

There are too many houseplants that are toxic to cats to name here. Some aren’t toxic but, personally, I presume one is until I find out otherwise. Let your cat know the only plant it may call its own is a nice pot of wheatgrass or “cat grass.”

Herbs

Let me be very clear that not all herbs are bad for cats. But, because there are quite a few that are not recommended for them, I want to make sure you check an herbal reference book for cats to be certain the ones you’re interested in are safe for felines. There are many wonderful herbs that can be very useful in cat health. But, be sure they are specifically safe for cats before using.

Onions and Garlic 

Ingestion of onions and garlic are related to the destruction of red blood cells. They may also irritate the gastrointestinal system. There’s still debate about the harmful effects of garlic as many people including holistic vets have used it in cats without a problem, but I do want to inform you of the potential risk.

Our cats could probably ward off a vampire without the aid of garlic anyway!

Raw Salmon

Salmon poisoning is an infectious disease caused by a rickettsia that uses a parasitic fluke on salmon as a host. It can cause serious illness and death. This has no connection and nothing to do with salmonella, aka salmonellosis, a bacterial infection carried by dogs and cats.

Soy

Soy is found in various forms in many products. It contains compounds that may negatively affect cats by interfering with nutrient absorption, normal growth, thyroid function, and hormonal development.

Sugar

Much research concludes that cancer cells thrive on sugar as do many other disease processes. And sugar comes in many forms, including beet, raw, brown, cane, fructose, corn sweetener, corn syrup, date, dextrin, dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose, manitol, polydextrose, sorbital, sorghum, sucanat, sucrose, turbinado, barley malt, molasses, honey, and maple syrup.

Xylitol, a sweetener made from carbohydrate should also be avoided.

Yeast

This is a fungus that many cats cannot tolerate. It may cause allergic reactions, bloating, digestive and urinary problems. Different forms include brewer’s, nutritional, baker’s, torula, and primary yeasts.

Source

https://www.thespruce.com/substances-unsafe-for-cats-554565

Posted by in Cat Videos on October 5, 2018

Calling all fat cats and obese cat owners. Virginia Tech is working on a study that involves over weight felines and is looking for cats to participate in it.

Is your kitty cat a chunkster? If so @virginia_tech is looking for you! https://t.co/C0Jr1NxFux@ABC13Newspic.twitter.com/rOxABoQyXQ

— Annie Andersen (@Annie_Andersen) October 23, 2017

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is doing a study about individualized weight loss plans for kitties.

They said with cats, weight loss is pretty similar to humans, but they are studying how to go about that without losing motivation.

“”In order to lose weight you need to cut calories and and increase activity, so we’re looking at whether we can tweak different parts of those weight loss plans and maintain the quality of life for those cats that are on the weight loss plan.”

Mindy Quigley, clinical trials coordinator – Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The veterinary school is still looking for 20 cats. Participating cats will receive free weight loss food and free monthly rechecks to monitor weight loss progress. If you think your tubby tabby could lose some weight, you can email felinenutrition@vt.edu or call 540-231-1775.

Our affiliate ABC 13 in Blacksburg, Virginia contributed to this story.

Source

https://www.circa.com/story/2017/10/24/science/fat-cats-wanted-virginia-tech-is-working-on-a-study-to-help-cats-lose-weight

The effort to revive the Fort Worth Cats and save LaGrave Field is well underway, but funding will be crucial to making the plan a reality.

A plan is currently in the works to save LaGrave Field from the wrecking ball. Houston-based Panther Acquisition Partners is swapping the 8.1 acre site hosting the ballpark for a larger, 15.3-acre site now controlled by the Tarrant Regional Water District. The ballpark site will then be leased to Save LaGrave Foundation, which will repair and run the ballpark, contingent on paying $4 million immediately and later paying $3 million in prepaid rent. The 40-year lease also calls for the Save LaGrave Foundation to spend $2 million in capital improvements over the next three years, as well as pick up all ballpark costs, including taxes and utilities.

Along with other events, including sports such as soccer, the revived LaGrave Field could become home to a new independent-league incarnation of the Cats. Scott Berry, formerly an owner of multiple American Association teams, will play a major role in the process by launching both the non-profit foundation and for-profit Cats. The foundation is working to obtain funding to account for the $4 million needed at signing, plus additional money to cover other expenses. It is an effort that is vital to making the plan work, but Berry believes that donors are ready step up and assist in the effort. :

The foundation will need more gifts to pay for stadium repairs — at least $2 million, probably more — plus insurance and upkeep.

Berry, 62, said he has donors ready to help.

“I think LaGrave is special, and I think Fort Worth is a really special spot right now,” Berry said.

“Fort Worth wants to create its own identity. I think Panther Island is a big part of that.”

We took a closer look at the long and unique history of LaGrave Field last week, including the story behind the original iteration that was constructed in 1926 and how it was reborn in the early 2000’s after being rebuilt by local businessman Carl Bell. Though the original ballpark had been torn down in 1967, the job was done on the cheap, so the original dugouts and walkways were still there, buried under some rubble. (They were occupied mainly by snakes — a challenge to the crew digging them out.) Early on the decision was made to keep the original dugouts, but they were converted into unique seating areas with their own entrances. Bell eventually lost control of the ballpark and sold it to his lender. It has changed hands since, but has not been active in recent years, leaving its condition to deteriorate.

The independent Southwest League, which is slated to begin play next year, or American Association could be options if a revival of the Cats comes to fruition. However, the league is one of the areas that remains to be seen.

RELATED STORIES: Talk About Nine Lives: Fort Worth Cats Home Could Return; LaGrave Field Suffering Through Years of Neglect; Sale of LaGrave Field finally goes through; Bell files bankruptcy, preventing LaGrave Field foreclosure

Source

https://ballparkdigest.com/2018/07/24/funding-key-to-reviving-lagrave-field-fort-worth-cats/

10 of NYC&#8217;s Most Famous Cats Hamlet NYC Untapped Cities The AlgonquinImage via Hamlet’s – The Algonquin Cat Facebook

Rats and pigeons may reign supreme in New York City, but cats — both resident and stray ones — have found their home amidst our urban sprawl. Some stalk the streets, others take refuge in corner bodegas and still more pounce around the lobby of hotels.

As lifelong New Yorkers, the Untapped Cities team has grown familiar with quite a few of these furry faces over the years. In fact, you can read amusing tales about them in Shop Cats of New York by Tamar Arslanian and Andrew Marttila (HarperCollins). Based on these stories and our very own encounters, we’ve complied a few of the most famous feline friends that call the city home.

10. Hamlet at the Algonquin Hotel

10 of NYC&#8217;s Most Famous Cats Hamlet Algonquin Cat Matilda Retirement Algonquin Hotel NYC 2Image via Algonquin Hotel

The Algonquin Hotel has been home to a residential cat since the 1920’s, when a stray named Billy wandered into the hotel and never left. Since then, seven male cats, all named Hamlet, and three females, all named Matilda, have been the face of the hotel.

Following Matilda III’s retirement (more on her later), Hamlet, an orange tabby stray found in Long Island, became the new residential cat in August 2017. The first male mascot for the hotel in more than 40 years, Hamlet was adopted from Bideawee animal rescue in Wantagh. If you happen to visit the Algonquin anytime soon, make sure to give him a pet, and read up on some fascinating secrets about the hotel. You can also see what Hamlet is up to by visiting his personal Facebook account.

Source

https://untappedcities.com/2018/02/07/10-of-nycs-most-famous-cats/

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