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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hero cat help save abused child

As you know, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Again, I change the color of my blog to purple in support of this cause, which very special to me.

Today I want to tell you story 'bout a special cat named Oreo. Oreo belong to 9-year-old Beth* who was being sexually abused by her stepfather. No one knew...except Beth and her cat.

Oreo would bravely lie outside ehr door and night and hiss whenever her attacker appeared. In tryng to protect her, the loyal black and white cat also become victim of violence as he brutally kicked out of the way.

Beth finally have her day in court, but there problem. Oreo could not testify for his owner. Or could he?

Prosecuting attorney Allie Phillips have an idea. She take Oreo to be examined by a veternarian. The results were chilling. Sure enough, poor Oreo had sustained injuries constistant with being physically abused.

When the prosecutor submitted the veterinarian’s report to the jury as evidence showing a pattern of violence in the home, Beth’s allegations gained credibility. In a way, Oreo was able to testify, convincing the jury that the traumatized little girl had been telling the truth.

Beth’s stepfather was convicted and received a long prison sentence. Meanwhile, Beth and Oreo were finally able to experience what every child and animal deserves: a safe home.

There is a often a link between violence to humans in homes and violence to their animals as well. American Humane Society have a new program called "The Link" which help to give animals like Oreo a voice in unmasking and preventing abuse. You can read more bout this program HERE.

It is good that Beth's story have a happy ending. I would be much better if other stories reach a happy ending too.

Help break the silence. You can find out more bout Domestic Violence at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and find out what you can do to help!

(*This is a true story. However, the child’s name has been changed to protect her privacy.)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Travelin' Tales Tuesday

As you probably realize by now, the little humans have returned to this place they call "school". Mz. Ginger is an inner-city Kindergarden teacher in Broward County and every year, she tries to get 100 post cards to share with her class by the 100th day of school.

This year I thought we get a bit of an early start on the project. So if you could please send a post card to Mz. Ginger from where ever you are, that would be so pawsome of you! The kids really love seeing places they've never been, and may never get a chance to go to.

Here is the address to send the postcards to:

Ms. Brown's Class
Greynolds Park Elementary
1536 N.E. 179th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162

Of course, getting more than 100 postcards would be pawsome too!

We cats made the difference last year, and we can do it again this year! So please help and send your postcards!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Special Halloween Treat!

Halloween candy is absolutely forbidden for cats – lollipop sticks can get stuck in a throat and candy wrappers can cause an obstruction. But the feline in your life likes a treat, too, so here is a recipe that is healthy for your feline companion – and tasty, too.

Makes 18 treats

1/4 cup warm water
5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons soft margarine
1 tablespoon cod liver oil
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup soy flour

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine water, cheese, margarine and oil.

Add flour and form a dough.

Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutter.

Bake at 300 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden.

This recipes is for a special-occasion treat for your cat. it should not replace meals and should be offered sparingly.

If your cat has food allergies or special dietary requirements, check with your veterinarian before offering them.

If your cat is on a special diet, you may consult with your veterinarian and obtain a canned version of that diet. Often the canned formula can be rolled out, cut into shapes and baked. Most treats bake at 350 degrees F for 12 – 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

(Special thanks to for this great recipe!)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

TV on Thursday

Very cute video of Stanley and his woofie friend.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Schizophrenia: I has it!

I not speaking
I not speaking to myself!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Weekend Cat Blogging # 226

As you know, it is coming up on that time of year again - the holiday known as Howl-N-Scream where the humans get dressed up and go house to house looking for candy. I would not mind the dress up part if they would give me Temptations when I go house to house, but I do not like these Snickers bars everyone seem to hand out.

I was thinking though, what should I dress up as this year if I decide to go looking for treats. reported in a recent article that the most popular costume search right now is for Michael Jackson.

Searches for the costume, which generally includes tight black pants, a leather jacket and, of course, a glittering glove, have gone up more than a 1000%, according to to the company.

Other popular dead celebrity costumes include Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon and infomercial pitchman Billy Mays.

Heath Ledger-inspired Joker costumes, as well as the Dark Knight, may also reappear this year.

Meanwhile, diehard Twilight and True Blood fans have breathed new life into classic vampire attire, and reality celebs John and Kate Gosselin will likely be well represented on the trick or treat circuit.

Purrsonally, I go for more traditional costumes such as a witch or a vampire. Tabby brofur like the witches, he is afraid of vampires. So maybe I will go as vampire - but not a sparkly twilight one - because I do not like those books.

Although a Dark Knight costume maybe not be bad and would go well with my black furs. What you think?

One cat who do not lack for costumes is Daisy. She has many. Sometimes she even let them speak for her!

Anyway, I know I get late start for Weekend Cat Blogging, but at 2:00 pm on Sunday, I only have two submissions. So this going to be very short round up!

One hopes my fellow house panther, Luna, at Cat Synth is having better turn out, even though she is having computer problems. Happily, teknikal support send over nice bi-color cat to fix. So Luna can take all important cat nap!

Cat of Nine Tales did not submit this post, but it is the story of Snafu and it is a good one. If you have not read, you should certainly do so.

I am having snafu at my house too, as I need to have good brushing but we cannot find my furminator. Tabby brofur not like the furmintor...I think he hide it! My bean have combed me, but it not the same as a good furminating!

Another thing I like is a good roll in the dirt. So does Meowza. Of course, once you do that, you have to give yourself a good grooming.

Vincent is doing some rolling around over at Judi Mind Over Matter

Patchouli, the daredevil kitty is up high over at Sidewalk Shoes!

The Island Cats are not so enterprising, as they take it Easy on Sunday.

Oh No! Most terrible news! Sam Black and Mr. Tigger have run away from home. Please send lots of purrs and purrayers that they will find there way back soon! I do hope they not trying to come and visit me! That is long trip from Texas!

That pretty much do it for Weekend Cat Blogging #226. We not get lot of submissions, very sad. If you need more cats, Luna has the big Ferris Wheel turning for Carnival of the Cats, while Sam Black and Mr. Tigger are hosting Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos - and boy are they ever bad kitty cats today!

Also I wish to remind you that earlier this week, I report on the HAPPY Bill. This very impurrtant bill in the House would allow pet caregivers to take a credit on their tackes, much like the child care credit. We wish to urge all humans to write to their representative in support of this very impurrtant bill!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Weekend Cat Blogging!


I am so sorry I am late getting this up. I have been busy digging in these boxes here, trying to decide what I want to be for Howl-N-Scream. Perhaps you can help me decide. What are you going to be this year for Howl-N-Scream?

Please a comment and let me know. And happy Weekend Cat Bloggging!