Firefighters Go Beyond The Call Of Duty To Rescue Kitten From Car Engine

The daily commute to work is a regular occurrence for the majority of people in the world. This Tuesday morning however, brought a surprise for Arin Wagner of Henderson, Kentucky.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hendersoncityfire

 

Pulling into the parking lot at her office around 7:00 am, Wagner stepped out of her car and was shocked to hear a kitten meowing loudly. Realizing it was coming from her very own car and not a nearby grass filled ditch, she called her husband.

Talking Arin through searching the engine for the kitten, the two realized that it had wedged itself between the engine compartment and the front of the car. This was not going to be something the couple could handle themselves.

As luck would have it, the local fire department is located just a building away from Arin’s work. She quickly sought out their assistance.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hendersoncityfire

 

Sadly, this is not the first time the firemen have had to deploy a team to rescue a cat from a vehicle. Thankfully, they’ve been successful. 

As Wagner waited by her car for the rescuers, she was surprised to see the fire engine pull out of the station, complete with emergency flashing lights!

Laughing nervously as the situation for one tiny kitten grew to a full blown rescue, Arin questioned the need for the whole truck and light show. But the crew knew it was better to have all the tools that may be needed on hand and readily available. “Our tools are in it, we need it”, explained the team.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hendersoncityfire

 

They could see the trapped kitten peeking through the vents in the car’s front bumper/engine compartment. This only made the situation more dire as the feline grew more scared, meowing loudly.

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hendersoncityfire

But with their skilled training and expertise, the 4 firefighters had the kitten extracted safely in a short 5 minutes! Even more relieving, the kitten was completely unharmed.

Wagner recalls the moment the furbaby was freed. “And then the kitten started to fall, and it was so cute, because they were all like, grab the cat!”

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hendersoncityfire

This automatic statement coming from 2 of the rescuers, who are actually allergic to cats, proves that cat men and heroes can come in all forms. Unfortunately none of them could take the cat home. The Wagner household is already full with 2 cats and 2 dogs, but the kitten was welcome to stay there until a permanent home was found.

The adorable little grey kitten didn’t have to wait for his furever home long though! The very next day, a friend of the family welcomed the furry survivor into their lives. No one is sure where the kitten started it’s journey, but now he has the chance to “work” on being adorable from home; no more commuting for this kitty!

Local news stations shared an adorable video of the story, complete with shots of the lucky baby out of harms way, enjoying life as a kitten should. 

Screenshot from video: http://www.tristatehomepage.com

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Happy Father’s Day 2018!

Happy Father’s Day to the Cat Dads Out There!

Dad and Trigg

Here’s my dad holding a baby Trigg.  My dad has come a long way with cats – from highly disliking them to sending me text messages and e-mails with Caymus.  I attribute his “switch” to living with and being with Rags.  When I was a little girl, my dad came in to give me a goodnight kiss.  Rags was on my bed with me and my dad said, “That is one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen.”  I beamed with pride.  I’ll never forget it.  My dad also joined me the day I had to put Rags to sleep.

Happy Father’s Day to all the great human and cat dads out there!

 

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29 Pound Cat Found Wandering Streets With Matted Fur Saved; Is The Purrfect Gentle Giant!

A whole lot of love was brought into the Pasadena Humane Society on Wednesday evening…in the form of one 29 pound cat!

Nicknamed “Chubbs” by the organization’s staff, the poor cat was found wandering the streets alone.

Credit: https://www.instagram.com/pasadenahumane/

 

The estimated 10 year old, male Himalayan mix had no ID, nor is he micro-chipped.

What he did have though, was matted fur all along his back, making it difficult for him to move around. How long the gentle giant was out alone in the world is unknown. Staff at the shelter spent hours carefully cleaning and shaving the cat.

The shelter is looking for his owner and have tapped local news teams for as much coverage as can be gotten. As of Saturday morning, a number of people have come forward with claims that he may be their missing cat. Because of this, the shelter has decided to delay the original date that Chubbs was to be available for adoption so they can investigate the claims thoroughly. 

