May 12, 2015: "You
own a dog but you feed a cat."- Jenny de Vries
Dish O' Kute
"C'mon, Dad! Let's play some more 'Horsey!"
May 13, 2015: "A cat's
name may tell you more about its owners than it does
about the cat." - Linda W. Lewis
Dish O' Kute
"Keep meowing. I think they're waking up."
Kitten vs. corgi.
pet store takes in Andre the Giant Cat
Fairplay pet store and its cat sanctuary have seen an
increase in cat adoptions thanks to its giant new cat.
Andre the Giant Cat was first noticed hanging around downtown Fairplay
in November, said Miyuki Takeda, owner of High Paw Pet Supplies.
"Within a month of us having him, people coming in to see him and to visit,
the adoption rate for the rescue skyrocketed," Takeda said of the roughly
Animal Rescue of the Rockies' Cat Casita, a cat sanctuary, is in
the downstairs portion of Takeda's store.
After the rescue took Andre in, it received more than a dozen applications
for adoption. But, the vet said he was underweight at 20 pounds
and needed to stay at the shelter to get up to a healthy weight.
Takeda and Animal Rescue of the Rockies made a mutual decision
to make Andre the store cat. His following on Facebook and Instagram
has since grown to match his own stature. He's even attracted visitors
from as far as Oklahoma, Takeda said.
"When he first came to us, he showed a lot of signs — he acts like
a hybrid," Takeda said, noting his gravely voice, his issues digesting processed
food and, of course, his size.
However, it is unlikely Andre is feral. Takeda said he is toilet-trained
and relatively tame.
Takeda said she and the local veterinarian can only speculate about
"We think perhaps he has Savannah in him — those are huge cats," Takeda
said of the hybrid cat breed. The veterinarian noted there was a breeder of the
Savannah hybrid cat breed in the area, but Andre exceeds those cats in weight.
When Andre disappeared last Friday — the best guess is that
a back door was propped open by a cross-breeze — members
of the community rallied to search throughout the snowy weather.
Andre returned to High Paw Pet Supply on Sunday, and Takeda is
taking precautions to make sure doors of the store close tight
from now on.
"We did set out two live cat traps," she said. "Sunday morning,
he was in the trap in the front door. He knew where home was, which is good."
14, 2015: "If you are worthy of its affection,
a cat will be your friend, but never your slave."-
Dish O' Kute
"You have the most beautiful nose-hairs."
Someone's not impressed.
May 15, 2015: "The
smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo
Dish O' Kute
sick of this 'Cat Lady' bullshit!"
I like cats. I grew up with them. I own one. I’ll chase them down on the
street to try and pet them. But just because I have a cat, that does not make
me a cat lady.
Frankly, I haven’t personally been accused of being one either. But I’m
still sick of people pushing the cat lady stereotype on people who simply appreciate
There’s a reason why the Internet is obsessed with cats. They’re
cute. They curl up into tight little balls, wrapping their tails securely around
them. They knead on your belly. They do dumb things like flip over themselves
while trying to try to catch an intangible splotch of light. Cats are generally
a joy to watch and be around.
But my love, and any other cat lover’s love for cats, does not preclude
us from loving other animals. It doesn’t mean I don’t like dogs or
that I wouldn’t squee just as hard at the sight of one. We are not inherently “cat
ladies” (and I resent the fact that it’s such a gendered concept—men
can love cats just as equally) just for appreciating cats.
Why is it dog people versus cat people? Can’t a dog person also be a cat
person, and vice versa? I know I am. Via my two brothers, I essentially have
four dogs that I love visiting.
A friend of mine was so enamored of the cuteness of my own cat that she is adopting
one of her own. This is what she said to me recently:
I’m Sick Of This ‘Cat Lady’ Bullshit
Like, that’s all sorts of bullshit. She gets a cat and that automatically
makes her a cat lady? Maybe it makes her more aware of the world. Maybe it makes
her more loving, wanting to take care of an animal that needs it, taking it away
from a life of 24/7 crates. Maybe she just likes the companionship and, hey,
remember that little thing where most residences will allow for cats but not
for dogs? Or maybe that guy is just a dick, which he seems to be from all the
stories I’ve heard about him.
I’ve had a lot of people assume that because I like cats, I also like cat-branded
gifts. Like cats on pillows. Or cat blankets (full disclosure: my office blanket,
which was a GIFT and not my selection whatsoever, is covered in cats). Cats on
cups and cat bookends and cat umbrellas and…
Cat-owners’ lives do not necessarily revolve around cats, just like any
other pet owner’s life does not necessarily revolve around their pet or
the kind of pet they chose to live with. Just as gamers are not all basement-dwellers
who never see the light of day, cat-lovers aren’t all sexless anti-social
shut-ins with no other interests but their chosen animal companion.
People who like cats like cats. The living, breathing, curling-into-a-ball animals
we live with. But we may not necessarily like covering our living space with
cat decor, or stacking cat items in our closets and on our shelves. We may not
want 50 cats in our homes. We may not care to decorate our apartments to make
it easier for our cats to get around. We may not be single, and we don’t
always get cats just to help ward off loneliness. We may not even be ladies.