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I'm just a guy who doesn't give a damn what others think, I love cats.   Lets face it, cats make us happy, so here's some happy.   The standard discalimer applies: none of these photos or videos are mine unless otherwise stated.   If you find your copyrighted content posted here and wish it removed I will happily do so at your request.   Blah, blah, blah.  NOW... on to the kittehs!

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wayfaringfelines:
Adopted!
This is Pismo when he was waiting to find a forever home, and someone to love.  Luckily, wayfaringfelines found him, and now he has that home.
Wayfaring Felines!
a 501-C non-profit cat rescue providing shelter, vetting, medical aide, and everyday care to homeless or abandoned felines until a permanent home can be found.  They also educate the public in proper animal care and the importance of spaying & neutering.
Well, I love anybody who loves and cares for kitties in need, so please signal boost, visit and follow their tumblr blog and give your own cat a kiss and a hug, just because! View high resolution

wayfaringfelines:

Adopted!

This is Pismo when he was waiting to find a forever home, and someone to love.  Luckily, wayfaringfelines found him, and now he has that home.

Wayfaring Felines!

a 501-C non-profit cat rescue providing shelter, vetting, medical aide, and everyday care to homeless or abandoned felines until a permanent home can be found.  They also educate the public in proper animal care and the importance of spaying & neutering.

Well, I love anybody who loves and cares for kitties in need, so please signal boost, visit and follow their tumblr blog and give your own cat a kiss and a hug, just because!

(Source: wayfaringfelines)

because it’s always worth reblogging…

I Want

AnimalHumaneSociety adoption video.  I can think of nothing more heart warming.

The Peace in Purrs

An American soldier in Kuwait who was featured in a viral photo showing him  napping with a cat wrote to Stars and Stripes to tell the story behind the photo. The photo of Pfc. Kevin Davidson and a cat adopted by soldiers at his base went viral after it was shared at Reddit.

Soldiers took the cat in and provided him with food and care. The cat has given back with furry companionship that means a lot to soldiers stationed far from home and family.

Pfc. Davidson said the cat was found curled up outside the base on Christmas Eve, and soldiers brought it inside. About a week later, Davidson wrote in an email to the military publication, “I was sitting in my tent with two of my soldiers and I heard a ‘meow.’ I went outside and found this cat laying on one of the [temporary barriers]. I picked him up and brought him in our tent to show him to everyone.” Davidson put the cat back out of the tent and the cat returned, he put the cat out again and the cat again returned. “After that, the cat just sort of moved into our tent with us,” he said.

Davidson said the troops who initially found the cat brought him in to the base and began feeding him. The company commander wanted to have the cat euthanized, citing disease concerns, but the company executive officer instead took the cat to an installation with a veterinarian and had the cat neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, ear clipped, and treated for fleas.

Once the photo of Pfc. Davidson and the cat went viral, the soldier was contacted by people wanting to know if he was planning to bring the cat back home. Davidson, who is in his second deployment and set to return home, said the cat will remain at the base, where it can continue to provide comfort to the soldiers there.

He said, “I was honestly really thankful for [the cat]. You see, as a reservist on a nine month deployment, it isn’t just nine months without leave, it’s about 10 1/2 because we have to leave our families and go to an active-duty installation to train,” Davidson said. “So this cat was the first thing I could hug or really show any affection to. It was very therapeutic.”

“After seeing how he raised my morale and the morale of my team, I couldn’t take him away from all those soldiers still [based] there,” Davidson said.

“After having a cat for a few weeks, I can honestly say that more pets for deployed soldiers would help with the depression and probably cut down on the amount of suicides. I’m not saying I considered suicide while deployed, but I had some dark days missing my wife and kids.”

Pfc. Davidson says the cat stays mostly indoors, and has caught a couple of mice.

source: lifewithcats.tv

Nellie Finds Some Unexpected Love

Kittens see a friend in need.

Shelter cats from Animal Friends Niigata (Animal Friends Japan, part of JEARS) in Japan brought love and warmth to a sick rescue dog as she slowly worked her way back to health.

“Nellie had been lying, unable to move, by the side of the road for two days before being taken in to the hokenjo,” said the shelter on Facebook. After the needed bath and treatment, the shelter cats came to Nellie and thought she needed company.

