Mews and Nips: Cat Nurses Pit Bull Puppy


Who says cats and Pit Bulls can’t get along! A Pit Bull puppy who was rejected by his mother got a second chance at life thanks to the Cleveland Animal Protection League and a cat named Lurlene. CatTime reports that the pup, Noland, was one day old when he was dropped off at the facility. With no mom to feed him, his outlook wasn’t very promising, so shelter staff decided to put him with Lurlene, who had just given birth to four kittens. She readily accepted Noland as one of her own. Read the full story on CatTime.


A Conscious Cat reader shared the story of Willow with me. Willow was rescued by Wendy Matthews, who saw an ad for the kitten with deformed hind legs on Craig’s List. Matthews fell in love, and drove 40 miles one way in a snowstorm to pick her up. Because of her deformity, walking was difficult for Willow, but her biggest health challenge were the painful sores that developed from dragging her back legs behind her. So Matthews crocheted Willow a pair of leggings to protect her legs. The “leggings” changed Willow’s life. Although walking was still a challenge, her mobility vastly improved when she could drag her legs without damaging them.

Willow’s custom leggings were the inspiration for Leggings for Life, a charity started by Matthews to help other disabled pets. Read more about Willow on Mother Nature Network and check out her Facebook page.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: On Monday, we shared new information on cats’ litter box preferences; on Tuesday, we told you how cats teach us healthier habits, on Wednesday, we provided tips on how to get finicky cats to eat, on Thursday, we celebrated Independence Day, and on Friday, we reviewed Lorna Barrett’s latest feline-centric mystery, Not The Killing Type.

I have a very special video for you today – it’s special to me because I actually got to meet the cat starring in it this past weekend! The Dood is a very odd cat, indeed, because he loves broccoli. I got to see for real how crazy he gets when his human, Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair, takes the bag of cut up broccoli out of the fridge. Enjoy!


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of Lurlene and Noland from CatTime, photo of Willow from Mother Nature Network

3 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cat Nurses Pit Bull Puppy

  1. Miho
    July 6, 2013 at 7:47 pm (8 years ago)

    One of my cats as well! DOOD as well raised by human?

    • Ingrid
      July 7, 2013 at 7:33 am (8 years ago)

      I’m not sure what the DOOD’s background was, Miho. I can’t recall how old he was when Robin rescued him, but I believe he was an older kitten.

  2. Sue Brandes
    July 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm (8 years ago)

    Love that video! That is so funny that a cat loves broccoli. Both of those stories brought happy tears to my eyes.


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