1, 2019: "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil,
and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: Ain't it the truth?
Cat Mewvie: "Bring 'em on!
I can take 'em with one paw tied behind my back!"
Feline Art: "Ninja
spends $25,000 to clone beloved cat.
by Isolde Walters
Bryan and Ashley Bullerdick of North Carolina paid $25,000 in order to
clone their pet cat Cinnabun, who had been a part of the couple’s
lives since they tied the knot in 1999.
The couple first began contemplating taking the unusual — and expensive — step
last year, as their cat approached her 19th birthday, after learning
that singer Barbra Streisand had cloned her late dog, Samantha.
“I didn’t know it was possible until I read the article,” Bryan,
43, told SWNS, adding that the pair was “concerned about how much time
they had left with her.”
The couple went on to purchase a DNA kit from the cloning company ViaGen
Pets, which was also responsible for cloning Streisand’s dog, but
didn’t immediately decide to follow through with it.
“ We kept it for months in our freezer while we thought about it,” Ashley,
41, shared. “Then we just thought we had to do it. Cinnabun was so dear
“She slept next to my wife’s head on the pillow every night. If we
had a chance of getting another cat like that, we had to try,” Bryan added.
Unfortunately, one month after the pair decided to go ahead and clone
their cat, Cinnabun passed away.
“I gave her the best life I could for almost 19 years and I knew that when
she died, I would get her again in the clone,” Ashley told SWNS, adding
that “it gave me so much comfort to know that I would see her again with
the new Cinnabun.”
Cinnabun’s clone was born on February 4, and just under one month
later, the kitten was delivered to the couple, who was immediately “overwhelmed” by
the likeness between the two cats.
“It was a very special day of course,” Ashley shared. “As far
as looks go, they are spot on. Even their personalities are so similar. They
are both feisty.”
Important to the pair, their new kitten even shared the original Cinnabun’s
fondness for sleeping by Ashley’s head every night.
In fact, the two cats were so much alike that the couple decided to also
name their new kitten Cinnabun, even though they had initially planned
on naming her Bun Bun.
“When we saw the pictures of her, she looked identical to Cinnabun when
she was a kitten so we just kept the same name,” Bryan explained.
The pair went on to reveal that although cloning is expensive, the steep
price tag didn’t really factor into their decision.
“We never really thought much about the cost,” Bryan, who owns an
aerospace division business, said. “It is a lot of money but I know people
who spend that on vacations all the time. This is an animal that we hope will
be with us for two decades.”
“We would definitely do it again,” added Ashley..
2, 2019: "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted
and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps;
but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain
Gratuitous Kittiness: There are two kinds of cats.
Cat Mewvie: For Fluffy this was
a uniquely moving experience.
Feline Art: "Tiger
On Roses", artist unknown.
3, 2019: "When I raise a cat from kittenhood, it learns
to read me so well that it can con me and predict what
I'm going to do. A young adult cat doesn't know what to
expect from me and I don't know what to expect from it,
so we immediately have each other's attention." -
Karl Lewis Miller
Kittiness: Kittens of the Corn.
Cat Mewvie: "BOO!"
White Cat" by
4, 2019: "Just as the would-be debutante will fret
and fuss over every detail till all is perfect, so will
the fastidious feline patiently toil until every whiskertip
is in place." - Lynn Hollyn
Gratuitous Kittiness: Waiting for the A/C repairman.
Cat Mewvie: Maru and the box.
Feline Art: "Vampire
Kitty" by Olivia Rose
5, 2019: "Another cat? Perhaps. For love there is
also a season; its seeds must be resown. But a family cat
is not replaceable like a wornout coat or a set of tires.
Each new kitten becomes its own cat, and none is repeated.
I am four cats old, measuring out my life in friends that
have succeeded but not replaced one another." - Irving
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Ahhh. A day without fireworks is like
a day sleeping in a flower-pot."
Cat Mewvie: Canyon the sand cat.
