Our favorite story of the week is about a cat who cared for an orphaned baby racoon. Caroline Golon reports that J.J. the the cat arrived at the Jonesboro Animal Control in Jonesboro, AR just in time to give birth to her two kittens in a warm, safe environment. Later that day, she was keeping another baby safe and warm too – a tiny raccoon named Bandit.
After finding Bandit alone outside, police officers staffing the Animal Control team brought him to the facility to care for him. One of the officers volunteered to take care of Bandit. But despite feedings every two hours, Bandit was always hungry. That’s when the team brought Bandit to J.J. the cat to see if the two would bond. “Bandit took to her right away,” said the sergeant. “He got on in there and nursed with the kittens and she was fine with it. She even cleans him just like she does her babies.” Read the full story on the Halo Purely for Pets blog.
Nobody wants to think about becoming ill, incapacitated, or dying, but as responsible cat parents, we owe it to our cats to think ahead and make arrangements for their care when we can’t be there to take care of them anymore. But even with a will and a pet trust, you can’t always be sure that your wishes will be carried out. In the case of Boots, a Berwyn, IL cat whose owner passed away, this may have been a good thing. Courts intervened when it came to executing his owner’s wishes, as stipulated in the will, to euthanize the cat.
The woman who had rescued Booth 18 months prior to her death was in a nursing home for the last month of her life, and neighbors had been feeding Boots during that time. There was no family to take care of the cat. The neighbors explained why the woman wanted to have Boots euthanized after her death: “She was so afraid that if something happened to her that the cat would not be taken care of and she’d go to another abusive home.” Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.
Does your cat respond to what’s on tv? Allegra is pretty oblivious, but Ruby is often transfixed by what’s on tv, especially when we’re watching shows like My Cat From Hell or Must Love Cats. This week, I came across an entire YouTube channel designed especially for cats. Videos for Your Cat features everything from fish tanks to birds and squirrels. You can also find Videos for Your Cat on Facebook.
Our video of the week features Henri, the existential cat. Henri doesn’t want your cheeseburgers, and he probably reads Sartre and Camus, rather than watching silly cat videos online. Oh, the ennui!
Have a great weekend!
Photo sources: photo of JJ with raccoon AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun, Tami Wynn, photo of Boots from Chicago Tribune, photo of video cats from Videos for Your Cat Facebook page