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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ”
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 KCRA.com, Trouble from The Sacramento Bee