writes six-page essay aout why she needs a ctt
by Kelly Baker
An 11-year-old girl has written an extensively-researched essay explaining
all the reasons she needs a cat and the internet is so there for it.
Romesa, who lives in San Antonio in the US, really REALLY loves cats
and wants one - badly. In fact, the little girl wants one so very much
that she wrote and then presented a six-page report to her mum and dad.
Titled 'Why I Would Love a Cat, Benefits of Cats, and fixing problems',
the neatly-typed report explains all the reasons why Romesa ought to
be given a kitty and ASAP.
The well-written report included a raft of reasons as to why owning a
cat is of benefit to kids and their carers too. Cats ease stress in children,
Romesa wrote. They also encourage kids to spend less time on electronic
gadgets. They can even detect an oncoming seizure!
Romesa's older sister, Rimsha, also wanted a cat when she was Romesa's
age so when she heard about her little sister's 'report' she was duly
impressed. In fact, she thought the report was so epic that she shared
The internet, well-known for its love of all things cat, enjoyed the
story of Romesa's report so much that it went viral overnight with thousands
of complete strangers applauding Romesa's efforts.
Twitter users world-wide noted Romesa's research skills. Many enjoyed
the fact that she went so far as to cite ancient religious reasons for
cat ownership. They loved that she pushed research that shows that time
spent with cats can reduce anger, stress and also anxiety. And they badly
wanted to let Romesa's parents know that their little girl deserved a
Some posted she deserved two!
A Twitter user with the handle @1298margarita said that while she didn't
know Romesa personally she felt proud of her and she wasn't the only
one to express such feelings - not by a long shot. Thousands of random
strangers hopped online to support Romesa in her quest with some declaring
they would happily provide the cat themselves. Still others said they
had read the report and it was so very compelling that they now wanted
a cat too.
" Your sis just convinced me to get a cat," posted a Twitter user with
the handle @blxckfxntasy.
And many, many more took Romesa's quest even further with one even suggesting
fisticuffs if the cat was not presented to the little girl soon.
"If she don't get this cat I'm fighting somebody," posted a Twitter
user under the name @W.E.B Dat Boi.
We wouldn't take it quite that far but we've got to say we're on board
too. Give Romesa her cat! She clearly deserves one..
27, 2017 - "Cats, like butterflies, need no excuse." -
Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: Foundling kitten, one month later.
Mewvie: Dancing with kitty.
Feline Art: "Purr" by
28, 2017 - "It always gives me a shiver when I see
a cat seeing what I can't see."
- Eleanor Farjeon
Gratuitous Kittiness: Copy, Paste, Purr.
Mewvie: Edward Gorey on cats.
Art: "Trippy Cat" by Mike Diana
the paddleboard cat.
by Richard Chin
Hawaii may have a one-eyed surfing cat named Nanakuli and Norway may
have a skijoring cat named Jesper.
But Minnesota has Max, the paddleboard cat.
Max, a big tabby cat owned by Craig Reed of Forest Lake, likes to ride
with Reed when he takes his paddleboard out on the lake.
Reed estimates that the 10-year-old cat has been on the paddleboard more
than 20 times since he and his wife acquired him in January 2010. The
cat was a stray put up for adoption at the Animal Humane Society shelter
Max turned out to be a typical Minnesotan when it comes to being on the
lake, happy to take rides on pontoon boats and kayaks.
“We do a dock walk almost nightly,” Reed said of his cat. “He
likes to be on the dock, see what’s going on.”
Once Max became accustomed to being on water, he would sit on the paddleboard
on the beach, waiting for a ride. Reed said Max is able to step directly
from the dock onto the board. He’s never fallen off the board.
Max is a husky feline at 16.5 pounds, and he’s no scaredy-cat. “He
has literally chased eagles out of our yard,” Reed said. “He’s
more like a dog than a cat.”
Or maybe he’s just an adventure cat.
“Adventure Cats” is a popular Instagram account, website and now
a book created by writer Laura Moss that documents the lives of intrepid cats
that like to camp, hike, boat, bike, ski and even surf with their owners.
The website tells the story of a cat that has sailed around the world
and a cat that is visiting all of the U.S. national parks.
The book has advice on how to get a cat trained to walk with a harness,
how to create a feline first-aid kit, how to keep cats safe from wildlife
and toxic plants and how to decide whether a cat needs sunscreen.
