Guest Post By Cats Scouts Maggie and Felix

Hi everyone! It has been quite some time since we have had a guest post from our friends, Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix so we are thrilled to have them today.

                             

Greetings, everybody!  We have missed visiting, so we are very excited to tell you about a new Turkish film, “Kedi,” all about the famous cats of Istanbul.  For centuries, the city’s residents and visitors have befriended the thousands of cats, fed them, and sometimes provided shelter and veterinary care.  Even President Obama was photographed petting one of the kitties during his visit to Turkey a couple of years ago!

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“Kedi” not only follows the activities of selected street cats, but the film also highlights the importance of the animal-human bond in an historic city undergoing massive development and population pressures.

We can’t wait to see this film, and hope it comes to a theater near you!  If not, you can download it on Vimeo.  Just “google” Kedi download.

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Thank you Maggie and Felix. We also want to join Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop. Phoebe wanted to see how she would look on the big screen so she went to Photofunia to make this.

 

 

 

 

 

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Caturday Saturday

Hi everyone! We are joining Athena’s Caturday Art Blog Hop.

Phoebe went to Faceinthehole.com and made this to celebrate The Kitten Bowl.

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Our friends, Cat Scout Maggie and Cat Scout Felix told us about a great program that will give 2 scholarships to graduate students studying the human/animal connection. You can make a donation in someone’s name for Valentine’s Day. If interested, Click here.

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Guest Post with Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix

Hi everyone! We are very lucky to have a guest post from roommate Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix.

Happy New Year, everyone!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Auntie Ellen for inviting us to guest post once in awhile.  We love sharing our common concerns about animal welfare, and especially kitty news and trends.  We are taking a much-needed break from the holidays, and we’ve made a few New Year’s resolutions.

We know with Winter in full swing in many parts of our country, our compatriots without homes are struggling to stay warm and find food and water. We and many of you donate supplies and money to our local shelters and rescue groups, but we’d like to also encourage you to volunteer to help your community care for our needy relatives.  If you are unable to donate time or money, but like to “socialize,” you can always help on-line with petitions, drives and message boards.

You’d be surprised at how effective our combined paw power can be!

We also wanted to let you know about an amazing conference coming up later this Winter, organized by the former founder and President of Best Friends Animal Society, now the founder and CEO of Earth in Transition.  http://www.earthintransition.org/2016/10/not-animal-symposium/       

 

 

 

 

We wish all of you peace, good health and lots of love in 2017!

Today is also a special day in The Blogosphere to say goodbye to Easy who left for the Bridge

It is called Lighting the Way for Easy and is hosted by Dory’s Backyard.

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Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

Hi, everyone! Today we are very lucky to have a guest post by Cat Scout Felix. He has a very important post today.

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Greetings, everyone!  Today I wanted to remind you about a very impawtant date coming up next month: National Feral Cat Day on October 16.  nfcd20162This annual event allows you to make a difference!!

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feralsraise awareness about community cats and how you can help them survive.  If you would like to sponsor an event to raise awareness about feral cats, there is still time!  Alley Cat Allies recognizes blogs, tweets, volunteer projects, special  events, and they will provide you or your group with materials and tools to have a successful NFC Day!

Auntie Ellen and probably many of you have pawticipated in helping community cats in your area.  Every little bit of help really saves lives and improves the lives of our relatives who are not lucky enough to have homes.

If you think you can devote a day, a blogfest, an event or any other activity that will raise awareness about our feral relatives AND possibly get other peeps involved, GO FOR IT!

Every bit of information and networking that alleviates suffering and publicizes our feral relatives’ needs is a VERY GOOD THING>  One cat at a time, one community at a time….

THANK MEW SO MUCH, DEAR FURIENDS!ncfd2016


Thank you Felix- that was excellent! If we all do something, it adds up. This is the first year I have been involved with TNR and I am glad I decided to try. Brody is happy about it too.

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And one more thing-the question for P.S.Annie’s 19-Somethin Challenge is :Did you get into any toy or game crazes? I just had to have a Cabbage Patch Kid, I am not sure why being that I detest dolls. My Dad waited in a big line to get me one, mine is a preemie boy. I still have it, but I didn’t have time to get a photo.

