Tama the Cat Dies at Age 16

We were so sorry to hear this past week, the passing of Tama the cat, who served as the train stationmaster of Kishi Station in Japan.

Not only did this female tortoiseshell’s popularity rise quickly following her 2007 appointment as the stationmaster of Kishi Station, which serves Japan’s rural neighborhood of Kinokawa in Wakayama Prefecture, she saved the station from financial ruin and has greeted visitors every day since.

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According to the Japan Times, Wakayama governor Yoshinobu Nisaka paid tribute to Tama in a statement.

Tama was a “tourism superstar extremely popular in and out of Japan who contributed greatly to promoting tourism in our prefecture. I am filled with deep sorrow and appreciation,” Nisaka said.

Tara the Hero Cat Received “Hero Dog” Prize from ASPCA

We were so pleased to learn that last year’s recipient of the CFA Hero Cat Award, Tara the Hero Cat, received an award last week which has been traditionally given to dogs. Tara received the CFA Hero Cat Award last June. This June she was recognized by the LA ASPCA for her efforts. The first time a cat receives the honor normally reserved for dogs!

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Photo Credit: Chanan for CFA

In May of last year, Tara’s owner, a young Jeremy Triantafilo, was playing on a bike in his home driveway when a neighbor’s dog attacked, biting and dragging the boy by his leg. Before his mother could get to him, Tara, raced to his aid and threw herself at the dog, sending the dog running in the opposite direction. Jeremy only showed minor injuries as a result.

The ASPCALA was very impressed by Tara’s loyalty and bravery, saying that, “A cat who was abused, forgotten, or neglected by her family would not have been as likely to perform selfless, heroic acts to save her companion.”

Congratulations to Tara on this award! She truly is a hero.

Finding the Perfect Cat Toy

Teaser toys, mice filled with catnip, bizzy balls (you know, those plastic balls with a jingle bell that your cat finds to play with at 4am), catnip logs, lasers, electronic toys and more! There are a variety of toys that you can choose for your cat:

1.  Interactive Toys-help to engage and mentally stimulate your cat’s “play instinct.”  Such toys include puzzle type of toys, lasers and even some “catch the mouse” or “ catch the string” type of toys.    Photo: Radio Systems Brilliant-Pet_Pounce_Hero

 

2.  Catnip is a member of the mint family and contains an oil called nepetalactone that can neurologically stimulate your cat and give him an emotional high, sudden burst of energy or make him feel relaxed.  Not every cat responds to catnip as 50 percent of all cats appear to be immune.

3. Cat Trees/Scratchers are excellent for keeping your cat in tip top shape and it feels good to the cats to sharpen their claws on the post.

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4. Balls, Mice and Other Misc. Toys These toys resemble prey and stimulate your cat’s predatory instincts. After your cat has hunted for her toys, she may decide to bring you the prize.  Don’t forget to tell her she has done a great job!

The right cat toy not only fosters your cat’s hunting instincts, they help you and your cat bond for life!

When It’s Time to Say Good-bye

My cousin recently lost her cat a few weeks ago.  She was understandably upset and instant messaged me on Facebook to ask me a few questions.  Her beloved cat was 17 years old and up until recently was in fairly good health for a senior cat.  Basically her cat died of old age and her kidneys just stopped working.

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As every pet parent knows and dreads, this is the worst decision that we will need to make for our cats. As my cousin talked about the past few months with her cat, she and I talked about quality of life for her cat and what she did for her during this time.  I hope through our discussion that she came to the realization that she did all she could for her. And now, she must go through the grieving process and help her three year old daughter understand and grieve as well.

We all want to know we did the right thing when it comes to euthanize our fur kids.  In those first few dark days, we wonder if we did the right thing at the right time and know that one day I will see them again.   I told her that our cats rely on us to know when it is time.  After sharing your life with your cat, I believe that we do know when it is time to say good-bye.  I hope that after our discussion, her guilt was reduced and she knew she gave her the best care she could and in the end, she did the right thing for her cat.

I always send this poem out to those who are grieving.

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Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

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There are plenty of resources to take advantage of today on grieving for an animal.  Be sure to take the time and grieve and remember the good times with your beloved cat.  After all, your cat was a cherished member of your family.  Please know that after all is said and done, you did the right thing.

Cat Portraits Book by Lucas is the Perfect Gift for Every Cat Lover

If you love cat photography, this is the book for you! Cat Portraits by Lucas, is the perfect  book for a coffee table or to give as gift to your favorite cat enthusiast.

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Lucas De Boeck has been photographing the most beautiful pedigree cats in his native Flanders.

In the book, cats are depicted as True divas, hunters, “bon-vivants” and the furriest cuties posed in front of the camera. From the thousands of pictures that emerged from these photo shoots, the editors selected the best on the basis of the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ they elicited, and combined them in a luxurious hardcover book.

The book is available in the US through Amazon and costs $24.95.

CFA/Dr. Elsey World Championship Cat Show Winners

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 4 year and seven month old Bi-Color Persian Male Cream and White Neuter was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2014 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 23, 2014.  One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Larry Adkison of Springfield, MO; Diana Doernberg of Akron, OH; and Kathy Black of Duncan, OK who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.

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BEST IN SHOW

GC, GP, NW VELVETKIST PACK’N HEAT OF KRIMPURRS

Cream and White Persian Male Neuter

 

B: Noralyn Heisig

 

O: Noralyn Heisig, Beth Holly

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FIRST RUNNER-UP

GC, NW WYNTERWYND CLAIR DE LUNE

Blue Russian Blue Female

B/O: Annette Wilson

 

 

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SECOND RUNNER-UP

 

GC TOMBROCK’S CHOPIN

Black Exotic Male

B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano

O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano