Archive for February, 2009


Lionel Adams, of Calgary, Alberta, just had life-saving surgery to remove a cancerous mass in his left lung. This mass was found not by his doctor, but by his cat.

Tiger, Adams’s eight-year-old cat, “would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side—he was adamant there was something there,” he said. “And it was right where the cancer was.”

So there you have it–owning a cat could save your life.


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You may remember Cooper the cat, whose owners strapped a small camera to his collar and let him loose in their neighborhood. Well now Cooper has achieved something many photographers dream of: his first solo show.

“‘We never thought we’d have an artist that is an American Shorthair cat,’ said Kevin Law, owner of the gallery and a professional photographer. ‘But . . . he has classical compositions right out of a photo textbook. There may be no intent behind them, but they’re beautiful artwork.'”


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I was reading a perfectly pleasant article in Salon about cats on the internet when I came to a mention that intrigued/horrified me. You will also be intrigued/horrified by Kittens I’ve Killed.

Stop needless internet violence against kittens! (but violence by kittens is still ok.)

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cat blog alert


This is Bob. He lives in Olympia, the state capital of Washington, in the state capitol. He likes to hang out with reporters and he has a blog.

Maybe Jack should start a blog. “Today I humped the blanket . . .” Nah.

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We all know cats love human food. Jack’s favorite is the roasted chicken from Pio Pio Riko, a local Peruvian restaurant. But do humans love cat food?

According to Popular Science, it is perfectly safe for humans to eat cat food–though not recommended. Registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner says cat food is “developed with cat nutrition in mind and [not] formulated to keep humans healthy. It’s OK to satisfy the occasional craving, but you shouldn’t make it a staple of your regular diet. It’s cat food for a reason.”

Good advice from Blatner, I suppose. But did she really need to give the thumbs up on satisfying an occasional craving? What person has an occasional craving for cat food? Please show me the person who doesn’t want to vomit at the smell of it. Or don’t, because that person must be crazy.

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jesus helps sick cat


John Pidvirny, a 94-year-old widower, found out last month that his cat Bambi was sick. So he and his caretaker did the most obvious thing: they put some holy water in her bowl.

Joan Murphy, the caretaker, said “”We swear by this stuff. My friend used it on her cat and it helped, too.”

Luckily, they also took Bambi to the vet, where it was discovered she had a uterus infection. After surgery, she’s doing just fine, and hopefully donations will help pay her vet bill.

I wonder if their church knew they were taking holy water to use on their cat.

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If you’re in or near New York City, be sure to check out Animalania, a new exhibit at Fuse Gallery, which features work from Spike Jonze, Kristen Schaal, and Tim Barber (the awesome cat photo above).

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