Chubbs Adoption Day Update: Several possible owners have stepped forward to claim Chubbs. To thoroughly investigate…

Posted by Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA on Friday, June 15, 2018

 

Social media has spread far and wide and many people have already expressed interest in adopting the big loving cat if needed. 

A 29 pound cat was brought into the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA! The cat, nicknamed Chubbs, was in desperate need of grooming when he was found: https://abc7.la/2JKE4Vb

Posted by Veronica Miracle on Thursday, June 14, 2018

 

Whether the original owners are located or he is put up for adoption, the shelter’s adoption counselors will be onsite to review and/or provide training for his humans. They want to be sure Chubbs will have the best care for his unique factors.

He will need to be with a family that is willing to work closely with their veterinarian to form an ongoing plan for the cats health and well-being.

Dietary restrictions and an exercise regimen will be a primary focus. Cats with long coats such as his will also require regular brushing and grooming to avoid the painful matting that can occur. Due to his size, Chubbs may also have troubles grooming himself, with body parts being just out of reach. Hopefully the current skin irritations will heal with no future issues for the furry feline.

Photo provided by: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

 

While his fate remains undecided for now, he awaits patiently in a staff office at the building. Why not in the kennel area with the other animals? Because he doesn’t fit in the cages!

He is so large that to be cramped in a small space would make his healing process more difficult, both physically and mentally. It was decided that letting him have free reign in the office, where he can safely explore his surroundings, was best.

Chubbs has been sure to show his aPURReciation to the staff with long snuggle sessions and purrs!

29lb purr machine

29 pound purr machine! Chubbs is getting some much needed love and attention at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

Posted by Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA on Friday, June 15, 2018

 

We hope the next chapter in Chubbs’s life is with a caring and attentive family who will provide him with the best care possible.

Photo provided by: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

 

Please visit the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 when looking to adopt a pet in the area! There are MANY other deserving animals available for adoption if Chubbs may not be the purrfect fit for your lifestyle…or more likely when he is immediately adopted!

You can read other heartwarming HAPPY ADOPTION STORIES here that previous adopters shared with the shelter. #AdoptDon’tShop!

Photos: https://www.instagram.com/pasadenahumane/. A few of the adorably adoptable animals ready for you!

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Dog Living At Cat Sanctuary Opens Her Heart To All; Finds Love Again

A very special dog living outside a cat sanctuary never gives up on love. 

Just 3 weeks ago, we shared the story of two unlikely friends that had found each other in war ravaged Syria, dog Amira and kitten Junior.

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. Amira and Junior lounging at sanctuary.

 

Amira’s life has been one of heartbreak and loss, but with the help of an inspiring man, Mohammad Alaa Jalee, better known as The Cat Man of Aleppo, she has been given the love she so desires.

Unfortunately, not all the rescued souls born into this difficult life stay with us as long as we want them too. On May 30th, Alaa shared a devastating update on the groups Facebook page about the duo.

Dear group.
We have come through war and explosions and such bad times that we couldn’t see the way ahead. We came through and we carried on always with light at the end of the tunnel and our hearts and minds set on happier days.

But there are some days when we feel so sad and despondent that the way ahead suddenly becomes dark again. We have to inform you that this morning, our sweet little Junior was found dead, and we are so hurt and upset that we still cannot prevent the deaths of some of our kittens.

In the last few weeks the kittens have had the best care that our team at Ernestos can provide. They have all had regular health checks from Dr Yoossef. They have had the finest food that we can provide and so much love and attention. We are still not able to provide the inoculations that we think might save more of our babies and this is a great sadness for us.

All of the Il Gattaro team are heart broken at the loss of our little star. Please join with us in remembering him with love. We are so sorry that we have to bring you this news.
Rest in peace little Junior. Fly free little star.”

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. RIP beautiful baby Junior.

 

The life of a rescuer doesn’t allow for time off to grieve however, and the very next day, fate brought a new soul in need of saving to their doorstep.

