Stevie The Blind Cat

Stevie the blind cat was adopted three years ago from a local cat vet hospital in Cork Ireland. Stevie had been there for months until Patrick Corr saw her, she had been originally placed at the hospital by the Animal Care Society of Cork Ireland in an attempt to find her a home. Patrick put together this video after adopting her and says that up until meeting Stevie he wasn’t a cat person, but she changed his life. He has to ensure that he keeps everything at home in the same place but other than that Stevie adapted fast.

Patrick recently posted a video of one their favorite activities, walking outside. Here he takes Stevie for a hike…up a mountain. The video has a great message and shows us that special needs cats make excellent companions and should not be overlooked when adopting.

Japans Cat Man

Japan is well-known for its love of cats and cat culture. They were the first to pioneer cat cafes, which have since popped up all over the world, and they even have their very own island where cats dominate and outnumber people 6 to 1.

Japan also has Masahiko Suga, a 53-year-old retired electronics company worker who has become the countries first official cat man.

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Masahiko can been seen walking his nine cats around Kitakyushu’s central shopping district area in south-west Japan. His daily walks have earned him the name of ‘Cat Man of Kyushu”, or Cat Uncle.

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Masahiko rescued his first stray cat in 1999 and he said that they relieved his work stress but started taking them outside when they began to damage his furniture. Masahiko tells The Asahi Shimbun that he is happy if he “can give an opportunity for cat lovers unable to have one as a pet to feel comforted by playing with his cats.

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His little pride of well groomed cats includes Himalayan and Chinchilla Golden who are known for their laid back nature.

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Normally taking cats outside without being safely supervised is not something I would suggest, however from all accounts and comments by people who have actually met him the cats seems to be cozy and content.

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So what exactly motivates Masahiko to walk his cats? Besides not being something you would see everyday, he says “I hope society will eventually give cats the status it gives to dogs” and, in a world where our feline friends often seem to get the short end of the stick, asking for cat equality sounds pretty good to me.

You can check out a short video of Masahiko on his walks or friend him on Facebook where he posts more pictures of his cats.

What do you think cat equality or cat-ploitation?

Music To Make Them Purr

A little bit country a little bit rock n’ roll as the saying goes…with humans it’s quit easy to determine what music we like, but how about our cats? While we may project our personal tastes onto our feline companions the truth is that the musical preference of cats, and other species, has very little to do with what we like.

David Teie, musician and creator of Music For Cats, set out to discover exactly what responses cats and other species had to music. Working with Psychologist Charles Snowdon at the University of Wisconsin they initially studied how cotton-topped tamarin monkeys reacted to David’s “species-specific” music. This would become the first controlled study to show a significant response to music from non-humans. They then decided to test how cats would react to specific music and Teie, who coauthored the study, said he believes cats enjoy music, or at least display preferences.

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Put away the heavy metal and break out the classical cat tunes.

We know that felines can have selective hearing, i.e. not coming when called and then appearing out of nowhere when you open any can of food because they think they are being fed, but would they respond to the sound of music personalized just for them?

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Researchers determined the best way to get cats to listen to music was to develop “a theoretical framework that hypothesizes that in order for music to be effective with other species, it must be in the frequency range and with similar tempos to those used in natural communication by each species.”

Based on this theory vocalizations of cats were matched to music of the same frequency range, about an octave or higher than human voices. The team replicated the tempo of things that cats would find interesting – one song featured a purring tempo, and another featured a suckling tempo. Researchers also said since “cats use lots of sliding frequencies in their calls, the cat music had many more sliding notes than the human music.

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Cats prefer their own special blend of musicImage PBS.org

Cat songs were played back to 47 domestic cats, and two human classical songs – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Air on a G String and Gabriel Fauré’s Elegie were played. Observations showed that the cats didn’t respond at all to the human music. But when the cat music started up, they became excited and started approaching the speakers, often rubbing their scent glands on them, which means they were trying to claim the object. The study also found that younger and older cats respond more to feline-specific music than middle-aged cats.

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Music to make me purr please – Image – Wikipedia

Real life applications of music for cats is practical as it could be used to calm cats in shelters, veterinary offices, while boarding and in the home where it could help prevent separation anxiety. David Teie has developed three songs in different styles to convey different moods: Kitty Ditties, Cat Ballads and Feline Airs. They are Spooks Ditty, Cozmo Air,  and Rusty’s Ballad which you can try out on your own cats at home.

Recently he talked about his music and played it for the cats of New York’s first Cat Cafe Meow Parlour. Check out how big city cats react, or don’t react, in this video.

Curious about cat music? Give it a try and be sure to leave a comment below letting me know if your cat enjoys it.

