Feline Friday: Cats in Christmas Trees

cats-new-yearCats will be cats. It really doesn’t matter that I posted a lovely blog outlining the brilliant ways to keep cats safe during the holidays, and especially how to keep them out of trees. I was feeling rather smug that my cats are so well behaved and “trained” only to find Ms. Boo about halfway up my 9′ tree!

So this is a tribute to catitude, specifically Christmas catitude. Ignoring my admonitions to stay out of the the Christmas decor is not advised but, to my knowledge, none of the cats in these random photos were harmed because of their misadventures. Enjoy! Continue reading

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

Feline Friday: Keeping Kitty Out of Christmas-Decor Trouble

boo and cali xmas treeI have been wanting a new Christmas tree for years to better fill my front room’s high ceilings. Last year, I simply made do by putting my shorter tree on a table. This year, with the addition of two cats to the family, I had visions of them trying to climb up the tree skirt dangling over the makeshift table to get to the ornamental enticements. I knew the whole thing would come down with a crash, shattering all my ornaments. 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

Dad Loses Facebook Bet, Owes Kids a Cat

Never underestimate the power of cute kids, a mother’s ingenuity, cat lovers, and the Internet! Dan Urbano agreed to let son Remi, age 7, and daughter Evelyn, age 1, have a cat if they could get 1,000 “likes” on their mother’s Facebook page.

Marisa Urbano helped launch the social media campaign with the above photograph. They thought they could get a few likes from friends and family, but had no idea the idea would go viral. Within two hours of posting the photo, the kids won the bet, eventually getting 122,732 likes as of writing this (I was number 122,733.) Continue reading