Mews and Nips: Hello Kitty Takes to the Friendly Skies


As far as cat rescues go, Maloos has taken one of the longest journeys to safety of any cat I’ve ever heard of: all the way from Iran to the United States. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Maloos was rescued by Sayeh Animal Guardians in Tehran when he was found covered in wounds and abscesses, with a piece of shrapnel in his face. Veterinary care in Iran is limited, and the people who recovered Maloos wanted to make sure he got the care he needed. He was treated in Iran, then escorted on a plane to San Francisco. Sadly, one of Maloos’ legs needed to be amputated. He is recovering well, and his veterinarians are hopeful that he will be adopted some day. Read the full story on the SF Gate Blog.


Hello Kitty fans, this next story is for you! The Globe and Mail reports that Taiwan’s Eva Air offers up a complete Hello Kitty experience based on the adorable cartoon kitten. From check in kiosks to boarding passes to headrest covers to meals, the famous kitten is everywhere! Check out the Globe and Mail website for photos.


Feline obesity is increasing at alarming rates. An estimated 53% of cats are overweight, and Banfield® Pet Hospitals newly released State of Pet Health 2012 Report notes that obesity prevalance in cats is up 90%! Much of this obesity can probably be blamed on commercial pet foods that are too high in carbohydrates, and as such, not appropriate for an obligate carnivore like the cat. A recent study investigated the effects of a high fiber diet on overweight cats. The results showed that the addition of fiber to the cats’ diets negatively impacted nutrient digestibility and energy drawn from the food. Dr. Karen Becker further analyzes the study’s finding in her article on why feeding high fiber kibble to cats defeats logic.

I guarantee you that today’s video will provide a major “awww” moment. Thanks to reader Sue Krein for finding this.


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Maloos from SFGate, photo of Hello Kitty plane from The Globe and Mail, photo of obese cat from

8 Comments on Mews and Nips: Hello Kitty Takes to the Friendly Skies

  1. Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom101)
    May 5, 2012 at 11:05 am (8 years ago)

    Incredible story about Maloos. After his long journey, I bet there is a special home awaiting him. Given the policies and treatment of pets in Iran where they are looked at as “unclean” and live wretched, mostly feral lives, Maloos is beyond lucky. I have an Iranian friend who recently visited Iran and says owing technically cats and dogs are banned. There were arrest recently from simply taking their dogs out for a walk.

    • Ingrid
      May 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

      It is quite a story, isn’t it, Layla?

  2. Marg
    May 5, 2012 at 10:50 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, that is something for Maloos to be transported all that way. Great video. Hope all of you have a super day.

    • Ingrid
      May 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t it wonderful that Maloos got the care he needed, Marg? Yuo have a wonderful day, too.

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    May 5, 2012 at 9:23 am (8 years ago)

    Oh, I sure hope Maloos finds a wonderful home… what a journey indeed!

    As far as the video, since I have witnessed this behavior firsthand with Zoey and her kittens, I say “boo” to all the naysayers that don’t think animals have feelings. The love and bonding between a mother cat and her kittens is incredible and I will never, ever forget the experience of sharing those moments with Zoey.

    • Ingrid
      May 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm (8 years ago)

      And you describe your experience so beautifully in your book, Deb.

  4. Max the Quilt Cat
    May 5, 2012 at 5:58 am (8 years ago)

    You are right about that video…. Awwwww.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Ingrid
      May 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t it adorable, Max?


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