June 1, 2015 - "Again I must remind you that a dog's
a dog --- a cat's a cat." - T. S. Eliot
Gratuitous Kittiness: Smile, darn ya, smile!
Mewvie: HIGH FIVE!
gives birth in bird's nest.
by Jack Crone
When most people would count on to obtain birds in nests, Irish
pet retailer owner Henry McGauley says he recently discovered four
newborn kittens in a pigeon’s nest on a tree in the back
garden of his residence.
“Henry had heard squawking in the morning, and he didn’t know what
it was, so he went up the ladder to investigate,” Henry’s wife, Fiona
McGauley, told ABC News currently. “That is when he saw 4 infant newborn
The couple believes the kittens were born there and that they were
only a handful of days old when they were located this previous
Monday, Fiona mentioned.
“Their eyes are not even open,” Fiona added. “We left them
there for the reason that there’s not much you can do because they have
to be at least six weeks old before they can be taken from their mother.”
Momma cat wasn’t at the nest when Henry initially found it,
but the couple found her there a couple of hours later nursing
the kittens, Fiona mentioned.
“It turned out we knew the cat,” she mentioned. “We’d
usually utilised to see her by the alleyway. She was pregnant, and she disappeared
a handful of occasions.”
Fiona added that she and her husband also feed stray cats at the
back of their property all the time.
“In a couple of weeks, the mom will probably bring the kittens to the back
door for feeding,” she stated. “When they are older, we’ll
take them in, get them tamed and locate permanent houses for them.”
For now, the kittens are below the care of their mother outdoors
the McGauleys’ residence.
“There was a heavy shower the other day, so it appears like she moved the
kittens, and they are in all probability below the shed or somewhere inside there,” Fiona
stated. “A lot of our clients are in really like with the kittens and excited
for when they’re old enough to adopt.”
June 2, 2015 - "When you're special to a cat, you're
special indeed...she brings to you the gift of her preference
of you, the sight of you, the sound of your voice, the
touch of your hand." - Leonore Fleisher
Gratuitous Kittiness: Baby Bengals.... awwwww.
Mewvie: Get a second cat.
3, 2015 - "Most cats, when they are Out want to
be In, and vice versa, and often simultaneously."-
Dr. Louis J. Camuti
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Uhhh.... little help?"
Mewvie: Cat malfunction.
the Iberian lynx from extinction
by Paul Ames
SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing
tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline
at greatest risk of extinction.
Decades of habitat destruction, hunting and rabbit epidemics that wiped out food
supplies mean there are barely 350 still alive in the shrinking wildernesses
of Spain and Portugal.
The World Wildlife Fund has long warned these elegant, bobcat-sized creatures
could become the first cat species to disappear in at least 2,000 years.
Help, however, is at hand.
In a high-security compound, hidden deep in the hills above this medieval town
in southern Portugal, a dedicated band of humans is helping the lynx make a comeback.
" We've had 11 cubs this year," animal behavior specialist Andreia
Grancho said. "They are at the stage where they play a lot and are learning
On cue, a tufty-eared bundle of cuteness appears on one of six computer screens
monitored 24-7 by Grancho and her team of colleagues at Portugal's Iberian Lynx
The 2-month-old cub nuzzles the camera, then attempts to clamber up a chain link
fence before tumbling down beside his dozing mom.
Since opening a decade ago, the Silves center has seen the birth of more than
60 lynx and has managed to re-introduce almost 40 into the wild. Together with
four similar units in Spain, it has brought the species back from the brink of
In the 1990s, fewer than 100 were left alive, mostly in the scrublands of Spain's
southern Andalusia province. Now the population there has tripled and several
pairs have been re-established in other parts of southern and eastern Spain where
they once thrived.
Last year, the first pair of Iberian lynx was released in Portugal — where
the species had died out in the 1990s. Ten have now been set free in a remote
" We've seen the species recover, but it's still in danger," said Rodrigo
Serra, the center's director. "I'd love to see it, but I can't imagine a
time when we won't need programs like this. We've got a lot of work ahead of
The lynx's recovery is one of a series of good news stories from Europe that
are bucking gloomy global wildlife trends. After years of decline, brown bears,
wolves, wolverine and bison are bouncing back, thanks to continent-wide conservation
Efforts to save the Iberian lynx enjoy broad public support in southwest Europe.
In Portugal, front-page headlines have tracked the progress of released animals.
The post office issued special stamps last month to celebrate the re-introduction
of the species. Spanish conservationists have adopted the lynx as a symbol of
efforts to preserve the country's wildlife.