They continued to accompany the sick dog until she was brought back to health. Having the kitties there might just be the thing that helped her through it. Today Nellie is fully recovered and found her forever home according to the shelter.

Source: lovemeow.com

Photos by Animal Friends Niigata (Animal Friends Japan) and Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support

Izzy & Oki.  Ive got you under my thumb.  Hey! I’ve got thumbs.

Meet Izzy, a lovely kitty with extra toes and thumbs. She had a rough beginning, but a second chance has made all the difference in her life.

“Izzy was found by a friend of mine at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline. It is a dog park. She was found by the water behind a dumpster, pressed against a rock. Her eyes were crusty and infected. My friend was able to grab her and took her in…once I saw her, I didn’t think I could resist,” said Ellen S. whoadopted Izzy into her home with many furry friends. “One of my dogs absolutely loves Izzy.” Her name is  Oki and they are totally inseparable.

Photos: ©Ellen Soohoo

source: lovemeow.com

Itty Bitty Tiny Love - Cheech & Casanova

Tiny kitten adopts even tinier chihuahua.

A little ginger kitten named Cheech used up a couple of his nine lives before he was saved by Amanda and brought to his foster home back in 2009. He was much smaller than his age, but the little guy was getting stronger every day. Then one day, he was introduced to a teeny tiny five day old chihuahua puppy named Casanova who was an orphan. From that point on, something remarkable happened between the two.

Cheech took to the little puppy immediately as if they were meant to be together. He took him in his arms and groomed and cleaned him. The puppy responded to his every touch, snuggling up to his new friend like a pup to his mother. When Cheech was tired, he would climb into the puppy’s box and cuddle with Casanova, sharing his heating blanket. To Cheech, he was “his” puppy and best friend.

Thanks Kimberly for letting us put the story together for Cheech and Casanova. Photos ©Kimberly Jennery. (More Kimberly’s foster stories here).

source: lovemeow.com

The runt of the litter
photo by ©Theresa Mershon
source: lovemeow.com View high resolution

The runt of the litter

photo by ©Theresa Mershon

source: lovemeow.com

Black (Cat) Friday

If the whole consumerism thing isn’t for you, I started a little tradition about 3 years ago over at icanhascheezburger.com making Black Friday a day of awareness for black cats and kittens, and the bad rap they get.

The name “Black Friday” made it a natural, with the hint to remember built right in the name, and hopefully, the proximity to Christmas might get one or two people thinking about adopting a black kitty for someone’s special Christmas gift.

It’s a well documented fact that black cats are disproportionally overlooked in shelters.Black cats have the lowest adoption rate and the highest euthanasia rate?

Whether because of superstition, prejudice black cats are statistically less likely to be adopted than more brightly colored felines.  Millions of black cats are killed every year simply because they are misunderstood.

  • Of the 1,000 shelters that replied to the National Council’s survey, 5 to 7 million animals were handled.
  • In 1997, roughly 64 percent of the total number of animals that entered shelters were euthanized — approximately 2.7 million animals in just these 1,000 shelters. These animals may have been euthanized due to overcrowding, but may also have been sick, aggressive, injured or suffering from something else.
  • 56 percent of dogs and 71 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized. More cats are euthanized than dogs because they are more likely to enter a shelter without any owner identification.
  • Only 15 percent of dogs and 2 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are reunited with their owners.
  • 25 percent of dogs and 24 percent of cats that enter animal shelters are adopted.

It is estimated that approximately 3.7 million animals were euthanized in the nation’s shelters in 2008. This number represents a generally accepted statistic that is widely used by many animal welfare organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

While superstition likely accounts for a large part of this stigma, black being the color of death and funerals, and that whole “crossing your path” thing, black cats are actually considered lucky in most of Europe, especially England and Scotland.  And I happily sit in a chair with black cats crossing my path all day long to prove the superstition wrong.  I’ve owned several black cats, and suffered no ill luck.

It’s time we got over this, and stop taking it out on the kitties!

Black Friday 2012.  A day for black cats and kittens.

His name is Lupino. I found him one day, six years ago, while coming back from school.

LupinoIt was clear his mother had left him behind as he was trying to jump up a fence but couldn’t. As i approached him he didn’t back away, instead he started meowing very quietly and i slowly managed to take him into my arms and bring him home. At that time we had another cat, 15 years old, and at first they didn’t get along so much, but day after day they became closer and two years ago, when she died, he kept looking for her in places he know he could find her in. Lupino has a little brother now, and he’s grown into a wonderful, sweet and loving kitty. He waits for me to go to bed just to curl up at my side and cuddle, and he loves to sit in the hammock we built him the other day. I love him to pieces and i cannot imagine what my life would be without him. :)

The Story of “Ugly” the Cat

(Warning: this is a very sad story!)

Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was.  Ugly was the resident tomcat.  Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and shall we say, love.

The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly.

To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole.  He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot has appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.

His tail has long since been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch.  Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs.  Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction. “That’s one UGLY cat!!”

All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave.  Ugly always had the same reaction.  If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit.  If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness.  Whenever he spied children, he would come running meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love.  If you ever picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.

One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbors huskies.  They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled.  From my apartment I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid.  By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end.

Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front.  As I picked him up and tried to carry him home I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling.  I must be hurting him terribly I thought.  Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear- Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my ear.  I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring.  Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.

At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen.  Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way.  Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.

Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.  Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful.

He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply.  To give my total to those I cared for.

Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.

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(Source: kittehkats)

strikingchords:

This is my cat Betsie. We got her from Cats Protection League about 7 years ago. She’d come from a broken home and her owner couldn’t take her with her when she moved back to her mothers house. When we got to the cat shelter there where a lot of beautiful cats that needed homes and it was very difficult to see them all in need. The first time I visited I had to leave after about 10 mins and cried in the parking lot.

On our next visit I was a little more prepared and right near the end of the room we found Betsie in her enclosure all by herself because she didn’t like other cats. She wasn’t sitting at the front by the glass like the others. When the lady that worked there opened the door, Betsie was curled up in a dark area. She was she depressed she hardly lifted her head. The lady explained she had a missing leg but they didn’t know why as the story was she’d never been outside even though she was 3-4 years old. She’d been there for a month, longer than any of the others because nobody wanted her. 

As we lived in an apartment we thought it would be ok to adopt a cat with a missing leg as she’d never been out and wouldn’t miss much. The lady took us and Betsie to comforatable room so we could get to know each other. When Betsie was in the room and out of the enclosure she had a sniff around and seemed to cheer up a bit. After a minute she hopped up on to the chair and sat on my lap purring. I could tell she liked me and I just wanted to take her home imediately.

We had to wait a week but we came back and got her and she was ours. Slowly she got to know us and became very vocal and affectionate. Before long we couldn’t imagine life without her. After a year we moved to a house with a garden and it turned out that she liked going out as long as it’s warm and sunny. Now she has everthing she needs and two people that care about her deeply. Adopting a cat was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

TJ adopts Sweet William

I was just telling strikingchords (who posted earlier today about adopting his 3 legged cat) about this video, and I thought, why not post it again.  It’s so sweet!

Uploaded by on Oct 13, 2011

From the cat yodeling guys.

TJ adopts Sweet William, a one-eye kitty. This is how it should be. William now has a loving forever home with TJ.

If you would like to adopt a dog or cat please consider a rescue facility or animal shelter. Please do not purchase animals from breeders or pet stores unless the pet store supports local pet rescue and shelter organizations. Most pet stores and breeders produce animals as consumer items for money. The supply is greater than the demand and every day thousands of animals are euthanized in the US alone because of this. Also please spay and neuter your pets to help reduce the number of unwanted animals.

oranges-and-licorice:

strikingchords:

Mah Kitteh

She only has 3 legs but that’s how she was when we got her from the rescue centre. It broke my heart to leave all the others behind but there were about 100.
Kitteh Kats: I’m so glad you shared this with all of us strikingchords. I have a special place in my heart for people who rescue kitties in special need.  Between being black, and only having 3 legs her chances were pretty bleak, but anybody who could see through that and love her is going to make her a very lucky and happy cat indeed.  She’s beautiful, btw! View high resolution

oranges-and-licorice:

strikingchords:

Mah Kitteh

She only has 3 legs but that’s how she was when we got her from the rescue centre. It broke my heart to leave all the others behind but there were about 100.

Kitteh Kats: I’m so glad you shared this with all of us strikingchords. I have a special place in my heart for people who rescue kitties in special need.  Between being black, and only having 3 legs her chances were pretty bleak, but anybody who could see through that and love her is going to make her a very lucky and happy cat indeed.  She’s beautiful, btw!

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