Mews and Nips: Algonquin Cat Banished from Hotel Lounge

Matilda cat Algonquin hotel

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for working cats. Last week, we reported that Larry the Downing Street cat fell asleep on the job. This week, the top working cat story comes from New York City. Matilda, the resident cat at the famed Algonquin Hotel, has been sent into exile by the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hgyiene. The department has banished the cat from the hotel’s lobby lounge, where she could often be found mingling with guests as they enjoyed one of the hotel’s signature cocktails named after Matilda. Matilda will now be reduced to being on a leash behind the check-in desk, or lounges on a higher floor, away from where food and drinks are being served.

Quite frankly, I think the department is not living up to its “mental hygiene” mission, because having a cat in a hotel would definitely do wonders for my mental health!

Matilda could not be reached for comment. Read the full story on the Gothamist.

hardware store cat

Jingles, another hardworking cat is employed by a hardware store in Crested Butte, CO. The grey stray who wandered into the store seven years ago has become a town celebrity. Even though he is sometimes caught napping during working hours, his boss would never think of firing him: he’s good for business! Read Jingles’ full story on Paper Bag & String.

male tortoiseshell cat

Only 1 in 3000 tortoiseshell cats is male, so I’m always excited when I hear about one. Seven-month-old Calhoun is the star of the Larimer Humane Society in Loveland, CO, where he is currently up for adoption. And since he’s so rare, he is going to help raise money for the Humane Society. The regular adoption fee for kittens is $125, but Calhoun’s fee has been raised to $500. “”We are hoping to give him as much exposure as possible and find him a home that recognizes his uniqueness,” said Molly Ward, community relations coordinator for the Humane Society. Read the full story on TimesCall.com.

I love that we’re seeing more and more creative videos promoting adoption. Today’s video comes from The Shelter Pet Project, a public service campaign from The Humane Society of the United States, Maddie’s Fund and the Ad Council, aimed at getting people to adopt a shelter or rescued pet versus buying one.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2iG9NQk9mI

Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Matilda from Gothamis.com, photo of hardware store cat from Paper Bag & String, photo of Calhoun from TimesCall.com

 

11 Comments on Mews and Nips: Algonquin Cat Banished from Hotel Lounge

  1. AnneHSUS
    November 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing our Shelter Pet Project video! We really love this new round of videos – it’s amazing that our pets put up with so much strange behavior from us humans. 😉

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  2. Layla Morgan Wilde
    November 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Wow, a male tortie! And I think shelters, rescue groups and related causes are becoming more creative with videos etc. It’ll be win/win for everyone.

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    • Ingrid
      November 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm (8 years ago)

      It will be interesting to see whether these videos really result in increased adoptions. Fingers and paws crossed!

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  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    November 26, 2011 at 11:27 am (8 years ago)

    Oh brother…. so many problems in the world and we need to focus on Matilda! I agree with you Ingrid, my mental health increases in a positive way when I am around cats!

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    • Ingrid
      November 26, 2011 at 9:08 pm (8 years ago)

      You’re right, Deb – you’d think DOH has more important things to worry about.

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  4. Katnip Lounge
    November 26, 2011 at 10:41 am (8 years ago)

    The video is a hoot! And I second Catladyland! At least cats wash their paws after they go potty, which is more than most humans do.

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    • Ingrid
      November 27, 2011 at 6:52 am (8 years ago)

      LOL Trish!

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  5. Max the Quilt Cat
    November 26, 2011 at 6:36 am (8 years ago)

    Love hearing about all the other cats… and that video… MOL

    pawhugs, Max

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    • Ingrid
      November 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t the video funny, Max?

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  6. Angie Bailey, Catladyland
    November 26, 2011 at 5:58 am (8 years ago)

    A male Tortie? Wow! That’s pretty cool.

    I think the folks at the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene need to be put on leashes. There. I said it.

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    • Ingrid
      November 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm (8 years ago)

      LOL, Angie – you’re so right!

      Reply

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