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Phoebe will announce the winner of the pirate giveaway tomorrow .dscf2519

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Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

We are always lucky to have guest posts from Cat Scouts Maggie and Felix. This week it is Felix’s turn and I am sure you will enjoy his post.  000_0003

 

 

Greetings everyone!  Last week Maggie wrote about getting involved in this year’s political campaigns (persuading your peeps to learn about the “animal friendly” records of those they intend to vote for).  Some of you wondered if there’s an easy way to do this, and you’ll be happy to know the answer is YES!

The fastest way to get involved is to check out the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ websites:

http://www.humanesociety.org/action           and

http://www.aspca.org/take-action/advocacy-center

Both of these websites provide names and contact information for your State and Congressional representatives and other information on how you can get involved with issues specific to your locale.  Once you sign up, you’ll get automatic notifications when an issue affecting your state or region comes up for legislative action.  You can also get involved with your HSUS and ASPCA state representatives, who have offices in your state and plan events throughout each state.

In addition to these national organizations, there are many state and local groups which monitor animal issues in counties, cities and towns.  You’d need to google those, but if your folks are interested in animal welfare issues, they could also sign up for alerts from various Social Media groups like Care 2 and ForceChange.  These international organizations post on a wide range of issues ranging from household pets to working animals, farm animals and wild animals.  You can select which issues you’d like to receive messages about.

For candidates in the races this Fall (and in all election cycles), you should visit the websites of the ones you’re interested in following, and see if they’ve posted policy statements regarding animal issues.  If they haven’t, write and ask how they feel about an issue you are concerned about!

Remember, we’d like ALL PETS TO BE WINNERS, but they sometimes need a helping hand!

 

 

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Guest Post with Cat Scout Felix

Felixsitting2Hi everyone! We are lucky to have a guest post by our good friend, Cat Scout Felix.

Howdy, everyone!  Last time, Maggie shared some information with you from the Humane Society of the U.S. Taking Action for the Animals conference held in Washington DC a few weeks ago.  Today, I’m going to tell you about an amazing young woman who has single-handedly taken on the huge project of rescuing cats who have chosen  Norfolk VA Naval Station as their “home.”   straycatonmilitarybase

Stray/feral animals on military bases here and abroad create a huge challenge. Luckily, our President has made it easier now for returning Service Personnel to adopt the animals they’ve worked side by side with (dogs performing impawtant duties like guarding, bomb detection and other tasks).  So far, cats on overseas bases have served as companions and morale boosters.  They haven’t been trained to do other “work.”

On our State-side bases, there are usually stray dogs and cats who wander onto a base and start to think of it as their home.  We’re featuring Norfolk today, because it is one of our largest Naval bases, and at last count, it had 120 stray cats.

Our mom met a dynamic young woman who saw this crisis and decided to do something about it.  She had inside knowledge about the number of cats on the base, and she and some like-minded good samaritans started “rescuing” cats one by one and finding them new homes.  They operated “under the radar,” but with the tacit approval of certain base personnel who sympathized with their mission.

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This fabulous cat rescue lady partnered with the Norfolk SPCA and finally with the Naval Station’s powers that be to get purrmission to start removing, rehabbing and re-homing the cats on the base, one by one.  As of mid-June, over 20 had been successfully adopted out.  This shows that determination and teamwork can address and help solve a “problem” that could have turned out unfavorably for our compatriots.  Now, everyone on the Base knows about the rescue/rehab program and is helping with the effort.

If you live near a military base, try to see if they, too, have a stray animal situation and see what YOU CAN DO to help!  If you know someone who’s serving overseas where there are “stray/feral” animals on base, see if you can help that person get permission to bring the animal home, adopt it out in country or otherwise guarantee its safety and well-being.

For further information about Norfolk Naval Station’s program: catteam7norfolk@gmail.com         If you write, just say you were referred by our mom, who met her at the TAFA conference in June 2016.

This is the first program of its kind here in the States, but YOU can help it spread and do good work all around our country.  GO!

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Guest Post With Cat Scout Felix

Hi everyone! We haven’t had a guest post in a while so let’s welcome Felix back!

33a--Felix-Cougar-Hat-Nov-2  Howdy, everybody!  Today I’d like to talk about “community cats” and ways we can all help make their lives better.  These cats are sometimes referred to as feral, but if they live in “colonies,” they’re really community kitties.  