A puppy was found abandoned in a barrel of diesel fuel!

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee

 

The team worked diligently to wash and cleanse the young pup of the thick black muck. Thankfully, he had no other signs of trauma or injuries. 

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee

The new pup was named Henry.

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. Henry a bit unsure about his future, little does he know what’s in store for him!

 

Three days later, once he was checked out by a veterinarian and had many more baths, lonely Henry met Amira. Workers hoped this was destiny for Amira and the new puppy would be a comfort to her in her time of loss.

Posted by Alaa and house of Cats Ernesto in Aleppo on Sunday, June 3, 2018

 

Amira was a bit hesitant at first, sniffing at the small puppy. So used to the scent of cats and kittens, she may not have recognized her own kind! But the two soon realized they were special in their own rights and bonded. Amira even shares her beloved teddy bears with her new foster baby now.

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. Henry taking one of Amira’s stuffed bears for a walk.

 

The pup who needed a mom and the dog whose heart opens to all, found love in each other. Now they spend their time outside the cat sanctuary, guarding their feline extended family as a happy pair.

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. Amira comforts Henry during his first days at the sanctuary.

Look at the twinkle in Amira’s eyes again!  

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee
Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee

 

We wish these two cuties a long and happy life together, cherishing every moment of time spent together! 

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee

 

As for the cats, kittens and all other animals that are being rescued EVERY day by dedicated volunteers and workers at the House of Cats Ernesto, may you all live out your lives in peace, health and happiness! Thank you to the selfless humans for the continued work you’re doing in a seemingly hopeless environment!

Photo Credit: The Cat Man of Aleppo, Mohammad Alaa Jalee. Sanctuary Entrance

For those questioning the lack of vaccinations, the shelter explains the hardships relating to these lifesaving medications below. For more information or to show your support, please follow their Facebook page here

 

To answer those questions about getting vaccines to the sanctuary it is, at this time, impossible for the following reasons:

(1) The borders into the area of Syria where the sanctuary is located are closed. (2) There are sanctions against animal medicines entering Syria. (3) There is no refrigeration at the sanctuary.

From the time a vaccine leaves the manufacturer to the time it is injected into the animal vaccines cannot be exposed to light, heat, or excessive cold. “Virtually all vaccines used in small and large animal veterinary medicine, including lyophilized (freeze-dried) and liquid forms, must be stored in the dark between 35°F (2°C) and 45°F (7°C)”. Thank you for your understanding.

There remains a constant financial need for anesthesia and other medicines when they can be acquired and, of course, the need for nutritious food to keep the animals as healthy as possible.”

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PROOF Men Around The World Finally Accepted By Cats; Love Freely Given & Received!

Search Amazon.com for “guys and cats” and you’ll get more than 20,000 results! Books, calendars and apparel are available featuring men and cats posing for funny, sexy or often silly photo shoots.

Amazon.com books – find them on our Cole and Marmalade Influencer page link above!

But what is it REALLY like to be a cat guy?

It’s getting up at all hours of the night because your significant other is too grossed out to clean up the cat puke.

It is finding yourself wrapped around and at the mercy of a fluffy tail, losing the abilty to say “no” and replying to their meows with your full attention and desire to please them.

It’s dancing like a fool, alone with your cat on a “Furiday” night while they stare at you like the cute girl in the bar last week did…utterly baffled by your lack of rhythm.

It’s opening your heart and letting your guard down in front of 10 pounds of fluffy judgmental cattitude.

Credit: Cole and Marmalade. Chris just lounging around in his usual attire.

 

And true cat men are purrfectly happy with accepting this fate.

Cats around the world have graciously allowed men into their presence, showing them the love they deserve.

Rough, scratchy chins are perfect for dual head rubs and scratches.

Higher body temperatures are an ideal heating pad or warm sunspot substitute.

Goofy, somewhat adolescent-like personalities, are excellent for playtime that almost always leads to nap time.

