Mews and Nips: From Terrified Kitten to Therapy Cat


From terrified rescue kitten to therapy cat: rescue stories don’t get much better than this one. Life with Cats reports that the a couple leaving a pizza parlor in Dover, TN, heard a kitten screaming. They found the kitten in a field behind the restaurant and turned her over to the Dover County Humane Society. Vets determined that the seven week old kitten’s leg was not worth saving and amputated. The kitten was up and in good spirits the day after the surgery.

A woman in Washington state saw the kitten’s photo on the humane society’s adoption page and flew across the country to adopt her. Cricket, as she named the kitten, joined a household with another three-legged cat, and a three-legged dog. The animals are therapy pets who visit hospitals and senior centers to comfort and to inspire. They offer a particular gift of hope and inspiration to people who have also lost limbs. Cricket is reported to be doing great. If she is tempermentally suited, she, too, will become a therapy cat. Read the full story on

tortoiseshell kitten

A tortoiseshell kitten in Edinburgh, Scotland, is lucky to be alive after crawling inside a washing machine and being trapped there while the machine went through a wash cycle. The ten-week-old tortoiseshell, unnoticed amongst the clothes, was inside the appliance as it was set to a 30-degree (86 degree Fahrenheit) wash. reports that the kitten’s owner began searching her home for the kitten. Then she heard something coming from the washer, and found Tinker on top of a pile of clothes. Tinker was rushed to a veterinary clinic. “In my 15 years as a vet, this is the first time I have treated a cat that managed to get in to a washing machine,” said vet John Buxton. “We were just amazed that she recovered.” Tinker is back to her normal self. The moral of this story: always know where your cats are before you start the washer. Read the full story on

The town of Miami, AZ may be small with only 2000 residents, but it has the best cat street art I’ve ever seen anywhere. Check out the entire gallery of photos on BuzzFeed.

I don’t know why the kitty in today’s video is pushing a shopping cart, but she sure is very determined!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Cricket from Life with Cats, photo of Tinker from, photo of Arizona street art from BuzzFeed

7 Comments on Mews and Nips: From Terrified Kitten to Therapy Cat

  1. Esme
    August 15, 2012 at 12:34 am (8 years ago)

    Tinker is just a little sweetheart.

  2. L.A.C.E.
    August 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm (8 years ago)

    We just adopted a torti from the Humane Society yesterday. I have been googling everything about them, once my friend called it a torti. Will now be following your blog as I see you have quite the history 😀 Feel free to stop by mine anytime. Now I have another family member to blog about 😀

    • Ingrid
      August 4, 2012 at 8:35 pm (8 years ago)

      You’ve come to the right place for tortie lovers! Feel free to post a photo of your new baby on our Facebook page.

  3. Layla Morgan Wilde
    August 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm (8 years ago)

    Leave it to a tortie to be feisty enough to survive a washing machine! Happy Caturday to you and the girls.

    • Ingrid
      August 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm (8 years ago)

      LOL, Layla – I never thought of that. Tortie or not, she sure is one lucky kitten.

  4. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    August 4, 2012 at 10:42 am (8 years ago)

    Such an inspiring story about little Cricket!! As far as Tinker, that goodness this poor baby is okay! I can’t even imagine the terror she felt going through that ordeal.

    Loved the video, but agree with you – no idea why the cat would be pushing the cart!

    • Ingrid
      August 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm (8 years ago)

      I wish someone would explain how the cat even got the cart in the first place, Deb! I’m guessing it’s probably a child’s toy, and maybe the cat was watching the child push it.


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