Moss, who lives in Atlanta, admits that not all cats are up for outdoor
recreation. Her book includes advice on how to tell if your cat has the “purrsonality” for
adventure or is more of a homebody.
“If your cat doesn’t want an adventure, you’re not going to
have an adventure cat,” Moss said.
But Moss said for the cats that like it, outdoor adventures on a leash
and a harness can be a safe way to provide mental and physical stimulation,
providing an antidote to feline obesity and boredom-related behavioral
Moss believes telling stories about cats that go on adventures with their
humans will help dispel the stereotype that all cats are lazy and aloof,
that cat owners are “crazy cat ladies,” and that it’s
weird for a man to have a cat.
She hopes that these types of tales will make more people consider adopting
cats that need homes.
“I wanted to change people’s minds about what it means to be a cat
person,” according to Moss. “A cat that defies stereotypes is a cat
that people want to talk about and a cat that finds a home.”
29, 2017 - "Cats are living adornments." - Edwin
Gratuitous Kittiness: The kitten brothers.
Mewvie: How does the cheetah go?
Feline Art: Cat as artist.
30, 2017 - "A cat determined not to be found can fold
itself up like a pocket handkerchief if it wants to." -
Louis J. Camuti
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Find the kitty.
Mewvie: Feral cat info.
Feline Art: "Cropped
Cat" by Carol Wilson
ties can kill your cat.
by Emma Lord
While cats may seem like a deceptively low maintenance kind of pet, the
truth is that there are a whole host of things that owners have to be
vigilant about when it comes to keeping their cats safe — some
more surprising than others. Pet owner and Imgur user Ramphasto learned
this the hard way, when her cat almost died from eating hair ties that
had to then be surgically removed. In an effort to alert other pet owners
to the danger of letting cats play with or chew small items, she took
to Imgur to share images of her cat Ollie and explain the brutal process
they had to go through to recover from the hair tie ingestion.
"[Ollie] was a healthy and happy cat until one day he began throwing up
everywhere and eventually just stopped moving," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote. "It
was at this point I knew I needed to get him to an emergency vet. They did blood
tests and X-rays and found something lodged inside his stomach and intestines.
It was some sort of hard mass."
The vet told her then that Ollie would need emergency surgery that would
cost $4,000 — and that even then, it wasn't a guarantee that Ollie
would survive. As a "broke college student" at the same, she
shared that her vet told her about Care Credit, a service for financing
medical procedures, including veterinary ones. She applied and was approved,
and Ollie went into surgery to remove the mass.
Once Ollie was released from surgery, the doctors revealed that the mass
was, in fact, a tangle of chewed up, eaten hair ties that Ollie had swallowed.
"He ate so many of them that they got lodged into his intestines and suffocated
part of it so they had to cut the dead intestines and sew together the ends ...
When they showed me this bag of hair ties I wanted to hit myself. I felt so horrible
for my ignorance. I would see him chewing up my hair ties and I would try to
stop him, but I did not see or know he was actually swallowing them. I did not
know the severity of the situation," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote.
As it turns out, she is far from alone; many cat owners have experienced
this phenomenon with their cats. Eating hair ties is a symptom of pica
in pets, which is the desire to eat non-food, inedible items. While there
are theories about pica in cats being the result of dietary deficiencies,
environmental factors, and medical issues, some cats are also just genetically
predisposed to this kind of behavior — which means their owners
have to be extra, extra cautious about leaving things like hair ties
"The vet told me it's common for kittens and young cats to swallow weird
things like hair ties or string. They said they once did surgery on a cat who
swallowed an entire balls worth of yarn," Imgur user Ramphasto wrote. "I
did not know cats did this and my cat paid dearly for my ignorance. I wanted
to tell this story because I'm not sure if other people know this about cats.
Ollie almost died. I don't want this to happen to other cats and cat owners."
If you have a lil bub displaying pica-like behaviors, there are several
things you can do to prevent a disaster like Ollie's. First, you can
make sure that items like hair ties, yarn, and other related items are
out of reach. Second, you can provide your cat with cat toys that are
safe to chew, which will hopefully abate the urge to chew dangerous items.
If all else fails, Web MD recommends talking to an animal behavior specialist
for other ideas on how to keep your cat safe; clearly the consequences
are not to be taken lightly, and you'll save yourself a lot of worry
down the road.