Funding for the breeding program has been maintained despite the severe budget
cuts introduced by both countries in response to Europe's economic crisis.
It's easy to see how the Iberian lynx has captured the public imagination.
The handsome creature is unique to Spain and Portugal. It sports a distinctive
orange-brown spotted coat, and is smaller and sleeker than its cousins, the Canada
lynx and the Eurasian lynx — another endangered species native to northern
Europe and Siberia.
Yet despite public awareness of the animal's critical situation, humans still
A female named Kayakweru by the team that raised her in Silves was found dead
in April, less than three months after being released into the wild. Portuguese
police are investigating the origin of the poison that killed her.
In Spain last year, 21 lynx ended up as road kill, and another six were shot,
poisoned or trapped. Those are frightening figures given that there are just
364 animals believed to be living in the wild — compared with an estimated
3,200 tigers and 6,000 snow leopards.
For Serra, each death hurts, but he's proud the released lynx are generally doing
well. "We have a 70% survival rate," the center's director said. "That's
good, very good. Anything over 50% is a success."
A chain-smoking 40-year-old veterinarian, Serra spent five years working with
lions in Botswana before returning to his native Portugal in 2006 to join the
lynx project and continue a life-long fascination with cats.
To help minimize the risk of a fatal encounter in the wild, he said, human contact
with the lynx in the breeding center is kept to a minimum.
Visitors to the compound need authorization from the government in Lisbon, and
only essential staff are allowed to get close to the twin rows of 16 enclosures
where the lynx live — a complex surrounded by barbed wire and watch towers
with the unnerving look of a prison camp.
" We have to avoid them getting used to human presence," Serra said. "Also
there's always a risk of people bringing some cat or dog disease in with them,
that could be fatal."
Instead of getting up close, the 17 staff and volunteers in the center monitor
the animals' every move through a network of more than 80 cameras.
" We are not just saving them, we're studying them," Serra said. "These
are the most closely observed animals in the universe."
To prepare the cats for the wild, enclosures for the 19 adult lynx contain 1,000
meters (a quarter acre) of grassland. At feeding time, live rabbits are released
into the pens and the lynx have to hunt to eat.
" We get through around 600 rabbits a month," Serra explained.
The pens may be small compared to the 5,000 acres of territory the lynx normally
roam in the wild, but it's enough to stop them from going stir crazy, he said.
His staff can empathize with the animals' restricted space. They work around
the clock in eight-hour shifts. Many eat and sleep in the isolated complex. "It's
like the Big Brother house in here," Serra joked. "You need dedication
for this work, it's not easy and it's not well-paid. It has to be a passion."
June 4, 2015 - "You can't own a cat. The best you
can do is be partners."
- Sir Harry Swanson
Gratuitous Kittiness: "I'm CRAZY about dis box!"
Mewvie: Mama brings the kittens home.
5, 2015 - "The smallest feline is a masterpiece." -
Leonardo Da Vinci
Gratuitous Kittiness: Admit it, you're impressed.
Mewvie: Unusual cat breeds to love.
Cat Loses Kittens But Finds New Family
by Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig
When new mama cat Mikey lost her small crew, she sunk into a depression of sorts.
But thanks to a Houston, Texas, cat rescue organization, not only is the feline
now feeling just fine, she’s been able be the mom she was meant to be,
The Huffington Post reports.
This kitty tale began when Mikey — a rescue cat originally thought to be
male — went in to be neutered. Owner Hillary quickly learned her cat was
actually a female… a pregnant one at that.
The 8-month-old Mikey ended up giving birth to three kittens, but they were born
too early and one by one they died, according to HuffPost. Following the last
one’s death, Mikey began searching everywhere for her offspring.
Hillary decided to call Dori’s Darlings, a nonprofit rescue that specializes
in saving cats from dangerous situations and kill shelters, among other services.
A few days before Mikey lost her last kitten, one of Dori’s Darlings’ foster
moms, Amanda Lowe, received three abandoned baby kitties, still with their umbilical
cords attached, HuffPost reports. Hearing about Mikey’s loss, the agency
began preparations for her to nurture Lowe’s newborn trio.
Soon kittens Teddy, Abby and Lily were introduced to their new mom. Mikey took
to her new charges immediately and was soon being the perfect mom — licking,
grabbing and hugging them, as well as letting them frolic on top of her. After
about two hours, the foursome fell asleep together — one small, happy family.