Mews and Nips: Cats Protect Russian Museum

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Today’s first story about a tortoiseshell cat who healed her human’s broken heart is the kind of story we just love. When recently divorced Rebecca Abrams lost her 15-year-old cat, who had become her 15-year-old son’s primary support after the divorce, she wanted nothing more to do with anything requiring emotional attachment. She especially did not want to deal with another pet. But she felt bad for her son, who really missed his cat. and she decided to begin fostering.

Within a day of volunteering, they found themselves with a mother cat and two kittens. Mama Cat was a wild young tortoiseshell Manx. She was a good mother to her 10-day-old kittens, but very shy, and hid with her babies at every opportunity.Abrams’ parents adopted the kittens, and Abrams found herself stuck with Mama Cat. She didn’t want to keep her. let alone love  her. But fate had other plans. Read the full story on the San Francisco Chornicle’s SF Gate website.

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The three million works or art housed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, are being guarded by an unusual force of security guards: 65 cats protect the museum and its precious contents from mice and rats. All of the cats are rescued from the streets of St. Petersburg, and are being cared for by a full time employee of the museum. Read the full story and watch the video on the CBC News website.

Life with Cats reports about a hero kitty who saved an 85-year-old man from a fire. Leland Huff runs a fruit stand in Springtown, OK, and frequently also sleeps in the back of the stand. One early morning, Leland was wakened by the nameless cat who stayed with him at the stand; she jumped on his chest and meowed him awake at 4am.  Once awake, Leland smelled smoke and knew he and the cat had to get out of the stand. Read the full story on Life with Cats.

Today’s video comes with a squee warning. What’s cuter than a cat in a sink? Five kittens in a sink!

httpv://youtu.be/AfFadhDqF54

Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Mama Cat from SF Gate, photo of Russian cats from CBC News video, photo of cat who saved OK man from Life with Cats

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12 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cats Protect Russian Museum

  1. Bopeeps
    July 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm (7 years ago)

    Great stories. I was trying to figure out the cat’s name and then realized her name Was Mama Cat..love it.

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  2. Layla Morgan Wilde
    July 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm (7 years ago)

    I glad you focused on the happier cat stories this week 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      July 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm (7 years ago)

      There are enough sad stories in the world, Layla. I prefer to focus on the happy ones here.

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  3. Bernadette
    July 14, 2012 at 10:25 am (7 years ago)

    If we are meant to have cats in our life, we will have cats in our life, despite our own intentions.

    I wish the US news agencies had also reported on The Hermitage cats!

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      • Bernadette
        July 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm (7 years ago)

        Layla, I didn’t find anything–who knows what kinds of filters are at work?

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    • Ingrid
      July 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm (7 years ago)

      “If we are meant to have cats in our life, we will have cats in our life, despite our own intentions.” – Isn’t that the truth, Bernadette.

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      • Bernadette
        July 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm (7 years ago)

        Worked that way for me, Ingrid.

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  4. Alice Towery
    July 14, 2012 at 9:49 am (7 years ago)

    I loved the story about Mama cat but really LOVED the article about the 65 cats protecting the Russian art museum. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ingrid
      July 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I’m glad you enjoyed the stories, Alice.

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  5. Deb Barnes - Zee and
    July 14, 2012 at 9:02 am (7 years ago)

    That video is a hypnotizing bundle of cuteness!

    I love the first story about Mama cat – so often with cats, it is fate that intervenes. Often we think we are not ready to open our hearts again to love and committment, but the cat, always the wise master, teaches us otherwise!

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    • Ingrid
      July 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm (7 years ago)

      The story about Mama cat is my favorite, too, Deb.

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