Barcelona Tourist Project Helps Cats in Need

 

If you are visiting Barcelona, Spain in the near future you may want to check out the BCN Loves Cats Project which is an initiative of SOS Cats and LAMS with the support of volunteers promotes and raises funds for street cats in Spain.

What a great idea to involve tourists in assisting feral cat colonies!  Find out more!

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A Letter to My Cat

A Letter To My Cat celebrates one-of-a-kind cats and their dedicated owners.   The editors Melissa Vanderwyst and Lisa Erspamer Entertainment are looking for cat owners of all ages to submit a letter written to their cats in order to potentially be featured in the book.  This is a unique opportunity for cat owners to express what makes their relationship with their cat(s) so special and to explore the love, joy, laughter and selflessness (or maybe selfishness) our furry friends treat us to every day.  The book will include gorgeous photography and personal letters from cat owners written to their cats.  We are looking for letters from prominent individuals as well as everyday cat owners.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Best Friends Animal Society.

The goal is to help bring an end to the euthanization of shelter cats. We want to show people how wonderful and cool cats really are! Our hope is that readers will see how much joy the cats featured in the book bring to their owners, and in turn, go out and adopt a cat.

A Letter To My Cat will follow the hugely successful book, A Letter To My Dog, which featured a compilation of stunning portraits, accompanied by personal letters to each dog from devoted owners including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Tyler Perry, Chelsea Handler, Robin Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth among others.

 

“While it’s easy to say ‘I love you’ out loud to our children and loved ones every day, sometimes we take for granted the non-verbal exchange of emotion we share with our cats,” creator Lisa Erspamer (formerly of The Oprah Show/OWN) said. “Taking the time to sit down and put into words what it is we really feel for our felines – I think even the most devoted cat lover can be taken aback.

The book team requires the following for submission:

•    Your letter: Please start it “Dear XXX,” and remember to sign it (Love, Mom / Dad…etc.). The length should be under 500 words.

•    Photos: We need you to submit a few photos of your cat alone, no people. Ideally, these would be your own photos, but if they are professional, please include photographer information so we can contact them for the rights if necessary.

•    Contact Info: Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and any website/blog/social media info.

Remember to include any stories that highlight your cat’s unique personality and expresses how much he/she means to you!

Deadline for letter submissions is 9/1/2013.

Bobcat Stamp Begins Prowling Around the Nation’s Post Offices Today

The Postal Service reissued a 1-cent stamp featuring a distinctive bobcat design in a water-activated gum coil of 10,000 stamps at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show today. Customers may purchase the Bobcat stamp at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

 

Image: USPS

The stamp art is a highly stylized, digital image of a bobcat with golden eyes, a pink nose and fur in shades of brown. Nancy Stahl of New York City illustrated the stamp under the guidance of Carl Herrmann of Carlsbad, CA, one of the stamp program’s five art directors.

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are members of the feline family found across the United States. The medium-sized cats are proficient hunters, stalking their prey with patience and stealth. Much of the bobcat’s diet consists of rabbits and rodents, but they are not particular when it comes to choosing their next meal.

Bobcats are found in a wide range of environments, including mountains, forests and deserts. Their coats can range in color from beige to brown, with dark spots and stripes. Tufts of fur on the tips of their ears, and short bobbed tails help distinguish bobcats from other felines. Bobcats are mostly nocturnal and solitary, finding dens in caves or rocks. In the wild, bobcats can live more than 12 years.

Quest for Favorite Mouse Toy Ends on Favorable Note

Does your cat have a favorite cat toy? Well, imagine if your cat lost it?

Recently, we received an email with this request late on a Friday afternoon…

Lost: One especially loved brown mouse somewhere in the house located in Virginia Beach, Va. 23451. Distraught cat named Miss Sophie and equally distraught cat mom named Melanie.

Miss Sophie has “hidden” it and after several months of searching together this special mouse can’t be found. The two of us believe it had pink ears and feet, body was brown, long tail. Kinda furry, opening in the belly where a treat or catnip could be put. About three inches long for the body and another three inches for the tail. Melanie has been to every store in town as well as looked on line but the search ends up with empty hands.

Please let me know if you are able to help this kitty and Mom.

Signed,

Desperate at the Beach.

So, We went to work here to find Miss Sophie a mouse.  I seemed to remember this mouse-in-question and searched the toy box of my cats Berlioz, Stiller, Salem and Dusty.  I also asked a few people if they remembered a mouse of this nature? No success there.

Wait at the bottom of the toybox! Success! I think this is the mouse…and sent an email with a picture asking if this was it.
 

The reply: Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

I went and asked the leader of my cats, Berlioz.  My Himalayan.  He is the oldest.  If I could convince him, I figured the rest would go along with it.  So, I explained the situation.  His response.  I got one eye…which to me, was enough..I asked the rest and they too, were sound asleep…

So I figured they would not miss one little mouse.  After all, they never knew it was in their toy box…and wrote a note to Melanie and Miss Sophie

Well, I talked with Berlioz, Stiller, Salem and Dusty and they said that they would give a “paw” up to Miss Sophie and give her their mouse (they have NEVER played with it. So, if we cannot find a new one for her.  So worst case scenario is that we have a mouse!

The reply:

Awwww,

Team B,S,S & D Rock!

And…the mouse is on its way to a new home!

 

Keep Your Cat Cool and Comfortable This Summer!

Have a hard time keeping kitty cool? Below are some tips for keeping your cat in the shade this summer.

Photo Alyssa Blankenship

#1 Never under any circumstances leave your cat alone in a hot car. Cars can quickly heat up and your cat can suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal. Signs to watch for include heavy, loud breathing, a staggering gait, and a bright red tongue or gum tissue.

#2 If heat stroke is suspected, bring your cat to a cool place, put cold compresses on its belly, or wet it down. Do not waste time as this is a medical emergency, take your cat to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.

#3 Use a hot water bottle filled with ice for your cat to lay on. You can also have a mini fan nearby as well.

#4 Make sure window screens are secure. Cats do not necessarily land on their feet and severe injuries can occur.

PALS—People and Animals Living Safely

Urban Resource Institute (URI) is launching New York City’s first-ever co-sheltering program to allow domestic violence survivors and their pets to reside together in a shelter. The project, called PALS—People and Animals Living Safely—will run as a 6-month pilot which began on June 1.

The URI is partnering with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals because of its expertise in ensuring pet safety in crisis situations.


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Currently, as many as 40% of domestic violence victims delay leaving abusive situations out of concern for their pets’ safety, yet no domestic violence shelters in New York City—and only few nationwide—allow pets in residence.

URI PALS is addressing this need by equipping its largest emergency domestic violence shelter to house families and small animals together, preserving the welfare and safety of all.

Great idea! Kudos to all!