Reprieve: “Woe to those who lay a finger on the cats,” Declares Mayor of Rome

Torre-Argentina-Cat-Sanctuary-in-Rome-Faces-ExtinctionThere has been a cat fight between archeologists and a cat shelter that services the colony of cats in an area of crumbling ruins in central Rome called Torre Argentina. This site was a meeting place for politicians and the place that Brutus stabbed Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Despite the area’s violent heritage, the ruins offer a peaceful reprieve from the surrounding bustle of the city. Tourists are as drawn to the cats as they are to the historical significance of the place. Continue reading

Playful Blind Cat Wins $15,000 for Viral Video

Life is what you make it! Meet Oskar, a beautiful tabby barn cat born blind from a rare disorder that caused his eyes not to develop. His family, the Szdlowskis, decided to take a chance and adopt him when he was 8 weeks old. They weren’t sure how he would fare and wondered if he could find the cat box and if their other cat would like him. Continue reading

Feline Friday: Super Cats Weathered Sandy

Dear Gentle Readers,

At BaxterBoo.com, we’ve been concerned about our furry and non-furry friends on the East Coast and the catastrophic storm they’ve been through this week. I have heart for the stray cat populations because of my own experience of not knowing where my forever home would be… not once, but twice. So I am pleased to give you an update on some of these cats in the affected areas. Continue reading

Feline Friday: Lucky Kitten Survives 100-Mile Trip Inside Bumper

Apparently, no one told this 6-week kitten that black cats have traditionally been considered unlucky, or that an unauthorized joy ride might use up most of her nine lives.

Stacey Pulsifer of Plattsburgh, N.Y., had been traveling between three towns for events related to a wedding. She estimates it was nearly 100 miles of interstate highway driving in her Jeep before she went through a drive-thu for coffee at a McDonald’s. Continue reading

Feline Friday: Finally! Cats Get Their Own Film Fest!

Dear Gentle Readers,

We cats rule the Internet. We are YouTube sensations. It was just a matter of time before we were given the recognition we deserve as artists and actors. We know you feel guilty about hiding in your cubicles watching us, hoping your coworkers don’t see… Continue reading

Watch Out, Fido! Facebook Says You’re Fake!

Facebook has announced that they are going to be deleting 83 million fake and duplicate accounts. This includes your pets’ profile pages, and companies using the Facebook profiles. According to them, these profiles violate the social network’s terms of service by falling into one of three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts, and undesirable spam-type accounts. Continue reading

Feline Fridays: Could Bird Watchers Have an Agenda Against Your Cat?

I’ve recently been familiarizing myself with the debate about free-roaming cats and their impact on bird populations. Can I just say, this is one scary can of worms to open! No one seems to be able to track numbers of either cats, birds, or human impact on bird populations (including glass buildings, pesticides, wind turbines, etc.) I really don’t love numbers at all, but I know they are necessary. But when I start looking at estimates, and see how much they vary, depending on which camp you’re in, pro bird, or pro cat, the numbers are easily manipulated to suit your needs. Continue reading