Wednesday, March 31, 2010


while some people in california and new jersey are working towards dismantling t-n-r initiatives these folks across the border are embracing it more than ever.  plus, they've got wheels!  not to mention a sweet nickname like the "neuter commuter."

i wonder if that could be shortened into a vanity plate.  could come in handy during rush hour.

Monday, March 29, 2010

another endangered cat

no, not the feral cats of new jersey.  though they could be in trouble if some people don't see the light soon.

the flat-headed cat of south-eastern asia, one of the least-known species of wild cats and tiniest at only 3-5lbs, has been added to the endangered species list due to loss of habitat and increased distances between colonies preventing breeding. unfortunately, this is just another cat in a long list that is seeing its numbers decline across the globe in the wake of human activities.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

dumb dog tricks

as cat people, we have to admit, sometimes we don't get dogs. especially when they'll do anything for treats:

they find the weirdest things to chew on.

and sometimes you just can't get them out the door. but they do make good babysitters.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

march madcats

the ncaa tourney is well under way and even though the uw men's team bowed out last week it's still pretty exciting. looks like the fever of march madness has even spread to the cats.

madcatter miles, here, was rooting for the kansas wildcats for obvious reasons.  though this kitty prefers the nba, and this guy would rather play than watch from a couch.

so, how's your bracket holding up?  butler in the final four?  who called it?

Friday, March 26, 2010

go to the dark side

tomorrow night, hundreds of millions of people across the world will participate in earth hour by turning their lights off for one hour at at 8:30 p.m. local time.

more than more than 125 countries will participate, including 56 national capitals and eight of the 10 most populated metropolises on the planet. the capitol building and governor's mansion will also be dark. even darth vader will be in on it:

in addition to making a bold statement about climate change, the sky, planets, and constellations will be easier to see with less light pollution.

so tomorrow night, get out your telescope and flick the switch. may the force be with you.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

getting to know wyou

guess what we did yesterday?  well, aside from hanging out with cool people and playing with neat toys, we met the new neighbors down on willy stwyou, madison's community television, just moved in to the 'hood and were out catching up with the businesses in the area and filming interviews for their upcoming fundraiser

be sure to tune in or watch online to catch us.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

gabby madcat, superstar

who says you can't teach a gabby new tricks?

stop in to the willy street store for a high five from one of your favorite madcats.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

lueders honored with genesis award

local isthmus reporter bill lueders was honored over the weekend at the humane society of the united states' genesis awards, held in beverly hills. 

lueders was recognized with the outstanding written word award for his stories on local animal-related issues.  most notable is his coverage of the ongoing ethics debate over animal testing at uw-madison and his personal story, "My monkey:  The sad life of r04040," in which lueders catches up with the same rheesus maqaque monkey he saw born in the primate research center five years earlier. 

congratulations, bill.  the animals thank you.

Monday, March 22, 2010

don't shoot the cat, redux

anti-cat legislation - we defeated it in wisconsin. now, it's new jersey's turn.

there are efforts underway in the garden state to declare feral cats not native to the state, an "exotic species", which would make them fair game for hunting and trap-and-kill by animal control.

the interesting part of all of this is that trap-neuter-return programs have been in place all over the state and doing a good job of feral management while saving counties money.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

spring cleaning

it's a sun-shiny day here in madison - great for a nap in a window or some spring cleaning:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah....

catman! no, not that catman. or that catman. we're talking about the one who protects gotham city from evil... in between catnaps.

though a sidekick named robin might prove to be a distraction.

Friday, March 19, 2010

cat scene investigation

lucy could be the become next horatio caine as feline furr-ensics rise in popularity.

cat (and dog) blood, hair, saliva, urine, feces and tissue have all been used to recover DNA as evidence in trials in which animals were witness, victim, suspect or just stay-at-home pets.

so that pesky cat hair isn't just annoying - it could be evidence if you're ever convicted of "fowl" play.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

more charges against uw animal research

it seems to be peta/uw-animal testing week around here.

peta and the alliance for animals have teamed up to petition a state circuit court to bring criminal animal cruelty charges against the uw for it's decompression testing on sheep.

"the alliance argued that a state law appears to make such experiments illegal, if indeed they result in fatalities. State Statute 951.025 reads, in its entirety: "Decompression prohibited: No person may kill an animal by means of decompression."

will this one actually go to trial? or are scientific experiments excluded from state statue?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

primate research debate

last night's debate on the ethics of non-human primate research at the uw was interesting but went nowhere. kinda like congress and health care reform, only more civil.

some highlights:
rick bogle of alliance for animals - "we are going to die. we can't fool ourselves into thinking that by experimenting on animals that we are going to find some magic bullet to make us immortal."

paul kaufman, uw chair of ophthalmics dept. - "if you're going to argue we're all equal, then this discussion is over. There's no reason to go on. but in fact there are differences. ... if you say an animal shares some characteristics with humans, that doesn't make them human beings."

in the end, we are monkeys, too. monkeys testing on monkeys. dance monkey dance.

