Mews and Nips: Cats of Hawaii

cat sleeping on lawn chair

After a week filled with some extremely nasty weather in parts of the United States, I thought it would be nice to start today’s round up with cats who live in a tropical paradise. Catsparella launched her new series Around the World in 80 Cats by featuring cats from Hawaii. According to Catsparella, the Aloha state is home to a large feral cat population, in no small part due to the year round mild weather, a lack of predators, and abandonment by transient residents. Thankfully, there are numerous organizations that care for these ferals. For more on Hawaii’s cats, and some beautiful photos, please visit Catsparella.

dilute tortoiseshell cat

Jordana Serebenik has an unusual occupation: she’s a cat catcher. If you have an unruly cat that just won’t let herself be caught when it’s time to go to the vet’s, Serebenik can help. The New York Times reports that the former attorney developed her knack for catching cats through years of animal rescue work. She saw a need for someone to step in when cat parents couldn’t get the job done, and Catch Your Cat, Etc. was born. For more on Serebenik and her unusual work, visit the New York Times website. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s not surprised that one of the cats featured in the video showing Serebenik at work is a tortie.

kitten rescued from storm drain

Willie the kitten is one lucky little guy. Paperbag & String reports that Willie was stuck in a storm drain in Savannah, Georgia, when three women heard his cries for help. The women tried to lift the drain, but it was too heavy. A good samaritan stopped his car and jumped into the storm drain to save Willie. For the full story, and a video about the rescue, visit Paperbag & String.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I loathe the Crazy Cat Lady stereotype. And thankfully, I’m not the only one. Today’s video shows cat people in all their glorious diversity, and is a beautiful testament to the fact that life without cats is simply inconceivable.


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Hawaiian cat from Catsparella, photo of tortie from New York Times website, photo of Willie from Paperbag & String

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9 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cats of Hawaii

  1. Elizabeth
    March 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm (8 years ago)

    The Cat People video was amazing! Made me try to reach over and scratch my girls behind their ears, but they’re on the bed sleeping next to their dad haha. He doesn’t like to admit it, but he’s a cat person at heart. Batman and Two Face loved him the second they curled up unto his lap and I know for a fact that he feels the same. He sometimes teases them and runs when they try to follow him around the apartment, but at the end of the day he loves them. He calls for them when he hops into bed, and likes having them on his lap when he’s playing his games (Moral support he says!). I was a great video, and brought a big smile to my face. Thank you for that.

  2. ann dziemianowicz
    March 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, thank you so much for the shout out about the good samaritans and Willie the kitten. (Kindness makes the world go round!) Sending warm thoughts your way! Hope all is well with you. 🙂

    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2012 at 7:38 pm (8 years ago)

      My pleasure, Ann! It’s a wonderful story.

  3. Debbie
    March 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm (8 years ago)

    So what’s wrong with nightgown wearing and ice cream eating? Especially if you love animals?

    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm (8 years ago)

      Nothing wrong with that, Debbie! In fact, I practice it often! I just have an issue with the stereotype of the crazy cat lady, it does cats and those who love them such a disservice.

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

    I was just at the Catsparella site and really enjoyed meeting Lewis the Cat from Hawaii and his grumpy sister Zoey – the picture of her is priceless!! Have a great weekend!

    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm (8 years ago)

      Aren’t the photos of the Hawaiin cats wonderful, Deb? You have great weekend, too!

  5. Catsparella
    March 3, 2012 at 1:25 am (8 years ago)

    Thanks for the mention, Ingrid! I really appreciate it! 🙂 Happy Caturday!

    • Ingrid
      March 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm (8 years ago)

      I love your new series, Stephanie – I look forward to future installments!


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