Our first story is one of the more amazing rescue stories I’ve come across. A New Mexico woman who had been missing for nearly a month was found alive on Wednesday, along with her tortoiseshell cat Maya, who apparently never left her side. The Daily Mail reports that Margaret Page was barely able to speak, but had managed to stay alive eating the food she had brought with her and drinking water from a nearby stream. She ran out of food about a week ago.
Page only allowed herself to be carried out of the canyon after rescuers assured her that her cat would be cared for as well. Unlike Page, who lost so much weight she had to be hospitalized, Maya was hardly the worse for the wear — ‘a little sluggish and a little bit thin,’ one searcher noted. Read the full story on The Daily Mail website.
Our next story is one of the most upsetting stories I’ve come across in a while. Life with Cats reports that 11-year-old dilute tortoiseshell cat Chrissy, an indoor cat, slipped out last June. This January, Chrissy’s guardian, Rita Beach, was contacted by the Chester County, PA SPCA to ler her know that Chrissy, who was microchipped, was found. When Beach wanted to reclaim her cat, she was told that the person who found her had adopted her. Beach says the Chester county SPCA dismissed her as an irresponsible pet parent because her cat got out once. The family has created a petition to appeal to the Chester County SPCA to return Chrissy. Read the full story, as told by Rita Beach, on Life with Cats.
Cats are masters at hiding illness, and often, it’s the cat’s guardian who notices that something “just isn’t right” before any real symptoms of illness appear. There’s even a veterinary term for this: ADR (ain’t doing right). When it comes to your cat’s basic vital signs, it helps to know what’s normal, and what’s not. Dr. Marty Becker’s article on Vetstreet on how to check our cat’s vital signs is a must read for all cat guardians.
Today’s video of a sleepy kitten “making biscuits” is off the cuteness scale – be prepared to squee!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Maya from The Daily Mail, photo of Chrissy from Life with Pets, photo of kitten from Vetstreet
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