The Daily Catmute

Update! The Kickstarter campaign was a success – Cats are coming to a London Tube station!

If you are like millions of people around the world living in a big city you rely on some form of public transit to get around and, you probably would love to find some way to improve it. If you live in London and ride the tube you are in luck, as you now have a chance turn your daily commute into a daily catmute.

Citizens Advertising Takeover Service, or C.A.T.S, is a group of cat lovers from London who are part of Glimpse, a group of creative professionals who are trying to make “positive social change” feel more appealing to millions of people. One of their current projects aims to replace every single ad in a London tube station with you guessed it, pictures of cats. OK, you had me at cats!

The group has teamed up with Battersea Dogs and Cats home and Cats Protection in the UK to feature real stray cats, that are looking for homes, in the final posters. They are hoping to raise £20,000 with which will be enough to outfit a whole platform, in a small station, with cats and then expand the project if they raise more.

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Mock up of possible posters, which will all be unbranded – Image The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS)

The campaign is aimed at helping adoptable cats find homes, improving the daily commute and getting people to realize that they might not need to buy all the stuff typical advertising tries to sell us on a daily basis. Who says cats can’t be deep?

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“Your Cat Here” – Image The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS)

For £1 reward they will ‘stroke a cat for you’ and, for a £20 pledge they will design, print and send you a high quality postcard of your own cat starring in a London Tube advert as well as provide a digital image that you can share on social media. For the £100 reward level you can put your cat on one of the ads, their image will be placed on a small space on one of the posters and you will be emailed with the when and where of the posters location.

For the big spenders £2,500 will get your cat his or her own photo shoot with a professional photographer and an entire poster all to themselves – there are 4 spots left at this reward level.

Their Kickstarter campaign is currently running and ends May 21!

Lucky Number Six

When a black and white stray cat turned up in a southwest Edmonton neighborhood, concerned residents quickly called the local cat rescue and TNR group Little Cats Lost. Pauly, as he would be later named, was a stray cat with a very unique feature.

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Pauly the six-legged cat

Pauly, who was estimated to be about seven years old, was discovered to have six legs, two of which were attached to his sternum. Little Cats Lost realized that he would need them removed and ran a fundraising campaign to pay for his surgery at Oxford Animal Hospital where he would be treated. The fundraiser, which raised nearly $4,500, more than double its $2,000 goal, covered the costs of two surgeries for Pauly and was helped by a donation from Edmonton’s International Cat Festival.

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Image – Pauly’s Journey Facebook

Dr. Tamer Mahmoud, owner and veterinarian of the clinic, examined Pauly and said his condition was very rare and that there were likely two kittens in utero, and Pauly had absorbed the other one.

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The surgery  lasted about 90 minutes and was performed by veterinarian Ignacio Tan. -Image  Edmonton Journal

Besides his extra legs Pauly also had hip dysplasia and what looked to be an extra kidney. The ‘kidney’ actually turned out to be another pair of testicles. Dr. Ignacio Tan did a lot of research and consulted specialists prior to performing the straightforward procedure which was made easier due to the fact the legs weren’t connected to other organs.

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Pauly’s xray – Image Pauly’s Journey on Facebook

Video of Pauly can be seen here

Pauly underwent the surgery at the end of August and is currently in a foster home where he is reported to be making progress and taking it easy. He has gone through quit an ordeal living that long with his impairment and being abandoned on the streets. Once he is fully recovered and rehabilitated he will be ready for adoption.

For more on Pauly, and to check out his progress, be sure to head over to Pauly’s Journey on Facebook.

Seeing Eye Cat

Some days you just need a friend, someone to depend on and trust. A friend who understands and allows you to be yourself without worry. So when Tervel the farm dog starting loosing his eyesight and became blind he took comfort in a companion that would become his best friend and guide, a stray cat named Pudditat.

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Tervel who became partially deaf and blind was to afraid to leave his basket, until he met his seeing eye cat

When Failure Is A Good Thing

Meet Pippi, he belongs to a friend of mine and is a rescue cat from Toronto Animal Services. I remember him from the shelter but this is the first time I have seen him since my friend fostered adopted him…and you know how the story goes. I recently watched him overnight while she was away and thought there must be lots of cats that go to homes as fosters and end up staying. If you are going to fail at something this would be it.

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If you can’t adopt please consider fostering a cat from your local animal shelter or rescue group. It’s a great alternative and if you do happen become a foster failure, don’t worry it’s a good thing 😉

Feline Friday Volunteer Edition

These last couple of weeks while volunteering at the animal shelter I met a few cats that were exceptional superstars, having been rescued from hoarders or unsafe conditions.  Other than initial shyness or a distinguishing physical characteristic, upon meeting these gentle and affectionate cats one would never know they had come from less than ideal situations.

Sinatra and Ferdinand

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Sinatra had an ear hematoma but is all healed up now and looking as handsome as ever!

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This newly arrived trio of cats are beyond sweet and ready for cuddles and cat piles.

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Sinatra and Ferdinand both have found homes but the trio of orange and black cats are newly available and will be up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South Shelter this week.

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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Let’s Talk About Your Cat!

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Today, Let’s Talk About Your Cat features a trio of rescue felines who found their home with Toronto artist Melanie Lowe.

Thanks to Melanie for sharing her story and her adorable cats!

Q What are your cats/names/age/color/breed

Tobias – 4 years old, cream tabby, domestic short hair

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Tobias, aka the goof, you can see why. That’s his sister Sid he is sitting on.

Sid – 2.5 years old, all black, domestic short hair

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Sid aka the sweetie, aka Tobias’s pillow

 Poppy – 1 year old, tuxedo, domestic medium hair

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Poppy aka the shy guy

Q Describe your cats personalities

ML Tobias is a quirky cat. He is pretty hilarious at times and very particular about certain things. Sometimes he can be a little bossy with the other cats. He has become very chatty and will ask you to turn on the shower for him, even though he has fresh water in his dish.

Sid is the sweetest cat I’ve ever met. She has a sleek black coat and loves to play fetch with a little pink ball. If you don’t throw it when she wants you to, she’ll tell you. Quite often she will carry her toys upstairs and onto the bed on the middle of the night for play time.

Poppy adores Tobias…he looks up to him like a big brother. They play together all the time and snuggle in their favorite chair for hours. He is still sometimes kind of shy, but he is coming out of his shell. We named him Poppy because he looks like a small old man with his long white whiskers and ear tufts.

Q How did your cats come into your life?

ML All adopted. Tobias is from Toronto Animal Services. Sid and Poppy are both from Toronto Cat Rescue. Adopt, don’t shop!

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Q What made you choose each cat?

ML Hmm, I think it most cases, the cat chooses you, but there has to be something that draws you to them. There is always something in the interaction when you first meet, like they fall asleep in your arms.

Q What is your first memory or experience with cats?

ML I can’t be sure as I have always lived with at least one cat!

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Tobias with Poppy for some quality snuggle time

Melanie will be combining her love of cats and art for a project called They Choose You which aims to help homeless felines get adopted. The show runs at Artscape Youngplace November 22-23.

🐱 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