Credit: Cole and Marmalade. Chris and Cole snuggling

 

With the ameowzing chemistry between man and cat, it’s no wonder more and more men are proudly admitting their love of felines…and cats are thanking them adorably. Makes for the purrfect videos! <3

Happy Fathers Day to all the cool cat dads out there! Thank you for being you =)

Be sure to follow Chris Poole, aka Cat Man Chris on Facebook and YouTube for more silly, education and adorable videos & photos with the dynamic due of Cole and Marmalade! 

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12 of Our Favorite Cat Dads in Honor of Father’s Day

We asked you to show us your favorite cat dads in honor of Father’s Day… and you answered! Whether they’re cleaning the litter box, providing playtime, or perfecting the art of cat naps, these cat dads are prime examples of fur fatherhood. Happy Father’s Day to all of the pet parents out there!

“Marty and Curly.” -Submitted by Facebook user Debbie Bammann

“Marty and Curly.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Debbie Bammann

-Submitted by Facebook user Kristy Mayo

-Submitted by Facebook user Kristy Mayo

“Oscar and myself. He chose me 11 years ago.” -Submitted by Facebook user David Mitchell

“Oscar and myself. He chose me 11 years ago.”
-Submitted by Facebook user David Mitchell

“Here's my hubby Mark with our Maine Coon Quincy.” -Submitted via email by Eileen Melnick

“Here’s my hubby Mark with our Maine Coon Quincy.”
-Submitted via email by Eileen Melnick

“Cat daddy Pete, with Ozzy and Rudy when they were babies.” -Submitted by Facebook user Cam Rasmussen

“Cat daddy Pete, with Ozzy and Rudy when they were babies.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Cam Rasmussen

-Submitted by Facebook user Sarah Perry

-Submitted by Facebook user Sarah Perry

 “Reesey with her dad.” -Submitted by Facebook user Kathryn Hedges

“Reesey with her dad.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Kathryn Hedges

“My hubby not wanting to move because our cat, Panda, made herself comfortable.” -Submitted by Facebook user Heather Mertz

“My hubby not wanting to move because our cat, Panda, made herself comfortable.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Heather Mertz

Midnight Son "helping" his Pops repair a computer -Submitted by Facebook user Faye Nicholas

“Midnight Son ‘helping’ his Pops repair a computer.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Faye Nicholas

“Our adopted girl Suki and her daddy, plenty of love here.” -Submitted by Facebook user Evelyn Encarnacion

“Our adopted girl Suki and her daddy, plenty of love here.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Evelyn Encarnacion

“My men. My Ukrainian Granny always told me never trust a man who does not love cats. Cats are loving and independent all at the same time. Love a man who can respect souls with both those qualities and you will be happy.” -Submitted by Facebook user Carol M. Walker

“My men. My Ukrainian granny always told me never trust a man who does not love cats. Cats are loving and independent all at the same time. Love a man who can respect souls with both those qualities and you will be happy.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Carol M. Walker

“Hilo with his Daddy suckling on his tail.” -Submitted by Facebook user Chris N Julie Fisher

“Hilo with his daddy suckling on his tail.”
-Submitted by Facebook user Chris N Julie Fisher

This piece was originally published on June 16, 2017. 

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How to Choose Healthy Foods For Your Cat

healthy cat food

As a cat owner, the well-being and health of your cat are of great importance. By maintaining your cat’s health, you will not only be prolonging its life but also improve the quality of life. By doing this, you can also prevent your cat from facing dangerous health-related problems. Healthy food is a primary source of maintaining your pet’s health. In this article, we will share with you all the important tips to keep in mind while devising your cat’s diet plan.

1.      Use a Water-Rich and Low-Carb Diet Plan

Cats have low thirst drive, so it is always useful to feed them wet food which is rich in water content. High-carb food items such as dry foods can create an imbalance in your cat’s blood/sugar levels making them prone to illnesses like diabetes and urinary tract infections.

