Le Mew Le Purr

A french cat looks for love in America

Guy LaFurr in CHATastrophe

This brilliant and laugh out loud video is by CATastrophes, a Chicago based group of cat loving people who produce awesome videos that promote animal welfare and adoptable cats – what more could you ask for? The web series highlights adoptable felines from no-kill rescue groups in the Chicago area where the creators behind this addictive series Michael Gabriele and Alana Grelyak are based.

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These seriously funny and quirky short films feature episodes with themes like Jurassic Purr, The Hunger Games, Cats vs Zombies and Shark Week. To view more from this talented husband and wife team be sure to check out their site, Youtube or visit Discovery’s Digital Network Animalist to catch new episodes.

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!***

The Bookstore That Takes In Cats

If you are planning a visit to Hong Kong be sure to stop by a place where you can find some reading material and cuddle some cats. The Sam Kee Book Company in North Point has become a haven for these animals after its owner started taking in cats that wandered the streets around the shop.

The cats are given food, water, toys, beds, cat towers and tons of affection while acting as some of the cutest book ends you will ever see.

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This unofficial cat sanctuary even has a wall with photos of cats who have been permanently adopted by the bookstore.

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It wouldn’t be complete without the mandatory cat figurines and decorations however, I think it’s the real kitties that sit in your lap or assist in choosing a good book that are the main attraction.

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Photos – Love Meow, MessNessyChic and The Frisky

Monday Hugs and Kisses

There are some days when we all need a good hug…or two…or…

A good grooming session doesn’t hurt either…

 

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

Helping Stray Cats With Photography

I recently came across this fantastic website called Photographers for Animals. Their mission is to ” Inspire positive change on behalf of animals; to support those helping animals; and to document animals and the efforts being made on their behalf.”

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

Baltimore based Husband and Wife team Jason and Elizabeth Putsche have various projects on the go but their documentary, currently in production, called Community Cats was one that caught my eye. Through their work over the years the couple has documented the lives of feral cats, and with this film they will profile the people that care for them and the love hate relationship communities/cities have with stray cats.

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

Beside photography being a great medium to capture the beauty of animals, it also speaks to people in ways which words cannot. For me it makes an emotional connection and when it’s an image of something that I love, in this case cats, the impact is often stronger and longer lasting.

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Sadly feral cats are heavily misunderstood and persecuted, so it always good to have them portrayed in a positive light along with individuals who are working to make their city a better place for these forgotten animals. It’s also wonderful to see the benefits of TNR, which is truly a humane way to help them, being profiled.

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Photo Credit: Jason and Elizabeth Putsche

If you are a photographer, professional or amateur, and would like to help out animals locally by volunteering your services you can register here to be included in their website directory. Connect with like minded people and combine your passion for animals and photography for a most worthy and excellent cause.

Volunteer Tails – Jerry And Purr-minator

Friends, everyone needs them and sometimes without them one wouldn’t make it. Cats, in many cases are no different from people, so it is no surprise that Jerry and Purr-minator both owner surrenders, would form such a bond.

Jerry originally came in as a bonded pair with his brother Tom, but Tom the more outgoing of the two, got adopted first leaving Jerry by himself. This however wasn’t a negative situation as it allowed Jerry to come out of his shell and gain more confidence, this often happens when you have one dominant and one shy cat in a pair. I have seen it many times and with Jerry it allowed his true personality to shine and it also opened him up to another wonderful friendship – enter the Purr-minator!

Purr-minator, was painfully shy when he arrived at the shelter, a very gentle little guy with a past he wasn’t giving up. He seemed unsure of himself and of people, but with lots of love and socialization he started to come out of his shell. He also found solace in the company of Jerry, so the shelter staff decided to house them together… and the rest is history.

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Purr-minator in his bed looking to his buddy Jerry for support

They are a perfect compliment to each other, Jerry the older, wise, calm companion gives Purr-minator the security and confidence he needs. How did Purr-minator get his name? Well when you walk in to greet him he purrs non-stop and has a little trademark trill that goes with it, if you turn your volume up you can catch it in the video on my Cat-stagram feed.

While it wasn’t all smooth sailing for this now bonded pair, getting adopted and returned and Jerry having to be separated from Purr-minator due to a cold, they are back happily together and thriving…the only thing missing is their forever home.

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Is it time for a nap?

If you are interested in adopting this sweet pair you can head down to Toronto Animal Services South Region Located at the Canadian National Exhbition Place (416) 338-6668.

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Can you put the camera down so we can get some sleep?

Whoever adopts these awesome cats is guaranteed a life time of purring and a plethora of adorable pics to post on your instagram account. 🙂

If you live in the Toronto area stay tuned for news on an exciting adoption event coming up! 🐱