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Herding Cat Ladies (and Gentlemen) At CatCon

“Debunking the cat lady myth, it turns out, is easier said than done,” reports the New York Times in its coverage of the inaugural CatCon in Los Angeles:

They arrived wearing whiskers and ears. They purred over new litter fragrances, and pawed through the cat clothes. Hissing? Well, the line was long for that keynote speech: “Photographing Cats — It Looks Easy, but It’s Not.”


Debunking the cat lady myth, it turns out, is easier said than done.

This was the first CatCon, billed as a celebration of the stylish side of cat fancying. More than 10,000 people crowded into a downtown convention hall here over the weekend to shop for cat-centric merchandise (for people, mostly), have their pictures taken with celebrity Internet cats (such as Lil Bub, famous for her dwarfism), and attend cat-focused panels and speeches (“Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth”).

There were also “caticure” stations, where Aveda technicians gave visitors manicures and decorated fingernails with cat stickers.

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Fighting For Zombie Cat

Would you want to take this moggy home?

Zombie Cat photo from Humane Society Tampa Bay

Zombie Cat photo from Humane Society Tampa Bay


Perhaps not, but there’s a heated custody battle in Florida over who gets to take home Zombie Cat (famous for crawling out of his grave), reports Reuters:

The Florida cat that crawled out of its grave after a traffic accident is now ensnared in a legal dispute over custody involving its owner and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Bart the cat, nicknamed “zombie cat” on social media, made international headlines last month when he surfaced five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead.

He was initially expected to return home after surgery at the Humane Society’s veterinary clinic, where Bart was treated for a broken jaw and facial injuries. One of his eyes had to be removed.

But the agency, which is chronicling Bart’s recovery online in a blog, humanesocietytampa.org/blog/, decided not to return the cat to its owner after learning more about “circumstances leading up to his burial,” the agency said.

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Toxoplasmosis: how feral cats kill wildlife without lifting a paw

This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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By Bronwyn Fancourt, University of Tasmania

Feral cats are a huge threat to our native wildlife, hunting and killing an estimated 75 million animals across Australia each and every night. But the killing spree doesn’t end there. There’s a parasite lurking in kitty’s litter that continues to kill wildlife long after the perpetrator has left the scene of the crime.

The killer is toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite is spread by cats but it can infect any bird or mammal. Around one-third of humans worldwide are infected with the parasite. But the deadly effects on our wildlife are often overlooked.

What does toxoplasmosis do?

In many animals, Toxoplasma infection causes nothing more than a mild case of the sniffles. If the animal is healthy, the immune system usually produces antibodies that keep the parasite under control.… Read the rest

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Student Petitions High School to Include Picture of Him and His Cat With Lasers in Yearbook


A memory to cherish forever.

via Laughing Squid:

Schenectady High School senior Draven Rodriguez posted an online petition asking his school to include a photo of him holding a cat against a laser background in the class of 2015 yearbook. Rodriguez explained on the petition page itself that the school had not yet rejected the photo, and this move was a “pre-emptive strike.”

The petition well exceeded its initial goal of 500 signatures, likely due to national attention to the story, but the school has said that while the photo can be included in the yearbook it won’t be allowed to be Rodriguez’s senior portrait.

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Check out/sign the petition.

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Pope Francis: Pets Can’t Substitute For Kids In A Relationship

Crazy CatCiting birth rate statistics in Italy and the United States, Pope Francis stated on June 2nd that couples who forgo child rearing to own pets are dooming themselves to an old age of loneliness.  [I know I’ve wanted to scream out the window at couples walking dogs “make babies, you losers!”]

Indeed birth rates across the Western world have fallen steadily over the past few hundred years , but especially in recent times, to far below replacement levels.  In the USA they have been falling more and more slowly since the “end” of the financial crisis, but remain relatively abysmal.

More, via The Salt Lake Tribune:

“It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?”  Stated the pontificate, ““You can go explore the world, go on vacation, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree,”

“Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness ”

Francis  said without qualification that Jesus Christ would not approve of childless marriages. 

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New Zealand Cat Swipes Bag of Weed To Bring To Owner

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 3.33.45 PMOH HAI! I HAZ U HOOMAN CATNIPZ!

An unnamed woman from the Dunedin, New Zealand neighborhood of Halfway Bush called cops this week to report that her cat had dragged a baggie with about five grams of pot in it onto her back doorstep. While the cat was undoubtedly proud of his haul, his owner wasn’t very pleased and called the cops to deal with the ganja.

Cops in Dunedin, New Zealand – known as one of the more cannabis friendly cities in Kiwi-land – say this is a first for their department. It total, the cops said five grams of pot had a street value of about $100. That’s a little high compared to prices we found in the city a few years ago, but we don’t expect cops to be very accurate when trying to inflate drug bust figures anyway.

via New Zealand cat steals bag of weed, brings it home to owner | Marijuana and Cannabis News | Toke of the Town.… Read the rest

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Nuisance Cat Guilty of Shoplifting and “Walking in an Aloof Manner’

1394321881-0If only those were the only things my irritable old tomcat were guilty of…

Via Neatorama

A 7-11 store in Kanto, Japan, has reached its limit over a known shoplifter. The store posted a sign with a picture of the perpetrator, a cat described as “three-apples-tall, black, and walks in an aloof manner.” The cat has been helping himself to cat food from the store for some time. The sign reads, in part:

We need your help
Please do not feed this cat.
It enters the store and shoplifts cat food.
We told the cat that it was banned from the store but it didn’t listen.
Thank you for your cooperation

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Words of Advice from William S. Burroughs

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WSB haunts the entirety of counter-cultural curation like the grey eminence he was often portrayed as, but, it’s important to note that Burroughs rarely portrayed himself this way.

I thought I’d seen every Burroughs documentary, but this one was news to me.

Words of Advice: William S. Burroughs On the Road is  a 1983 documentary that finds the Beat Generation icon touring Scandinavia, signing books and giving readings of works like The Place of Dead Roads in his inimical, laconic snarl. Along the way, he waxes philosophical about cats, Hiroshima, Brion Gysin and the illusion of duality. He’s polite and hilarious throughout.

Here Burroughs bemoans the high cost of death in ancient Egypt:

Watch the full movie at the Snag Films website.

Stay Awake!

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