2.      Cats Require Animal-Based Proteins

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that their nutritional needs are based more on animal-based proteins such as meat rather than grains or vegetables. A cat’s normal prey is composed of 70%, water and since dry cat food is cooked harshly to contain only 5% to 10% water content, it is important to avoid it in your cat’s diet to maintain a good amount of water level.  You can read more on catinfo.org.

3.      Meat-Based Protein

Proteins that come from animal tissues are richer in amino acids whereas plant-based proteins don’t contain the full complement of amino acids required by an obligate carnivore. This is the major difference between cats and other animals such as dogs that can survive on a vegetarian diet as well.

4.      Canned Cat Food

Canned cat foods are relatively higher in water content and can be preferred over dry food when planning your cat’s diet. A high quality canned food contains typically 3%-5% carbohydrates, which suggests that it is a healthy food for your pet. It is important to note though that grains are not the only food content that contains less water and more carbohydrates. Canned food containing peas can be high in carbohydrates as well. Hence, it is crucial that when you buy canned food, you look closely at the nutrient chart to note the carbohydrate calories.

5.      Feeding Schedule

Although many cat owners feel that a pudgy looking cat seems cute, it is important to realize that feeding your cat too much can have negative effects on its overall health. This is because pet cats are usually lying around rather than living an active life in the wild. Due to this lifestyle, many cats have been known to develop diseases like arthritis and diabetes.

6.      Moderation in Treats And Snacks

Food treats can always make your cat happy; however, they should comprise no more than 10% of their overall intake. The rest 90% should be composed of healthy, nutritionally complete food. Small bits of cooked tuna, chicken, fish or liver may not affect your cat. However, owners should keep in mind that cat foods are formulated keeping in view their amino acid, vitamin, and mineral intake which is not similar to food that is consumed by humans.

7.      Raw & Home-Cooked Food

Many cat owners feed raw food and experience better results. Raw or home cooked food seems to be a relatively newer trend that allows cat parents to feed their cats a balanced and nutritious diet which they feel is best for their cats. One of the benefits of home cooked food and raw food is that it is cheaper and fresher (and safer?) than the canned food available on the market.

Veterinarians, however, suggest there are some risks involved in preparing cat food at home including health risks such as zoonotic which is an animal to human disease transmission or bacterial contamination. If owners take full precaution and prepare their food in a quality-controlled environment then home cooked food can have positive effects on a cat’s health.

There are also several companies that deal with providing raw food in a packaged form such as Bravo, Rad Cat, and Nature’s Variety. However, when feeding your cat raw food, make sure that you do not feed freeze dried dry food (without re-hydrating) since it will result in a longer digestion process.

Things You Should Know about Your Cat’s Consumption Habits

Cats are quite opinionated about what they like in their diet. Most of their food preferences form during the first year which gives an opportunity to kitten owners to get it used to different types of dry, semi-dry, wet food, home-cooked diets or raw food. Even if your cat is old, there are ways to feed it with a well-balanced diet for health benefits.

Being a cat owner is a big responsibility as you have to take care of its health and safety needs. By ensuring its proper diet intake, you can help your cat avoid serious health issues and have a great life with your family.

Catinfo.org is the holy grail for what to feed your cat and it’s written by a veterinarian, Lisa Pierson, DVM.

Here is more recent interview with Dr. Pierson – there is audio, so you can listen to her reasoning behind not feeding dry food.

Note:

It is important that cat owners know how to read a cat food label. With so much flashy advertisement material on the food item, owners tend to overlook the nutritional chart which has valuable information about food content such as protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Susan Thixton runs an excellent website, TruthAboutPetFood.com, that is full of information about cat food.

Do you have Netflix?  Be sure to watch the documentary Pet Fooled.  Or watch it on Amazon.


Holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jean Hofve, who has done a lot of interviews with us, has written an eBook on, What Cats Should Eat: How to Keep Your Cat Healthy with Good Food.  And is another way to learn about feline nutrition and to find the best canned cat food out there.


 

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