Monday, March 15, 2010

people for the execution and termination of animals

no jokes. no cute pics or funny stories. just another post on the horrible things peta has done under the guise of animal welfare.

the 2009 numbers are in. peta killed 97% of the 2,366 animals they "took in" last year, adopting out only 8. this is the same organization that called out president obama for killing a fly, and wants punxsutawney phil to replaced by a robot. if it wasn't so shockingly horrific it would almost be laughable. these people are sick. no wonder they want to stop no kill.

but where is the outrage by hsus and aspca? where are the news corps? why are celebrities still lending their names to a campaign of lies? why is peta still receiving millions in donations? when will it end?

no kill now!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

adventures in chatroulette

madcatter cleo spent some time on chatroulette this weekend looking for ashton kutcher, as suggested in a recent blog post.

instead in ten minutes she saw two penises, three naked men, and met someone who wanted to talk about kevin smith. she was not impressed.

the internet is a scary place, friends. cleo's going to stick to facebook.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

dog park doo-good

with the snow disappearing, the remnants of a winter's worth of digestive evidence is giving spring a not-so-fresh smell. this year's dog park cleanup is set for march 27th when an army of dog-owners will bring out their best scoopers and get down to business.

i hope these two weren't invited. those dog parks are pretty big and you can only imagine the damage they could do with all that poo.

Friday, March 12, 2010

a standing ovation

this morning, for the first time ever, no animals were killed at the town lake animal center in austin, texas.

that's because last night, the forward-thinking and compassionate austin city council unanimously passed a no-kill policy for the city's shelter, thanks to the hard work of fixaustin.

the shelter euthanized 32 percent of all the animals it took in last year. the new policy will put an immediate stop to killing animals at the shelter if there is empty cage space, and mandate that austin move toward a 90 percent save rate at the animal shelter.

the council received a standing ovation after the measure was passed. we hope madison isn't far behind.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

mud slinging in madtown

looks like spring fever hit a couple of madison women a little hard this year.

"when [police] arrived on scene, the women had shoveled up multiple piles of feces, flung them on each other's property, smeared them across each other's car windshields, and chucked them on each other's clothes."

the shovel fighting is the best part. even professor punch, the well-loved willy st. corgi, is intrigued by the idea of grown women facing off with pooper scoopers.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

nature's variety - the raw story

nature's variety has expanded last month's voluntary recall to include any chicken and organic chicken medallions and patties with a best by date on or before 2/5/11. read the whole story here.

the good news is that nv is switching to the high pressure pasteurization process to increase safety standards while maintaining the food's integrity. this is the same method that stella and chewy's uses and it's really quite interesting. very "20,000 leagues under the sea."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

wolverine woes

why would a wolverine travel 800 miles by foot across mountain ranges and valleys? in search of love. swoooooooon.

here's hoping he finds his jean grey before she finds that lame-o scott.

Monday, March 8, 2010

sunshine daydreams

sunny day/ sleeping the hours away/ only waking when her food bowl's emp-ty/ can you tell dot how to get how to get more kibble to eat!

dottie's a big fan of sunshine and rainbows, she'd fit right in on sesame street and would probably give cookie monster a run for his money.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

panic mouse 360

cats are flipping out over the panic mouse 360: an artificial fur mouse attached to a robotic arm that spins 360 degrees, designed to simulate mouse-like movements.

madcatters pookie, nugget, bailey, and dixie are huge fans, as is nimlet.

it's also won a ton of awards. stop by madcat and check out the floor model!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

claw and order

get ready for some disorder in the court - the swiss will decide tomorrow whether or not to appoint state-funded lawyers to represent animals.

that way, every dog will have his day in court.

no verdict yet on whether or not the purr-petrators will be tried by a jury of their peers. or if they will be defended by catticus finch.

Friday, March 5, 2010

blast from the past

hey great britain, getting buried with your pets is nothing new: the egyptians started worshiping cats 4,000 years ago. ancient egypt for the win.

this passage is inscribed in the royal tombs in thebes: "thou art the Great Cat, the avenger of the gods, and the judge of words, and the president of the sovereign chiefs and the governor of the holy circle; thou art indeed... the Great Cat." morty would tend to agree.

fun fact: if you google "cat worship," madcat is the third result.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

dottie and the x-scratcher

spring is coming and the cats know it. dottie, in particular, has gotten a bit squirrely and taken a liking to her easy life hammock scratcher. she could spend the whole day laying on top of it or rolling around underneath it. definitely a cool toy for even the laziest of cats.

meanwhile, in a galaxy far far away, darth vader cures his spring fever with a ride on his giant cat. yup.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

no kill reno

it's always fun to post on a positive story in the no kill world. this one comes from reno, nevada where hard times only strengthened the resolve to stop the killing.

"we turn challenges into opportunities."

"last year, the NHS found homes for 9,184 animals—up front 4,539 the year before she started. that’s an increase of 102%."

now, let's go madison. we can do it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

friends of ferals fundraiser

do some good and have fun doing it! the dane county FoF are holding their annual "tails from the heart" fundraiser saturday, april 24th with a raffle and silent auction. raffle tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the adoption fairs held every saturday at our mineral point road location from 12:00-3:30. trust us, there are some good prizes to be won.

also, the animal rescue site is holding a $100,000 shelter challenge - vote for your favorite local rescue!

Monday, March 1, 2010

tripping kitties

we know friskies puts a lot of stuff in their food but when did they start adding catnip mushrooms?