Mews and Nips: Matilda the Algonquin Cat is Back on the Job


This week, we’re featuring two rescue stories involving torties. The Huffington Post featured Nina, who was rescued by Anjellicle Cats Rescue at the last minute from New York City’s crowded Animal Care and Control, where she was in danger of being euthanized. It turns out that Nina had not only found a home, but a purpose. Both of her new family’s older children have pervasive developmental disorder and are high-functioning on the autistic spectrum. Before Nina came to their home, the kids had been through many different types of ongoing therapies in order to help them cope with day-to-day changes and activities.

“While the therapies have helped them,” said the childrens’  mother, “I must say that Nina has brought them a sense of calm that my husband and I haven’t seen before. She is always by their side when they are going through emotional changes and she brings them a sense of peace as they rub her head and back.” Read the full story on the Huffington Post.


Alloy, a tortoiseshell kitten rescued in Birmingham, England after she was found with her head stuck in a wheel hub, may have used up one of her nine lives in the process. The Daily Mail reports that a homeowner heard a desperate meowing coming from his shed, and was shocked to discover it was the call of a tiny stray kitten which had become trapped in a car tire.

After RSPCA officers were called, they realized the ten-week-old kitten could not pull its head through a hole in the old wheel hub. Officers were unable to free the kitten at the scene and took her, tire and all, to a local animal hospital. True to her tortie personality (and the fact that she was feral), little Alloy hissed and spit at her rescuers. She is said to be doing well and will eventually be available for adoption. Read the full story on The Daily Mail.


Matilda the cat is back on the job, greeting tourists and locals alike at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel. The hotel reopened Thursday after being closed for extensive renovations for almost six months. To celebrate the hotel’s reopening and the return of Matilda, you can book the Matilda Package which includes accommodations, a continental breakfast for two, a welcome cocktail in the lobby, a Matilda coloring book, a feline-focused book called “Fabulous Felines” by Sandy Robins, a plush stuffed Matilda cat, and a “catabulous” eye mask to help you with your catnaps. Read the full story on

I had the pleasure of meeting Matilda when I stayed at the Algonquin hotel last year.

What would your kitty do if she encountered not just one, but a whole herd of deer? Find out how one brave cat handled it in today’s video.


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Nina from The Huffington Post, photo of Alloy from The Daily Mail, photo of Matilda from


8 Comments on Mews and Nips: Matilda the Algonquin Cat is Back on the Job

  1. Bopeeps
    May 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm (8 years ago)

    Great stories.

  2. Savannah NanaMo
    May 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh Cod! That cat was totally fearless…and the deer were so very curious…what an animal interaction! Great!

  3. Julia Williams
    May 26, 2012 at 10:40 am (8 years ago)

    That first rescue story is just meowvalous!!! We featured Matilda on our blog a few years ago (so it was actually this Matilda’s predecessor) — I would definitely love to book the Matilda package!

    • Ingrid
      May 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm (8 years ago)

      I wouldn’t mind another getaway to the Algonquin, either, Julia!

  4. Glogirly and Katie
    May 26, 2012 at 8:17 am (8 years ago)

    GREAT stories!!!! More proof that kitties can inspire a better world. …not that we actually needed any more proof! ; )

    • Ingrid
      May 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm (8 years ago)

      You’ve got that right, Debbie – we already know that cats make the world a better place!

  5. Max the Quilt Cat
    May 26, 2012 at 7:36 am (8 years ago)

    Another great post. I love the video with the deer and the cat.

    pawhugs, max

    • Ingrid
      May 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm (8 years ago)

      I still chuckle every time I watch that video, Max.


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