warning signs of infection include insatiable appetite for brains treats, extreme laziness and an increased interest in playing with small, everyday objects like clothes pins, paper clips and milk jug caps. more pictures of zombie cats will terrify you after the jump.
if you make it out alive, have a happy halloween and eat lots of candy. mwahahahahaaaaa.....
as if we needed an official day to remind us of how crazy awesome cats are. let's celebrate, anyway! hugs and kisses to all our feline pals.
we've got adoption fairs all weekend with friends of ferals on satuarday from noon to three-thirty and the happy cat club on sunday from one to four. stop by and say hi. or fall in love and go home with a new friend. they'll be here waiting.
and now for some words of wisdom from a guy who knows what he's talking about:
"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain
wow. PETA shows us just how much they suck....again. this time it's their damnation of t-n-r which they liken to being "abandoned and forced to endure the harsh conditions of homelessness." they'd rather just kill them.
luckily we have the alley cat allies out there helping these very cats and keeping them out of PETA's deadly clutches.
"They thrive in every landscape, from densely populated cities to rural farmland. Feral cats are a part of our community. They always have been, and they always will be."
so yesterday we told you about the kit-e-quiz, a neat contraption in which you hide treats and your cat solves puzzles to get them.
today I thought I'd share another treat-related puzzle activity you can do on your own with nothing but a hungry cat and a bag of his favorite treats.
in our house it's called "treat hunt" we sequester the three cats in one room while one of us places treats throughout another room, usually the living room. we hide them everywhere; on the back of the couch, in the entertainment unit, on the coffee table, on a window sill, etc. anywhere the cats are allowed to go. then we release "the hounds" and encourage them to "find it," just like the experts do with their bomb dogs.
what follows is great mental and nasal exercising, searching high and low for the coveted treats. your cats may not get it at first, but a little help from you is all it takes to point them in the right direction. once they get the first couple of treats they'll be set and you'll have an easy activity to keep them busy for at least a few minutes.
do your cats know which cupboard the treats are in? do they stay up all night devising ways of breaking into said cupboard?
the new kit-e-quiz is designed for food-motivated kittehs who are willing to solve a few puzzles to get to their precious. the cat fancy editors even picked it as one of their favorite new products calling it a "great toy for cats who get bored easily".
fave quote from the creator of catpaint: "cats are awesome and enigmatic. they even have a hint of the danger about them. i read somewhere that scientists say cats 'domesticated themselves.' like, we domesticated dogs, and we made them into what we thought we wanted, but cats made themselves into what we actually wanted."
the article concludes: ""there's certainly some comedy to be drawn from the fact that we have an amazing, potentially world-changing resource available to us in the form of the internet, and so much time is spent on it giggling at ninja cat clips."
from the "awesomely genius but surprisingly simple" files - sway has arrived at madcat.
sway uses heavy duty magnets to adhere itself to surfaces - tables, bookshelves, the fridge. the top is a handle that allows hoomans to slide it around pretty easily; the bottom part is a sisal ball, feather, and small bell attached to an elastic cord.
but turning our parks' geese into foie gras isn't going to prevent any freak goose-plane accidents. it will just kill a bunch of geese and be about as effective as the original plan (read: not effective).
while winograd does support the legislation, he makes the very good point that the proposition itself does not contain any provisions as to what will happen to the dogs over the 50 dog per business limit.
"...they claim that puppy millers are going to voluntarily spay/neuter dogs and spend money on their lifetime care without any profit in it. that is an exercise in sheer self-delusion at best, and an intentional misrepresentation at worst. plan b, according to HSUS, means the dogs will go to “a humane organization” which simply means a missouri kill shelter. either way, the dogs are dead."
prop b is a good step. but more work must be done toward a no kill nation.
two more park's commission meetings will discuss the fate of madison's tarred and feathered friends. first, it was the threat to planes. then, the overpopulation. wonder what the excuse will be this time?
all we know is that they are certainly nowhere near as dangerous as bees have been this week.
it's no secret that we hate puppy mills. but missouri's prop b is at least a step in the right direction, especially in a state long considered the puppy mill capital of the US. it requires breeders to give dogs clean facilities, enough food and water and exercise, and a rest period between pregnancies.
sounds reasonable, right? not according to the tea partiers, who say that it's part of a "radical agenda" and that the real goal is "making it more difficult for middle-class american families to be dog owners."