Mews and Nips: Man Rescues Kittens from Hornet’s Nest

Steve Jobs cat tribute Apple iPod MacBook iPhone

On October 5, the world lost a visionary and creative genius. Steve Jobs’ innovations changed the way we live, and he was an inspiration not just for devoted Apple fans, but for anyone who dreams big. One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes comes from his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

It appears that even cats paid tribute to Steve Jobs, as seen in this series of photos on Buzzfeed.

man saves kittens hornet nest

Our hero of the week is Jim Johnson, a man who literally reached into a hornet’s nest to rescue three tiny kittens who were fighting for their lives. Catster’s Kitty News Network reports that Johnson just couldn’t stand by and let the poor kittens die. He realized that the only thing he could do was to make the insects madder at him than they were at the kittens — so he put on a large hooded sweatshirt and began whacking at them with a piece of lumber. Reports Catster:

“The trick worked. He got stung a couple dozen times on his face, neck, and hands, but he saved the kittens’ lives in the process. What kind of guy would risk his own health – all those stings could have put him in the hospital, too – for the sake of cats? A guy with a big heart and high tolerance for pain, apparently, because not only did he endure the hornets’ fury, one of the kittens bit him with its little baby needle-teeth.”

Read the rest of the story on Catster.

Arnold Plotnick stray cats Istanbul

Dr. Arnold Plotnick is a consummate cat guy. He is one of the premiere feline veterinarians in this country, owner of Manhattan Cat Specialists, a feline practice on Manhattan’s Upper Westside, and a regular contributor to Cat Fancy magazine and catchannel.com. It’s not surprising that when Dr. Plotnick travels, he is drawn to cats, and cats are drawn to him. He chronicles a recent trip to Istanbul on his blog, Cat Man Do, in a series of posts titled My Stray Cat Exhibition in Istanbul. Don’t miss this wonderful series and his photos of the stray cats of Istanbul.

Earlier this week, we reviewed the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo, so I couldn’t resist looking for videos featuring cats and vacuum cleaners. And because I couldn’t decide which of the two videos below was funnier, I’ll share both of them with you.

In this first one, kittens find out what happens when they accidentally turn on the vacuum cleaner:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZ6MnTEz9E

The cat in the second video is having a more mellow time, using the Roomba® vaccum cleaning robot as her own personal amusement park ride:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ-jv8g1YVI

Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of kitten with Apple mouse from Buzzfeed/flickr, photo of Jim Johnson from Catster, photo of Arnold Plotnick from Cat Man Do

 

11 Comments on Mews and Nips: Man Rescues Kittens from Hornet’s Nest

  1. Connie
    October 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm (8 years ago)

    love that first video. When I read your description I wondered how they would turn it on, but then when i saw it was covered in kittens I just knew..

    Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      October 15, 2011 at 2:09 pm (8 years ago)

      Connie, I had the same thought when I first came across the kitten video – how on earth? Well, it’s kitten power!

      Reply
  2. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    October 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm (8 years ago)

    I love the Steve Jobs quote – it is so appropriate to my life at the moment and this man will be sorely missed. The guy who saved the kittens is amazing and I applaud him!! I am also looking forward to learn more about Dr. Plotnick – what a wonderful and fascinating man! The vidoes were so cute! Have a great weekend!

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      October 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed our round up, Deb. You have a great weekend, too!

      Reply
    • Dawn
      October 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm (8 years ago)

      Deb, that quote hit home to me as well as I’m in the process of going back to school to change careers. At 48!

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      • Ingrid
        October 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm (8 years ago)

        Good for you, Dawn!

        Reply
  3. Layla Morgan Wilde
    October 15, 2011 at 10:26 am (8 years ago)

    Yes, to more good cat men! I’ve really been enjoying Arnold’s photo diary in Turkey.

    Reply
  4. Dawn
    October 15, 2011 at 7:44 am (8 years ago)

    I love your weekly round ups! And I’m happy to see Dr. Plotnick in this one. Dr. P. was the vet who treated Lola after she came from the shelter and brought her back to health. He is absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately I can’t continue to see him because Lola does not travel well in the car AT ALL and I had a close call when she just about got out of the carrier when I was driving through Central Park! I will always be grateful to Dr. P. for what he did for her.

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    • Ingrid
      October 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm (8 years ago)

      Dawn, I’m really enjoying Dr. P’s travelogue. I’m sorry to hear Lola is such a pistol when it comes to riding in the car.

      Reply
  5. Max the Quilt Cat
    October 15, 2011 at 5:38 am (8 years ago)

    Great post. Thanks for the news and love that roomba video…

    pawhugs, Max

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      October 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t the Roomba riding cat too funny, Max?

      Reply

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