Mews and Nips: Loews Hotels Endangers Feral Cat Colony

Oreo Loews Hotels feral cat

The biggest story of the week comes from Universal Orlando, where Loews Hotel Portofino Bay and Loews Royal Pacific Resort reversed a successful and long standing policy of caring for a feral cat colony on their properties. On Thursday, hotel employees began trapping the cats and taking them to local kill shelters. This action unleashed a firestorm of outrage among animal lovers, spearheaded by Dorian Wagner of Catster. Loews responded to comments left on their Facebook page with a statement that “…all cats that were part of an established colony on property are being safely relocated. Our commitment to addressing this issue in a humane and responsible way will continue.”

There is nothing humane and responsible about sending previously cared for feral cats to certain death at a shelter.

As of this writing, Orange County Animal Services is investigating. According to a statement from Loews posted on their Facebook page late yesterday, “the feral cat colony remains unharmed and on property. We are working to find a humane solution that keeps the health and safety of our guests a priority. If you’d like to make a recommendation or can provide a safe sanctuary for these cats, please contact ”

For more details on this developing story, and for information on how you can help, read Dorian Wagner’s report on Catster.


A California cat used up at least one of its nine lives when he was freed from the engine belt of a car. As reported by KCRA-TV, Sacramento Metro fire crews received a report of a cat stuck in a car engine. When the owner of the vehicle tried to start the car, he heard a noise coming from the engine compartment. When firefighters checked under the hood, they found the cat entangled in the belts of the motor. They cut through the belts and were able to free the cat, which was severely injured with several deep cuts. The cat was taken to the Sacramento Cat Hospital in Carmichael, where life-saving surgery was performed. The cat, nicknamed Blaze, is said to be recovering and should be available for adoption in about two weeks.


Mousebreath reports that a Walnut Grove, CA Savannah hybrid cat named Trouble, measuring 19 inches from toe to shoulder, was recently certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest cat. And even though he looks like trouble, looks are deceiving in his case. Despite being one quarter African Serval, Trouble is a “relaxed, indoor animal,” according to his owner. For more on Trouble, and some stunning photos, please visit Mousebreath. The photo above shows Trouble next to his housemate Zoe.

Today’s video of the laziest cat fight ever made me laugh. I can’t imagine Allegra and Ruby being this laid back when they play fight!


Have a great weekend! And don’t forget to set your DVR’s or tune in to Animal Planet tonight for Episode 2 of My Cat From Hell with Jackson Galaxy. In this episode, you’ll meet Mad Max and City the Kitty.

Photo sources: black and white cat from Catster, firefighters with Blaze from, Trouble from The Sacramento Bee

12 Comments on Mews and Nips: Loews Hotels Endangers Feral Cat Colony

  1. Julia Williams
    January 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm (8 years ago)

    That video was so cute!

    As for the tallest cat, if it has one-quarter serval in it, which is a wild cat, wouldn’t that really be unfair and a cause for disqualification in a domestic cat category?

    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm (8 years ago)

      Well, I suppose you could argue that all domestic cats are of wild origin, Julia. I’m sure Guinness World Records has a long list of very detailed rules for these competitions.

    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t that the truth, Layla!

  2. Dorian @ Your Daily Cute
    January 14, 2012 at 10:49 am (8 years ago)

    Yup! Christine posted a call for help on Your Daily Cute’s Facebook page and I emailed her right away — and have been back and forth with her lots since then! — to make sure we got the info out. The Catster post has been a great tool to have one page where all the information can be shared!

    And everyone who shared it helped the ball roll even more! It’s amazing what a bunch of caring people can do. Let’s hope the momentum continues so we can convince the hotels to let the kitties stay put! 🙂

    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2012 at 10:54 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks for everything you and Christine are doing to keep this story in the news, Dorian!

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    January 14, 2012 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    Ingrid – the effort to help the Loews cats was actually spearheaded by my dear friend Christine Michaels of Riverfront Cats Miami, who manages her own colony of feral cats. She took the pictures of the property back when they were embracing the cats openly and was the first to inform us cat advocates of the situation. Dorian Wagner caught wind of it and really helped Christine get the ball rolling with her Catster post, which caused a flood of response to get the hotel to reverse its decision to trap the cats and bring them to a shelter (and certain death). Dorian, Christine and I all live in South Florida – I really hope one day we can all meet one another in person!!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am (8 years ago)

      Hmm. It’s 20 degrees outside. A trip to South Florida sounds really good right about now, Deb!

  4. Max the Quilt Cat
    January 14, 2012 at 7:06 am (8 years ago)

    That video is great….. Very funny.

    Have a great weekend and thanks for the news.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Ingrid
      January 14, 2012 at 10:52 am (8 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video, Max. You have a great weekend, too.


2Pingbacks & Trackbacks on Mews and Nips: Loews Hotels Endangers Feral Cat Colony

  1. […] a follow up to last week’s top story, Loew’s Hotels suspended trapping feral cats at their Portofino Bay and Royal Pacific Resort […]

  2. […] continues to get traction, picked up by animal advocates (including Best Friends Animal Society, The Conscious Cat, and Bunny’s Blog) and others (see, for example, Flyer Talk and DIS). There’s even an online […]

Leave a comment

First time visitors: please read our Comment Guidelines.