Caturday Tribute – Cecilia

Today’s post was one I was not planning on, however with a very recent and unexpected loss I felt that it was a small way I could pay tribute to a cat named Cecilia or CC for short.

Every cat is an individual so the connection I make varies with each one I meet when pet sitting. In CC’s case having to work for acceptance and trust made the relationship even more rewarding.

The Tumbleweeds – my nickname for her and her brother Oscar

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CC rolls over on her back during play time with Oscar her more outgoing brother

I gladly went through CC’s approval process before she decided that I was an acceptable substitute for mom every time I watched her and Oscar. Patience, treats and playtime helped the process along and usually by a few days in CC would give me her paw of approval.

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CC on the bed with the crinkle ball one of her favorite toys

I would be rewarded with little kisses, an exposed cat belly which I could rub and little mews of protest when I had to leave. She would sometimes sit next to me and of course I would freeze, afraid to move and disturb her!

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CC loved sitting in front of the mirror and looking at herself

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You have earned my trust human

CC was a sweet and gentle girl, and when she managed to get close to me, her expression was one of “I am watching you, I like you but I am watching you!”

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CC takes part in the Caturday night Derp off challenge

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CC hanging out – one of my favorite photos of her

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CC looking effortlessly fabulous

Pet loss will never be easy and almost all of us have been through it or will be. Sharing these photos is my way of honoring and remembering the fluffy, sassy CC who loved to chase crinkle balls and eat treats. She will always be loved and never forgotten.

Looking Purr Love

Valentines Day for humans means chocolates, flowers and dinner, but how about cats? The famous cartoon feline, Simon’s Cat shows us that he might be looking purr love in all the wrong places.

Maybe Simon should take a cue from some big cats and use a box in a slightly different way.

Jade and Armani, two rescued leopards from Big Cat Rescue check out a Valentine’s Day themed kissing booth for the first time.

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Joe The Cat

Meet Joe, a very handsome and special boy.

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Joe at Christmas time source the Sarnia Observer

Joe is by definition a true survivor, some might even call him a miracle cat. In February of 2014 he was found by the side of the road in Sarnia Ontario, where he had been left for dead, he had been shot in the head 17 times with a pellet gun. A good Samaritan saw Joe, picked him up and brought him to the The Sarnia and District Humane Society where he was later transferred to the Blue Cross Animal Hospital to receive treatment.

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Joe’s x-ray after the shooting shows the pellets lodged in his head – source CBC news

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Joe got lots of love while recovering – source CTV News

Joe, who underwent multiple surgeries, lost an eye but had a good overall recovery from his wounds thanks to the animal organizations involved. People in the community and from around the world came to his support raising $33,000 for the Sarnia and District Humane Society, more than enough to cover Joe’s medical care. The remaining donations will be used to pay medical bills for other rescue animals through the shelters Wanda’s Wish fund. Joe’s case has also helped bring much-needed attention to the common and horrible crime of animal abuse. His story has galvanized a community to speak out for stronger penalties and tougher animal cruelty laws in Canada, which most can agree are currently way to lenient.

Joe went to a foster family last spring to recover and has since been reported to be doing very well, he has even been entered in Modern Cat Magazines online contest.

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Vote for Joe the cat! – Modern Cat Star Cat Contest

As of today Joe has almost 60,000 votes and if he wins he will have an editorial feature in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the magazine, which will be a great way to tell his story and bring awareness to animal cruelty. Joe is currently in first place and you can help keep him there by voting daily, simply click on the VOTE FOR ME button.

The contest closes January 30th so please head over and show Joe your support!

You can also visit Joe the cat on Facebook

 ***UPDATE JAN. 31 2015 – Joe the Cat came in second spot and Modern Cat Magazine will still be profiling him in their next issue!***

Mia The Therapy Cat

Tendercare of Westwood assisted living facility in Kalamazoo Michigan just gave a former stray cat from the animal shelter a dream job. Mia the orange tabby, who is now the facilities official therapy cat, gets to do what cats do best while benefiting the residents and workers on a daily basis.

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“Mia’s days are spent riding along on the backs of wheelchairs, walking along parallel bars as patients do physical therapy or batting objects away from the baskets therapy patients are aiming for. “

Kayla Wiggins, life enrichment director of the facility, said it was never her intention to get a kitten at all, but that changed with a trip to their local SPCA where they encountered the charming and outgoing Mia.

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Mia enjoys the cat toy toss and residents benefit from the physical therapy

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Mia brings joy and laughter to residents and workers. Her presence is beneficial for the mind, body and soul

Wiggins said “Our admissions person lets people know right up front that we do have a cat, if that is a deal breaker…Although not every resident is smitten, most enjoy Mia’s presence, and some have chosen Tendercare because of her.”

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Source – MLive Michigan

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