Whisker Wednesday

On my recent visit to the Hawaiian Island of Lanai I made a few feline friends including this delightful, sweet rescue kitten named Puna Hou.

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Kitty Kisses

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A little cuddle

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Paw to nose

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Final tummy rubs before saying goodbye

This little guy was one of the many cats I met at the Lanai Animal Rescue Center. Stay tuned for more on this amazing feline paradise 🐱

Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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For the first post of Let’s Talk About Your Cat  I am very excited to feature a cool kitty that I cat sat for a few weeks back, a cat that before our meeting was “cat-napped”, returned home and became a local celebrity in the process!

Thanks to pet mom Tamara S. for sharing!

Q What is your cats name/age/color/breed

A Margaret, Male (but I didn’t know that when I named him), 8yrs, black, medium/long-haired domestic.

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Handsome Margaret the cat who came in for Christmas

Q Describe your cats personality

A Friendly but street smart, Margaret has a legion of fans at the senior’s apartment building up the road. He is an indoor/outdoor cat since he came to me from outdoors.

Q How did your cat come into your life?

A Margaret belonged to one of the seniors in the apartment building up the road. I’m not sure whether his person died, or went into care but Margaret was left out in the parkette across the street from my home where he lived for a summer. Apparently a couple of different people tried to adopt him, taking him away to their homes, but Margaret was all about location and would return to the parkette after each adventure. In the fall of that year, as the weather grew colder, Margaret started coming to visit me in my place. At first he would come in just for a snack and leave again or sometimes he’d stay for a nap. Finally on a cold snowy Christmas eve, Margaret came in and stayed for 36 hours straight and the rest as they say, is history. Obviously, he chose the house, I just came in the bargain.

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Looking dapper

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

A I grew up with dogs, and was terribly allergic to them. The advice was always that if you’re allergic to dogs you’re going to be twice as allergic to cats so I always stayed away from cats. Until I finally spent some time around one and found my allergy wasn’t nearly as bad as my dog allergy. So a cat was sort of compromise animal. I’m still allergic but manage-ably so, and I get all this love!! It’s a good deal.

Q Anything else people should know? 

A Recently Margaret failed to return home one night and while it is unusual for him to not show up at the back door at bedtime, it is not utterly unheard of. However when he didn’t return the next day either I started to worry calling all the shelters and rescue organizations and posting on facebook. I began walking up and down my alley calling for him and asking if anyone had seen him eventually running in to a neighbor who said she’d seen the strangest thing, a man and a woman had been chasing an animal nearby, trapping it in a cage and taking it away.

The neighbor said at first she’d though it was a squirrel but then began to realize that it was my cat, she then proceeded to tell them that there were other cats around and maybe they were taking the wrong one, but the “cat-nappers” told her that it was the cat they were looking for. So poor Margaret had been cat-napped!! Later with the help of a friend I made up a series of “Missing cat” posters and put them up all up and down my alley and on the main street nearby. They generated a lot of attention but no Margaret. It was now Saturday and Margaret had been missing for 5 days. This was serious.

I tried to imagine what the people had been thinking. Were they trying to be helpful? Had they thought Margaret was a stray? But he has a tattoo as well as a microchip. Surely if they’d been well-meaning cat rescuers they would have found that out by now and returned him. Did they take him just because he is so beautiful and they wanted him for themselves? Or for some nefarious purpose? This was just too terrible to contemplate.

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Please Bring Back My Cat – A case of mistaken identity

I decided to go big. I spent the weekend cutting out giant letters. A stencil that I intended to paint across the entire side of my building. And up I got on a ladder to tape up the big paper stencil. It read “PLEASE BRING BACK MY CAT”.

Anyone who had a heart wouldn’t be able to resist I reasoned. And no sooner had I taped the giant letters up for all the world to see, then a man walked up to me and said “I’m the man who took your cat”. He told me that Margaret bore a striking resemblance to a cat that a friend had fostered several years before, so he had purloined my feline and “returned” him to the person he believed to be the rightful owner.

I told him I was so relieved and that I hadn’t slept for days, both true, and he told me Margaret would be brought back that afternoon. The cat-napper also said that poor Margaret was so scared he had been hiding under the lazy boy for five days and that it had been uncertain as to whether this was their missing cat? No kidding, It wasn’t her cat!!! And so Margaret was returned, a little skinny from his ordeal but otherwise none the worse for wear. A happy ending to a very stressful adventure!

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Returned from his adventure looking a little thin

 More pictures of Margaret, after the incident, can be seen here.

🐱 If you would like to have your cat featured on Let’s Talk About Your Cat, share a story some pictures and the cat love, contact me at purrandroar(at)gmail(dot)com

Meow Monday Kitten Cure

This weekend I was literally knocked off my feet, hit by a bad flu bug, it not only disrupted my entire weekend but will continue to wreak havoc with my week it seems…oh it has also left me a little grumpy 😦 Today coming out of the doctor’s office I stumbled upon a basket of kittens! Take that you nasty flu! Immediately my spirits lifted and I smiled, kittens the cure-all for any bad day.

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Kittens in a basket – I will take 3 please!

The kind lady who was walking around with them explained to me that she had rescued a feral mom cat this past winter, which was particularly bad even by Canadian standards, and the little stray who was just a baby herself, turned out to be pregnant. So she had her babies – 3 beautiful sons pictured here, did an amazing job raising them and will be spayed and continue to live with her rescuer. The 3 kittens, who were very relaxed and sleepy already had potential adopters waiting to take them home. I will add that the kittens were very healthy looking, happy, safe and had no desire to leave their basket at any time. They were enjoying all the attention from passersby stopping, petting and just giving them lots of love. Clearly these babies had a good upbringing and human to look out for them.

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They didn’t know where to look!

This is a great example of how one person can make a difference and it’s wonderful to see compassion for animals in my neighborhood. I hope to get an update on these little guys at some point and will be sure to share it. 🐱

Take care of my babies. Take them with you wherever you go.
William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Caturday! New Apartment New Cat

There are lots of things that people look for in a new place to live whether it’s location, a great kitchen or maybe a cool outdoor space, but what do cat lovers look for? If you live in Tokyo you can easily combine apartment hunting with cat adoption – new apartment new cat.

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The idea is to make condominium and apartment living more enticing by adding a feline companion to the list of amenities. So far the Cat Mansion Program has been well received and is growing with 20 plus properties joining up to be part of the initiative.

TCG takes the process very seriously and ensures that new applicants are carefully screened prior to adopting a cat from one of the organizations shelters, but once applicants are approved they take their new cat home. The tenant is responsible for paying for the cat food and any vet bills during their stay in the rental and if and when they move, they can decide whether to adopt the cat permanently or return the kitty to the TCG shelter.

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Homeless Cats of Tokyo find new homes with the Cat Mansion Program

Importantly the organization provides support to adopters with information sessions on how to properly care for their new companions. The founder of the idea, and member of TCG Yoko Yamamoto, goes one step further by making herself available to new cat parents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist them with any questions they may have about their cats.

What do you think of this program, and would you like to see something similar where you live? Let me know by leaving a comment