Feline Art: "Little
Review: The Cat Rescuers
by Alissa Simon
There are people who like cats and then there are cat people. The crowd-funded,
Brooklyn-set documentary “The Cat Rescuers” by Rob Fruchtman
and Steven Lawrence deals with the latter category. It focuses on four
cat lovers/animal rescue activists who help to save the lives of feral
felines and to find new homes for abandoned pets. Those hoping for a
domestic take on “Kedi,” the popular documentary about Istanbul
street cats, should note that “The Cat Rescuers” concentrates
solely on the stories of its human characters. After well-received screenings
at the Hamptons and DocNYC festivals last year, the film is gradually
rolling out to select venues nationwide through Balcony Releasing.
The directors posit that as many cats live on New York City’s streets
as are kept in apartments and homes. That statistic means at least 500,000
abandoned and feral cats. Tens of thousands of them make Brooklyn their
home. Since the city can’t handle the problem, hundreds of activists
work with ad hoc methods to get the animals off the street. “Trap-neuter-return” is
the favored method for feral cats, many of which are fed by well-intentioned
neighbors but continue to breed. One of the many little-known facts presented
over the course of the film is that cats can become pregnant a mere 30
minutes after delivering a litter.
Among the rescuers is the energetic Latonya ‘Sassee’ Walker,
a long-time Canarsie resident. The streetwise former rapper turned legal
investigator is a single mother who will jump into her car any time of
day or night to bring in an at-risk feline. Her motto is, “Don’t
talk about it, be about it,” and that inspires her pretty teen
daughter Nijah, a rescuer in training. Walker is so soft-hearted that
she will wait hours in her car, hoping to lure a pregnant stray into
her baited cage trap. And she pays food and vet bills out of her own
While Walker seems to maintain a reasonable animal population in her
small apartment, Tara Green, a nurse and health-care administrator from
near Coney Island moves from a one-bedroom in an apartment building to
a free-standing home so that she will have more room for the 18-32 felines
she has in her care at any one time. Tara credits the first pair of kittens
that she received as a gift some years ago as helping her to surmount
a drug problem. Her mother jokes ruefully that Tara’s cat addiction
is better than her previous one.
Bedford-Stuyvesant resident Claire Corey, an artist and graphic designer,
also fills her home with foster felines because it breaks her heart when
she reads about cats euthanized at the Animal Care Centers of NYC because
they weren’t adopted in time. Luckily, her generous husband agrees
that the foundlings can stay in their large basement. Claire articulates
the sentiments of most of the animal medical professionals in the film
when she condemns the irresponsible humans who neglect to get their pets
spayed or neutered and then abandon them.
Lest one think the film is solely about cat ladies (a moniker that Latonya
rejects, laughingly opting for “Cat Chick” or “Cat
Woman”), we also meet Stuart Siet, an electronics engineer who
maintains the NYC Fire Department’s wireless communication network.
When Stu walks his dog in the Kensington neighborhood during the early
morning hours, he feeds 20-25 stray cats per block. Since, as he notes,
he has no humans to be responsible for, he can devote himself to these
vulnerable animals. He even provides (illegal) burials in Prospect Park
for the ones who die.
Co-director Lawrence was inspired to make the film when he moved to a
new home in Brooklyn and found that it came with some hungry strays.
When he and his wife sought advice, they met Tara Green and Claire Corey.
Lawrence and fellow documentary maker Rob Fruchtman (“Sweet Dreams”)
both shot the low-budget film over four years, a period during which
a city-wide summit takes place about the cat problem but nothing is ever
resolved, nor additional financial resources allocated.
Although the film briefly introduces a large variety of felines that
are lovable and loved, they lack the screen time to establish a personality
or to roam with haughty grace. They are more often seen wild and terrified
in traps or pawing at the bars of their cages.
As in “Kedi,” the filmmakers show how the gentrification
and development of previously wild or abandoned spaces in the metropolitan
area affects the lives of stray felines. But in the milder climate of
Istanbul, the residents are not so concerned with getting cats off the
street; “Rescuers,” on the other hand, is more a call to
While the production package is merely workman-like, the commitment,
honesty and heart of the main interviewees makes the material compelling.
Indeed, the film nabbed a “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” award
at the Hamptons Fest.