The top story of the week comes from Boston, where Sugar the cat used up a few of his nine lives when he fell from a 19th story window. CBS News Boston reports that the cat had minor bruising of the lungs, but no broken bones, no cuts, and no serious injuries. It is estimated that Sugar fell between 150 and 200 feet.
Sadly, this happens more often than you would think, to the point where there’s even a name for it: feline high rise syndrome. Interestingly enough, studies show cats have a better chance of surviving falls when they’re from higher than nine stories, because cats are able to orient themselves in a flying squirrel position with the legs spread out, which slows their descent down. Read the full story about Sugar’s fall on CBS News Boston. And keep your cats safe by making sure that all windows are screened securely before you open them, regardless of whether you live in a high rise or on the ground floor.
I recently wrote an article about reducing your cat’s toxic load. This week, Discovery News reported on a new study conducted at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which found that flame retardants used in furniture might make cats sick. Of the 62 indoor cats and 10 feral cats used in the study, the indoor cats showed higher blood levels of a class of chemicals called PBDEs compared to their outdoor-living peers.
PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, are used as flame retardants in many household products, including furniture and electronics. The chemicals are known endocrine disruptors and have been linked to a variety of health concerns, including cancers, reproductive and developmental issues and neurological problems. In cats, PBDE exposure might also affect susceptibility to hyperthyroidism. Read the full story on Discovery News.
The funniest story of the week comes from Catsparella/The Telegraph. It appears that a mouse in Surrey, England, confronted a cat, and, if the picture is any indication, the cat did not necessarily come out a winner!
Today’s video makes me smile every time I watch it. The video was used as a promo for NatGeo Wild’s Big Cat Week. Inside every house cat beats the heart of a tiger!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of Sugar from CBS News Boston, photo of cat on pink background from Discovery News, photo of cat and mouse from Catsparella/The Telegraph.