Many of you probably already do rescue and rehabilitation or fostering work, but as you know, Spring brings lots of litters and so many more of our compatriots who need help and nurturing.  Community cats can live decent and long lives if they are properly cared for, and because they are taken care of by groups of people, they are more socialized than feral cats who are often single and solitary creatures who are wary of human contact.  220px-Feral_cat_with_clipped_earAlleyCatAllies

There are several national organizations that offer educational programs and assistance to communities wishing to start a local TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) Program.  Some of these have local state or city offices that can assist interested groups in setting up a community cat program.  They can also offer advocacy advice on how to work with your state and local governments to pass legislation favorable to TNR programs.  

These programs have been successful across the country, and one that you might like to check out is the ORCATS in Key Largo, FL.  The Ocean Reef Club (hence, ORCATS) has an incredible community cat program at the north end of the island.

Residents of this community funded a hospital and sheltering program for their large “feral” population, and their cats are very lucky, indeed!  They are fed and nurtured by all of the residents of the Ocean Reef community, and they have veterinary care and play/fostering. .ORCATS1  OCATS2

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This successful program reduced the local feral population from 2000 cats to 500!

Best Friends in Utah was one of the earliest proponents of TNR, and along with the ASPCA in New York City and Alley Cat Allies in Bethesda Maryland, offers assistance to groups wishing to start a local TNR program. All of these organizations have state representatives ready to help you learn more, or start your own community cat program!

They also offer webinars and on-line information kits about getting involved in your community.  Go ahead and get involved!

Thank you for an excellent post Felix! Alley Cat Allies is one of my favorite groups.

 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Post Friday with Cat Scout Felix

33-Felix-ValentinesHappy Friday everyone. We are lucky to have a guest post with Cat Scout Felix today.

Greetings, dear readers!  In celebration of Valentine’s Day this Sunday, I thought it would be nice to pay homage to our ancestors, relatives and furiends!  We all know that we cats like to “contemplate the universe” when we’re resting or window gazing, and this wonderful little book celebrates our ability to cut to the chase.  Where Cats Meditate, compiled and published in 2003 by David Baird for Barron’s Educational Series, this beautifully illustrated book contains feline words of wisdom and philosophical musings from many cultures and centuries.  Here are a few excerpts:WhereCatsMeditate.jpg (2)

 

 

 

 

 

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Great addition to your libraries.  Purrs and rubs to you all!

Thank you Cat Scout Felix for another great post. 009We are participating in The Lazy Pit Bull’s Pet Blogger Bloopers Round-Up. As you can see this Valentine photo shoot didn’t go very well.

The Pet Blogger Bloopers Round-Up

Make sure you stop by tomorrow to enter our giveaway worth $100!

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Happy New Year! Guest Post from Cat Scout Felix

Happy 2016 everyone!  We are lucky to have Cat Scout Felix here to start out our year! .  Felixdressed

 

Hello, Everyone~!  I wish you all a very Happy New Year, filled with good health and good times!  I thought this would be a handy time to post some of my hopes for 2016, and I invite all of you to check out Cat Scouts if you have never visited.  We are an active group of kitties who do good works, share wonderful companionship and mutual support, engage in “higher learning” and pawticipate in some awesome educational and recreational events throughout the year.

We are sure since you follow the 15 and Meowing kitties that you are already active in  feline rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing efforts around the country.  For those of you who might not yet be engaged in any of those activities, we urge you to do so!  We cats can really make a difference when our humane activities and advocacy are shared across the social media platforms.  Yes, YOUR VOICE can make a difference in improving the lives of stray and feral kitties, foster and rescue programs,card2 and emergency relief during natural or man-made disasters.

If you’re already involved in any of these efforts, tell a friend and try to get more peeps and kitties involved!  If you’re a little hesitant because you “don’t have time, or aren’t sure what’s needed,” just jump in and get involved in your neighborhood, your state or your region.  Feline advocates around the world are very articulate and outspoken, so your voice will really count!  Your involvement with or support of rescue and advocacy efforts near you will be so rewarding to you and the beneficiaries!~

I hope for warm hearts and homes for all of the outdoor kitties who will be in distress this Winter.  I hope when there is a humane issue in your community, YOU let your voice be heard.  I hope for peace throughout the world, where our fellow animals suffer along with their humans due to war and other upheavals.

Wishing all of you purrs and rubs for a wonderful 2016!

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Thank you for a great post Felix. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2016! Be sure to comment for a chance to win this Grumpy Cat stuff- and of course, I will add in some crocheted toys. 004

 

 

 

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Guest Post From Cat Scout Felix

Happy Friday everyone! We are pleased to have Cat Scout Felix here today to tell us about another seacat. And speaking of seacats, many of you know that Felix’s Mom runs the Museum of Maritime Pets , I am now a proud board member.

33-Felix-Hat Hello, everyone!  We are very proud that Ellen has joined the Board of the Museum of Maritime Pets.  They’re getting ready to mount a travelling exhibit entitled, “Creature Comforts,” which will travel throughout the U.S. in 2016.  More into soon on the website www.museumofmaritimepets.org   Our mom has to confess that our Cat Scout duties sometimes conflict with her museum ones!!

Today I wanted to relay another heartwarming kitty rescue and human bravery story.  This one originated in 1899 in Liverpool, England.  Unfortunately, no illustrations of the humans or kitty exist, just one of the massive 3-masted commercial sailing ship Hawksdale which we are unable to reproduce here, due to technical problems with our scanner!  Registered in Liverpool, Hawksdale sailed to Hamburg Germany to pick up its cargo of 500 pianos, bound for Melbourne, Australia.

One of the ship’s crew was a 17-year old apprentice named Aubrey Chaplin, who was allowed to bring his pet cat Freddy on board for company and as a pest-controller.  Captain William Steele and the crew liked the kitty very much, and he was allowed the run of the ship, always bunking with his master at bedtime. Freddy was a marmalade, and you know how friendly they are!

A few days after leaving Hamburg, Hawksdale encountered gale-force winds, and she went off course, running aground between Margate and Clacton-on-Sea, on England’s East Coast on the North Sea.. The crew attempted to launch one of the ship’s three lifeboats, but it capsized and three crew members drowned.  A second lifeboat broke from its fastenings and disappeared.  The sails were torn to pieces, and the masts were in danger of collapsing.

The crew feared for their lives, but their distress signals were finally picked up by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution – equivalent to our Coast Guard).  The lifeboat crew approached as near as possible to the grounded ship, and after several attempts and many long arduous hours, Hawksdale‘s crew were all lifted to safety….except Aubrey, who realized at the last moment that he had forgotten his dear cat, still belowdecks.

Despite the urgings of the RNLI’s crew, Aubrey didn’t jump to safety, but he disappeared below to retrieve Freddy, who was asleep in his bunk.  Aubrey put him into a nearby sack, so he could not escape, and the two jumped to safety into one of the two waiting lifeboats.

Aubrey sustained a serious injury while jumping, and in the meantime, Freddy in his sack was nearly submerged in the water that had washed into the lifeboat.  His master had the presence of mind to “come to” and squeeze the water from the sack, holding it tightly for the nearly four hour (15 mile) trip back to shore at Clacton.  Aubrey didn’t know at that point whether Freddy was still alive, because there was no movement in the sack!

Twenty four crew were saved from Hawksdale, and Freddy was weak, but soon resuscitated with some warm milk.  He was taken in by Aubrey’s parents, never to set sail again.

Hawksdale‘s cargo was mostly salvaged by various tug and rescue boats, but the ship was a total loss.  Captain Steele lost his commission, but was later allowed back into service. In the meantime, young Aubrey chose to continue his maritime career, and he was given special leave from his new ship to travel to Dublin, Ireland, where the Lord Mayor and other dignitaries presented him with a silver medal from the Dublin Home for Starving and Forsaken Cats, in recognition of his bravery saving Freddy:

      “Presented to Mr. Aubrey F. Chaplin by Miss Alice M. Swifte, founder of the Dublin              Home for Starving and Forsaken Cats, in remembrance of his brave conduct in             saving the life of a cat, at the risk of his own, in time of shipwreck.”

The obverse of the Medal featured an engraving of a cat and his name, “Freddy.”

Thank you Felix for that amazing story.

Please stop by and visit Billy the Time Cat 

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His Mom tried to rescue this poor feral .

 

 

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